Metal Roofing vs. Asphalt Shingles: Cost, Pros and Cons, Longevity, ROI – The Ultimate Buying Guide for Homeowners

Silver Standing Seam Metal Roof with Snowguards

Intro:

Hey there Mr. or Ms. Homeowner, how’s your day going? I heard it through the grapevine that you were starting the next part of your home improvement journey by picking out your roofing material and style – and that’s a big deal. You should be proud and not stressed. There are so many different options when it comes to roofing and there is only one way to truly know your best options.

Do you know what that might be? How does a grand welcoming to Roofing Class 101 sound? This is such a big deal! Why? We are going to be exploring a new facet of the Ultimate Buying Guide for Homeowners in this class! Now this is not your typical chalk board classroom where I stand up and point a wooden ruler at the board. Oh no! That’s kind of boring. We are going to delve straight into the specifics and the depths of roofing with an all new interactive way with entertainment. We are going to unravel the roofs from the 1960s and discover what direction you should take, Metal roofing or Asphalt shingles. Do you think you’re ready?

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Metal vs. Asphalt Shingles?

An asphalt shingle roof on a four a house
An asphalt shingle roof on a four a house

So, prior to truly jumping into the heart of this guide, I am going to give you the answer to this question right away. So when it comes to the choice between metal roofing and asphalt shingles, let’s sort of pretend like asphalt shingles are not really an option – the only option, metal roofing. While the costs are going to be greater, the benefits in the case severely outweigh the so-called negatives. When it comes to metal roofing, you are investing in high quality material, and presumably, the security that your new roof will be installed professionally, properly and safely.

You are investing in a product that has proven durability and longevity through extremes of weather and, if invested properly, can provide some Benjamins back in your wallet in the future! 😉 With all of that in mind, the next step for you in knowing that metal roofing is ultimately the route to go, is learning that there are several different types of metal roofing materials and styles or profiles such as metal shingles, stone-coated steel tiles, standing seam, ribbed, and corrugated metal sheets. — Needless to say, there are also several different types of asphalt shingles ranging from the low-end 3-tab, which is the cheapest option with the lowest expected service lifespan, to 3-dimensional (3D) architectural shingles – a longer lasting option, as well as laminated shingles labeled as “premium shingles”.

For example, there’s a great variety of materials available with metal roofing including galvanized and Galvalume steel, aluminum, zinc, and even stainless steel. Not only are we going to explore all of these options, but we will also provide you with the cost, longevity, ROI and the pros and cons of each. By the end of this Ultimate Buying Guide for Homeowners, you will be prepared with so much knowledge that when it’s time to book a contractor, they will likely be pleasantly surprised by your wealth of knowledge, which will make it easier for them to align on the right system and ultimately give you the proper quote you deserve! 😉

The Best Types of Metal Roofing Systems and Profiles are presented in the order of popularity and suitability of residential applications:

  • Standing Seam
  • Metal Shingles
  • Stone-coated steel shingles and tiles
  • Ribbed
  • Corrugated

Depending on which route you go, the price will go too!

Install Roof Shingles

$7,500
Average price
Install Metal Roof

$14,500
Average price
Install Flat Roof

$8,225
Average price

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Different Types of Metal

Are you familiar with steel or any other types of metal materials? Do you know who you can thank for that? Mr. Andrew Carnegie. In fact, if you want to learn some fascinating business history of one billionaire man, you should read about the intelligence of the man behind steel.

Anyways, the most common type of steel used in metal roofing is G-90 or Galvanized Steel — zinc-coated steel also referred to as hot-deep galvanized steel. G-90 steel is commonly used in metal shingles, stone-coated steel, as well as some ribbed and corrugated sheet metal roofing profiles. There is also a low-end grade of galvanized steel known as G-60, which is not something you want to put on your home.

Galvalume steel is a step up from G-90 steel. If you are going to install a premium metal roofing system such standing seam and would like to go with steel, than Galvalume steel — zinc and aluminum coated steel is better option than G-90 steel.

Now at same time, you have the opportunity to get a roof made from aluminum, copper, zinc, or even the fancy stainless steel – the options are truly endless. Before we continue, do you want a fun heads-up? Well, if you are living near a coastal area, look no further than Aluminum roofing! It’s the best option for salt-spray environment, because it’s not susceptible to any corrosion and it’s just plain-ol’ good! With that in mind, the next time you talk of scarcity, remember this moment. Only opportunities – not scarcity. Anyways, would you like to get into the different styles of Metal Roofing? Let’s go!

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Metal Roofing Panels at Home Depot and Lowe’s: Prices, Colors, Options

Metal continues to be a trending material for home roofs. It offers great variety in style and colors. Styles can include paneling (the most popular option), tiles, shingles/slate, and shake. Whatever other materials can do in terms of style for a roof (i.e. wood shake or ceramic tiles), metal can mimic it. Here are a few reasons why metal is gaining in popularity:

metal-roof-on-a-house

Install Roof Shingles

$7,500
Average price
Install Metal Roof

$14,500
Average price
Install Flat Roof

$8,225
Average price

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– the material is recyclable, thus inherently Eco-friendly

– metal tends to be higher in terms of energy efficiency, plus with cool roofs, it can emit UV energy away from a home

– color options up the wazoo

– metal is by nature fire resistant, properly installed metal roofs are fairly wind resistant, and it doesn’t break apart

– more durable than other materials (i.e. asphalt), yet lighter than the other options

– metal panels can be used for other purposes besides a roof

Like all things roofing, a professional contractor is your best bet for installation of metal roof. This article, however, is taking a different approach as we focus on products you can obtain through Home Depot and/or Lowe’s. A local carpenter or professional roofer may still be how the product gets installed, but depending on the home remodeling project and your needs, the DIY approach is within reach for many metal roofing applications.

