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Metal Roof Or Shingles: Which Should You Choose?

Metal Roof Or Shingles: Which Should You Choose?

When it comes down to replacing your roof, you have options. Traditional shingles, which come in multiple colors and designs, are always a contender. Then there’s metal roofing; these products are also available in different colors, finishes, and fastener designs. Although the decision is a personal one, here’s our metal roof vs shingles pros and cons.


Here’s some pros for a metal roof

Long life. Metal roofs should last as long as the house. Once installed, you shouldn’t have to replace it again.

Quick shedding of rain and snow. Because of the way that metal roofs are installed, rain and snow are quick to fall right off. In fact, snow melts quickly because of the heat from the panels.

Able to use on all types of roofs. Metal roofs can be used on low pitch and steep pitch roofs. Shingles need a certain slope in order to get rid of the rain and snow. It is not a problem for metal roofs.


And now the cons

Cost. The biggest deterrent when it comes to metal roofing is the cost. In fact, you may be looking at several hundred dollars per square. That being said, you won’t have to replace it again, like you do with shingles, and you won’t have much maintenance to do.

Noise. While many people love the sound of rain on a metal roof, for others, it can drive them crazy. Rain and hailstorms can be loud on a metal roof.


You could go with asphalt shingles

Affordable. Shingles are the most affordable roofing that you can get.

Variety. You can pick from multiple colors, styles, and sizes to fit the style of your home.

Easy to repair. It is easy to replace shingles when they get damaged.


Maybe shingles aren’t your best option

Easily damaged. Shingles get damaged a lot easier than metal roofs.

Doesn’t last as long. They also don’t last as long as metal roofs, though you should still be able to get twenty or more years out of them.

Won’t work on flat roofs. You can’t use shingles on roofs that don’t have the proper slope.


Deciding what type of roof you want will depend on your home, your needs, and your budget. Your comfort with maintenance, as well as how long you plan on living in your home are also factors. Either way, we hope our metal roof vs shingles pros and cons will serve as a starting point in making your decision.

Get in touch and we’ll help you decide which one is right for you! Looking for a quick estimate on cost? Click here for our instant roof cost estimator.

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  • Tyler Johnson
    October 25, 2019, 6:39 pm REPLY

    I’m glad that you mentioned that shingles would be easily damaged. I would want my roof to last as long as possible without needing to repair it. I’ll have to consider getting a metal roof to add to the durability.

  • Bryson Owens
    December 24, 2019, 1:00 am REPLY

    I love that you talked about how it’s pretty cheap to install a metal roof and it will last a long time. My in-laws have a roof that is starting to fall apart and lose its shingles. I think a metal roof is a great idea so they don’t have to worry about replacing it as often.

  • Braden Bills
    January 14, 2020, 5:38 pm REPLY

    I want to make sure that I get the right roof for my home. It makes sense that I would want to consider getting a metal roof! The fact that they last such a long time makes them a really good choice for me. I’ll have to find someone who can install them for me.

  • Bryson Owens
    January 29, 2020, 3:06 pm REPLY

    It’s really amazing to learn about how much longer a metal roof lasts compared to other types of materials. My parents need a new roof soon because theirs is currently around 25 years old. It’s showing it’s age right now and needs to get replaced before the next storm.

  • Henry Killingsworth
    February 10, 2020, 10:21 pm REPLY

    It would never have occurred to me that a metal roof will never need to be replaced. My brother and his wife need to replace the top of their home because a windstorm recently stripped a lot of their shingles off. I’ll be sure to mention to them that they should look into getting a metal roof.

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