Metal Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles: Cost and Performance Comparison
Metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt shingle roofing materials. Usually, a good quality standing seam roof or a stone coated steel roof can cost around 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 times as much depending on how difficult the installation is and where it’s located. For example a job in middle Georgia won’t have the same building code requirements as an intra-coastal home in a high velocity hurricane zone in Florida.
Q: So, what justifies spending more on a metal roof than an asphalt shingle roof?
For starters, the roof is arguably the most important part of any building. It takes on the brunt of the environmental exposure and therefore should be extremely sound. Metal is a far superior, premium roofing product in contrast to asphalt shingles which literally start to melt away as soon as they’re exposed to the sun’s rays. A metal roof is a permanent roofing solution and if the right product is installed correctly you will never have to buy another roof for your home. There is nothing that has a longer lifespan than metal roofing particularly stone coated steel roofing panels. Asphalt shingles quite possibly could need replacing (depending on your geographic location) 2 to 3 times throughout your time living in the home, maybe more if you live in an area that’s prone to hail and or high winds and hurricanes.
A significant point to consider is the rise of inflation costs associated with purchasing your second and third asphalt shingle roof. By the time this happens you probably would’ve already paid for the metal roof and would have missed out on years of energy savings, class A fire ratings for safety, ultimate protection from storms, increased equity in your home and the aesthetic beauty that is offered by different profile options.
Most metal roofs have warranties up to 50 years and some are even “lifetime” with no proration even on saltwater. This trait makes it highly environmentally friendly when compared to asphalt shingles that just fill up our landfills. An asphalt shingle warranty isn’t as good as the paper it’s written on (that might be a little harsh but I think many people would agree with me). They are highly prorated as every year passes making it worth less if you had to make a claim. On top of that the materials lifespan never lasts as long as the manufacturer says it will. If it says a 30-year roof you might get 15 in a perfect climate, if it says 20 you might get 10.
Also, the skilled labor that is required to install high-end metal roofing costs more than traditional asphalt shingle laborers. The installation is more technical therefore it takes longer and the focus is more on quality over rushed quantity. Unlike in the asphalt shingle roofing world where most of the time all companies care about is the volume of roofs they can put on to become quote “platinum contractors.” Keep in mind these types of awards are given for quantity not quality. Which means lots of sub contractors and less oversight.