Why You Should Choose an Asphalt Shingle Roof over a Metal Roof

So, the time has come for you to consider your roofing options. Whether you are building your dream home or you are replacing the roof on your current home, choosing what kind of roof you want to be able to protect your home with is an important decision.

As you do your research, you will see that when it comes to roofing material choices there are two primary options: asphalt shingles or metal roofing. Asphalt shingles, made from fibrous materials, are installed by staggering strips on top of each other. Meanwhile, metal roofs, which can be made of copper, aluminum, steel, or zinc, are installed in larger sections secured side-by-side.

While both styles of roof have their merits, when it comes to the roof that is going to make the most protective and financial sense for you, your family, and your home, there is a very good reason asphalt shingles are the most common roofing choice for homeowners. 

Here are some of the major advantages asphalt shingle roofs have over metal roofs.

An asphalt shingle roof is cheaper to install

One of the biggest advantages asphalt shingle roofs have over metal roofing is that the installation is a significantly smaller up front investment. While your choice of materials and supplier may vary the cost, generally the cost of installing a metal roof can run between $120 to $900 per 100 square feet. Meanwhile, asphalt shingles will likely come in closer to $100 to $200 per 100 square feet. One of the main reasons for the discrepancy is that installing a metal roof is a much more specialized job and requires a more demanding skill set (which will naturally demand higher compensation for it).

An asphalt shingle roof is easier to repair

Asphalt roofs won’t only be easier to handle financially up front, but over time necessary repairs to asphalt shingles will cost less than metal roofing. Again, this reasoning comes down to the ease of performing repairs. If an asphalt roof needs a few shingles replaced, it is easy enough to do so without tearing up your whole roof and reinstalling from scratch. While metal roofing has solid durability, any significant damage likely won’t be able to be resolved with a simple patch job or replacing a section. Damage to a metal roof typically leads to a much bigger job in order to repair it.

Recycling the shingles can help your community

Once your asphalt roof has run its course and is ready to be replaced, the shingles can be recycled and repurposed to materials and causes that can attribute improvements within your community. Asphalt shingles can be repurposed into materials that help pave streets and sidewalks and, of course, also getting them to a recycling facility also helps keep them out of landfills or otherwise going to waste.

Keeping you warm all winter long 

Residential asphalt shingle roofs are extremely adept at retaining heat, which makes them the superior roofing choice for a place like Indiana that has its fair share of chilly months (not to mention the brutal cold of January and February)! This strength in retaining heat can mean your heating bills during the winter months will be much more under control and your family will be able to stay nice and warm.

When it comes time to replace your roof, because of its strength and affordability, we strongly recommend going with asphalt shingles as your roof of choice. And of course, when it is time for a new roof, it is time to call Lathrop Contracting!

Lathrop Contracting is a licensed and insured Indianapolis general contractor specializing in roofing, gutters, and siding. We are certified installers for all name-brand manufacturers including the popular Certainteed brand. For a free estimate, or call us today at (317) 783-6929 or schedule an appointment online today!

“They did the best job. My roof is better than it was when it was first put on. They used the best materials and really work with us throughout the whole process.”

Joshua Reckelhoff

“Lathrop repaired our chimney and gutters, fixed a significant problem on our front door and replaced our roof. I totally trust Jeff Lathrop and his people.”

Richard Davis

“A hail storm caused quite a bit of damage to the home. Lathrop Contracting replaced the roof, put new siding and gutters on.”

“They did a great job and were very good about staying on schedule. Scott Whitlock was great to communicate with throughout the process. I would highly recommend.”

Brandi Spaeth

“We needed a new roof in a short time before we put our home on the market. Lathrop got it done very timely and the staff was very friendly. Highly recommended.”

Tammy VanDeventer

“Great company to work with. Scott Whitlock was always making sure things were going smoothly. He made sure everyone stayed on schedule and a quality end product was delivered.”

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