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Question DetailsAsked on 3/1/2016

Which type of roofing is best for price Shingles or Medal ?

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Cost wise - asphalt composition shingles generally, because metal roofing typically costs about 3-5 times asphalt shingles but lasts roughly twice as long, though sometimes it is not that much more expensive.

However, as a carefree investment I would say a properly done raised seam metal roof - less prone to weathering damage and does not progressively get more leak prone as it ages anywhere as fast if kept clean. Especailly in hail country - provided you get heavy-gage industrial steel, not aluminum or light-gage roofing.

Basically, if you like the appearance and sound of metal roofing, if you are planning on staying in the same house for several more decades metal makes a lot of sense - if you are the typical family moving every 5-8 years, then you are highly unlikely to get your money's worth out of it.

A middle ground is metal shingles - look more like regular shingles but last well beyond normal composition shingles, but cost is VERy variable - from less than twice asphalt to 10 times as much, especially if buying from one of the roaming roofers who hits a given area for a short terms and offer all sorts of "deals" then skips out of town, Some of those roofs actually last well, but typically theyu make their money on incredibly high initial chaarges and especially on financing - I have seen several people end up ion bankruptcy because their $10-20/SF roof ended up with them owning well over $100,000 with accumulated finance charges.

My recommendation - talk to several roofers (maybe 4-6) including some who do metal roofing, and see what they offer before they bid, then choose specific products will accept and tell them you want two bids from each vendor - one for your selected asphalt shingles, one for metal shingle or sheet roofing, and you will decide on which to go with after you see the bids and warranty info.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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