Shingle Roof vs Metal Roof. Pros & Cons

Shingle Roof vs Metal Roof and what you need to consider. With so many types of roofs on the market, it’s good to get an expert opinion on the pros and cons of roofing materials.  If you’re in the market for a roof replacement, check out the reasons to choose either shingle or metal that our expert team put together:


If you are looking for a budget friendly roof option, a shingle roof will likely fit the bill.  Shingle roofs typically range from $100-$150 per square foot while metal roof material costs between $250-$375 per square foot.  This means your shingle roof could be 2-4x less expensive than a metal roof.  Although shingle roofs are less expensive than metal roof material, metal has a unique look and several benefits, such as longevity, energy efficiency, and sustainability, that can be worth the price tag.


Another feature to consider when deciding on roof type is its longevity.  A metal roof will outlast a shingle roof in all cases – hence the more expensive price tag.  Metal roofs can last anywhere from 40-70 years, and traditional asphalt roofing has an estimated life expectancy of 12-20 years.  If you’re looking to save money in the long run by spending on a metal roof, we recommend revisiting your home and living expectations.  For example, if you are planning on moving soon, you may not get the full return on your investment.  In this case, a full lifetime warranty on a shingle roof may provide you the same peace of mind with less upfront cost.


Both metal and shingle roofs require maintenance – especially living in Michigan – but asphalt is easier to maintain than metal.  Metal roofs typically require more timely and expensive repairs, as they must be replaced by the panel and not the shingle.  Since dents and oil canning require regular maintenance, it may be more convenient to purchase a shingle roof, based on the minimal repair needs.


We always recommend reading the warranty fine print, but it does help to know what the general roof warranty covers.  Typically, metal roof warranties are “finish only”, meaning the install company covers the paint finish if it chips or wears off – and nothing else.  On the other hand, lifetime shingle warranties cover the roof in its entirety and includes a workmanship warranty.  At Herbert Roofing, we are proud to offer some of the best roofing warranties on the market, so your home is covered.

In Conclusion

Both shingle and metal roofs roofs are beautiful and worth the installation but for different reasons.  If you’re looking for a budget friendly, low maintenance, and durable roofing option, we recommend going with a shingle roof.  If design, longevity, and increased energy efficiency are high priority, and you have a higher budget, a metal roof is the best choice for you and your home.

Still need some help going through the pros and cons of roof types?  Contact one of our experts at Herbert Roofing.  We guarantee satisfaction – from your first interaction with our team, all the way to the finished product.


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