Shingle roofs vs. metal roofs (longevity, cost, benefits, etc.)

The most exposed to the environment, your roof is the most vulnerable part of your house. Being all the way across the eye-line of the natural elements that approach it, it’s always at a high risk of damage.

Syracuse NY gets about as extreme as the deserts and tundra, with a record high of 102 and a record low of -26.

Rain and snow tend to stick to roofs like duct tape. The longer they are left stagnant, the more difficult it may be to resolve issues that stem from them.

Life already tends to be extremely demanding without that obligation. As a result it might help to compare what are perhaps the two most popular roofing materials: asphalt shingle and metal.
Asphalt shingle is typically $100-$200 per square foot, and can be installed in one day; it can be fixed as fast as it was built.

Once installed, it needn’t be touched as often; the stuff can endure 20-30 years or longer. It’s so eco-friendly, it’s gotten formal seals of approval from the federal government.

Metal weighs less than all other types of roofing—about 50 pounds minimum per square foot—and can last 50-60 years. It withstands strong breezes and flames, and rapidly dries fallen water.
It’s also the only roofing material that’s completely renewable. And it’s is a great insulator, pushing back uncomfortable air according to the season of the year.

Similar to how they have their superior qualities that set them apart, these two also have some disadvantages:

  • Metal is three times more expensive.
  • Shingle collects a lot of fungi without enough sunlight and may not tolerate too big a coat of snow.
  • Metal often bends, making it tougher to balance and resist the elements that hit it.
  • Shingle is good for winter insulation, but not as much in the summertime.
  • Metal requires specific insulation to block out unwanted sounds.