Metal Roofing Vs Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt roofing is the most commonly used type of roofing for homes and businesses. Even still, metal roofing continues to gain in popularity due to its many design options and durability. 

When comparing metal vs asphalt roofing, the most important difference lies in product life. While asphalt roofing tends to last 15-20 years, metal roofing is built to last a lifetime.

Before you decide which material is best for you, it’s best to understand the pros and cons. Let us help. Below, you’ll find our metal roofing vs asphalt roofing comparison.

Feature EDCO Metal Roofing Asphalt Roofing
  • Does not absorb moisture
  • Loose shingles can trap moisture which can result in major roof damage
  • Weathered shake or slate look
  • Variation in appearance common.
  • Can curl and crack with varying temperatures.
  • Lifetime non-prorated limited warranty that is transferable
  • 30 to 40-year fade warranty (depending on the roofing product)
  • Asphalt shingle warranties vary by manufacturer and product type. 100% covered for the first 10 years and prorated thereafter is common
Fire Resistance
  • Class A fire rating can be achieved when installed with a fire rated underlayment
  • Asphalt shingles are made from petroleum products and will readily burn
  • Easy to install
  • Lightweight
  • Interlocking panels for maximum wind resistance
  • Can walk on the metal shingles without damaging the panels
  • Easy to install.
  • Can be installed over nearly any surface as long as its straight and watertight.
  • Can be damaged if installed during freezing temperatures
  • Manufactured with at least 25% recycled steel
  • 100% recyclable
  • Not recyclable
  • Not environmentally-friendly
  • Approx. 45 lbs per 100 sq. feet
  • Approx. 250 lbs per 100 sq. feet
  • Easily acclimates to any weather condition and will not chip, crack or peel
  • UL Class 4 Impact Rating, the highest impact rating available
  • Resistant to mold and mildew growth
  • Can help prevent snow and ice from accumulating which means Ice dams are unable to form
  • Easily damaged by hail
  • Can support mold, mildew and algae growth.
  • Short lifespan
  • Loses granules over time that deposit in your gutters
Wind Resistance
  • Withstands wind speeds up to 160 mph
  • Susceptible to high wind damage
Hail and Fade Protection
  • 30 to 40-year fade warranty (depending on the roofing product)
  • Lifetime hail protection
  • Hail and fade protection typically not found with asphalt shingle warranty
  • Little to no maintenance required
  • Little or no maintenance required
  • Easily repaired