Metal Roofs v. Composite Roofs: What to Consider

We receive a lot of questions from clients who are planning to install, repair or replace their roofing system. One of the most common questions we receive are about the pros and cons of metal roofing and composite shingle roofing. Although both of them are widely used today, the type of roof you would want to use for your home depends on your requirements, budget, and choice.

There are several factors you’ll want to consider when making the decision as to what is right for your home. Let’s take a look…

Life Expectancy of Metal & Composite Roofs

And kind of roofing materials wear and tear differently depending on the weather conditions. Both metal roofing and composite shingles can perform well in the long run. However, metal roofs have more lifespan than composite shingles. Metal roofing has alloys that can handle damage from extreme weather conditions and have around twice the life expectancy.

Cost of Metal & Composite Roofs

While the price for materials per square foot for metal roofs isn’t much more than the high-end composite shingles, you’ll expect to pay quite a bit more for a metal roof. Even though the material pricing is somewhat comparable, installation costs for metal roofs is much more difficult and requires specialized training, equipment, and knowledge.

Other Factors to Consider

Price and life expectancy  seem to be the top questions on most people’s mind, but there are other factors you should consider as you weigh your options as well.

Noise Levels

As you can imagine, rain, hail, & sleet bouncing off a metal surface causes quite a bit of noise. While some find this sound soothing, it can be too loud for many homeowners.

Energy Efficiency

While  composite shingles absorb heat, metal roofs reflect it. This can lead to a decrease in your cooling costs during the hot Texas summer.

Repair Costs

Even though the life expectancy of a metal roof is longer, metal roofs can get dings and dents from large hail or fallen tree branches. Repairs to metal roofs are much more expensive than composite shingles.

Before You Decide…

Before you make a decision on what type of roofing material is best for your home, it’s best to consult with a professional that can assess your individual needs. Beyond what we listed out here, there are other factors to consider, including your homeowners insurance which could have provisions about metal roofs.

Call us today and we can address your needs and even come out to your home to provide a free consultation.

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