Comparing Metal and Shingle Roofing
If you’re thinking of a home roof replacement, there are a many choices, but two of the most popular are shingles or metal. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and this comparison chart should help you in making a decision between the two.
Lightweight: easier to transport and install, less roof load.
Longevity: metal roofing should last 50+ years, and some metals, such as copper or zinc, can last 100 years or longer.
Lower long-term cost: Though more expensive to install, metal roofing’s much longer lifespan means that roughly 3 shingle roof replacements would be required for only a single metal roof installation.
Fire resistance: Typically, metal roofing is noncombustible and Class A fire rated. Homes in rural areas with tree cover can benefit in the event of a fire.
Weather resistance: Properly installed, metal roofing is designed to withstand strong winds, heavy rains, snow, ice, hail, and extremes of temperature.
Eco-friendly: Metal roofing can be constructed of recycled material, and metal roofs removed can be recycled, as well as carefully chosen underlayment.
Energy Efficiency: Some metal roofing is designed to retain heat in the winter and dissipate it in the summer.
Higher property value: Due to its longer life, metal roofing can increase property value.
Low maintenance: Less upkeep is required for metal roofing than for shingle roofs.
Short-term cost: If you do not plan on owning the home for more than 10 to 20 years, you’ll spend less money for shingle roofing.
Easier installation and replacement: Less time and labor is required to install and replace shingle roofing.
Lower cost for repairs: In the event of damage, it’s less expensive to repair shingle roofing.
More installers: There are many more roofing installers with shingle experience than those used to working with metal roofing.
More supportive of foot traffic: Once the shingles are installed, they support foot traffic better than metal roofing, which can in some cases bend with higher weight.
Readily available – Shingles are more widely available at local distributors and retail outlets.
Coastal region friendly: Metal roofing is often not recommended if too near salt water due to possible corrosion, while shingles are fine in those climates.
Better warranty coverage: Shingle roofing can enjoy better warranty coverage, as it can be warranted by manufacturers against defects, installers for their errors, as well as algae growth and wind resistance.
Higher first-time cost: The cost of installation is significantly higher, so unless you plan on staying in the home long enough to justify it, shingles are better.
Fewer qualified contractors: There are fewer qualified contractors, as shingle roofing is by far more common nationally.
Labor intensive: A great deal more experience and precision is necessary to install metal roofing, leaving less room for error.
Oil canning – Virtually all metal roofs will eventually exhibit wavy looks, depressed areas, though it’s only usually aesthetic.
HOA or municipality issues: Some HOAs or local municipalities do not allow metal roofs for a variety of reasons, valid or not.
Shorter lifecycle: If you plan on being in the home for more than 10 to 20 years, you’ll need to replace a shingle roof while metal would last longer.
Higher long-term cost: Metal lasts three times longer than shingles on average, so would be less expensive over the long run.
Intrusive installation: Due to the need to use nails through the roofing and the underlayment, there are many penetrations that could be a problem later.
Weight: Shingle roofing is a lot heavier than metal, thus placing more stress on roof supporting structures.
More damage prone: Especially during extreme weather, shingles are more easily damaged than metal roofing.
Do more research to be sure before you make a decision, but this chart should help you to begin the process.