How to Choose Between a Metal Roof and Asphalt Shingles

Which is better: an asphalt or a metal roof? This is a question that many roofing companies receive often. You’ll discover the distinctions between the two roofing systems in this blog so you can make the best decision for your needs and house.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs with exposed fasteners, such as those on RVs or AG panels, are the most common kinds of metal roofs. Standing seam is another form with concealed fasteners that are commonly used in commercial settings. Although standing seam is superior and more costly than the other type, it is not widely utilized because of its high cost.

The metal strips are attached to the roof with tiny clips that are covered by the next row of sheet metal. These clips also enable the metal pieces to shift a bit.  Screw-down metal roofs do not have this freedom in their fasteners, and forces of expansion and contraction working against them can wear out or break screws.

Asphalt Shingles

There are two typical kinds of shingles for homes: three-tab shingles, which are less costly and more conventional in appearance, and architectural shingles. They have a double layer to give them a 3D look but no tabs. They’re all one piece.

Shingles are a wonderful option. If you live in a high wind zone, they cost around one-third less than metal with exposed fasteners. If correctly installed, shingles may give you a great-performing roof.

The most crucial step in installing them correctly is that the nails are not overdriven. However, they’re placed within the shingle nailing region, which has the broadest width. It also overlaps the row above it. Shingles are ineffective on low-pitched roofs because wind-driven rain can blow up beneath the shingles and through the nail holes.

Both options have their own appeal. Always consult with your local roofer to see which style will best complement the look of your property. With MAK Construction Corp., our experienced team can help repair and/or install a new roof on your home. Don’t hesitate to contact us today!


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