There’s a clear winner

Asphalt shingles make up as much as 80% of the roofing market in some  areas; shingles have been the go-to roofing material for years. While  shingles may be a low cost option there is more to consider

Consider the whole picture


Aluminum panels are typically produced from 90% or more recycled  content. Steel panels vary by supplier, but usually contain at least 10%  recycled content. Both types of metal will last for decades and are  100% recyclable after use.Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, are produced from petroleum  products and are typically 19-36% asphalt by weight. Asphalt shingles  have to be torn off and replaced every 15-25 years. Approximately 11 million tons of asphalt shingles are discarded each year, with most being sent to landfills.

Property Insurance

Many insurers offer discounts for metal roofing; sometimes connected  with hail or wind performance rating. Since programs will vary by  insurer and location, check with your local agent.

Energy Efficiency

While asphalt shingles will absorb and retain heat from the sun,  metal panels (particularly those with light colored paint coatings) will  reflect and emit heat away, resulting in lower cooling costs. Several studies by the Florida Solar Energy Center indicate a reduction in cooling costs between 10 and 25%. As always, individual results will vary.

Lifecycle Costs

While a shingle roof generally has a lower installed cost than a  metal roof, this is really only a low “initial cost.” When considered  over the life of the structure, metal roofing will often prove to be the  better option. Durability alone makes this argument: if a shingle roof  has to be replaced in 15-20 years while a metal roof can stand strong  for 30-40+ years (some ongoing studies indicate 60 year + life spans), you will have to buy two shingle roofs instead of one metal roof.

Strong in the Storm

Of course no roof can completely withstand all the force of nature. However, studies and damage reports conducted by/for FEMA,  NHC/NOAA, and FBC over the years consistently indicate that shingle damage from  hurricanes is fairly common, while metal roofs tend to perform very well .  

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