Metal Roof vs Shingles
When comparing a metal roof vs shingles, they both have their advantages, and we recommend the following considerations when choosing between the two.
It mainly comes down to the goals you have for your property and home when it comes to choosing between metal roof vs shingles. For example, how long you plan to be in your home since one product lasts longer than the other.
Benefits Of Metal Roofing
Metal roofs come in a couple of different types of metal, and different profiles. The two most common metal roofs are the standing seam metal roof and the corrugated metal roof.
Corrugated Metal Roof
The corrugated metal roof is installed in such a way that the fasteners are exposed to the elements, which is why we don’t recommend this. But some people choose this because of the appearance or because it is less expensive. The cost of corrugated is less because the labor is significantly less and it doesn’t last as long.
Standing Seam Metal Roof
On the other hand, standing seam metal roofing has its fasteners hidden. The wind resistance is a lot higher on this type of roof.
A significant advantage to standing seam metal roofs is that they last longer than shingles do and once they near the “end of their life” it’s normally due to the paint wearing off. So to restore your roof you can simply have it painted over again and extend its life even longer.
Wind Resistance For Metal Roofs
The wind resistance is significantly higher than a shingle roof. But for a metal roof, it can come in different levels of wind resistance itself, depending on how it’s installed, what types of clips are used, and so on.
Steel vs Aluminum
When your house is within half a mile from the water, you will need aluminum metal roofing. But other than that, you can go with steel. There is a price difference but it is a small difference.
Benefits Of Shingle Roofing
There are many different profiles of shingles and a few leading manufacturers. But there are only three main differences in shingle types to consider when comparing metal roof vs shingles.
- Some are made with lower wind resistance and shorter life span, such as the Three-Tab Shingle.
- Others are made with higher wind resistance and longer life span, such as the architectural shingles.
- Within the Architectural shingles there is a third strain that is made with the same life span and wind resistance, but they come with extra protection against storm damage, such as hail.
Architectural shingles come with a Limited Lifetime guarantee and Three-Tab shingles come with a 25-year life span. The wind resistance on a Three-Tab is only 60 MPH, compared to 130MPH for the architectural.
Keep in mind, if the person installing your shingles isn’t certified by the manufacturer, they are not able to give you the full enhanced warranty that comes with the 50-year NON-prorated material and workmanship warranty. So make sure that your installer has the Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Certification.
The Cost – Metal Roof vs Shingles
Shingles are significantly less than metal but metal comes with greater benefits in regards to life expectancy and overall strength of the roof. So choosing between the two options will largely depend on your goals for your home.
Pricing will vary even within the metal roofs depending on the quality of install, metal, and accessories of the roof. And of course, for any roof, the size and complexity of the roof will also affect the price.
Metal roofing is more expensive than shingle partly because the material is more expensive but also because the labor is more expensive. The skill of installing a metal roof is harder to come by, it’s a specialized trade that requires a special skill set.
Third-Party Pricing Review
Remodeling Cost Value Report is a third-party source that gathers pricing information from thousands of contractors across the United States. So this is a good resource to look at when comparing a metal roof vs shingles.
In this report, they offer what they see as the trend for pricing of each type of home improvement project. But these prices do not exactly reflect what Chase Roofing offers.
To get an accurate price based on your house, contact us for a free estimate.
Metal Roof Replacement Price
Here is the price of metal roofs according to the Remodeling Cost Value Report. It is based on a 3,000 square foot roof.
Shingle Roof Replacement Pricing
Here is the price of a shingle roof according to the Remodeling Cost Value Report. It is based on a 3,000 square foot roof.
Schedule A Meeting With A Roof Consultant
When choosing between a metal roof vs shingles, there is honestly no way to tell you what is the best fit for your home without discussing with you the options and the goals you have for your project.
We offer free roof replacement consultations, schedule a meeting today with one of our roof consultants to discuss the options of metal roof vs shingles.