Installing a new roof comes with a lot of hard choices; what style of roof, what color, what material? One question we hear a lot at Bronco Roofing & Construction is, “Should I choose a metal roof or a shingled roof?” There is a lot to consider when choosing between these two. As a Forth Worth roofing company that works closely with both materials, we have put together a list of pros and cons to help you better understand what each material offers and, hopefully, make a choice between the two a little bit easier.
Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing
- Pro: Lightweight and Long Lasting – Metal is one of the most lightweight materials you can install on your roof, and metal roofing can last up to 60 years and beyond.
- Con: Expensive – Even though prices have decreased over the years, metal can still cost up to 3 times more than asphalt shingles.
- Pro: Environmentally Friendly – Metal roofing usually contains recycled materials and can keep your home cooler during the summers, making it energy efficient.
- Con: Harsh Appearance – A lot of people don’t like the way that metal roofing looks, especially in residential or suburban areas.
Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles
- Pro: Known and Trusted – Any roofer or contractor you hire has worked with asphalt shingles. They are widely used and recognizable.
- Con: Weak Against Weather – Asphalt shingles can get the job done against rain and the wind, but when it comes to more severe weather like hail, shingles can quickly become damaged.
- Pro: Cost Efficient – Homeowners that need to save money often go with shingles because of their cost. They are about $100 to $200 per 10 square foot range.
- Con: Contributor to Building Waste – Shingle waste makes up 8% of all building-related waste, about 10 million tons of which is just scraps, tear-offs, and re-roofing.
If you have more questions about either metal roofing or asphalt shingles, contact one of the expert roofers from Bronco Roofing & Construction.