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Stone Coated Metal Roofing vs. Asphalt Shingles

August 7, 2018

Have you noticed the newest trend in roofing?    

 

Many people are starting to install stone coated metal roofing instead of standard asphalt shingles on their house roofs.  

 

You may have noticed these roofs in houses in your neighborhood.  They are not as easy to spot as most standard metal roofing (such as corrugated metal or standing seam), but some types will have a distinct metal appearance if you look at them closely.

 

So why are people switching to metal shingles?

 

Should you consider switching?

 

We are going to compare standard asphalt shingles to stone coated metal roofing in 5 areas and see which comes out ahead in each category.    

 

Ready?  Let’s begin!

 

Price

 

Let’s start where it hurts us the most - our wallets!

 

Pricing will vary on many factors:  your roof layout, roof pitch, etc. Quotes will also vary by installer and they products they use, so the numbers below are general estimates.

 

Asphalt shingles will typically cost between $300 to $500 per square.  A square is 100 square feet.

 

Stone coated metal roofing, on the other hand, can cost more in the range of $800 to $1200 per square.  

 

That’s right, metal shingles can cost roughly double the price of a standard shingle roof!

 

Ouch!  

 

So why even consider metal shingles?  Keep on reading...

 

Environment-friendly

 

Standard asphalt shingles create a lot of waste.  

 

When an asphalt roof is re-done, most of the shingles end up in landfills.  They contain materials that can cause health risks when they are broken down, burned, or being handled by roofers.

 

Stone coated metal roofing, on the other hand, is made of metal, so the impact on the environment is quite different.

 

How different can it be?

 

How about 100% recycled roofing!

 

Because they are made of metal, the parts can be made from recycled metal.  Better yet, when a metal roof is being replaced, you can recycle all the old shingles so that they can be used again!

 

So asphalt shingles may be cheaper, but metal shingles are a clear win for the environment.

 

Installation

 

Install times will vary depending on roof planes and pitches.  However, overall the installation of both types of shingles will be similar.

 

Some roofers will make the argument that asphalt shingles install faster, but that is sometimes due to the fact that they are not used to working with metal shingles.

 

Either way, this point can be a toss up between the two types of shingles and is hard to exactly determine a winner.

 

Durability

 

Unlike the installation side, durability has a clear winner between the different shingle types.

 

Who is the winner?

 

Many asphalt shingles will come with 20-30 year warranties, while stone coated metal shingles can have 40-50 year warranties.  In fact, some companies will boast about lifetime warranty for metal shingles!

 

Why this big difference?

 

The main component with lifespan and durability is the materials that are used in their manufacturing.  Asphalt shingles may be durable, but they are not made from materials that eventually break down; they are not made from metal!

 

If you want to replace your roof as little as you can, then metal shingles are one of your best options.

 

Maintenance

 

Because asphalt shingles lay on top of each other, over time you will begin to see roof issues as the shingles begin to break, crack, or lose their texture.  They may begin letting moisture into your attic as they age.

 

Stone coated metal shingles, on the other hand, are made of metal, so the shingles will not warp, break, or crack.

 

Metal shingles can also be cleaned more easily since you can wash them.

 

In fact, you can even paint metal shingles if they begin losing their luster and shine!

 

Like durability, metal shingles are the winner in the maintenance category as well.

 

So if stone coated metal shingles have all these advantages, why are most house roofs still built with asphalt shingles?

 

It usually comes back to the price.  

 

Pricing is often one of the first things we think about, particularly when we are doing home projects that cost thousands of dollars.  If we can cut our new roof cost in half, then it makes a lot of sense to stick with asphalt shingles, doesn’t it?

 

However, if you are thinking long term and want something that helps the environment and will be hassle-free for a longer period of time, you should begin looking at metal shingles as an option.


If you live in Indiana, and have a house in Miami County, Grant County, Howard County, or Cass County; then look no further than K Graber Co for more information on stone coated metal roofing.  We are roofing experts and will be glad to give you a quote!

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