Asphalt shingles are the most popular shingles in the U.S. because they’re affordable and easy to maintain. They are made from a sturdy fiberglass base, coated with asphalt and tiny granules of ceramic-coated mineral.

Metal roofs can last 40-70 years, depending on the material. Traditional asphalt roofing materials have an estimated life expectancy of roughly 12-20 years. Some metal roofs can sustain wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour, will not corrode or crack and may be impact resistant. In addition, metal roofs don’t need the periodic costly maintenance that other roofing materials often require. However, they should be inspected periodically to make sure no repairs are required.