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Metal or Asphalt? Weighing the Options.

Roofing materials have come a long way. Gone are the days when metal roofing consisted of corrugated tin panels or asphalt shingles came in varying shades of the color of asphalt. Today’s metal roofs are less rustic and more contemporary, and asphalt shingles can mimic slate, wood shakes, and tile with a variety of finishes.

There are benefits to both materials; both are quality-made whichever you select.


  • There are several benefits to metal roofing, the most pronounced being its longevity. Generally speaking, metal roofs last 40-70 years, whereas asphalt roofs last 15-20 years. Heavier laminated shingles can last 25-30 years.
  • Metal roofs are more durable and resistant to the elements. However, extreme hail or falling branches can dent it. If you live in an area with severe weather, you might opt for one of the more durable metal materials.
  • They are more energy-efficient. Particularly in the summer, the metal deflects heat resulting in energy savings up to 40%.
  • Metal roofing is low maintenance, resulting in long-term savings. The materials and installation may cost more upfront, but they will last longer.
  • Whether you plan to live in your house long-term, or plan to sell, a metal roof increases the property value.
  • There are a variety of options to fit any style of home, or you can paint and seal the metal to whatever color you desire.
  • Metal roofs are lightweight and fire-resistant.
  • Primarily made of recycled material, metal roofs are eco-friendly. Most asphalt, a petroleum-based product, goes directly to the landfill.


  • The most significant draw people have to asphalt is the affordability. The material itself is less expensive, and the labor costs are lower to install.
  • Appearance is another draw; asphalt shingles generally blend with most neighborhoods.
  • Asphalt roofs are easier to repair and generally cost less to repair. Keep in mind; they damage easier as well.
  • Asphalt holds heat, causing the air conditioning to work harder, resulting in increased energy expenses.
  • These roofs have a shorter life span, temperature swings are hard on them, and they can create ice dams, which are damaging to your roof.

Before making a decision, be sure to check with your Homeowner’s Association; some may have codes on appropriate roofing materials. Also, consider the overall cost, the Park City weather, and the longevity of your investment.