Which Roof is Right for You?

Roof Shingle which roof is for you

Do you know your roof needs to be replaced? Are you trying to decide if you should stick with an asphalt roof or make the switch to a metal roof?

You’re not alone. We at Holda Construction get asked which is better all the time.


The truth is, one isn’t better than the other.  It all boils down to the look you want and your budget.


The team at Holda Construction has been replacing traditional roofs in the Chicagoland area since 2000. We know what it takes to maximize the life of your roof and why we offer a lifetime warranty on our workmanship.


To help you make the right decision for you, I came up with the 4 main points to compare the two types of roofs. But before we get to the comparisons, you need to know a little about each of them.


What is an asphalt roof?

The most common type of roof you see today is an asphalt roof.


There are three types of asphalt shingles: 3-tab, dimensional, and luxury.

3-tab asphalt shingles are exactly what they sounds like, 3-tabs.

Dimensional asphalt shingles give you a good looking random pattern or simulate the look of a wood shake roof.


Luxury or premium asphalt shingles are actually larger than the other asphalt shingles and are made to look like slate.


While 3-tab asphalt shingles used to dominate the market, dimensional asphalt shingles are the most common type installed on roofs today. Luxury style asphalt shingles are just as heavily marketed as dimensional but are almost double the price.


Now to metal roofing?

The second most common roof after asphalt is metal roofing.

There are two types of metal roof systems: standing-seam and screw-down panels.

A standing seam metal roof system is a series of metal panels that are locked together at the seams or seamed mechanically. This allows for the metal panels to expand and contract freely when the metal heats up.


A screw-down panel is just what it’s called; it’s screwed down. The screws are screwed through the metal panel which leaves no room for expansion and contraction.


Is an asphalt roof or a metal roof right for you?

An asphalt roof is going to be more cost-effective and you get great warranty options, but it has a shorter lifespan and needs more maintenance.


A metal roof system is going to be more expensive, but lives longer and requires less maintenance. However, I would only recommend a standing-seam metal roof over a heated space such as your home or office.


Are you still struggling to make a decision? Do you just want to assure yourself that you’re choosing the right roof? If this sounds like you, don’t hesitate to call us, we can help.


Whether it’s asphalt or metal roofing, make sure you hire the right contractor.

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