Metal or Shingle Roofing: How To Choose The Right Material

April 15, 2020

A roof that is nearing the end of its life span can decrease the value of your home, or worse, cause expensive structural damage.  

An old, leaky roof can cause attic and ceiling damage and interior mold issues. While a new roof, can deliver a 109 percent return-on-investment, according to a study done by the National Association Of Remodeling Industry, increasing the value of your home. Replacing an old roof can be a smart decision both financially and for the safety of your family.

What Material To Use

There are two main types of materials to consider when replacing a roof – metal and shingles. While both options can provide a safe and secure roof, each material has both advantages and disadvantages.  Metal roofs, for example, often have a longer warranty; while shingle roofs are initially less expensive. Although each material has pros and cons, you can achieve the same look from both materials, so it is important to understand the differences in materials when choosing a new roof.

Cost And Durability

Shingle roofs are less expensive to install and repair initially. Shingles requires less time and labor during the installation process and when replacements are needed. However, these roofs need to be replaced more often. Usually, shingle roofs need to be replaced every 20-50 years depending on the region’s weather. This leads to higher long-term costs.

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Metal roofs, however, are more expensive to install in terms of both material and labor. Metal roofing requires precise measuring and installation, unlike shingles which can be more forgiving. Due to installation requirements, is vital important to find a qualified, experienced metal roof contractor.  Once installed correctly, metal roofs have a much longer life-span and overall lower costs. A metal roof can last from 50 to 100 years, providing a great return-on-investment and peace of mind.


Both metal roofs and shingle roofs can be recycled. However, sometimes shingle roof materials still ends up in a landfill.

Metal roofing is the more environmentally friendly roofing option due to its ability to be recycled and its long life span. Nearly all metal roofs can be recycled including leftover pieces or damaged parts. In fact, nearly 95% of aluminum roofing is made of recycled materials.

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Other Considerations

When planning your new roof, research warranty plans as well. Metal roofs traditionally have a 40 year warranty on paint while shingle roofs have a 50 year warranty. Find a contractor who offers a workmanship warranty as well for any kind of roof.

Finally, ensure your home has proper ventilation for either roof option, but especially for metal roofing. Proper ventilation in your home ensures good air quality and eliminates moisture build up and odors.

Other items to considering when choosing between metal and shingles are your home itself.  How many sections is your house divided into? How steep is the roof? How long are your sections? All of these choices should be evaluated in order to determine the best material choice.

The Right Choice For Your Home

Many factors go into choosing the right roofing materials for your home. First, evaluate both the short-term and long-term costs of materials, installation, and expected repairs. Next, realize that your roofing needs may also vary by the climate and environment. Areas with high winds or extreme heat are best served by metal roofs, while shingles may be easier to replace in coastal regions. Consider the warranty needed and understand the environmental impact of each material.  Both metal and shingles can provide a safe, stylish roof to your home. Finally, take time to find a qualified contractor who can install according to industry standards and provides a workmanship warranty.

Think it’s time to replace your roof? Get a health check on your roof and install a new roof you can count on with the experts from Kline Home Exteriors.