Asphalt Shingles Versus Metal Roofing from Your Grand Rapids Roofing Company

Replacing your roof is typically a decision that only comes around once or twice in a lifetime. Choosing a roof is a major decision, so you want to make sure you weigh all the pros and cons of every available option to ensure you get it right the first time. To help you get a better insight on which roofing option might be best for you, Sherriff-Goslin Roofing Company in Grand Rapids looks at the style and design and longevity of asphalt shingles and metal roofing materials.

Style and Design

Asphalt shingles have a wide range of styles and options to choose from, which gives you a lot of freedom as it relates to customizing your home. The styles range from a basic 3-tab shingle to shake and slate architectural shingles. Each style also has its own color palette, further increasing your available options.

The style and design benefit of a metal roof is the idea that your home may be the only one in the neighborhood with one. There are also a variety of color choices, making it even easier for your home to completely stand out next to your neighbors’.

Decision: While it’s always good to stand out, when it comes to metal roofs you are limited in style. While a metal roof typically has many colors to choose from, the style is limited to vertical or horizontal. The many style options, including the ability to add depth with the help of an architectural shingle, gives asphalt shingles the style edge.


There is a chance you’ll only have to choose between roofing materials once if you select a metal roof. They have a life expectancy of 40 to 70 years, which makes them an attractive option. Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, while known to be very durable, have a shorter life expectancy. A reliable asphalt roof will last you up to 20 years, which ends up being much shorter by comparison to the metal roof.

Decision: While it may seem like metal roofs dominate this category, that’s not necessarily accurate. While a metal roof may last for double the lifespan of an asphalt shingle, the warranty on a metal roof is only good for 20-25 years. This statistic is a bit concerning when you consider that metal roofs can cost three times more than an asphalt roof — yet the warranty length is the same as an asphalt shingle. In the end, the metal roof’s insurance is only valid for a third of the life of the roof, while asphalt shingles typically come with a lifetime warranty. This leaves a metal roof vulnerable for much of its projected lifespan, which could cost big in the long run. For this we are calling the decision a draw.