Shingle vs. Metal Roof

A Short Guide Created by a Licensed Local Roofing Service Provider

If you are about to install a new roof and are still wondering which type of material to choose, we recommend you to read this post prepared by a licensed roofing service provider as it outlines the main differences between metal and shingle roofs as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

The comparison is based on the following categories:

  • Average life expectation. Shingles have a life-expectancy between 20 and 30 years, while metal roofing can survive about 70 years. Asphalt shingles are: durable, fire and wind resistant, and inexpensive to install. Probably their affordability is one of the major factors which makes asphalt the most desired roofing material in the US. Metal is a fire and wind resistant material. It is not very durable and its installation costs vary from moderate to expensive.
  • Design and energy-efficiency. Every roofing service provider knows that asphalt shingles have zero energy-efficiency and are available in the following designs: traditional 3-tab shingles and architectural shingles. Metal roofs are available in shingles or sheets. They can save you up to 25% of your home cooling expenses.
  • Other factors. Asphalt shingles are made out of fiber mat or fiber glass saturated with asphalt and layered with mineral particles. Despite being lightweight, these shingles are not environmentally-friendly at all. Metal roofs can be composed out of steel, zinc, aluminum, or copper. It absorbs ? less heat than the asphalt shingles and can be recycled. Metal is also lightweight in comparison to clay or wooden shingles, for instance.

If you are interested to learn some more details about these two popular types of roofing or want to get some information on the other options that are available on the local market, you can always consult the expert team of Reformed Exteriors! Our roofing service specialists are located in Greenville, SC and do local on-site inspections in order to advise our customers what shingle type will be most suitable for their property. If you are interested in our services, please contact us at (864) 442-6652!

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