It’s a common question we get asked, “which should I go with a metal or shingle roof?” and we typically tell our customers to go with the one they like the look of the best and can afford. There are different styles and colors for both types of roofs, so it’s all about what look you want and what your pocketbook can support you getting.

So let’s take a deeper look at both options. We’ll start with the most common type of roofing material, which is shingles.


Why Choose a Shingle Roof

shingle roof

Pros:

  • Save $$ – One of the biggest reasons people choose shingles over metal is because of the cost. Shingles are a lower cost material than metal and are also cheaper to install. Therefore, if you’re wanting to keep your new roof cost as low as possible, shingles are the best choice.
  • Visually Appealing – Shingles come in a variety of colors and looks. The most popular style of shingles found on most homes is the 3-tab shingle. However, architectural shingles are gaining popularity because they will last longer and have longer warranties. Of course, as you can guess, these are also more expensive than regular 3-tab shingles.
  • Staying uniform to the neighborhood look – If you live in a neighborhood, you likely can relate to this one. If every house in your neighborhood has a shingle roof, then you’ll likely want to stick with shingles.

Cons:

  • Appearance Changes Over Time – the longer the roof is on the house, the more likely it will start to develop dark spots of rain. If you have trees surrounding your house, it’s even possible you’ll have moss start to grow on the roof at some point.
  • Color Limitations – Not as many color options to choose from with shingles.
  • Not Energy Efficient – While there are some shingles that are considered energy efficient, most are not. Shingles tend to absorb heat which is great in winter time but not so great in summer.

Why Choose a Metal Roof

metal roof

Pros:

  • More Variety – You get more variety in color choices with metal which is a reason people like metal over shingles.
  • Longer Lasting – Metal is more durable and therefore will last longer.
  • Energy Efficient – Metal is considered energy efficient which means lower heating and cooling costs.
  • Resistant to Mother Nature – High winds can remove the granules from shingles which then leads to shingles needing to be replaced. Since metal is one flat surface, you don’t have to worry about the loss of material on it; therefore, it’s more likely to come through bad storms with less damage.
  • Eco-Friendly – metal can be made from recycled material and therefore, can be recycled again and again.

Cons:

  • Cost – metal is more expensive
  • Appearance
    • metal roofs tends to have more of an agricultural feel and look which makes it not seem out of place in city neighborhoods.
    • could have a wavy appearance if your roof is un-even.
    • hail can cause dents that could be visible to the naked eye.
  • Painting Needs – it’s possible in your metal roofs lifetime that it will need to be repainted.

Now that you know some of the reasons for and against each type, hopefully this will help you choose which roof material is best suited for your home. When you’re ready to replace your roof, give us a call!

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