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Roofing Should Last A Lifetime: Metal Versus Architectural Shingles—Which Type Will You Choose?

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If you are in the market for a new roof, you may be pleasantly surprised by the number of choices you have. But if you are looking for traditional types of roofing materials, you may be able to quickly weed out tile, slate, or rubber roofing. Even if you narrow your choices down to asphalt shingles and metal roofing, how do you choose the right one for your home? With the upgrades in technology that have taken place with both styles, this can be a difficult choice. Here are a few points to ponder to help you make your decision.

How Long Will They Last?

If you are replacing asphalt shingles, you probably already know that the traditional style of these usually needed to be replaced every 15 - 20 years, but this has changed. While these traditional shingles are still on the market, and are an option if you are trying to contain the cost of your roofing project, you can extend the life of your roof by choosing and upgraded or better quality shingle.

These are Architectural Laminated Shingles, which may also be known as dimensional or laminated shingles. These are a much higher quality shingle that may be the last roofing material you will ever have to place on your home. Most of these shingles come with a minimum of a 30 year guarantee, and some manufacturers are even offering limited lifetime warranties.

Metal roofing is also a great choice if you do not want to have to go through this project again. When metal roofs are properly installed, they can be expected to last for the life of your home. Depending on the quality of metal you choose, warranties can range anywhere from 20 - 50 years, and you can also find lifetime warranties. Although some painted finishes only offer a 30-year limited warranty, you can find other materials in which the color is baked in and not painted, which will last much longer.

How Much Will They Cost?

Both metal roofs and architectural shingles are both considered to be premium roofing materials. Just like any other roofing materials, your actual cost will depend on several different variables. These will include the following:

  • The market you live in
  • The size and pitch of your roof
  • The quality of roofing materials you choose
  • The amount of materials you need
  • The amount of labor required and more

In addition to the actual metal or shingles that you choose, there are other materials you will need. These include the following:

  • Underlayment
  • Flashings
  • Ventilation
  • Pipe boots
  • Nails, caulking and anything else that is needed

When you take all of these things into consideration, there is not a huge difference in the cost of a metal roof and the cost of architectural shingles. The average cost to install a metal roof is approximately $6,681, while architectural shingles have a mid range of $6356.

What Will They Look Like?

Architectural shingle tabs come in various sizes and shapes. This will give your roof a dimensional look that will resemble shake roofing, but unlike the traditional colors of shake, these come in a wide variety of colors. You can find these materials in browns, reds, blues, greens, beiges, and golds, along with the traditional blacks and grays.

Metal roofing is also available in a wide range of colors and styles that will increase the curb appeal of your home. It can mimic many different styles such as shake, tile, and shingles. The way it appears can also vary based on how the metal is installed. For example, vertical panels will look very different than standing seam panels. When you collect your estimates, ask your roofing contractor to see examples of the type of metal roofing they are proposing.

When choosing between metal roofing and architectural shingles, it really just comes down to your personal preference. Hopefully, this will be the last time that you have to make this choice on this home, because no matter which one you choose, your roof should last for the rest of your life.

For more information, talk with a local roofing contractor, like those at Bell Roof Co.


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