Metal Vs Shingle Roof Cost

Metal Vs Shingle Roof Cost

How are Metal Roofs Better? Metal roofs reflect the sun, which reduces the amount of heat penetrating the home. A reflective roof can reduce peak cooling demand by 10 to 15 percent, according to the Dept. of Energy. That, in turn, means the home’s cooling system needs less energy to cool the house. Some metal roofs can save up to 25 percent in energy costs compared to a dark gray asphalt shingled roof, according to the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). “The reflectivity of metal significantly reduces the heat gain experienced in most other roofing materials,” said Steve Dubeansky of Dubeansky Roofing in Indianapolis. “Even slate and tile have a greater heat gain. Heat gain for asphalt shingles goes through the roof, literally.” RELATED: 5 Common Metal Roof Myths Some metal roofs come with warranties of up to 50 years, but can literally last for hundreds of years, whereas traditional roofs typically last 10 to 20 years. Metal roofs aren’t as vulnerable to hail, wind and fire damage and some insurance companies even offer discounts on homeowner’s policies due to metal’s storm-resistant properties. “This is the last roof you’ll ever install on your home,” Burdine said. Burdine challenges the idea that metal roofs are noisier than others or that they attract lightning. “A metal roof is no (noisier) than a traditional roof,” Burdine said. “When you have a metal roof, you’re going on top of a solid deck. In that solid deck you have an attic space, insulation, a ceiling. If you don’t hear rain today, you won’t hear rain with a metal roof on. It doesn’t attract lightning anymore than any other roofs do, but the benefit of a metal roof is if it does get hit by lightning, it will disperse the energy throughout the roof instead of being isolated to one spot where it can cause a fire.”
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Metal Vs Shingle Roof Cost

Metal roofs reflect the sun, which reduces the amount of heat penetrating the home. A reflective roof can reduce peak cooling demand by 10 to 15 percent, according to the Dept. of Energy. That, in turn, means the home’s cooling system needs less energy to cool the house. Some metal roofs can save up to 25 percent in energy costs compared to a dark gray asphalt shingled roof, according to the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). “The reflectivity of metal significantly reduces the heat gain experienced in most other roofing materials,” said Steve Dubeansky of Dubeansky Roofing in Indianapolis. “Even slate and tile have a greater heat gain. Heat gain for asphalt shingles goes through the roof, literally.” RELATED: 5 Common Metal Roof Myths Some metal roofs come with warranties of up to 50 years, but can literally last for hundreds of years, whereas traditional roofs typically last 10 to 20 years. Metal roofs aren’t as vulnerable to hail, wind and fire damage and some insurance companies even offer discounts on homeowner’s policies due to metal’s storm-resistant properties. “This is the last roof you’ll ever install on your home,” Burdine said. Burdine challenges the idea that metal roofs are noisier than others or that they attract lightning. “A metal roof is no (noisier) than a traditional roof,” Burdine said. “When you have a metal roof, you’re going on top of a solid deck. In that solid deck you have an attic space, insulation, a ceiling. If you don’t hear rain today, you won’t hear rain with a metal roof on. It doesn’t attract lightning anymore than any other roofs do, but the benefit of a metal roof is if it does get hit by lightning, it will disperse the energy throughout the roof instead of being isolated to one spot where it can cause a fire.”
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Metal Vs Shingle Roof Cost

If you’re in the market for a new roof, metal is a durable, energy-efficient alternative to traditional asphalt shingles. Metal roofs have evolved dramatically from the days when they were most commonly used around the farm. Today’s metal roofs come in a variety of styles and colors and can look like wood, clay tile, slate and even asphalt shingles. The average metal roof costs more than other roof types — $16,453 on average, according to the Metal Roof Alliance — but a metal roof also offers a greater return on investment. “Even though the initial cost is more than a traditional asphalt shingle roof, when you look at the life-cycle costing, it’s much cheaper to go with a metal roof system than it is to go with a traditional asphalt shingle roof,” said Michael Burdine of Metal Solutions in Indianapolis. “They have great energy savings. They reflect the heat away to make your attic space cooler, reduce your energy use in the summertime and will increase the value of your home, in many cases, up to 80 percent of the initial cost of the investment.”
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Metal Vs Shingle Roof Cost

Comparing the two, we see that a metal roof is probably the best roofing material. For one thing, asphalt shingles are not recyclable. According to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into U.S. landfills every year. To put that in perspective, if you filled a 40,000 pound truck with the shingles dumped into landfills, each truck placed end to end would reach from New York to California and back, and then as far as Chicago. 56 percent of metal roofing can be recycled. Because the metal roof lasts for so long, there is not a need to tear them off and cause more pollution to the planet. Warranties on metal roof surpass the longevity of an asphalt roof. Dollar for dollar, then, means a metal roof is the best choice of the two. You must consider cost into the equation, and here is where the asphalt shingle roof outshines the metal one. In terms of longevity, better protection against leaks, and maintenance, a metal roof is still the best bet. Many people will shy away from installing a metal roof due to cost, but if you want something that never needs replacement, and adds value and protection to your home, then a metal roof is the way to go.
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Metal Vs Shingle Roof Cost

It’s shocking to many that the lifespan of an asphalt composition shingle has little to do with the warranty period of the shingles. But it’s true that they have little relation. A 50-year warranty on a shingle is NOT an assurance that the product will last that long! If I had a dime for every time I’ve heard some homeowner say, “I’ll take one of them 40 year shingle – that’s more than long enough for me!,” I’d already be retired. Those folks just don’t (or don’t want to) believe that anyone could put that on the label if it “weren’t true.” But a quick read of any asphalt shingle warranty will reveal that the manufacturer is making a distinction between the lifespan and product defects (they’re NOT the same) and that the warranty is about defect – not deterioration. That 40 year shingle will need replacing in most parts of the country in 15-20 years, and the warranty won’t have the least value to whomever owns the house at that time. Just look at these pictures of “50 Year” roofs that were less than 20 years when they required replacement. A metal roof won’t let you down like that.
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Metal Vs Shingle Roof Cost

Steve 6 months ago Subject: metal vs shingle After a hurricane, I was surprised to find as much or more damage to metal roofs, including my own, than shingle. In the recent 100 mile an hour winds in Jacksonville, my year old roof lost a section, and several area metal roofs were mildly damaged and one severely. The single roofs were damaged depending on age, with old and neglected roofs having damage. I have seen some modest improvements in air conditioning costs with the metal roof over the summer. The metal was about 2.3 times the cost of the equivalent shingle. Not sure it was worth it. replyto Steve
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Metal Vs Shingle Roof Cost

One of the main reasons for the high cost of residential metal roofing is the high cost of labor required for professional installation. That’s right, installing a metal roof is a technically involved process requiring special skills, training, experience and equipment. Unlike conventional asphalt shingle roofing, the installation of a metal roof must be carried out in a very accurately-measured and precise manner. A metal roof is not simply nailed to the roof deck like its “ugly” cousin, asphalt shingles.
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Metal Vs Shingle Roof Cost

On average, metal roofs can last two to three times longer than asphalt shingle roofs. This means that a metal roof may well be the last roof you ever have to pay for. Should you decide to sell your property at some time down the road, metal roofing will provide a highly sought after curb appeal, and increased value in your property. Keep in mind that a recouped value of investment in metal roofing hovers above a 90% mark, which is easily twice the amount of what you would normally expect to get back for the installation of an asphalt shingle roof.