Overhead photo of the metal roof
Written by Spear Builders

5 Reasons Metal Roofs Last Longer Than Asphalt Shingles

Your dream home needs a new roof, and has needed one for a while. As the weather gets warmer, and winter snowstorms are followed by spring windstorms, and summer thunderstorms, a little problem today is going to cost exponentially more the longer you wait. If you’re going to invest your money and time in getting a new roof, it’s imperative you get the best roof for your house. For decades many thought metal roofs are now perfect for residential homes too!. Here are five reasons that your house will be better off all around if it has a metal roof.

  • Metal roofs last longer: On average, asphalt shingles are meant to last a maximum of 25 years. Because of how they are manufactured, they will begin deteriorating almost immediately. The shingle is made of paper, fiberglass, and oil. This is not a durable combination. Metal roofs have been shown to last for at least forty years, and often fifty or longer. When you buy a metal roof, you are investing in the long-term value of your house.


  • Price: At first glance, metal roofs are far more expensive than traditional asphalt or wood shingles. In some cases, metal roofs are two to three times as expensive as their asphalt counterparts. However, this price is significantly offset by two factors. The sheer durability of metal roofs means that you will pay for asphalt replacements two or three times before you even need to consider replacing metal shingles. Metal roofs may also lower your home owner’s insurance payment, in some cases up to 30%. This means your roof will pay for itself over time.


  • Aesthetic: When most people think of a metal roof, they picture warehouses with hot, ugly sheets of metal on top. This is no longer the case, as metal shingles can be designed in dozens of different styles and colors. You no longer need to sacrifice good looks for durability. With a metal roof, you can have both. There are so many benefits for choosing a metal roof over shingles.


  • Environmental impact: Once a shingle is off of the roof, it can’t be used for anything else. Tons of shingles end up in landfills every year, waiting for the asphalt and fiberglass to decompose. Metal roofs reduce waste both in the manufacturing process, and by outlasting their traditional shingle counterparts.
Log Home Slanted Metal Roof

This log home has a slanted L shaped metal roof traditional to the homes of its era.

Maintenance: Metal roofs are the ultimate example of low maintenance home improvement. There’s no need to replace split tiles, as would be necessary if you had wood shingles. There is no need to replace the shingles that fall apart, as would be necessary with asphalt. The only concern is mixing metals. If you have a roof with mixed metal shingles, there may be corrosion. This is fixed by keeping the same type of metal throughout the roof. Metal shingles go up, and stay up. With nothing to adjust, or replace, your house will continue to be looking good for decades to come. Here is a link to a some of the pro and cons of owning a home with a metal roof instead of asphalt shingles.