Shingle or Metal Roofing? Which is the best for you?
When trying to decide what kind of roof you should put onto your home or building, it can be overwhelming. This is an important decision as you want choose something that will last for many years to come. There’s a few factors that come into consideration as you contemplate metal or asphalt shingle, such as pricing, lifecycle, available styles and colors to match the character of your home.
Metal roofing offers durability that can’t be matched by shingles. For instance, whereas you could rip a shingle apart, you can’t rip a solid seam of metal apart. Metal is proven to hold up stronger to the elements made up of steel as opposed to asphalt.
Shingles are one of the most wide-spread roofing systems used in the United States. They are reliable and durable. But, one of the largest factors is their cost. Asphalt shingles are significantly less expensive than a metal roof upfront. In the short-term, shingles are less expensive, however since metal has such a long lifespan, a metal roof is cheaper in the long-run and is a better value as you will have to replace an asphalt shingle roof several times in the same lifespan of a metal roof.
The most important factor for the longevity of any roof is going to be the climate and environment that you’re in. Living in an area prone to hail, tornadoes, major windstorms, or snow is going to impact your roof differently than calm, moderate weather year-round. Shingles can last for 12-20 years, but this number can drastically decrease with violent storm activity. Metal roofs are designed to last 50+ years
The entire metal panel can be fully recycled, and is made from recycled material. Shingles can only be recycled to a certain extent. Metal can reflect heat better than shingles as well when coated, which can allow for lower energy bills and lower cooling demands on your home.
Shingles are quicker and easier to install while metal takes a specialized craft and expertise. As such, you’ll tend to see more roofing companies that offer shingle roof installation, but not always metal roof replacement. There are more companies available that will do shingle than metal.
Metal is tested and proven to hold up remarkably well to driving rain and winds, powerful storms, hail, ice, heat and snow. As such, in many storm climates like Florida, metal is growing increasingly in popularity.
While most people think that metal roofs are heavier than shingle roofs, the opposite is true and metal tends to weigh about 1.4 pounds per square foot with standing seam metal.
Another surprising factor to many homeowners who think asphalt shingle offers more color and options than metal isn’t necessarily true. Metal has 100’s of color options, including for energy efficiency, non-painted, metallic colors, bright colors, weathered colors, earth tones, and so forth. Both offer a significant range of color options.
Metal roofs tend to require less maintenance and up-keep than shingle roofs. This will depend on the area and storm activity. But, both roofs require keeping your roof clear of any debris, especially after a storm. Shingles can become broken or loosened after heavy winds or hail, and may require repairs or full replacement while metal tends to hold up better in stormy conditions.
While metal has many more advantages than shingles, it isn’t always the best option for every homeowner or building. One of the first major factors is your budget, and how much you are comfortable investing to have your roof replaced. Are you looking for the most inexpensive up-front option, or budgeting for the next 30 or 40 years?
Is an eco-friendly roof important to you as well, in terms of the recycled materials that are used to build your new roof? Is your area and home prone to frequent violent weather, such as hail and wind? This should factor into metal or shingles.
Another important consideration is any HOA restrictions that you may have in your neighborhood. Look around – do most of your neighbors all have shingle roofs? You may want a metal roof for the advantages mentioned above, but it may not meet the HOA requirements or permission. Your HOA may want to keep a consistent look, or image to the entire community.