Shingles and metal roofs are two of the most popular roof types. Each option offers unique benefits and potential drawbacks to consider when deciding which is right for your home.
This review discusses both options and highlights the pros and cons of each type. This article will help you make an informed decision as to which is most appropriate according to the needs and preferences you have for your home.
What Is A Shingles Roof?
Shingles roofs are more common for residential homes than metal roofs, and they are what most people picture when they think about a home’s roof. They consist of flat, rectangular shaped parts that overlap with one another. There are different types, although the most common is asphalt shingles.
The Benefits Of A Shingles Roof
Shingles are more common and easier to install. Due to the lower cost of the roofing materials and the easier installation process, they are also more affordable initially for homeowners. Additional benefits of a shingles roof include:
- Easier roof repair process
- More reliable installation
- Faster installation times
- Often provide better warranties
It is easier to replace shingles than it is to replace the parts of a metal roof. In addition, it is easier to walk on a shingled roof compared to a metal one, which makes the installation and repair process easier and more affordable for the homeowner. Since contractors are more familiar with shingles roofs, homeowners can trust the installation is done properly, and they can often benefit from more generous warranties.
The Potential Drawbacks Of A Shingles Roof
Shingles roofs typically last 20 to 25 years when they are properly cared for and regularly maintained, which is not as long as metal roofs on average. The need for roof repair may be slightly higher with shingle roofs as well, which could lead to a higher long-term cost.
Shingles roofs are also heavier and are often offered in fewer options when compared to metal roofs. They may also be more prone to absorbing heat (which could raise energy costs) and are less fire resistant.
What Is A Metal Roof?
Metal roofs are less common for residential homes, and the installation process is more complex. However, metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular in many areas, and they are more common than many think. They offer unique advantages that appeal to many homeowners.
The Benefits Of A Metal Roof
Metal roofs are lightweight and do not put excess pressure upon your roof’s structure. The lightweight nature also makes it easier for contractors to transport and install metal roofs. They are also durable. In fact, metal roofs are built to last for more than 50 years.
This is significantly longer than shingles roofs that only last around 20 to 25 years. So, although the cost is higher initially, metal roofs may provide a more economical solution long-term due to their durability and longevity.
Metal roofs are also fire resistant and incredibly resistant to strong weather from strong winds, heavy rainfall, snow, hail, ice, and extreme temperatures. Lastly, metal roofs are also energy efficient and environmentally friendly, and they do not require much maintenance.
The Potential Drawbacks Of A Metal Roof
Metal roofs may not be an ideal option if the rest of the homes in your neighborhood use shingles, particularly if you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners’ association (HOA).
The initial cost of metal roofs is also higher than shingles due to the complexities of the manufacturing and installation process (and the materials are of a higher quality). It is also important to choose an experienced contractor if you choose a metal roof as the installation process can be more of a challenge.
Shingles vs Metal Roof: How To Choose The Right Option For Your Home
You can choose between shingles or metal roofs by considering the specifics of your needs and preferences and making an informed decision. The most notable considerations to make are to:
- Consider your budget;
- Determine your roof design;
- Consider HOA factors; and
- Determine your preference.
Metal roofs cost more initially to install, but they may prove more cost-efficient over time. The roof design (slope, square footage, complexity, etc.) may also factor into your decision.
Some HOAs also have restrictions on metal roofing, particularly if most or all of the other homes in the neighborhood have shingles roofs. Lastly, the ultimate decision should be based upon what options are available to you and your preference between shingles vs. metal roofs.
Discuss Your Roofing Options With A Licensed Contractor
If you would like assistance in choosing the roofing material and style that is right for you or you know the type that you want and are ready to begin the installation process, call our experienced roofing team at Adelphia Exteriors today. We are glad to answer your questions and help you decide between a shingles vs. metal roof.