Metal roofing is a coveted material for many Calgary, AB homeowners. With a longer lifespan and dependable performance, owning one is an excellent investment. Even if they can afford metal roofs, most go for asphalt shingle roofs because of their traditional appearance. Fortunately, metal shingles make it possible to get the aesthetics and capabilities of both.

Lasts Triple Times The Lifespan

Metal shingles are better in many ways. For example, it can withstand numerous hail and snowstorms than asphalt shingle roofs. Additionally, galvanized steel can last for 50-100 years, about triple times the lifespan of a 25-30 asphalt shingle roof.

Exceptional Steel Durability

Steel is a capable material. Zinc or aluminum-coated steel is immensely resistant to corrosion. Asphalt shingles have bare, granular surfaces that can chip off due to massive impact from hailstones or missiles, such as tree branches and other palm-sized objects travelling at high velocity.

Acrylic Elastomeric Reinforcement

Lastly, asphalt shingles cannot reap an acrylic elastomeric layer’s advantages because of its uneven, granular surface. Metal shingles can adapt to a property’s aesthetic and take its durability to the next level with an acrylic elastomeric coating.

Metal shingles fall within the metal roofing category. Bob Vila has a great comparison between two roofing materials. Learn more about it below.

If it’s time to install a new roof, the variety of options available can floor you. Asphalt shingles have long been known for their reliability, cost-effectiveness, and ease of maintenance, making them the most popular roofing material on the market today. But now there’s a variety of options that deserve consideration—especially metal, the second most popular roofing material thanks to its durability, longevity, and a wide selection of styles.

Though both materials are great options for residential roofing, one may be better suited to your needs. So we stacked them up against each other—metal roofs vs. shingles in asphalt—comparing everything from aesthetics to eco-friendliness to help you make the right decision for your roof.

Both materials have finish options for every housing style.

While shingle roofs have a traditional look of their own, nowadays they’re being manufactured to mimic the look of slate, wood shakes, and tile. You can find them with scalloped edges perfect for Victorian homes or with a terra cotta look appropriate for a Mediterranean home. The color palette is wide-ranging and there’s a host of different finishes as well, from slightly weathered (to complement older homes) to subtly multicolored.

Traditionally, metal roofs were made of corrugated tin panels (called standing-seam metal) that evoke images of barns or sheds. But metal roofing—in zinc, aluminum, galvanized metals and even copper in addition to tin—has come a long way from the farm. You’ll see metal roofing that suits less rustic, more refined structures, from California contemporaries to East Coast Victorians, in a spectrum of colors and finishes, and in shingle, slate, and shake styles.

Because you can likely get the look you want from either metal or asphalt shingle, don’t let appearance be the deciding factor; instead, choose the material that will perform best for you. (Continued)

No Payne Roofing installs both metal and high-quality Certainteed asphalt shingle roofs. As a Certainteed-certified trustworthy roofer in Calgary AB, you can count on us to provide only the best services for you. Contact us today to learn more.