The pro’s and con’s of shingle roofing versus metal roofing is one of our most frequently asked questions. The materials are very different and your decision, if you’re replacing your roof, shouldn’t solely be based on the exterior “look” (although that’s still a factor) – each material can impact the amount you spend or save on utilities, insurance, and warranties too!
If installed properly, your roof should last a very long time. It should be installed with quality materials by a licensed and insured contractor. If you’re debating between metal or asphalt roofing material, make sure your contractor has experience with installing both.
Roofing Pro Tip: Ask your local roofing contractor for a portfolio of their completed jobs with your desired materials – they should be able to provide a few photos of similar homes that have used those materials before! For example, all the photos in this blog post are projects that our company completed!
Below we’ve outlined the pro’s and con’s of using metal roofing or asphalt shingle roofing material, we’ll start with asphalt shingles since it’s the most popular and common roofing material.
Shingle roofing is the most common form of roofing on the market, it’s the traditional choice for homes and businesses for the last century. There are a variety of benefits that range from low installation cost to ease and access of materials. We’ve highlighted four of those benefits below.
More Color Options
Your roof accounts for as much as 25-40% of your home’s visible exterior and plays a large role in the ‘curb-side’ appeal of your home. There are a variety of manufacturers for asphalt shingles, each offering a variety of asphalt shingle color options.
The roofing experts at Signature Exteriors often use Owens Corning, Certainteed, GAF or IKO shingles. Click on their names above to browse their extensive color options.
To be clear, metal roofing can also be installed in a variety of colors and styles but often requires painting the metal with paint designed specifically for the metal panels which is an additional charge. Painted metal roofs also have a wide-variety of color options and can be backed by paint warranties.
More Affordable Installation
Most roofing materials are priced by square (100 square feet) or by bundle (33.3 square feet). Asphalt shingle averages $60 – $90 per square before installation whereas metal often ranges $100 – $200 per square before installation. Home Advisor put together a comprehensive guide to shingle roofing costs if you’d like to dig a little deeper into these prices.
On top of the material cost, there is also the cost of labor (unless you’re a DIY-er). Depending on your area and local demand, labor costs can average around $200 – $300 per square to install asphalt shingle material onto your home. In contrast, metal roofing labor costs can range from $300 – $500 per square foot.
If these numbers intimidate you, consider hiring a local roofing contractor to perform a storm damage inspection to see if your insurance carrier may be able to help cover some, if not all, of these roofing costs.
Less Expensive Repairs
Going along with the ease and affordability of installation, asphalt shingles are much cheaper to repair if there is a leak or an installation failure. Most shingles can be removed one at a time near the source of your issue and require fewer materials to repair. Metal roofing, on the other hand, is more complex because the full-length panels. They’re all connected together and more difficult to replace one at a time.
More Warranty Coverage
Shingle roofing often comes with a number of warranty offers from both the manufacturer of the shingle and the contractor installing them. Common problems covered by shingle warranties include material defect, contractor error, and manufacturer error.
Metal roofing is still a very common roofing choice, especially in environments with drastically changing weather patterns. It is a more complex option requiring specific techniques, experienced installers, and more pieces and parts to make it succeed but the benefits lie in its longevity, ability to increase property value, low maintenance, and its insurance benefits.
The most notable difference between metal roofing and asphalt shingle roofing is the span of life. Metal roofing, on average, has a life-span of 50 years or more whereas shingles generally last 20-25 years. There are some metal materials that are known to last close to 100 years or more.
Property Value Increase
Metal roofing does have an increased one-time cost for installation or replacement but due to its lifespan and durability, you’ll notice an increase in your property value if you plan to put your home on the market after you have a metal roof installed. Typically, depending on your area, homeowners can expect to see a 1% – 6% increase in the value of their property.
This can vary depending on your area and weather patterns but most homeowners will notice a reduction in their insurance policies when installing a metal roof as they are less likely to fail from fire and storm damage (such as wind or hail) due to the material.
Note: Before you install metal roofing or replace your metal roofing, call your insurance carrier to discuss the coverage options. Some carriers do not offer any sort of premium reduction or, in worse-case scenarios, increase the premium as metal roof itself is worth more and would be more expensive for the carrier to cover in case of damage.
The level of upkeep to maintain your metal roof is minimal, especially if you used a certified Charlotte roofing contractor who performed the installation correctly. General upkeep usually only involves removing leaves, branches, and other debris that can build up over time.
Bonus: Metal roofing is also environmentally friendly and energy efficient. There has been such an improvement on metal roofing technology that some sheet manufacturers offer cool roofing, which release absorbed heat in higher temperatures and retain heat in cooler temperatures. Metal roofing is highly recyclable, meaning that leftover materials are often recycled for future use. For example, 95% of aluminum roofing materials are made out of already-recycled materials.
Both metal roofing and asphalt shingle roofing options can be great for your home. It’s important to weigh in all of the factors of their pro’s and con’s as your making your decision to repair or replace your roof. If you’re looking for a quote on metal roofing installation or asphalt shingle installation, give your Charlotte local roofing professionals at Signature Exteriors a call.