Which is Better: Metal Roofing or Shingles?

professional roof repairWhen it comes to creating and maintaining a secure, comfortable home, your roof is a key factor. A good roof not only protects you from the elements, but also prevents leaking and other issues that can take a toll on the overall structure of your house. However, when it comes to choosing the right roofing materials, the choice might not always be clear. For example, you might not want to make a huge initial investment, but you also likely don’t want to pay for frequent professional roof repairs. For many homeowners, this situation often boils down to a choice between two roofing materials: asphalt shingles and metal roofing. Read about the attributes and detriments of these options below to help make your decision.

The Advantages of Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Shingles are one of the most popular types of roofing. They are easy to work with, come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, and can often be installed in a single day. Once installed, shingles will never rust or bend and will not expand or contract due to an extreme change in temperature. For this reason, asphalt shingles are considered a proven choice for steep slope roofs.


Asphalt shingles are one of the cheapest roofing materials available, and you get what you pay for: the shingles can be damaged by a variety of problems, including attic ventilation problems and a number of forms of inclement weather. Moreover, because they are a petroleum-based product, they are not an environmentally-friendly product. This disadvantage is heightened when you consider that shingles are not recycled and typically end up in landfills. Additionally, shingle roofs require regular maintenance, which means you’ll regularly be calling your roofing contractor to inspect your house and make professional roof repairs.

The Advantages of Metal Roofing

In contrast, metal roofing is a less popular option that is beginning to attract significant attention. The main reason for this is its durability: a metal roof can last a lifetime, while asphalt shingles require reproofing every 10 to 20 years, if not sooner. Metal roofs also benefit from new, innovative installation techniques, which mean they can better prevent leakage, require less maintenance, increase a home’s ability to retain heat and more. Metal roofs are also fireproof, often come with long term warranties, and are more environmentally friendly than asphalt shingles: this material is typically made from at least 25{7e6cc862935509cf03392ffa9b415296648e98511f0177e60c26410ea0a1794b} recycled content. In some states these benefits can help lower your homeowner’s insurance by 35{7e6cc862935509cf03392ffa9b415296648e98511f0177e60c26410ea0a1794b}.


The most significant problem with metal roofing is the cost of installation, which is much greater than other options, especially asphalt shingles. However, as with shingles, the cost of this investment is directly related to the quality of the product you receive. Due to its benefits, a metal roof can save you a great deal on heating costs, homeowner’s insurance, maintenance and professional roof repairs over the years. If any problems occur, the warranty will cover them, but significant repairs likely won’t be necessary: there are homes with metal roofs installed in the early 1900s that are still in good condition. By installing a metal roof, you also know that you are making an environmentally-friendly choice. For this reason, a number of roofing contractors now call metal roofs the clear choice.

Why Choose Paramount Roofing?

With metal shingle roofing we are typically around 40{7e6cc862935509cf03392ffa9b415296648e98511f0177e60c26410ea0a1794b} less expensive than our major competitors.  We may be able to provide you a metal shingle roof for not much more than an asphalt shingle roof. 

Our warranties are untouched in the industry.  We provide a lifetime warranty on asphalt shingle roofs. We provide the Owens Corning “System Protection Warranty” that is a lifetime warranty on the roofing system and 50 years of full, non-prorated coverage.

We also provide a lifetime warranty from Paramount Roofing that includes free inspections and repairs of workmanship related issues for life.  We will inspect your roof every 5 years or when you call with a concern.  We will repair or replace workmanship related issues without cost to the homeowner for as long as you own the home.

Which roofing option do you prefer: asphalt shingles or metal roofing?

Call us at 608-467-4112 and let us help with your decision!