If you’re in the market for a new roof for your home, you might be debating between a traditional shingle roof and a metal roof. Both types of roofs have their benefits, but what you probably ultimately want to know: which one will save you the most money in the long run?
We’ve compiled some important points of comparison between metal and shingle roofs so you can make a better-informed decision.
What’s the upfront cost?
For initial installation, metal roofs are typically higher in price than traditional shingle roofs. Metal roofing materials cost more per square foot; the exact price depends on the type of metal roof you’ve chosen (for example: standing seam, max rib, or stone-coated steel).
In addition to the price of materials, metal roofs will most likely cost more for labor during installation, since installation of a metal roof requires special knowledge, training and tools that a traditional shingle roof does not require.
How long do they last?
A shingle roof might be more appealing at first– who could say no to a cheaper upfront cost? But when it comes to a roof for your home, you should really be thinking in the long-term.
After all, you won’t want to be in a position where you need to replace your shingle roof after just a few years.
Shingle roofs tend to last just 15-30 years, while a well-maintained metal roof can last up to 50 years!
In fact, a copper roof that’s been properly maintained over the years can actually last up to 100 years– meaning that you won’t have to worry about purchasing a new roof for your home for generations to come.
In addition to their longevity, metal roofs are strong enough to withstand even the most extreme weather conditions– from bitter cold to extreme heat, plus rain, hail, and high winds.
Consider the event of a hurricane or tornado– when experiencing high winds, shingles are likely to be damaged and require replacement. Meanwhile, a metal roof will stay in one piece.
With strength and longevity like this, metal roofs will require much fewer repairs over the years– which can save you serious money in the long run.
What about energy efficiency?
There’s not really much room for debate– metal roofs are simply more energy-efficient than traditional shingle roofs.
They reflect light and heat away from your home, which means that your home will stay cooler during the hotter months of the year.
Plus, they insulate your home against cold– so your energy bills will thank you all year round. Your HVAC system won’t have to work nearly as hard with the addition of a high-quality metal roof.
Shingle roofs tend to absorb heat during the summer months, which may be a contributing factor for higher energy bills during hot weather.
Does the type of roof I choose affect my homeowners’ insurance?
Many insurance companies will give you a break on your monthly premium if you have a metal roof on your home.
Since metal roofs are so much more durable than shingle roofs, they’re viewed as a lower risk– in the event of a major storm, you’re much less likely to need to file a claim for roof damage!
So what type of roof should I choose?
The higher upfront cost of a metal roof may scare off some homeowners. However, it’s important to keep the longevity of a metal roof in mind when making your decision.
Shingle roofs offer a cheaper upfront cost, but they have a significantly shorter lifespan– and any repairs or replacements you’ll need over the years will likely make up for that lower initial cost.
At the end of the day, metal roofs are simply more durable, more energy-efficient, and more cost-effective than shingle roofs– which makes them a great investment for your home.
If you’re ready to invest in a metal roof, or have any questions about the process, just give us a call– we’d be happy to answer any questions you might have!