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Which is Best? Metal Roofs vs. Shingles - The Pros and Cons

When it comes to roofing options, two popular choices often stand out: metal roofs and traditional shingles. Both roofing types have their pros and cons, but ultimately, as a home or building owner, the best thing you can do is learn a lot about both options and make an informed decision.

At Indaco Metals, we understand the importance of selecting the right roofing material for your home. As a company dedicated to providing top-quality steel buildings, roofs, and carport kits manufactured in the USA, we're here to help you weigh the pros and cons of metal roofs and shingles so you can make an informed decision.

If you’re interested in a quote for steel roofing, contact our team today. Sometimes, a quote and the guidance of an experienced team can make all the difference in the process of choosing a new roof. 

Roofing Materials - Comparing the Pros and Cons 

Below, our team outlines some of the primary areas of comparison for roofing types, but if you still have questions, be sure to let us know. We’re here to help you understand! 

Durability of Metal Roof Vs. Shingles 

One of the primary advantages of metal roofs is their exceptional durability. Made from high-quality steel, aluminum, or copper, metal roofs can withstand harsh weather conditions, including heavy rain, snow, and strong winds. Indaco’s metal roofs are made of the highest-quality steel and are unmatched in strength and longevity.  

Unlike shingles, which can deteriorate over time due to exposure to the elements, metal roofs offer long-lasting protection for your home, often lasting 50 years or more with proper maintenance. Additionally, metal roofs are resistant to fire, mildew, and pests, providing added peace of mind for homeowners.

On the other hand, composite and asphalt shingles are more susceptible to damage from severe weather, such as wind uplift or hail. While modern shingles are designed to be more durable than their predecessors, they typically have a shorter lifespan than metal roofs, lasting around 20 to 30 years on average. However, with regular inspections and maintenance, shingle roofs can still provide reliable protection for your home.

Energy Efficiency of Roofing Types 

Another important factor to consider when choosing a roofing material is energy efficiency. Metal roofs are known for their ability to reflect solar heat, helping to keep your home cooler in the summer months and reducing the need for air conditioning. This can lead to lower energy bills and increased comfort for you and your family. One of the myths about metal roofs is that they are energy inefficient, but it’s actually the opposite. Additionally, many metal roofing products are made from recycled materials. They are fully recyclable at the end of their lifespan, making them an environmentally friendly choice. 

In contrast, traditional shingles absorb more heat from the sun, which can result in higher indoor temperatures and increased energy consumption for cooling. While some shingle manufacturers offer "cool roof" options with reflective coatings, they may not be as effective as metal roofs in reducing energy usage. However, shingles are often more affordable upfront than metal roofing materials, which can be a consideration for budget-conscious homeowners.

Aesthetics - Shingles vs. Painted Metal Roofing 

When it comes to the appearance of your roof, both metal and shingle options offer various styles and colors. Metal roofs come in various profiles, including standing seam, corrugated, and metal shingles, allowing you to achieve the look you desire for your home. Whether you prefer a sleek modern design or a more traditional aesthetic, there's a metal roofing option to suit your taste. Indaco’s metal roofs come in a wide variety of colors and in Snap-Loc and Duraloc styles. 

Similarly, shingles are available in numerous styles, such as asphalt, wood, slate, and synthetic materials, giving you plenty of options to complement your home's architecture. From classic cedar shakes to contemporary architectural shingles, you can customize your roof to enhance curb appeal and boost the value of your property. 

Ultimately, the choice between metal roofs and shingles often comes down to personal preference and the specific needs of your home.

Maintenance of Metal Roofs and Shingles  

Both metal roofs and shingles have their own maintenance requirements. Metal roofs typically require minimal maintenance, with periodic inspections and gutter cleaning being the main tasks. Unlike shingles, which can be prone to damage from moss and debris buildup, metal roofs are less susceptible to these issues due to their smooth surface. Additionally, metal roofs are less likely to experience problems such as warping, cracking, or curling, which can occur with aging shingles.

On the other hand, shingle roofs may require more frequent maintenance to ensure their longevity and performance. Regular inspections for damaged or missing shingles and cleaning to prevent moss growth are essential for preserving the integrity of a shingle roof. While some homeowners may prefer the ease of maintenance that comes with metal roofs, others may find the occasional upkeep of shingles to be manageable with proper care and attention. 

Additionally, given the severity of the weather in Oklahoma, Kansas and surrounding states, it’s common that high winds, large hail storms, and other severe weather can cause maintenance issues for standard shingle roofing. It’s common for standard shingles to not stand up well to the elements, and need repairs or replacement following severe weather conditions. This is not typical of metal roofing. 

Roofing Installation

The installation process for metal roofs and shingles varies in terms of time, labor, and complexity. Metal roofs typically require professional installation due to their specialized techniques and equipment. However, once installed, metal roofs offer a seamless, watertight barrier that provides superior protection for your home. With proper installation, metal roofs can also be more resistant to leaks and water damage than shingles. The Indaco Metals team works closely with contractors across the country, if you need a referral for a great metal roofing contractor, let us know

On the other hand, shingles are more commonly installed by roofing contractors and may require more time and labor. The process involves laying individual shingles in overlapping rows, which can be time-consuming, especially for larger roofs. However, shingle installation is generally more straightforward and less specialized than metal roofing, making it a viable option for a broader range of homeowners.

First Cost of Metal vs. Shingle Roof 

Cost is often a significant factor in deciding between metal roofs and shingles. While metal roofs typically have a higher upfront cost than shingles, they offer long-term savings in durability and energy efficiency. Additionally, metal roofs may qualify for tax credits, rebates, or insurance discounts, further offsetting the initial investment. 

Shingles, however, are generally more affordable upfront but may require more frequent repairs and replacements over time. While the lower initial cost of shingles can appeal to homeowners on a tight budget, it's essential to consider the long-term value and potential savings associated with metal roofs. 

Ultimately, the total cost of ownership for each roofing option will depend on factors such as material quality, installation, maintenance, and lifespan.

Reliable, High-Quality Metal Roofs Made in the USA 

Metal roofs and shingles offer unique advantages and considerations for homeowners and commercial building owners. While metal roofs excel in durability, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability, shingles may provide a more affordable upfront cost and a more varied range of aesthetic options. 

At Indaco Metals, we're committed to helping you find the perfect roofing solution for your home. Whether you're interested in the long-term benefits of a metal roof or the classic appeal of shingles, we're here to provide expert guidance and high-quality products manufactured in the USA. 


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