Delmarva Metal Roofing

Aluminum Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles​

Aluminum Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles​


While metal shingle technology and design options have advanced over the past decade, asphalt roof shingle quality has fallen due to the reduction of the oil (asphalt) content that roofing manufacturers are using. To save money, these companies replace petroleum products with fillers and binders. Simply stated, the lower the asphalt content, the poorer the quality of the shingles. Modern day asphalt shingles are susceptible to premature deterioration and may often cup, curl, and shed granules in as little as a year after installation. You won’t experience that with the permanent nature of aluminum shingles.

Aluminum shingles and other aluminum roofing designs are popular alternatives to asphalt roofing shingles due to the many benefits that aluminum shingles provide. Although the price of asphalt shingles may seem attractive to many Delmarva homeowners, asphalt roofing quickly loses value and is a poor investment over the long-term.

Aluminum Shingle Advantages And Why Asphalt Fails

Aluminum Shingles Outperform Asphalt Every Time

Aluminum shingles are permanent. Aluminum is strong, beautiful, energy-efficient and won’t break down over time, homeowners can enjoy the “one and done” peace of mind that aluminum shingles deliver. On the other hand, today’s asphalt roofs are more vulnerable than ever to damage from harsh weather and they don’t last long in areas like Delmarva where temperatures range from cold to hot or wet to dry.

There is more grim news for homeowners with asphalt shingles. Manufacturers have also changed the content of the base mat. Standard shingles consist of small granules glued to a base mat. Moisture seeps into the base mat when adhesive agents break down or dry out, causing the base mat to deteriorate. Leaks begin to occur when the base mat is exposed to moisture, and shingles start to crack, curl, and become loose. This is why even a moderate storm can cause significant damage to an asphalt shingle roof, while a aluminum shingle roof stands up to the harshest weather conditions imaginable.

Delmarva Metal Roofing is your source for professional Aluminum roofing installations of high quality investment grade aluminum roofing. We only work with a few hand picked vendors that will provide you with a new Aluminum roofing system guaranteed to improve your homes appearance. We offer a wide selection of colors and styles to match any home design. Increase the level of protection and value for your home, and provide yourself with the energy savings throughout the life of your roof.

Another advantage of aluminum shingles is that they’re impervious to biological growth. The binders and fillers added in asphalt shingles encourages biological growth. As algae grows, it spreads. Algae growth results in staining and streaking. A once beautiful roof now appears worn and old-looking. As your asphalt roof starts to age, the value quickly diminishes.

Weight is also a huge advantage for aluminum shingles. Due to their heavier weight, asphalt shingle roofs absorb and hold heat. This means in warmer weather, your house stays hotter, your air conditioner works harder, and your energy bills literally go through the roof.

Misleading warranties and the premature decline of the roofs has homeowners battling asphalt shingle companies. It is no surprise that many of these companies are involved in class action lawsuits due to the growing number of outraged consumers.

Aluminum shingles deliver a permanent roof that you’ll never have to replace. The fact is, the lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is 10-15 years, no matter what the warranty tells you, and it can be far less in areas with harsher weather. We regularly replace roofs that are less than twenty years old and sometimes fewer than ten!

Aluminum Shingles Versus Other Roofing Materials