Shingle Roofs Versus Metal Roofs


A roof installation process is a capital-intensive investment on your home. And as such, great care should be taken to ensure that you reap maximum value for your money, while at the same time making your home/roof safe and stronger. Today let’s compare two very common roofing materials; shingle roofs and metal roofs. Is one better than the other? And if so, why is that? Read on to find out.



Purchase costs

Which costs more? It’s pretty easy to find out that metal roofs are more expensive to buy as compared to asphalt roofs. The actual figures will depend on the actual product and brand you’re purchasing. However, overall, the cost of shingles will come to about a third of what metal roofs will set you back. Part of the reason for this is that metal is quite expensive to manufacture, and to transport (because it’s bulkier).



Installation costs

Purchase costs aside, what about installation costs? Shingle roofs and metal roofs are installed very differently. They are all billed per square feet. However, while metal roofs are billed at about $7-$12, shingle roofs are quoted at half that price. Some of the reasons for this are that shingles are easier to install because they do not need to be nailed or screwed in place, and they are lighter and much easier to handle while working. Also, the skills needed to install them are not as specialized.




Post installation, you need to consider how well your roofs will fair. Will they withstand all the challenges that roofs are faced with? In terms of cleaning both can be swept or hosed down easily but metal roofs take thorough cleaning better. Metal roofs are also fire resistant. Modern composite shingles are as well but older traditional shingles may not be. As for repairs, shingles can be replaced easily or even layered atop each other. Metal roof repairs are a little more complicated and layering is definitely out of the question.



Roof aesthetics

Which looks better - shingle roofs or metal roofs. Here the two are on a tie. The beauty lies in the eye of the beholder (as they say). Some people prefer metal roofs and others prefer shingle roofs. You’re free to go with either. Luckily, both options offer a wide variety of styles. Metal roofs come in many colors and profiles while shingle roofs also feature many colors and styles as well.



Maximum lifespan

Shingle roofs are quoted by manufacturers to last anywhere between 30-50 years depending on specific brands and the environment. Composite shingles are even better as they can resist moss, algae, and peeling. Metal roofs are quoted to last just as long but they are more likely to hit the 50-year mark and beyond compared to shingles. Modern metal roofs are harder and are treated to withstand moisture better.


Your budget, your style preference, and your environment are the main determinants of what roof type you need. At LA Top Roofing we are offering a new roof installation in Los Angeles from anexperts. We work with both composite shingle roofs and metal roofs so we can help you choose the perfect roof for your build. Talk to us today and ask for a free quote.


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