METAL ROOF vs. ASPHALT SHINGLE
What product is right for your home or business?
If you have been looking to repair or replace your roof this year, you have some research to do. ONIT Roofing & Construction wanted to put together a few of the more popular residential (and commercial) roofing options to help make that decision a little bit easier. It all starts with the product type - metal or asphalt. Asphalt shingles are dominant material for residential homes these days, but metal roofing is surging in popularity as more aesthetic options become available. Now, there are metal shingles and panels that imitate materials like slate, tile, wood shake and even asphalt.
It’s important to navigate the pros and cons of each material before you decide which to use because this is a significant and long-term investment.
METAL ROOFING OPTIONS
Metal is light, energy efficient and durable. It comes in a variety of formats and designs, including shingles, standing seam, wooden shake and tile. This makes it a versatile and appealing product.
Steel Roofing systems can be expensive. They are however one of the more durable solutions; withstanding expansion and contraction and there are many different finishing options available.
Aluminum Roofs are more moderately priced and one of the most sustainable and recyclable options available. No corrosion, they expands/contracts easily and a good option for commercial or large scale roofs that live in areas with differing temperatures.
Asphalt shingles are by far, the most popular roofing material. They are available in a variety of colors and textures, are low-cost and provide a traditional aesthetic.
Fiberglass core combined with an asphalt coating, ceramic or stone granule surfaces are what give this material its durability. The granules protect the shingles from climate conditions and UV rays.
Standard three-tab are the most common, but laminated and architectural asphalt shingles are gaining popularity as they become more widely available.
Architectural shingles, also known as “laminate” or “dimensional” shingles, are made up of the same elements as their traditional counterparts, but are heavier, thicker and more expensive.
They will last longer than three-tab products and have longer warranties. ONIT Roofing & Construction installs a variety of colors and textures, some of which simulate wood and slate, and many homeowners are attracted to the “dimensional” effect of the mixed sizes of these shingles.
PROS & CONS OF METAL VS ASPHALT SHINGLE ROOFS
When it comes to these two materials, there are categories in which one or the other is clearly the best choice. But, there are also categories in which the choice comes down to preference.
The following guide addresses the advantages and disadvantages of metal roofing in general (rather than particular sub-types) versus three-tab asphalt shingles. This chart outlines the best options for major considerations and uses.
Most roofing materials are priced for residential units by square (100 square feet) or "by the bundle" (33.3 square feet). Be sure to check with ONIT Roofing & Construction before your project; in light of the ongoing pandemic, pricing may change due to supply and demand.
Metal Roofing: Averages $100-$200 per square foot. For an average ranch home roof of 2,000 square feet, that’s $2-$4,000 before installation.
Asphalt Roofing: Averages $60-$90 per square. For a 2,000 square foot roof, that’s $1,200-$1,800 before installation.
To see how these prices compare for your roof (commercial or residential), call today. We can provide a FREE roofing assessment.