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What’s Better: a Metal or a Shingle Roof?


Deciding on the material for your new roof can be one of the most important decisions you make. Metal sheets and asphalt shingles are two of the most common options, and it can be hard to choose. Here’s an explanation of both types to help guide your decision.

Pros and Cons of a Shingle Roof

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials. Often the cheapest option and available in a variety of colors and styles, its durable coating protects against UV rays and harsh weather.

However, there are several downsides to choosing a shingle roof. An asphalt roof will need to be replaced, on average, every 12 years. It’s not nearly as durable as metal. Asphalt is much more susceptible to warping and cracking, especially after severe storms. If enough shingles are lost, it can put your home at risk. Not only will you have to pay more for maintenance, but your insurance premium could be higher. This material isn’t easy to recycle, creating a higher environmental impact when you replace your roof.

Pros and Cons of a Metal Roof

By contrast, a metal roof provides several advantages to your home. Stone-coated metal sheets are becoming more popular because they can be replicated to look just like an asphalt roof. A metal roof can last anywhere from 40-70 years, outlasting the lifespan of shingles. It requires less maintenance than shingles and is more resistant to harsh weather. Metal has a higher reflectivity and is easier to install insulation under, which can save you more money on your energy bill. Once your metal roof does need replacing, the material can be recycled.

The main drawback to metal roofing is its cost. Since it’s a sturdier material, the initial installation is more expensive than a shingle roof. However, the long-term cost outweighs this initial expense. Overall, the durable and long-lasting benefits of a metal roof will protect your home far better than an asphalt shingle roof. To install your new high-quality metal roof, look no further than the licensed and local experts at RBS Construction & Roofing.

Your Local Roof Installation Experts

With more than 30 years of experience, RBS Construction & Roofing is staffed by a team of veteran craftsmen who are licensed and permitted to provide superior roof installations and repairs in the Central Florida area. For high-quality and affordable roofing services, call the professionals at RBS Roofing at (689) 304-9605 today to schedule your roof inspection.