This is one of the most common questions we receive from homeowners. “Should I go metal or shingle?” In this article I’m going to spell out the pros and cons of a metal roofing system VS. a shingle roofing system.
First off the pros of a metal roofing system
Benefits of metal
- Metal lasts longer
- Snow melts easier
- Less likely to ice damn (No more having to shovel or rake your roof)
- There are Energy Star Efficiency
Now, shingle benefits
- The #1 that most already know it’s more cost effective
- May look better depending on your taste
- Faster installation process
So the main deciding factors are price and look. Are you planning to live in your home for the next 40+ years? Metal’s probably the best idea.
Metal used to be the “best roofing system” but as they are innovating the shingle game shingles are becoming more and more durable.
Installation pros and cons
A metal roofing installation can have a manufacturer’s warranty installed over 1 layer of shingles whereas shingles cannot have a manufacturer’s warranty unless installed direct to plywood (obviously over waterproofing).
So the question of should I go metal or shingle for my new roofing system all boils down to price, look, and longevity.
I personally like the fact that metal has no maintenance as far as New England weather is concerned. Ice damming is a real problem when snow piles up on roofing systems. So metal is an easy solution to not have to worry about snow or ice damming again.