Metal Roofing Vs. Shingle Roofing

– Choosing what type of roof you put on your home or building
is an important decision because you want to protect what matters most to
you for years to come. Today, we talk about shingle
roofing and metal roofing and discuss the differences
in terms of cost, longevity, options and more. (rock music) What’s up, guys? I’m Thad Barnette. Today, we are comparing shingle
roofing and metal roofing. We’ve got ten categories to look at from durability to ease of maintenance. We’ll go down the list,
talk about the differences and pick a winner for each one. All the information we’ll
be talking about today is in the video description. Follow the link to download
a helpful comparison guide and make sure to stay
to the end of the video where I will give you six
questions to ask yourself before deciding shingle
versus metal for your roof. All right, let’s jump
into our first category. First up, durability. When it comes to shingles, obviously, I can just
rip these apart like this and I definitely can’t do
that with a metal panel. So how does that translate to a roof? Well, if you get a metal roofing system that is Class 4 UL 2218 rated, you have the insurance of a proven and tested system that’s
extremely durable. I’m gonna have to give this one to metal. Next up is longevity. Your environment will dictate how long any roofing
system can and will last. Asphalt shingles are said
to last around 20 years, but that number can drop a ton in harsher weather conditions. Metal roofing is engineered
to last 50 plus years in the right environment and on average, a metal roof will last two to three times longer
than an asphalt shingle roof. Metal takes this one. How about weight? It’s a common misconception
that metal roofs are extremely heavy
but they actually weigh about 50 percent less than
an asphalt shingle system. The average 24 gauge
standing seam metal roof weighs roughly between 1.3 and
1.5 pounds per square foot. Green benefits. One hundred percent of the metal panels on a roof are recyclable. Because shingles are asphalt based, it makes it hard to
fully recycle a shingle. In addition, a percentage
of the material used to make metal panels are
already recycled material, sometimes, up to 90 percent. Shingles also absorb and retain more heat than cool metal roofing panels, especially ones with
highly reflective pigments, leading to energy savings in the long run for homes with metal roofing. Cost effectiveness. Shingles are significantly less expensive than metal roofing when
it comes to upfront cost, especially standing seam metal roofing. On the other hand, because a metal roof can outlast a shingle roof, the longterm cost is less
because you don’t have as many roof replacements
in a given time period. Ease of installation. Shingles require less
time, skill and labor for installation and replacement. Easy, shingles. Installer availability. Shingles win this category because there are more
installers available due to the easier
installation requirements. Severe weather performance. More and more metal
roofs are being installed in areas with frequent extreme
weather events, like Florida, reason being metal roofs
are tested and proven to be able to withstand strong winds, driving rain, ice, hail,
high heat and heavy snow. Metal wins this one. Color options. If you’re looking for a variety of colors to choose from for your roof, including bright colors, vivid colors, earth tones and even
special effects colors, metal can’t be beat. Last up, maintenance. This category can vary based
on your roof’s environment but for both roof types, you’re gonna want to remove
any debris from your roof. For metal roofing, that generally means checking your roof once or twice a year or after heavy storms
and removing that debris. For asphalt shingles, you may
need to replace a grouping of shingles that got damaged
by hail, wind or that debris, which could potentially happen more often than a metal roof due to
metal’s superior durability. Metal wins the last one. Now for me, I’m a visual learner so all the data we’ve talked about today is available in a helpful comparison guide which you can download in
the description of this video so be sure to check that out. So shingle and metal roofing both have their pros and cons, as you can see, and either might be right for you depending on your situation. How do you find out? Well, as promised, here are six of the first questions
you should ask yourself before choosing shingle
versus metal for your roof. Number one, how much money am I comfortable spending on a roof? Number two, how important to me is using recycled or recyclable materials? Number three, do I live in an environment that could face severe weather events? Number four, how much searching for roofing contractors
am I willing to do? Number five, do I want
a bright, vibrant color or more of a gray tone? And number six, does my HOA restrict different roofing types? These questions should give
you a good starting point on which roofing type you should choose. If you’re not willing to
spend as much money upfront, maybe shingles are the best option. If you live in an extreme
weather environment, maybe metal roofing is
the best option for you. Either way, I hope the information in this video helps you
make the right decision. If you want to watch more
comparison videos like this and tons of other videos
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Metal Roofing channel. Check out our blog on Comment below if you have any questions and as always, I’m Thad Barnette and I’ll catch you next time.

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