Which is Better: Shingles or a Metal Roof?
When it comes to choosing roofing materials, the answer is a bit less simple than you may be hoping: For better or for worse, the “best” roof type depends on your personal budget and goals.
Asphalt shingles are the traditional choice, and for good reason. They’re often the most inexpensive option and can be durable enough to last for 20-30 years in ideal conditions. However, traditional asphalt shingles may be prone to damage from the elements. A single hail storm can permanently damage the asphalt, while other environmental factors like heavy rain can cause the shingles to curl and deteriorate. Additionally, asphalt shingles may be harmed by heat from below if your attic is not properly ventilated.
When combined in a “perfect storm,” harsh weather conditions can rapidly age asphalt shingles. Because of this, shingles’ lifespans are largely dependent on weather conditions. However, with their lower price and relative durability, asphalt shingles remain a fantastic choice for most homes.
Metal roofs are far more durable than almost any other option, withstanding much of Colorado’s extreme weather. These roofs have been known to last 50-60 years (and sometimes even longer) without any issues. That durability costs homeowners up front: In most cases, metal roofing can cost two to four times as much as traditional shingles per square foot, though that number can be much higher if you opt for high-end copper or zinc roofing.
Choosing between shingles or a metal roof ultimately comes down to how much you’re willing to invest and how long you plan on staying in your home. If you plan to stick around for a while, a metal roof is well worth your investment, but if you have plans to sell in the short-term future, going with asphalt singles is a safe and wise decision that remains popular for good reason.
Still torn between roofing options? B&M Roofing has more than 70 years of roofing experience and is here to help. Call 303.443.5843 for all your roofing needs.