One is the most popular form of residential roofing in the United States, the other is one of the fastest growing roofing materials in the country. We are talking about traditional asphalt shingles and metal roofing respectively. So which one of these materials is right for your home? We will take a look at the differences between the materials to help you make a decision for your next roof replacement.


If you feel you are going to be in your home for a long period it is important to pick a roofing material that will have a long lifetime. Most asphalt shingles have an average lifespan of 20-30 years, depending on the quality. There are several metal roofs that are already over one hundred years old, this material is known to last.

Winner: Metal Roofing 


Metal roofing is still relatively new as a mass material, while asphalt shingles cover more than three-quarters of residential homes in the United States. Asphalt shingles are relatively easy to install and widely available while metal roofing takes a more specialized contractor and the materials are a bit more costly.

Winner: Asphalt Shingles 

Customization Options

Metal roofing is playing catch up when it comes to choosing color and style as asphalt shingles are available in virtually every color, style and can mimic other forms of higher end roofing such as clay tiles or slate roofing.

Winner: Asphalt Shingles


There are now several types of asphalt shingles that have been built to shoulder extreme weather such as impact-resistant materials but they are decidedly more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles. Metal roofing is known to take a beating whether it be wind, snow or hail. Metal roofing does not tend to hold onto snow like asphalt shingles and many types of metal roofing can qualify the homeowner for insurance discounts.

Winner: Metal Roofing 

Environmentally Friendly

Asphalt shingles are now being produced with more recycled materials than ever before but the fact remains that they involve a high amount of oil in their production and frequently end up in landfills. Metal roofing is often made from recycled materials and can easily be recycled once it comes off a roof.

Winner: Metal Roofing


Metal roofing has a difficult time in fitting in with the character of many homes but is becoming more acceptable. Asphalt shingles are generally more well received for their visual appeal. However this factor is subjective.

Winner: Asphalt Shingles 

The Verdict

It is going to come down to the individual homeowner! Use these pros and cons to help determine which roof is right for you.