Sunday, March 10, 2013

Asphalt or Steel: Which Shingle is Best?

Do you want the longevity and durability of steel roofing, but perhaps are also attracted by the economical price of asphalt? While steel shingles are now available in a variety of colors, they no longer have the archaic look that they were once known for, and are actually quite modern looking. In fact, while asphalt is still the most commonly chosen shingle, steel is quickly gaining ground, and is now a more frequent choice of the discerning homeowner. So let’s take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of both asphalt and steel shingles to help you, the Connecticut Roofing customer,  make the most informed decision.

Metal Roofing in CT by Marcus Anthony Construction
Tamko Metal Works Steel Shingles

Steel Advantages:

·                                 High Wind Rating: Steel shingles are typically Class A Fire rated and have a wind resistance warranty of 110 MPH.

·                                 Durability: There is no beating the durability of steel shingles in terms of their wind resistance rating, fire class rating, and overall strength.

·                                 Longevity: Typically, a homeowner can expect a steel shingle to last 25-50 years.

Steel Disadvantages:

·                                 Limited Color Selection: While steel shingles are being used with increased frequency, the color selection is still not nearly as diverse as asphalt shingles, and for the homeowner who is confined by color selection, this can be a deterrent.

·                                 “Golf ball” Dimpled Look: When strong hail hits a steel shingle, the result can be a dimpled look that appears as if the roof were pelted by golf balls. 

·                                 Possibility for Manufacturers Accessories Needed: In order to install steel shingles correctly, additional accessories available only through the manufacturer may be necessary, which can often delay installation and increase the overall cost of the roof.

Metal Shingles on home in Connecticut
Metal Shingles on home in West Hartford Connecticut

Asphalt Advantages:

·                                 Cost Effective: Asphalt continues to be the least expensive roofing option, and the value leader in the residential market.

·                                 Wide Color Selection: Because they are so prevalent, (they are carried in a wide variety of colors in most commercial roofing centers) it is easy to find asphalt shingles in almost any color you may desire.

·                                 Many Warranty Options: Asphalt shingles are not only available in a variety of colors, but also a variety of warranties from 20 years to 50 years.

Asphalt Disadvantages:

·                                 Potential For Visible Inconsistencies: Due to their flat design, inconsistencies in the lay of the asphalt shingles can be easily spotted.

·                                 Poor Longevity: Although the warranty on asphalt shingles is often 30 years, the average longevity is between 15-18 years, and certainly less in extreme climates.

·                                 Potential For mold and Algae Growth: Inconsistencies in the lay of asphalt roofing shingles leaves areas for water to condense and collect, which creates a prime environment for mold and algae growth.While the choice between asphalt and steel can be difficult especially with the increased color options of steel and the limited durability of asphalt, by working with a reputable roofing contractor, and reviewing the advantages and disadvantages of each option, the choice can be made much easier.


Written by Nick Dorotik   Nick Dorotik is the Vice President of ASAP Roofing, and manages the sales and marketing. You can find him on Google+</ a> and twitter.   For more information about ASAP ROOFING, visit http://asap-


  1. Nice article! I had not heard of the steel shingles before. I really appreciate the quick comparison.

  2. Great comparisons, I like the fact that you showed the best and worst of both types of materials.

  3. Awesome tips and advices, I really love the way you share on your knowledge about this field for sure i learn more from here. Please keep on sharing.

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