Shingle VS Metal
Everywhere I look, there are more and more homes with metal roofs. Especially in Florida, this seems to be the growing trend among homeowners. But is it worth spending the money to upgrade to a metal roof?
After doing some research and being in the roofing industry for a little
while now, I feel there are certain factors to consider when deciding on upgrading to metal.
What is this going to cost me?
I figure there is no reason beating around the bush. This is the number one concern when considering upgrading to metal.
There are mainly two types of metal roofing. Exposed fastener system
and Hidden fastener system. One you can see the screws and the other you cannot see the screws.
If you want details on the difference and benefits of both, please refer
to some of our other blogs explaining in detail about metal roofs.
Exposed fastener metal roofing system is less than double the price of shingles.
Hidden fastener metal roofing system is roughly double the price of shingles.
This is just a rough estimate. Obviously, you must consider how complex the roof is, how steep, how many stories, what kind of metal you are using etc. But for the question at hand, let us just say you will be paying almost double the price for metal. Then comes the question, is it worth it?
There is not much difference in upkeep. It is recommended to have routine cleaning, debris and mildew removal.
Even though asphalt shingles must meet code requirements, sustained wind and rain have proven to shorten the life span of a roof, crease shingles, or remove shingles. Flying debris can also puncture the shingles.
Metal panels are fastened to the roof deck. Short of a direct hit by a tornado, a metal roof is not going anywhere. Flying debris can cause dents but will not puncture the metal panels.
Seeing how we live in Florida and how unforgiving the sun is, a typical shingle roof is going to last 15-20 years.
Installed correctly, a metal roof can last 3 times longer than a typical shingle roof. 5 times longer if you go with a high-end metal.
Asphalt shingles soak up and hold on to the sun’s heat, resulting in high attic temperature and even higher cooling costs.
Metal roofing is highly reflective and cools quickly, unlike shingles. This can help save big on cooling costs.
Disposal of shingles is very costly as well as damaging to the environment. 11+ tons of shingles are dumped annually into US landfills.
Metal roofing is 98% recyclable. It is rarely replaced and if need be, it can be resold or reused.
As we can see, metal roofs far surpass asphalt shingles when it comes to durability, energy efficiency, and looks.
The cost of getting a metal roof installed may be shocking at first glance but will be worth it in the long run. If it is in your budget, and you have considered going to metal, do it! You will not be disappointed.
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