How Does a Metal Roof Compare to Shingles?

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Composition Shingle Roofs

  • When discussing roofs, composite shingle roofs are usually the first thing which comes to mind. The reason for this is cost, availability and styles. At the heart of a shingle is a woven mat consisting of fiberglass, which provides flexibility and fire resistance. On the outside of the shingle is an asphalt coating mixed with finely crushed rock. This protects the shingle and helps achieve a longevity of up to 25 to 30 years depending on the type of shingle. As for looks, shingles are available as a traditional flat shingle which is dark gray to black or as architectural shingles. The latter are available in a wide range of colors to accentuate a structure, and typically feature a three- dimensional appearance. As one might guess, the cheaper of the two is the traditional flat shingle.

Metal Roofs

  • When compared to shingles, a metal roof will typically run about 25 to 30 percent more for the homeowner. When comparing shingle to metal, there are some definite advantages to choosing a metal roof. Metal roofs are much more wind resistant, as there are no shingles to flip up or be ripped off. Weight is another consideration, as metal roofs weigh much less, almost half, than a shingled roof. And as shingles are fire resistant, a metal roof is fire proof. Metal roofs may last up to 50 years, depending on location, and are available in a wide variety of designs and colors. In fact, some are even designed to look like shingles, tiles or wooden shakes.

In Conclusion

  • When choosing a shingle or metal roof, there are some basic questions which the homeowner should first ask themselves. First, and perhaps most important, what type of budget is there to work with. Also take into consideration the length of time the current owners anticipate staying in the home. And finally, there is an added safety feature to metal which, in many cases, may translate to savings or discounts on homeowner's premiums. Keep in mind that some homeowners' associations either do not allow metal roofs or require special permission to install a roof other than shingle.

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