Metal Roof vs. Asphalt Shingles – Pros and Cons

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Metal roofing seems to be popping up everywhere. It’s attractive on almost every architectural style, and you may have heard about its longevity. If it’s time for a new roof or a roof replacement, sorting your options can be tough. Almost every week someone asks our roofing experts to help them weigh the pros and cons of installing a metal roof vs. asphalt shingles.

Within those two groups, there are subcategories. Asphalt shingles come in options like fiberglass, organic, three-tab and architectural. Metal roofing can mimic the look of almost any material when it comes in steel or aluminum shingles. We sell standing seam metal roofing, a durable and attractive choice. Copper or zinc roofing is extremely pricey, but it lends an unbeatable refinement to a home’s exterior. In our article, we’ll give you some generalizations then briefly touch on some of the sub-categories of each type.

Price of Metal Roof vs. Asphalt Shingles

Metal roofing almost always costs more initially. Much of the time in the DFW and East Texas area home and business owners opt for corrugated or ribbed steel, one of the more cost-effective metal roofing options. A metal shingle roof tends to cost between $7 and $10 per square foot installed, while a standing seam metal roof ranges from $9 to $12 per square foot installed. That translates to between $100 and $200 per square for corrugated steel panels, $250 to $375 for steel or aluminum shingles and $400-700 a square for standing seam metal roofing.

In comparison, asphalt shingles cost less. Standard 3-tab shingles cost the least, between $70 and $100 for each square. Architectural shingles range from $100 to $160 for a square. Don’t forget to add to that the cost of your felt or synthetic underlayment.

So, when you’re weighing pros and cons, the price of a metal roof might deter you from making that choice. However, keep in mind the other benefits of metal roofing.

Installation and Repair

Asphalt shingle roofs are easier to install. Roofing experts nail on the shingles and you’re good to go. A metal roof installation takes much longer and must be extremely precise.

While metal roofs are less likely to be damaged by hail or tree branches, it still sometimes happens. When it does, they’re harder to repair. Also, your homeowner’s insurance company is less likely to cover hail dents, since the damage typically is only cosmetic.

Longevity

Asphalt shingles have to be replaced every 15 to 30 years, depending on the type you buy and what Mother Nature throws at your home over the years. A metal roof lasts 50 years or more. So, if you’re planning on living in your home the rest of your life, installing a metal roof means you’ll probably never have to move again. If you’re fairly young and plan to stay put, you could be looking at replacing asphalt shingles down the road.

Outside Costs

What you pay out of pocket for roof installation isn’t all you need to consider. Your roof choice could cost or save you money in other ways. For example, both types of roofing could cut your utility bills. A light colored metal roof or energy efficient cool shingles from GAF can reflect the sun’s energy so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard during DFW and East Texas summers.

Metal roofing is fire resistant. Some home insurance providers give discounts when you make upgrades that reduce your risk. Asphalt shingles also come in options that are more fire resistant.

To sum it up, metal roofing is more expensive and harder to install than asphalt shingles. It also lasts longer and provides greater energy efficiency. The choice is different for every family and every budget, but we’re here to help. We can help you¬†compare¬†the different types of metal roof vs. asphalt shingles to find the best fit. Schedule your free roof evaluation today.