There are a few caveats to consider if going through Home Depot or Lowe’s as the middlemen in purchasing products. Color options will be limited quite a bit. For the average consumer, metal tiles, metal shingles and metal shake are not readily attainable from these stores. With that in mind, we will focus on the metal panels that are offered and available, plus make note of the other materials needed for installation, all of which are available from these stores.

While metal roofing comes in a variety of metals, this article will stick mainly to steel as that is what the two retail outlets primarily offer. This may vary a bit by region as aluminum is a material known to handle ocean spray/saltwater better than steel. For most areas, galvanized steel is the primary offering for metal roofs. Galvanized steel does a few things, and one of those is making it easier to add coats of paint for further protection and increased aesthetic value.

When it comes to consumer purchasing metal sheets, stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot will offer a quality, durable product. Though less durable than what a pro would probably purchase from their wholesale suppliers. Steel thickness is measured traditionally with a gauge from 8 to 33, particularly for galvanized steel. The higher the gauge, the thinner (not thicker) the panel. Unless specially ordered, plan on Home Depot and Lowe’s to provide steel with gauges between 26 and 33, and most likely in range of 29 to 31.

Because the manufacturers that supply product to these stores will market products for residential home owners, we will spend a brief time on what else you might obtain from them directly. But our goal is to help you in product selection from the two stores, provide helpful tips in working with metal panels and convey (mid 2016) cost information to help with overall planning of your home remodeling projects.

The Basics

Metal panels generally come in two types, with lots of sub-variations or styles. The traditional kind is exposed fastener application. This is the DIY approach that a non-professional can handle for installation. It can mimic the style of the other (modern) type, and can cost less. The trade-offs are that it will possibly last less time, though this depends on how well either type is installed, and is considered less wind resistant. The modern type is applied with concealed fasteners.

Concealed fasteners are what standing seam panels use. Concealed fasteners rely on interlocking of panels, via expert crimping. Where panels are intended to overlay, a crimping tool will join the two panels into a continuous, seamless unit. Think of how a metal food can has its lid secured so tightly, that it seamlessly seals in the contents.

Home Depot provides standing seam panels. But the majority of what is provided from the two stores is the exposed fastener variety of panels. Another significant difference between the two is that the interlocking panels allows the overall metal roof to naturally expand or contract depending on how heat naturally affects metal. High heat (hot days) will lead to slight expansion while cooler temps (winter days) lead to contraction in the metal. With exposed fasteners, the difference is slight, but enough so that over several years, the fasteners will be impacted, loosened, and thus breaking what was otherwise a solid seal. The metal material itself is likely good to go for another 30 years or more beyond this, but because of the exposed fastener system, it may need to be addressed by re-fastening all areas. Standing seam with its concealed fasteners, will generally last a solid 40 years, even up to 75 years, as the seals are not as impacted by the hot/cold cycles.

With exposed fastener panels we’ll focus on two sub-variations:

a) ribbed style and b) corrugated style. The ribbed style resembles standing seam, which has a flatter finish, and is considered a better design choice for a home.

Installation of a ribbed panels

b) The corrugated metal style is more of a constant rippled pattern, similar to how ceramic tiles appear on a rooftop. Corrugated metal panels are a popular or traditional design choice for sheds. Because exposed fasteners are easy enough for anyone to work with, they are not limited to roofs only. Many home exterior remodeling projects will make use of them in a variety of ways, such as a siding material. Do enough research on your own, and you’ll see home owners who’ve discovered interior uses for metal panels in ways that may be bold, but certainly can add character to any living space seeking a industrial appearance.

corrugated steel panelOur primary focus will be for roofs, but not just home roofs. For this article a roof means covering for a home, garage, patio/deck covering, shed, and/or other outbuilding. It’s helpful to understand parts of a roof (for a home) and if not already familiar with that, Lowe’s uses this web page to help with terms like sheathing, underlayment, valleys and flashing, to name a few.

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Metal Shingles vs. Standing Seam Metal Roof Costs

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Turns out, many homeowners are not aware there are three main types of metal roofing systems available for residential properties; metal shingles, standing seam, corrugated steel panels. Thus, there are three distinct styles, with their own advantages and disadvantages. On average metal roofing costs range from $1.50 to $5.50 per square foot for materials alone, and from $4.50 to $11.00 per square foot installed.

Silver Standing Seam Metal Roof with Snowguards

Since roofs are typically measured and priced by squares or 100 square feet of roof surface, you can expect to pay anywhere from $450 to $1,100 per square of metal roofing installed.

Install Roof Shingles

$7,500
Average price
Install Metal Roof

$14,500
Average price
Install Flat Roof

$8,225
Average price

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Metal Shingles or Shakes

Although, many homeowners are not aware of the existence of metal shingles, it’s a compelling alternative to the traditional composition shingles, which costs about double the cost of its asphalt shingles counterpart. Metal shingles materials average $3.00 to 4.00 per square foot, or $300 to $400 per square (100 sq. ft.). Based on that, you can expect to pay about $800 to $900 per square for a metal shingles roof installed. Thus, an average-sized ranch style roof measuring 1,700 square feet or 17 squares will cost anywhere from $13,000 to $16,500 installed, which is roughly twice as much as you would pay for an asphalt shingles roof.

Tamko Metalworks - metal shingles roof on a ranch
Tamko Metalworks – metal shingles roof on a ranch

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