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Is Asphalt Shingles or a Metal Roof Better For Your Annapolis Home?

We understand that when it comes to your home, you are searching for the best materials to not only improve the aesthetics of your home, but its curb appeal and home value as well. At Central Maryland Roofing we are sensitive that any home improvement job can be stressful, particularly to your roof which is one of the most expensive and valuable parts to your home. One question that we frequently get is whether an Annapolis homeowner should choose an asphalt shingle or metal roof for their home?

If you’d like to read about the features and benefits of both, we have compiled most of the main points below.

In The Early Days

Roofs have always been important since the beginning of time when buildings and structures were used for shelter. Originally, slate and tile were the most frequently used roofing materials because of their durability. Relatively recently, asphalt and metal has become popular. Shingles have now become the most widespread roofing material used across the United States (largely because of price).

Why Are Asphalt Shingles So Popular?

Asphalt shingles are the material that you see on your roof that are overlapping each other and sealed to your roof. The purpose of your roof is to shed water away from your home. Water is important to sustain life, but it is NOT something that you want entering your home unless it is controlled through pipes. Water leaking into your home can cause numerous problems, such as mold, water damage, and mildew.

Price of Shingles

Price is the largest reason why asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in the United States. While there are numerous considerations that anyone should make before hiring a roofing contractor, or considering the proper material for their home, price is ultimately going to be one of the main influential factors. Asphalt shingles are typically cheaper to install than metal onto a roof. The same is true that an asphalt shingle roof tends to be cheaper to repair compared to a metal roof as well.

Replacing your roof can be a major investment. And for some, the benefits that metal offers does not outweigh the steeper upfront cost.

Durability of Shingles

You will find that asphalt shingles come in several colors, styles and makes. 3-Tab is one of the most popular, while you can also choose from architectural and designer shingles. Shingles are more prone to storm damage than metal roofs are. Asphalt shingles are prone to hail damage, as well as wind damage. When your 3-tab shingle roof is exposed to wind gusts of over 75 mph, it is likely that you will notice missing or lifted shingles.

Appearance of Shingles

Another reason that asphalt shingles are so popular is the variety of options available to Annapolis homeowners. All homes are constructed, and designed differently. Similarly, everyone has unique taste and style preferences. One of the benefits of shingles is the wide array of options that you can choose from to match your home. In many instances, HOA’s many only permit an asphalt shingle roof for conformity to the neighborhood.

Why Install a Metal Roof On Your Home?

Over the past years, metal roofs have increased in popularity for several reasons. For one is their sheer durability. Metal is a tougher, and durable material than asphalt which means it can offer a significantly longer lifecycle than a shingle roof. What this means for a homeowner is having to replace your roof less frequently. In turn this means the long-term savings are greater, but with a higher up-front cost, it makes it a more costly investment.

Pricing of a Metal Roof

As aforementioned above, a metal roof is typically more expensive than an asphalt shingle roof. Subsequently, it costs more upfront to have a metal roof installed on your home. However, the trade-off is that a metal roof can last up to 50 years, compared to an asphalt shingle roof which may last 15-20 years. That means that you may have to replace your shingle roof 2-3 times during the lifespan of just 1 metal roof.

Durability of a Metal Roof

Metal is an extremely durable roofing material, and is known to brace the elements better than asphalt. Compared to a shingle roof during a hail or wind storm, a metal roof will bear inclement weather. In some cases, your insurance may even offer discounts if you have a metal roof installed because of it’s sheer strength and composition.

Style of a Metal Roof

This comes as a surprise to many people, but metal roofs actually have numerous options and styles that homeowners can choose from. There are metal shingles and standing seam panels that you can choose from. It is designed and installed to the specifications of your home, and is actually lighter than a shingle roof. You can even have your metal roof designed to look like a shingle roof with metal shingles. There are many colors and styles that we can discuss with you.

Discuss With a Local Annapolis Roofing Contractor

Are you considering having your shingle roof replaced with a metal roof? Do you still have questions, or want to speak with an expert roofer directly? If you would like more information you can read more on or call us directly at (410) 709-7577. We offer free roofing estimates, and can schedule you a free appointment to sit-down with you to discuss your options based on the construction and style of your home. We use only the best products and and have years of experience in installing and replacing Maryland roofs.

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