If you’re in the market for a new roof, you’ve likely come across these two popular types: asphalt shingles and metal. Which one is the better option for you? Below, we weigh the pros and cons of the two types of roofs to give you a great starting point in your search.
Metal is the clear winner here! The typical lifespan for a metal roof is 40-50 years. Some metals, like zinc and copper, can last 100 years or more! Typical asphalt shingle roofs, on the other hand, only last 20–30 years at most.
Metal roofs can last for many decades without showing signs of wear. They’re also highly resistant to extreme weather, including hail, wind-driven rain, snow and ice. They can withstand winds up to 120 mph due to the interlocking pattern of the panels. Shingles will more easily blow off of a roof, leaving spots vulnerable to moisture penetration. That said, they are many higher quality, heavy asphalt shingles that can carry a high wind rating.
The cost of a shingle roof can be much less up front than a metal roof. Long term, however, a metal roof pulls ahead and could save you a lot of money. You could end up having to replace your shingle roof three times over the lifespan of a single metal roof. Metal is also more durable (requiring fewer repairs) and lower maintenance.
If you live in a dry region that’s prone to wildfires, you’d be better off with a metal roof. However, many asphalt shingles carry a Class A Fire Rating.
If your metal roof is installed properly, it should require virtually no maintenance. Simply check your roof and gutters for debris a couple times a year. Asphalt roofs require regular seasonal inspections, repairs, maintenance and sometimes shingle replacement.
Shingles are easier to repair than metal panels. A roofer can replace a single or fix an area with relative ease. Fixing a problem spot or replacing a panel in a metal roof is more difficult due to the way it’s installed and how the panels are connected.
You will have a large variety of color, style, and design options for both metal and shingle roofs.
Ease of Installation
Because a shingle roof requires less labor to install than a metal roof, roofing contractors can typically install them more quickly. Metal roof installation is more complicated and requires special skills.
Shingles are heavier than metal, which can place more stress on your building’s structure. Metal is lightweight, so it can help preserve your building’s integrity over time.
Rainshield Roofing & Construction installs both shingle and metal roofs. If you’re interested in metal, we recommend considering Snap-Loc Metal. If you’re leaning more towards shingles, consider the more durable Certainteed architectural shingles, which can last much longer than traditional 3-Tab shingles.
Call Rainshield Roofing for a free quote on either or both roofing systems today! 1-888-858-7663