Metal roofs are making a big comeback. Their quality, durability, and looks are winning fans in our region and around the country. But contemporary asphalt shingles also offer terrific aesthetics, quality, and value. So which one should I choose for my new roof? The answer will depend on your budget, up-front versus long-term considerations, your house style, and individual needs. Here are a few things to consider as you make a decision.
Shingles v. Metal: The Pros and Cons
Both metal roofs and asphalt shingles have come a long way. You can get a terrific look, weather resistance, and the color choices you want either way. And there are so many options. We have asphalt shingles that look like cedar shake, wood, and tile. Metal roofing comes in a range of materials, including zinc, aluminum, galvanized steel, copper, and tin.
What Are The Pros and Cons of Shingles?
Today’s high-quality shingles offer gorgeous colors and looks that are a far cry from the gray shingles so many of us grew up with. They offer excellent value with a much lower up-front cost than metal roofing. It’s also easy to replace a single shingle if it’s damaged or lost.
On the downside, even high-quality shingles are less durable than metal, with an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years. They’re also more prone to algae and those unsightly black marks on the roof. Shingles are more likely to crack, buckle or become loose during weather events than metal.
What Are The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing?
Today’s metal roofs are available in vertical seam format or preformed panels, which can be made to look like traditional shingles with the added durability of metal.
Durability is at the top of the list when we talk about metal roofing. Metal can last two or three times as long as asphalt shingles. According to the Metal Roofing Alliance, many metal roofs come with warranties of 30 to 50 years. They are fire-resistant and stand up well against the elements. Metal roofs are sustainable, usually made at least partly from recycled materials. They’re among the most energy-efficient roofing materials, reflecting sunlight and reducing cooling costs. Finally, metal roofs tend to have a higher resale value than other materials.
The biggest downside is the up-front cost. Metal is more expensive for both materials and installation than shingles. They’re prone to dents from hail and falling trees and objects and can be pricey to replace if damaged. Metal roofs can also be noisy during storms, which is a plus for some but a downside for others. Your roofer can also mitigate noise with solid attic insulation.
How Do Prices of Metal And Asphalt Shingles Compare?
Are metal roofs really that much more expensive than shingles? When you look at the numbers, metal is two or three times the price of asphalt shingles but will last at least twice as long. So the issue really comes down to your individual taste and how much you want to spend upfront.
Metal is more expensive but lasts longer.
When speaking of roofing, the term “square” refers to 100 square feet. Metal seam roofs cost $800-$1200 per square and metal panels $800-1500, according to the MRA. The cost will depend on the type of metal and the paint that you choose, with galvanized steel at the more economical end and copper and zinc at the higher end. Installation of metal roofs also tends to be more expensive. Contractors need more specialized skills, including the ability to customize and work with metal panels, underlayment and fasteners.
Asphalt shingles cost $350 to $900 per square on average and are easier to install. However, keep in mind that even high-end shingles need to be replaced more frequently.
Choosing Metal or Shingles?
You can get excellent quality and a terrific look from both contemporary asphalt shingles and metal roofing. So the choice depends on your personal taste, the style of your house, and how much you’re ready to spend upfront. Metal looks terrific on craftsman-style, Victorian, farmhouse, and contemporary homes. On the other hand, today’s shingles are more attractive than ever, and high-end architectural shingles take style to the next level. Shingles may also be in keeping with your HOA designs and other homes in your neighborhood. Whichever option you choose, DryHome Roofing & Siding has the skilled installers and the best choice of materials available to give you the roof that’s right for you. We’ll listen to you, assess your house and help you make the right decision based on your needs and budget. And we offer financing options, to make it easier to get your new roof.