When you need a new roof, one of the first decisions you’ll face is what material you want. Asphalt shingles and metal roofing are two of the most popular, so you may wonder which is better for your home.

Is metal better than shingles for your roof? Here are eight things to help you decide:

Durability

Metal roofs tend to be more durable than shingle roofing. Depending on the type of metal used, this type of roofing can withstand high wind gusts and won’t crack or corrode. It can be impact-resistant but may suffer dents from hail or fallen branches. Shingle roofing may be heavier, however, and therefore less likely to uplift.

Lifespan

On average, a metal roof will probably last longer than a shingle roof. Metal tends to last about 40 to 70 years, and most shingle roofing is expected to last around 20 years and with proper maintenance, they can last for up to 25 years.

Aesthetic look

Metal roofing materials come in a good variety of colors and styles. Some types even mimic the appearance of other materials. However, a metal roof may look out of place in a neighborhood filled with shingle roofing. Asphalt roofing has many color and texture options and is more likely to fit in well with other homes in your area. Plus they can come in a variety of styles to better accent your home.

Energy Efficiency 

Metal roofing is extremely energy efficient and is particularly effective at reducing energy consumption in the summer. On the other hand, shingle roofing absorbs heat, which is an advantage in winter, as it helps melt snow off your roof, but a disadvantage in the summer, as it holds more heat in and can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system.

Cost

Metal roofs can be two to three times more expensive than asphalt roofs. In some cases, high-end architectural shingles can cost more than some lower-cost metals, such as aluminum.

Installation Time

Asphalt shingle roofing usually takes a day to install. Metal roofs can be a bit more complicated to install and may take longer.

Maintenance

Metal roofing is virtually maintenance-free, but it still needs to be inspected annually. Shingle roofing may need more maintenance and also needs to be inspected annually.

Ability to Withstand Storms

Metal roofs can be noisier when it rains heavily or hails. However, they are also usually better able to avoid ice dams. They tend to reflect heat rather than absorb it, as asphalt roofs do, so metal roofs will generally keep your home cooler in the summer. The opposite is true in the winter. When it comes to snow, metal roofs shed it more easily than asphalt. Wind and rain will usually not damage a metal roof, but an asphalt roof may lose shingles or leak when faced with a tough storm. 

So are metal roofs better than shingles? Each have their pros and cons, and no single choice is better than the other. Work with LB Solutions, LLC in the Twin Cities (MN), and our experienced roofers will help you decide which material is the right choice for you, based on your budget, style preferences, weather needs, and other considerations.