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An asphalt shingle is a type of roof shingle that uses asphalt for waterproofing. It is one of the most widely used roofing covers in North America because it has a relatively inexpensive up-front cost and is fairly simple to install. They cost significantly less than a metal roofing system, which can be especially attractive for rental property owners and home sellers. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and look brand new for 5-10 years.

How long do asphalt roof shingles last?
A typical asphalt shingle roof will last anywhere from 15 to 25 years before requiring replacement.

How much is an asphalt shingle roof?
The average roofing installation price for an asphalt shingle roof costs anywhere between $5,000 to $8,000 depending on the slope, pitch, and size of your roof.
Metal roofs will enhance the curb appeal and value of any home while providing durability, performance and protection that will last. Once you’ve installed a metal roof, chances are you’ll never have to re-roof your home again. Consider the cost over a 30-year period – when you’d likely have to replace 2 asphalt roofs – a metal roof will indeed save you money in the long run. Even better, most metal roofs come with up to a 50-year warranty.

What are the disadvantages of a metal roof?
Metal roofs can be noisy, especially during a heavy rain. Large panels tend to expand and contract. If they are not properly installed with fasteners that allow the metal to "breathe," the panels may loosen. If a repair is required or a home extension is added years later, it may be difficult to find an exact match to the existing metal.

Is it cheaper to get a metal roof or shingles?
Initially the cost of a metal roof can be substantially more than a premium asphalt roof. This is due to two factors, first, a metal roof is a premium product which does not begin deteriorating as soon as it is installed and second, it takes more skilled application for installation. But, overall it will save you money in the long run versus other roofing products.

Can I put a metal roof over shingles?
A metal roof can often be installed over your current roof, without tearing off what’s already there.

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