Metal Roof v. Shingle Roof – Is A Metal Roof More Expensive?

Metal Roof v. Shingle Roof – Is A Metal Roof More Expensive?

Both metal and asphalt shingle roofing are great options when considering installing a new roof to your home or business. There are obvious differences in each type of material used but when it comes to durability and longevity, a metal roofing system can be the most beneficial, cost-effective option.

The initial cost of a metal roof may be higher than a shingle roof but if you factor in the cost of maintaining the roof over many years, the cost can actually be much lower than that of a shingle roof. 

Higher Life-Span

A properly installed metal roof can typically last up to 40-70 years whereas a shingle roof can last only 12-20 years. It is also important to note that the materials used for a metal roof are stronger, allowing the roof to withstand higher wind gusts and can also withstand the elements of nature. An asphalt shingle roof is less likely to withstand higher wind gusts and can be damaged easily, requiring more frequent and costly maintenance throughout the years. While a metal roof can be dented, it requires far less maintenance than a traditional asphalt shingle roof, allowing for fewer costs throughout its lifespan.


Because a metal roof requires less maintenance or repair, it can be a more cost-effective option. The initial cost of a metal roof may make you feel like asphalt shingles are a better option; however, when you consider all of the maintenance costs associated with asphalt shingles, you may find that metal roofing is the better option for you. 

Not only is a metal roof more cost-effective because of its longevity and durability, it can also save you money because metal roofs are energy-efficient. Because the material used reflects the sun’s heat rays, it can help keep your home or building cooler. This means that you will need to run your air conditioning less in the summer months and will then reduce your monthly energy bills adding more money back into your pocket!

While asphalt shingles may seem like the most cost-effective because of the cheaper installation costs, they may not be the best long-term cost-effective option. Ultimately, making the decision between a metal roof or a shingle roof is a personal decision. It is best to discuss your options with a professional roofing expert to make sure that a metal roof is the best option for you and your roofing needs. 

If you are trying to decide which roofing material is best for your project, please contact Tesson Roofing & Exteriors so that we can help you decide which one will be more beneficial for your needs. 

We at Tesson Roofing & Exteriors, LLC are committed to providing excellent service and satisfactory results. One of our professional roofing experts would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the different roofing materials and give you a free estimate. Please feel free to call us at (314) 932-1042 today!