Asphalt or Metal Roofing: Which is the Right Fit in Castle Country?


Asphalt (left) and metal (right) are both popular options for roofing.

By Jeff Hoel, CAS INC

Do you have water stains showing up on the ceiling? Whenever the wind blows, do you say to yourself, “there went another shingle”? It is likely time to do something about it. But what is the best choice of roofing products? Asphalt shingles or metal? Where can you find straight answers and affordable options? From someone who regularly installs both roof types and fully understands each product.

Asphalt Shingles remain the most popular roofing product in the housing industry. Many of us grew up with good-ole three-tab. However, “laminate roofing,” also referred to as “architectural roofing,” has gained in popularity. The elevated texture and color choices have helped beautify residential housing. This shingle has two layers laminated together creating a “nail-strip”. This added strength combined with using a six-nail-pattern results in a 130-MPH wind rating. The cost difference between three-tab and laminate shingles is negligible, which makes it a great choice.

Metal Roofing is becoming increasingly popular for use on residential housing. It is true that some metal roofing products are two or three times costlier than asphalt roofing. However, the most popular and widely used metal roofing product is comparable to asphalt roofing costs. The manufactures of these roof systems promise a longer life expectancy then asphalt. Metal roofs reflect 70% of the sun’s energy, unlike asphalt shingles, which retain heat and drive up cooling costs. Some may say that metal roofs are noisier when it rains, or they attract lighting. These claims are simply unfounded, just like the notion that a metal roof is too expensive.

At CAS INC we will “do-the-right-thing” by helping you create a customized roofing-plan that best fits your home and budget. Ask us about our popular “Help-you-roof” program. We provide tools and training so you can save thousands or more by removing your own roof. Our customers are eager to share their success story directly with you, including those who selected the “Self-Help” option.

It important to remember that a building permit is required for all roof replacements. This will protect you from liabilities resulting from using unlicensed and uninsured contractors.

Give Jeff a call or text at (435) 650-6841 or visit for more information.

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