Metal Roof Vs Shingles: What are the pros and cons

Are you interested in a new roof for your home? If you’re debating a metal roof vs. shingles, we’re here to help you make a more informed decision.

Metal roofs and shingles are very different from each other. There are unique advantages and drawbacks associated with both types of roofing materials. When you have an understanding of how each type of roofing functions, how long it lasts for, and more, it’s easier to make the right choice for your home.

Let’s take a closer look at the basics of metal roofing and shingled roofs. Then, we’ll look at the benefits of a metal roof vs. shingles and answer some common questions about them.

Is a metal roof cheaper than shingles?

A metal roof will always be more expensive than shingles. Not only do the metal panels themselves cost more than asphalt shingles, but a metal roof also requires more skill and labor to install.

You can actually expect the cost of a metal roof to be more than double or triple the cost of an asphalt shingle roof. This is based on a standing seam metal roof (the recommended choice for residential roofing) and the 3 types of asphalt shingles.

For example, an architectural shingle roof (the most commonly used shingle) will cost around $4.76 per square foot, while a standing seam metal roof will cost around $15.00 per square foot. If you’re looking for affordability for your roof replacement, I recommend going with an architectural shingle.

The lifespan of a metal roof versus a shingle roof

The lifespan of a roof is the number of years you get out of it. Both roofs have good lifespans, but a metal roof will last longer than a shingle roof.

For example, a dimensional shingle roof can last up to 30 years, while a standing-seam metal roof can last up to 50 years. Both a metal roof and a shingle roof should get as close as possible to their maximum lifespan as long as they have adequate attic ventilation and are installed properly.

Keep in mind, there are always factors like extreme weather, the climate of your area, and more that will ultimately determine how long both roof systems will last. However, as long as you invest in quality materials and hire a great roofing contractor, you should get peace of mind for years to come, no matter which roof you choose.

The amount of maintenance a metal roof needs versus a shingle roof

Roof maintenance is the periodical checking of all the vulnerable areas on a roof that could be susceptible to having a problem. Depending on the type of roof, whether it be residential or commercial, it will be annual, biannual, or quarterly maintenance.

Every roof needs some form of maintenance, but some roof types require more than others. With that in mind, a standing seam metal roof will need less maintenance than an asphalt shingle roof.

An asphalt shingle roof needs to be maintained and inspected at least once a year. This includes checking your pipe boots, clearing debris from valleys, or even just cleaning your gutters to ensure a leak doesn’t show up.

On the other hand, a standing seam metal roof requires virtually no maintenance. However, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be inspected periodically to keep it running smoothly.

Both a standing seam metal roof and an asphalt shingle roof need maintenance to catch future problems and ensure your roof’s life is maximized.

Picture from a roof remodel in 2023 completed by KangaRoof in Austin, Texas.  The homeowner made the switch from shingle to metal when it was decided it was time to replace the roof.

In the end it all comes down to preference. Metal roofs have their advanatages but are not always best for every home or situation. Whatever the roof KangaRoof is the roofing company to provide the best overall expereince for homeowners. The best way to find out what roof is for you is by talking to a KangaRoof Roofing Advisor. 

Call (512) 388-7663 to scheudle a roof inspection with a KangaRoof Roofing Advisor. 

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