The Differences Between a Metal & Asphalt Roof

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Metal Roofing vs. Asphalt Roofing

When you think about roofing, two of the most common types that come to mind are metal and asphalt. But what are the differences between these two types of roofing? Here’s a look at the key distinctions between metal and asphalt roofs from the perspective of Advanced Construction of Janesville, a home remodeling contractor that serves Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois:

The Differences

There are many important differences between metal and asphalt roofing including the materials used to create the roof, the durability of the two types, and the degree to which the types are energy efficient. Find out more about each difference below.


Metal roofs are typically made from copper, steel, or aluminum, and they can last for 50 years or more with proper care and maintenance. Asphalt roofs, on the other hand, are made from a combination of asphalt and fiberglass, and they typically last for 20-25 years.


One of the biggest advantages of metal roofs is that they’re extremely durable and can withstand high winds and heavy rains. Asphalt roofs are also quite durable, but they can be damaged more easily by hail and falling branches.

Metal roofs are also fire-resistant, which is a major plus if you live in an area that’s prone to wildfires. Asphalt roofs are not fire-resistant, but they are self-extinguishing, meaning they won’t propagate a fire if one should start.

Energy Efficiency

Another benefit of metal roofs is that they reflect heat, which can help keep your home cooler in the summer. Asphalt roofs absorb heat, which can make your home warmer in the summer.

Why Choose Advanced Construction?

If you’re considering a new roof for your home, weigh the pros and cons of metal and asphalt roofs to decide which type is right for you. And when you’re ready to get started with your home remodel, call Advanced Construction of Janesville at 608-774-9494 for a FREE quote today. We have a variety of options to fit your style and budget and financing options to help you spread the cost of your project over time.

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