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Metal Roofs Vs. Asphalt Shingles Part 1 featured image

Metal Roofs Vs. Asphalt Shingles Part 1

Roofing techniques and materials have remained largely the same over the past decade. Obviously, the advent of solar power cells had caused a small rift, but this technology was integrated into the roofing industry relatively smoothly thanks in part to hardworking contractors who sought out the right talent to perform solar installations. Contractors are always on a quest to cut costs and increase the structural integrity of every project, but when it comes to roofing, it can be difficult to decide which material is best for your project, especially when weighing the pros and cons of metal roofs and asphalt shingles.

In this two-part article, the Fort Lauderdale construction lawyers at Cotney Construction Law will compare and contract metal roofs and asphalt shingles to help you determine which is best for your next project. Remember, as a roofing contractor you must always be cognizant of the laws established in the sixth edition of the Florida Building Code and Title XXXII of the Florida Statutes, Chapter 489.

Cost and Lifespan

Asphalt is one of the least expensive roofing materials. The average cost of asphalt shingles is $350 to $900 per square, and with a lifespan of 15 to 20 years, asphalt has remained an important roofing material despite changes in the construction industry. The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) suggest replacing asphalt shingles after 20 years.

Metal roofing is significantly more expensive than asphalt at an average of $800 to $1200 per square vertical seam and $800 to $1500 per square for the stamped panel. However, this cost is justified when you consider the extended lifespan of metal roofs, which average over 50 years. Alternatives to asphalt and metal roofs include tile, slate, and shake.


Asphalt shingles are typically considered an inexpensive option that focuses on functionality overs style; however, the market has abandoned traditional three-tab shingles in favor of laminated designer shingles, sometimes dubbed “architectural shingles.” Laminated designer shingles can resemble more expensive roofing materials like shake and slate. This is one of the most popular roofing materials according to Travis VanDaGriff, central district sales manager for TAMKO Building Products. He told Builder, “The residential roofing market continues to shift toward laminates. Laminated asphalt shingles have added dimensionality because of extra layers of fiberglass mat, which create a wood shake-like appearance… Laminated shingle styles are also typically offered with longer warranties and better wind ratings.”

Metal roofs have also improved their aesthetic with stamped-panel metal shingles that look like shake, slate, and tile. A metal roof doesn’t have to be silver or gray. They can come in a variety of colors and styles.

To learn more about the similarities and differences between metal roofs and asphalt shingles, read part two.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.