How to Pick the Right Roof for You

Submitted a year ago
Created by
Jeff Acker

Metal or asphalt? Tips to help you decide.

When you're ready to roof your house, you'll have questions about the material you want to use. Do you want sheets or shingles? Which is most environment-friendly? Are metal roofs all they're cracked up to be? At HP Roofing, we'll help you answer them all.

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We'll provide a full recommendation during your consultation. One critical factor is to have an idea of how long you plan to be in the home so that we can advise on the best combination of investment and performance value. But it's good to do some research to prompt your questions about which roof will best fit your home and its surroundings. Below are the most popular types we've installed in three decades of service in the Upper Valley:

Metal Roofs

Life Span: 40-60 years


  • Energy efficient - light colors reflect up to 25% more sunlight over shingles.
  • Sheds snow better than any other material
  • Low-maintenance, lightweight, long-lasting, and recyclable.


  • Higher cost
  • Leaks are rare, but still possible if water gets in through the seams in the metal
  • Snow pileup can sometimes cause problems with access or landscaping. You will want to make sure it stays clear of garages, walkways and entryways.

Metal roofs are the go-to choice for many of our customers, and for good reason. They want a roof they will almost never have to repair or worry about, and they'll get it in a standing-seam metal roof. Metal roofs in this area are almost exclusively made of steel, with an enamel finish guaranteed not to fade, chip, rust, or peel for at least 35 years. These roofs have a lower (though not necessarily non-existent) incidence of ice dams and related leaks. When snow falls off a metal roof, it packs down and turns to ice almost immediately and becomes impossible to shovel. You'll want to be aware of where that snow will fall.

Asphalt Shingles

Life Span: 25-50 years


  • Affordable and quick to install
  • Available in a variety of colors, styles, and textures to match any taste or budget
  • Granules in the coating deflect ultraviolet rays


  • More susceptible to ice dams
  • Can only be used on a roof with a steep slope
  • May require more regular maintenance

Cost-effective and customizable for a broad range of house types, asphalt shingles are by far our most frequently installed roof. We reinforce asphalt shingles with a fiberglass mat that tends to provide better weatherproofing. We also offer architectural asphalt shingles designed to replicate the handcrafted look of a wood shingle without the maintenance.

Duro-Last Flat Roofing Solutions

Life Span: 15-20 years


  • Can be installed over your current flat roof
  • Eliminates issues with standing water; moisture wicks off the material like a swimming pool liner
  • Quiet installation - no heavy machinery, fumes, or exposure to the elements during installation.


  • Specific to flat and low-pitch roofs

The Duro-Last roofing system is a specially formulated plastic alternative to asphalt roll roofing. Having served the Upper Valley for many years, we understand that flat roofs can cause a host of problems in the winter due to poor runoff. We recommend the Duro-Last system because it is low-maintenance, energy-efficient, and slick enough for water and snow to be removed with a broom. The product performs exceptionally well on older homes where puddling occurs. Duro-Last is available in solid colors, or in a shingled surface look for more aesthetic appeal.

This blog is written by Jeff Acker and sponsored by HP Roofing.

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