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Metal Roofing vs. Asphalt Shingles: Advantages and Disadvantages

December , 2022 | 8 min. read

By Macie LaCau

Imagine your home having a brand new, stylish roof that catches the eyes of every neighbor that passes by. Though this may not exactly sound as exciting as a vacation to Bermuda, a new roof installment may be just what your house needs to feel like home. No one wants a roof that's dull, needs fixing, or may even be falling apart at the seams. 

With all the options out there, it's understandable why you may be hesitant or confused about which roofing selection may suit your home best. Among the most common roof types are asphalt shingles and metal roofing, but there are comparisons to be made between the two. We'll make sure to mention the most popular choices you have the option to pick from in both categories. 

Here at RoofCrafters, we've installed asphalt shingles and metal roofing types for thirty years. In our almost three decades of service, we've learned a thing or two about the benefits and drawbacks of every type of roof, and we're glad you're here so we can share our knowledge with you. 

This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of metal roofing vs. asphalt shingles. Though they're different, it's essential to make comparisons between roofing types in order to make an informed decision that benefits you and your home. By the time you're finished reading, you'll know what to expect from each roof selection, making the process easier for you. To begin, we'll go over what these roof types are, giving you more of an idea of what they may have to offer. 

What is Metal Roofing?


Metal roofs are a low-maintenance option that can last for decades. They are known for being durable, stylish, and long-lasting. The type of metal roof you choose will play a part in how much it ultimately costs and the kind of protection it can offer your home. There are seven common metal roof types that all have unique attributes to provide: 

1. Copper Metal Roof

2. Lead Metal Roof

3. Terne Metal Roof

4.  Zinc Metal Roof

5.  Steel Metal Roof 

6. Aluminum Metal Roof 

7. Galvalume Metal Roof


The Pros


  • Durable 
  • Long-lasting 
  • Environmentally friendly
  •  Energy-efficient 
  • Stylish 

The Cons


  • Expensive 
  • Prone to Denting 
  • Noisy 


Metal roofing is an option to look into when you want something truly sturdy that has the potential to last a lifetime. After slowly rising to fame in the United States, metal roofing options are commonly found and are timeless and trusted. Though they don't have that many drawbacks, they are prone to denting during extreme hail events. If your area rarely experiences hail, this may not be so much of a worry for you. Because they're so well-made, metal roofs can also cost a pretty penny depending on which style you go with and the specifics of your home. 

With proper installation and minimal upkeep, Zinc and Copper metal roofs have the potential to outlive homeowners, standing strong for up to 100 years. If you're in search of a roofing investment that gives back to you, discuss metal roofs with a licensed, professional contractor. 

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What is Asphalt Shingle Roofing?


Asphalt shingles are a popular type of waterproof roofing material. Its relatively inexpensive cost, color/style options, longevity, and durability make it the most sought-after kind of roofing in the United States.

Asphalt shingles come in various styles and colors and can be the perfect addition to many homes. These shingles consist of a base mat on the bottom, a layer of waterproof asphalt in-between, and ceramic granules on top. Those tiny granules are what provide this shingle type with the many different colors that you can pick from to fit the look you envision for your home.

There are four different types of asphalt shingles that you can choose from:

1. Three-Tab Asphalt Shingle Roof

3 tab roof with complex valleys

2. Architectural Asphalt Shingle Roof

slightly complex, upgraded architectural shingle roof-2

3. Upgraded Architectural Asphalt Shingle Roof

Upgraded architectural shingle on complex roof-1

4. Designer Asphalt Shingle Roof

large home with designer asphalt shingles

The Pros


  • Many Aesthetic Options
  • Durable 
  • Cost-effective 
  • Economical 

The Cons


  • Basic
  • Not Wind Resistant
  • Not the Most Durable
  • Not the Most Long-Lasting 

Asphalt shingles are a great addition to many homes as they are budget-friendly and reliable, but they do have drawbacks that should be noted when considering them. They come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes that can be tailored to your wants, but they are less durable than other roofing types. 

If you live in areas prone to severe weather events like hurricanes, asphalt shingles may not be your best bet unless you go with a designer asphalt shingle, which is the highest quality of all four types. But if you have a specific idea or a unique design in mind, asphalt shingles are an option you may like to consider. 

How Much Do They Cost?


The final cost of your roof is dependent on how large it is, the complexity of your home, if you have chimneys and skylights. However, there are price averages that we can provide for you if you are in Georgia, South Carolina, or Florida. 

Metal Roofing


  1. Copper Metal Roof ($22.33 to $31.18 per square foot)
  2. Lead Metal Roof ($19.78 to $28.51 per square foot)
  3. Terne Metal Roof ($17.25 to $24.43 per square foot)
  4. Zinc Metal Roof ($18.63 to $26.97 per square foot)
  5. Steel Metal Roof ($9.52 to $18.90 per square foot)
  6. Aluminum Metal Roof ($13.92 to $19.77 per square foot)
  7. Galvalume Metal Roof ($8.22 to $17.89 per square foot)

 Asphalt Shingle Roofing


  1. Three-tab Shingle Roof ($7,300 to $10,600 per 2,000 square foot home)
  2. Architectural Shingle Roof ($11,200 to $17,100 per 2,000 square foot home)
  3. Upgraded Architectural Shingle Roof ($13,100 to $19,000 per 2,000 square foot home)
  4. Designer Shingle Roof ($18,500 to $22,000 per 2,000 square foot home

As you can see, the pricing options vary greatly based on which roofing material/type you go for. Copper is a rare roof material, making it the most expensive metal roofing type. On the other hand, designer asphalt shingles can also be costly based on their uniqueness. If you're in the market for something basic that'll get you through everyday wear and tear but will need maintenance down the road, an option you could discuss is three-tab asphalt shingles.

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Am I Ready for A Roof Replacement? 


You might be! Even though taking in all the roofing options that are at your disposal can be a little tough, both asphalt shingles and metal roofs have numerous benefits. It all comes down to what works best for you and your home. Now that you officially know the details of two of the most popular roofing types, what are your next steps? If you're ready for an expert to take a look at your roof, RoofCrafters is prepared to help.

Here at RoofCrafters, we completely understand that making decisions about your roof can be more complicated than you originally may have thought. That's why it's vital to know that there are dedicated professionals who can help make your roofing project a breath of fresh air!

If you want to get in touch with one of our friendly representatives, make your way over to our contact page. Feel free to also check out our comprehensive roofer checklist to help you determine the best contractor for you, as well. Whether you're looking for a new roof or anything else, we want you to know that we're here for you!

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Macie LaCau

I'm a native Georgian who spends my days nurturing my passions and embracing the quiet life. With a penchant for taking the road less traveled, I love discovering new ideas, rooting for the underdog, and taking the long way home. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, animals, and making memories.