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What's the difference?

Metal Shingles/Standing Seam Metal vs Asphalt Shingles, what's the difference?

Metal Shingles:

Metal shingles are a very popular choice for a residential metal roof and although they are not as common as standing seam metal roofs, they are still one of the top roofing materials installed each year.

They come in many styles and colors, two of the most common styles are interlocking shingles and overlapping tiles.

Metal shingles are true architectural metal roofs and can provide you with a long lasting roofing solution and looks like natural slate, clay tiles or cedar shingles at a fraction of the cost and a much longer roof life.

Metal shingles are easier to roof around obstacles such as hexagon tower for a chimney, etc. whereas standing seam metal it's nearly impossible to do so.

Metal shingles are usually made of steel or aluminum and on rare occasion you will see copper or zinc. The reason for using steel or aluminum is they are both very durable and long lasting materials. Copper and zinc metal roofs are generally very expensive and therefore not as popular as steel or aluminum.

Standing Seam Metal:

Standing seam metal roofing is a concealed fastener roofing system which features vertical or trapezoidal legs with a flat space in between. This is one of the most durable and weather tight roofing systems out there. It's concealed fastener design ensures that the aren't exposed to the elements which could cause them to fail over time. Since panels are attached to the roof deck with clamps, they're free of any holes from nails or other fasteners which would allow moisture to seep through.

More pluses from standing seam are-


*High durability

*Fire resistant

*Impact resistant

*Special clips available for thermal roof expansion & contraction during extreme temp changes.

Asphalt Shingles:

Asphalt shingles are a type of shingle that uses asphalt for waterproofing. It is one of the most widely used roofing materials in North America because it is relatively inexpensive and is fairly easy to install.

Mills Roofing uses Architectural shingles also known as dimensional shingles these are among the highest quality roofing products made. Traditionally, they are composed of a heavy fiberglass mat base and ceramic coated mineral granules that are tightly embedded in a carefully refined, water-resistant asphalt.

Some of the most attractive Architectural shingles simulate cedar wood shakes, these are quite thick with random slots similar to those of wood shakes. Another unique Architectural shingle mimics Slate without the weight issues that normally accompany those materials. They also don't require additional weight support like slate would. The products random colors and textures better accent the steep roof planes, turrets and gable features of roofs. Many product lines offer hip and ridge accessory shingles that highlight a roof's many sections and complement the shingle.

So what are the difference's other than price and style?

Metal- Variety, Longevity, Durability, Resistance to elements, Painting and sealing, Resale value & energy efficiency.

Shingles- Appearance, Affordability, Lower labor cost, uniformity with other homes in your neighborhood.

Asphalt shingle typically only last up to 20-30 years whereas metal roofing systems can last up to 35-50 years!

When deciding on the perfect roof of your home think of the pros and cons and what style best fits you and your home!

Need a roof replacement? Call Mills Roofing today for your FREE estimate!


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