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Pros & Cons Of The Top 3 Roof Types

There are 3 main roof types Metro Atlanta homeowners choose when it’s time to replace their roof. Today we look at the pros and cons of each to hopefully make the decision a little easier when it’s time to replace your roof!

Asphalt Shingles

The most common residential roof type by far, asphalt shingles has many advantages that justify it’s top spot.


  • The most affordable of all the roof types, they start cheap with 3-tab shingles and go all the way to designer shingles that replicate more expensive roof types like cedar shakes.
  • Looks great on most any home.
  • Relatively easy to repair and maintain (if inspected regularly)
  • East to install with most installations taking just a couple of days.
  • Plenty of variety, even the pickiest of homeowners can find something they like.
  • Lightweight and durable


  • Especially susceptible to wind and hail damage
  • Moss & mildew grow easily on asphalt shingles
  • Compared to other roof types has a short lifespan, requiring replacement every 15- 30 years.

Cedar Shakes/Cedar Shingles


  • Extremely durable. highly resistant to wind and rain
  • Properly maintained, cedar shakes/shingles can last several decades or more.
  • Looks great to many (beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course)
  • Actually looks better (again subjective) as it ages


  • Material is more expensive as is labor as each shake must be installed individually.
  • Also susceptible to moss, mold, and mildew, homeowners must strictly adhere to a regular maintenance schedule. Individual shakes should be replaced by a roof contractor as soon as they need to.

Metal Roofs

metal roof


  • Can last as long as the house or building itself
  • Shrugs off wind and rain like it never happened, especially durable
  • Mildew, mold, rot, even fire doesn’t phase a metal roof, it’s resistance to these is legendary.


  • The most expensive of the 3 common roof types both in terms of materials and labor
  • Hail damage may not affect the integrity of a metal roof, it can leave ugly dents.
  • Can be loud during rains although roof contractors can mitigate this with various methods to dampen the noise.
  • Repairs can be expensive. Although metal roofs are extremely durable, if a repair needs to be performed it can be quite expensive compared to it’s asphalt shingle cousins.

For more information or questions on roof types available to you or to obtain a free estimate on your residential or commercial roof project in Metro Atlanta call Atlanta Roofing Specialists at 770-419-2222 today!

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