Shingle VS Metal Roofing Showdown

Decisions about your roof replacement often come down to selecting affordable roofing, but what does “affordable” mean?  If up-front roofing costs are low, but you will have to replace the entire roof in a decade, is that affordable?  If initial installation costs are high, but the roof will outlast you, is that affordable?  When pitting a shingle roof against a metal roof, you need to look beyond affordable roofing to consider other criteria.


metal-roofAsphalt-fiberglass shingles are made from the most affordable roofing material.  Readily available, manufactured all over the country, asphalt shingles are unitized—they attach as easily worked pieces that can be fitted to any Miami roof.  This makes them the affordable roofing choice for initial costs.

Asphalt shingles, however, are not as durable as other materials, such as ceramic or cement tile, or metal.  Expect to replace a shingle roof every ten to 20 years.

Metal roofing is extremely long-lasting; it can last a lifetime.  A-1 Property Services has installed many metal roofs that look as good today as the day we put them down.

Advantage: metal roofing.

Designer Selection

Large_House_Monaco_VenetianCoral_1_2Metal roofing traditionally has been the choice for businesses. With today’s innovations in design and manufacturing, however, many residential homes are benefiting from the extreme durability of metal. As a result, more design options for shape and color are becoming available.

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in America, not least because they are so easily installed. A good roofing crew, such as you will find at A-1 Property Services, can put down a shingle roof on a Miami home in one day. Because of their popularity, asphalt shingles come in a dazzling variety of colors and cuts, from the humble three-tab classic shingle in shades of brown and grey to brilliant white, energy-efficient, architectural cut shingles.

Advantage: asphalt shingles.

Energy Efficiency

Asphalt shingles in recent years have lightened up—heat-reflective colors are now available that mark some asphalt-fiberglass shingles as Energy Star-certified, meaning they will significantly lower your Miami home’s cooling costs compared to traditional shingles.

Metal roofs are naturally heat-reflective, making them energy efficient. Your attic stays cooler, which reduces the load on your central air conditioner.

Advantage: in a photo-finish, metal roofing, though asphalt shingles are a close second.

When weighing options for affordable roofing, asphalt-fiberglass shingles and metal roofing deserve thorough consideration. Remember that initial price does not tell the whole story.

To learn more about asphalt and metal roofing choices, contact A-1 Property Services of Miami where service, quality, and professionalism are a mainstay.

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