Replacing your roof is a hefty investment compared to most home improvements. The roof of a home makes up a large portion of building costs. However, it is important in keeping the home in good condition and energy efficient. If you are getting ready to replace your old roof, you are probably facing the issue of choosing between metal or asphalt shingles.
Metal and asphalt shingles come in a large variety of colors to enhance the look of the home. But what are the cold hard facts of the two different materials?
Asphalt Shingle Roofing Pro’s
If you choose to install an asphalt shingle roof, removal of the old roof, repairs to decking and installation of new shingles can all be completed within one day. They are easier to install by contractors because panels are smaller and easier to handle and quicker to nail into the decking versus handling large sheets of metal and installing with screws.
Less Expensive and Faster Repairs
Repairs for shingle roofs are less expensive. They require less materials and labor. Shingles can be removed individually for repairs compared to removing and replacing larger sheets of metal roofing.
Lower Short Term Cost to the Homeowner
The initial cost of a metal roof is typically atleast half of that of a metal roof installation. Therefore, this is a more economic one time investment for the home.
Asphalt Shingle Roofing Con’s
Higher Long Term Cost, Shorter Lifecycle
Even if you maintain your shingle roof and make repairs, you will have to replace an asphalt roof two to three times within the lifecycle of one metal roof. Therefore you will incur a higher long term cost to maintain and replace the roof.
Limitations in Color
Although there are now a wider variety of color blends for asphalt shingles, metal roofing will offer you more flexibility and variety in color and vibrancy.
Lower Fire Resistance
Most asphalt shingles now carry a class A fire rating. Asphalt shingles are “fire resistant” with the granules that coat the asphalt layer but can still catch fire. Therefore a metal roof will outperform asphalt shingles in the case of a fire.
Less Sustainable to the Environment
Shingles are recyclable, but most will go to landfill due to lack of knowledge on how to properly dispose of them.
Metal Roofing Pro’s
Lower Long Term Cost, Longer Lifecycle
The lifecycle of a metal roof can 60+ years. It will cost less compared to having to replace a shingle roof multiple times over the life of the home.
All parts of metal roofing are 100% recyclable including underlayments.
Weather and Fire Performance
Metal roofing outperforms all materials in regular and extreme weather. This includes performing against fires.
Increased Home Value, Lower Insurance
A metal roof can both improve your home value and lower insurance premiums. This is because of the durability, longevity and lower likelihood of failure due to weather.
Variety in Look and Color
Metal roofs come in both standing seam and stone coated. Standing seam steel offer you a larger variety in colors that are also more vibrant. Stone coated steel offers the durability of a metal roof with the look of shingles or cedar shakes.
Metal Roofing Con’s
Higher One Time Cost
Metal roofing is more expensive for materials and labor. Because of this, the cost of a single install is more than shingles.
Harder to Find Qualified Contractors
Because metal roofs are more expensive and less often installed, it can be more difficult to find a contractor in your area to install a metal roof. Learn more about the services American Remodeling offers for metal roofing.
Some HOA’s may restrict your ability to install a metal roof.
Still need help in deciding which material to choose?
Contact American Remodeling to meet with a qualified sales person to explore your roofing options!