Metal Roof vs. Asphalt Shingles

Did you know that a typical 25 or 30 year rated asphalt shingle roof will only last an average of 12 to 17 years? The reason for that is quite simple; with the rising prices of crude oil many asphalt shingles manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce their production costs.

By lowering the quality/thickness of their roof products, many manufacturers are able to use a lesser amount of asphalt or petrochemicals in the production of asphalt shingles.

It doesn’t matter much that on average asphalt shingle products will only provide some 12 to 17 years of service lifespan before the shingles become mushy and start breaking down into pieces.

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You may well ask; How is it possible that manufacturers offer a 25 to 30 year warranty on their asphalt shingle roofing products?

The answer is very simple; by and large, a typical asphalt shingle manufacturer’s warranty is not worth the paper it’s written on. The warranty is prorated and does not cover the cost of labor required to replace any asphalt shingle roof components that failed.

Thus, if your new $10,000 roof fails after 12 years due to either manufacturing issues with the product or external elements get the best of the asphalt shingles (thermal cracking, hail, etc.), then you will only get back the amount it would cost to buy a fraction of the materials used on your roof. Once again, it will not even cover the cost of labor!

Cost Comparison

On average, a residential-grade metal roof will cost roughly twice or even three times as much as an asphalt shingle roof. This translates to $7.50 to $12.00 per sq. ft. to install a new metal roof compared to $3.50 to $5.50 per sq. ft. for asphalt shingle replacements.

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Why a Metal Roof May Be a Better Choice Than Asphalt?

We’re providing this information in order to help you better understand the flaws of the product you, the consumer are paying for.

Not only are many modern asphalt shingle products designed for low-end applications, such as 3-tab shingles, are poor performers in terms of their durability and longevity, but asphalt also has a significant negative impact on the environment.

Did you know? There is no easy way to recycle old asphalt shingles, which is the reason why there are millions of pounds of old asphalt shingles dumped into our landfills every year.

Fortunately, there are more durable and longer lasting alternatives; metal roofing can last well over 35 to 60 years, depending on the system, while providing durable, reliable, and long-lasting performance, as well as better curb appeal and ongoing energy savings.

When re-roofing a house, consider installing a metal roof, which will give you many years of reliable service and the peace of mind.

Advantages of Metal:

Metal roofs are available in a wide variety of styles, colors, and material choices. Steel shingles represent the most basic and affordable type of metal roofing. It’s suitable for any home whether historic or modern, and is relatively easy to install.

Metal shingles are lightweight, durable, and can be ordered in just the right style to complement your home.

Look for the EnergyStar rated and Cool Roof Rating Council rated metal shingles, such as Tamko Metal Works, Edco, Future Roof, and other products. This way you will get an energy efficient roof that will help your reduce your AC expenses, as well as help expand the lifespan of your equipment.

The advantage of metal shingles roof is that you can install it right over your existing roof, provided that you only have one layer of asphalt shingles on your roof.

First, you would install one layer of water barrier such as the breathable synthetic underlayment, Deck Armor, by GAF, and then you can start installing your new metal roof.


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As far as the cost to benefit relationship goes, metal provides the greatest number of benefits compared to any other roofing material available on the market today.

Did you know? Installing a new metal roof will also help upraise the value of your home and reduce your air conditioning costs.

In the fire prone areas, a class A fire-rated metal roof will provide much needed protection against this threat of fire spread and that may help you lower your insurance costs.

A metal roof performs extremely well in all types of environments; in a Northern climate, a metal roof will shed snow and ice, which will help prevent ice dams from forming on your roof.

In the hotter climates, a metal roof accommodates for thermal shocks through its ability to expand and contrast under rapidly changing temperatures. Factor in the energy savings and reduced cooling costs, and it becomes clear that a metal roof is a far superior type of a roof.

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  1. Metal is famous for its durability and good looks. It may cost more, yet it is energy efficient and more durable than other materials.

    Fiberglass asphalt shingles, on the other hand, are the most popular roofing material in the US.

    Asphalt shingles are also ore practical in terms of price to value ratio, especially in the near term, although, the value proposition changes if you plan to live in your home for more than 10 years.

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