Metal Roof vs. Shingles

The question of metal roof vs. shingles is fairly common for homeowners contemplating these popular roofing materials. We will explroe the benefits and detractors of each, as well as compare costs, options and more.

“Asphalt or composite shingles may only last 20 years, while a slate roof can last 100 years (but will cost an arm and a leg to install). Homeowners have to weigh the immmediate and long term costs to find the right roofing solution for them.”

Metal Roof vs. Shingles

Obviously these roofing materials differ greatly from one another. Let’s the benefits and downsides of metal roofs.

Benefits Of Metal Roofs

Metal roofs can easily last 40 years or more on an existing building. The coatings and galvanization allow the metal roof to last longer than that. All things considered, metal roofs provide long lasting durability with less maintenance. This makes metal roofing a good choice of material.

Sustainable Materials
Metal roofs use sustainable materials. The metal can be melted down to be reused and recycled. Having a roof made from recycled materials is a way to minimize your costs as well as minimizing the wastes associated with remodeling your roof. One of the most common metals for metal roofing is recycled steel, which can be recycled again when you get your roof replaced, meaning that there is far less waste to enter the landfills.

Insulting Properties
Metal roofing has a reflective coating and other insulation properties to help reduce your heating and cooling costs. Metal roofs can have a reflective coating that comes in just about any color.

Cost Of Metal Roof vs. Shingles

Aluminum Panels: $10 to $15 psf (installed)
Tin Roofing Tiles: $12.00 to $20.00 psf (installed)
Copper Roofing: $16.00 to $24.00 psf (installed)
Slate Tiles: $23.00 to $38.00 psf (installed)

Asphalt/Composite Shingles: $2.75 to $5.75 psf (installed)

Metal Roofing Cost | Asphalt Shingle Roof Cost

Benefits Of Shingles

Strength And Durability
A composite shingle is generally stronger and more durable than other types of roofing shingles. The shingle should not peel, splinter, crack or warp and should last around 30 -50 years. Some will even carry lifetime warranties. This compares to a regular roofing shingle, which typically only carry warranties of up to 20 years or so.

They can be manufactured to resemble almost any look, texture and color. They are often made to resemble a wood roofing shingle and the color used in a composite shingle is generally pretty fade resistant, so the color shouldn’t change much over the life of the shingle. They come in a wide variety of color options as well.

Easy To Install
They are relatively easy to install and if repair is required, a single shingle or a group can be easily repaired. In fact, the originals can usually stay in place, as long as they are flat, and the new shingle installed right over them.

Low Upfront Cost
If you take a look at the install prices above, it is obvious how much less it costs to buy and install asphalt or composite roofing shingles. Lower upfront costs aren’t the whole story though. The long term costs are more competitive because shingles may only last 20 years, at which time you will have to replace them. A slate roof can last 100 years but will cost an arm and a leg to install. Homeowners have to weigh the immmediate and long term costs to find the right roofing solution for them. This is where good roofing contractors come in handy.