Metal Roofing vs Shingles

Two construction workers installing metal roofing on a roof.

Making the decision to replace your current roof can be difficult. Once you have decided to move forward with your replacement, it can be just as trying to choose which type of roofing material you will use. Many homeowners find themselves narrowing down their choices to metal roofing or some type of shingles. Fortunately, you can always lean on the expert opinion of trusted Indianapolis roofing contractors to help you in deciding which option is best for your home. There is not a “one size fits all” approach, as both materials have their pros and cons. It is imperative to consider your budget, expected ROI, climate, as well as your personal preferences before moving forward with your chosen material. Remember, your roofing material will be apart of your house for the next 20 to 60 plus years. So, it is important to consider all aspects before choosing.

A group of men installing metal roofing on a building.

Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

Not all contractors have the expertise to properly install metal roofing systems. However, when professionally installed, a metal roofing system is one of the more durable roofing materials that there is. They are able to stand up to inclement weather such as hail, powerful winds, ice, snow, etc. In addition, metal roofs are environmentally friendly as well as energy-efficient. Of all roofing materials, metal roofing offers the greatest level of fire resistance. While the initial cost is more expensive than shingles, they offer a greater return on investment. Metal roofs can last for more than 60 years if regularly maintained. In addition, metal roofs can be designed to fit the color and style of just about any home. A potential drawback of metal roofs is that not all municipalities and/or HOAs will allow them. So, it is best to check with your contractor beforehand.  

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Pros and Cons of Shingles

Shingles come in a variety of materials to include asphalt, wood, tile, slate, etc. Each type of shingle has its own unique set of properties. However, asphalt shingles are by far the most popular type. Advantages of asphalt shingles include lower initial cost, requires less labor and expertise to install, and are easier to replace. In the short term, shingles are certainly more cost-effective. However, you will have to replace them every 25 years at a minimum. In some cases, they may need to replaced before then. In addition, shingles do not offer the same design malleability as metal roofing systems, are not as fire resistant and can be damaged much easier. Aside from initial cost and personal choice, metal roofs outperform asphalt shingles in just about every scenario. However, in some cases, they may be the best option. 

Choosing the Material That is Best For You

Making the choice between metal roofing and shingles is a decision best made with the help of an experienced roofing contractor. Factors such as budget, roof design, city/HOA rules, etc. must all be considered. Though metal roofs outperform shingles by just about all accounts, some homeowners find that they are not able to afford the initial cost associated with them. In some instances, homeowners choose one or the other strictly based on their preference. What is most important is that you replace your roof as quickly as possible (if needed), so that you ensure the safety of your home in the short and long term.  

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