Metal vs. Shingles: How a Metal Roof Compares to Asphalt Shingles

Why should you even consider metal in the first place?

By far, one of the major problems with asphalt/composition roofing shingles is that asphalt is a petroleum based product, which means that it is inherently ecologically and environmentally-unfriendly choice.


There is no easy and effective way to dispose off all the asphalt shingle roofs that require replacement every ten to twenty years, other than to tear off the old shingles, and send it into the landfill where it will be buried in the ground, and left there to decompose for many decades to come.

Petroleum-based Products should be Eliminated as much as possible, not recycled.

One does not need to be a hardcore environmentalist to see how detrimental composition shingles roofing products are to the nature and the environment.

So, the big question comes up then, “what is an environmentally friendly and practical alternative to an asphalt shingle roof?”.

The answer is simple; for the last few decades metal roofing has been steadily gaining market share and popularity as a green roofing material of choice.

Metal roofing can last much longer than an asphalt shingles, which only averages 10 to 20 years of service life.

A metal roof, on the other hand, can last well over 35-50 years when properly installed. The key to a long lasting metal roof is a strict adherence to your system’s manufacturer installation guidelines.


Metal vs. Shingles Installation Video:

Installing metal roofing correctly involves a thorough preparation of the roof deck, proper application of roofing underlayment, and a correct installation of a steel, aluminum, or copper shingles roofing system.

Whether you hire a professional installer, or choose to go do it yourself route, be sure to follow all the installation instructions thoroughly. — This way your new metal roof will actually perform as it should, lasting for many decades, while providing energy savings, maintenance free roof protection, and a durable and long lasting beauty.


Here are a few more reasons to consider a metal roof for your home:

Metal roofing is reliable and long lasting green building material, which means that you can earn green building credits for the installation of an energy efficient metal roof that is rated by a Cool-Roof rating council and Energy Star for its solar reflective properties.

A metal roof can also help lower your homeowner’s insurance by as much as 35%. Metal roofs are fire retardant, which means they do not support fire, which can be a significant factor if you live in a heavily wooded area.

Metal roofs can withstand powerful storms and category four hurricane winds. This may be very helpful if you live in a hurricane prone area.

Metal roofs provide excellent protection in the cold climates. Coated with specialty coatings, metal roofs shed snow and ice, which may help you prevent ice dams from forming on your roof.

As far as aesthetics go, modern metal roofs may add a unique touch of style and either modern or traditional (depending on your choice of a system) architectural touch to your home.

You can choose from a wide array of traditional metal shingles and shake profiles available in many beautiful colors, to the vertically-oriented lines of standing-seam panels that can easily be enhanced with roof-integrated PV solar panels. — This combination will make your house not only energy efficient, but also capable of generating its own electricity from the ever-abundant solar energy.

Do not let the initially higher cost of metal to deter you from choosing this energy efficient, durable, and long lasting roofing option for your home. Remember that metal roofing will help you lower your cooling costs, appraise the value of your property, and provide many years of reliable and worry free service to you.

Metal Roofing Costs – Benefits, Myths, and Pros & Cons

Metal roofing is a far superior, energy efficient and environmentally safe roofing alternative to conventional asphalt roofs.

Naturally, many homeowners who become aware of the many great benefits that metal roofs have to offer, will consider installing metal roofing on their property. This rightfully brings up the question: how come not everybody has metal roofs on their homes?

Aside from the general lack of awareness and perpetuation of the old myths and untruths about metal roofs being noisy in the rain, not that good looking, and easily susceptible to corrosion, it is the fact that on average, a metal roof has a higher initial cost of investment compared to the ubiquitous asphalt shingles.

Generally speaking, metal roofing costs approximately double of what you would normally pay for asphalt shingles installation by a professional contractor in good standing, who has their licenses and insurances in check.

Standing Seam Metal Roof on a residence

Materials Only Costs – Overview

Metal shingles, the basic kind of a metal roofing system, cost about $250 to $350 per square for G-90 galvanized steel shingles, $350 to $450 per square for aluminum shingles, and $1,000 to $1,400 per square for copper shingles.

Standing seam sheet metal panels cost about $350 to $550 per square for the materials, plus trim (This does not include the cost of labor). Prices provided here include all the necessary trim and metal flashing.

Note: If you are planning to take on the installation of a new metal roof by yourself, then be sure you understand the fundamental principles of installing the particular system that you choose.

Prices provided here are meant as a general guideline only, and will vary depending on your location, contractor, and the difficulty of your roof.

Steel Shingles Total Cost Installed

Steel shingle roofs cost around $800 to $1,000 per square fully installed including materials and warranty on professional installation. Steel shingle roofs are protected by a layer of zinc and aluminum to prevent corrosion, which should give you about 50 years of service life under normal conditions.


Aluminum Shingles Total Cost Installed

If you live near coastal area where the air contains a higher concentration of salt, you should choose aluminum as a metal roofing material, rather than steel. Installing aluminum shingles metal roofing will cost you about $1,000 to $1,200 per square for materials and installation.

Standing Seam Total Cost Installed

On the higher end of metal roofing products for residential homes you may choose to install standing seam, which will run you about $1,200 to $1,400 per square for materials and professional installation.

residential standing seam metal roof

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