Metal Roofing Or Shingle Roofing – Which is Better?

Metal Roofing Or Shingle Roofing – Which is Better?

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Choosing what type of roofing you put on your home or building is an important decision because you want to protect what matters most to you for years to come.

Metal Roofing Or Shingle Roofing?

Today, we will discuss shingle roofing and metal roofing and discuss the differences in terms of cost, longevity, options, and more.

Today, we are comparing shingle roofing and metal roofing.

We’ve got ten categories to look at from durability to ease of maintenance. We’ll go down the list, talk about the differences, and pick a winner for each one.

Keep reading and make sure to stay to the end of this post where I will give you six questions to ask yourself before deciding shingle versus metal for your roof.

All right, let’s jump into our first category.


When it comes to shingles, obviously, I can just rip these apart like this and I definitely can’t do that with a metal panel.

So how does that translate to a roof?

Well, if you get a metal roofing system that is Class 4 UL 2218 rated, you have the insurance of a proven and tested system that’s extremely durable.

I’m gonna have to give this one to metal.


Your environment will dictate, how long any roofing system can and will last.

Asphalt shingles are said to last around 20 years, but that number can drop a ton in harsher weather conditions.

Metal roofing is engineered to last 50 plus years in the right environment and on average, a metal roof will last two to three times longer than an asphalt shingle roof.

Metal takes this one.

How about weight?

It’s a common misconception that metal roofs are extremely heavy but they actually weigh about 50 percent less than an asphalt shingle system.

The average 24 gauge standing seam metal roof weighs roughly between 1.3 and 1.5 pounds per square foot.

Metal wins this one.

Green benefits.

One hundred percent of the metal panels on a roof is recyclable. Because shingles are asphalt-based, it makes it hard to fully recycle a shingle. In addition, a percentage of the material used to make metal panels are already recycled material, sometimes, up to 90 percent.

Shingles also absorb and retain more heat than cool metal roofing panels, especially ones with highly reflective pigments, leading to energy savings in the long run for homes with metal roofing.


Shingles are significantly less expensive than metal roofing when it comes to upfront cost, especially standing seam metal roofing.

On the other hand, because a metal roof can outlast a shingle roof, the long-term cost is less because you don’t have as many roof replacements in a given time period.

Ease of installation.

Shingles require less time, skill, and labor for installation and replacement.

Easy, shingles.

Installer availability.

Shingles win this category because there are more installers available due to the easier installation requirements.

Severe Weather Performance.

More and more metal roofs are being installed in areas with frequent extreme weather events, like Florida, the reason being metal roofs are tested and proven to be able to withstand strong winds, driving rain, ice, hail, high heat, and heavy snow.

Metal wins this one.


If you’re looking for a variety of colors to choose from for your roof, including bright colors, vivid colors, earth tones, and even special effects colors, metal can’t be beaten.


This category can vary based on your roof’s environment but for both roof types, you’re gonna want to remove any debris from your roof.

For metal roofing, that generally means checking your roof once or twice a year or after heavy storms and removing that debris.

For asphalt shingles, you may need to replace a grouping of shingles that got damaged by hail, wind, or that debris, which could potentially happen more often than a metal roof due to metal’s superior durability.

Metal wins the last one.

So shingle and metal roofing both have their pros and cons, as you can see, and either might be right for you depending on your situation.

How do you find out?

Well, as promised, here are six of the first questions you should ask yourself before choosing shingle versus metal for your roof.

  • Number one, how much money am I comfortable spending on a roof?
  • Number two, how important to me is using recycled or recyclable materials?
  • Number three, do I live in an environment that could face severe weather events?
  • Number four, how much searching for roofing contractors am I willing to do?
  • Number five, do I want a bright, vibrant color or more of a gray tone?
  • And number six, does my HOA restrict different roofing types?

These questions should give you a good starting point on which roofing type you should choose.

  • If you’re not willing to spend as much money upfront, maybe shingles are the best option.
  • If you live in an extreme weather environment, maybe metal roofing is the best option for you.

Either way, I hope the information in this post helps you make the right decision.

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