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Question DetailsAsked on 3/31/2015

steel roofing vs asphalt roof

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Hi this is Garrett K. with Angie's List. Our Guide to Types of Roofing would be a great place to start! Thanks!

Answered 5 years ago by garrettk


You can also get some commentary from contributors at the Roofing link right below your question - a couple of those also appear right below these answers.

Certainly if you are intending to move in a few years you will be putting down 2-4 times as much money up front with a metal roof - but if this is your "forever" home, you should also get 2 times the life out of metal - more if you properly prep and repaint it when it needs it about 30-50 years down the line.

Of course, if you are in a fire area that might factor into your decision and can save you a few hundred a year (or more in severe areas) on insurance; or if in a frequent strong storm/tornado/hurricane area metal generally (if properly secured) has a much better survivability history, so thatmight factor into your decision also.

Of course, aesthetics factor into it too, especially with raised-seam panel roofing, but some of the metal shingle roofing looks very little different than asphalt shingles except in certain lighting conditions where you may (especially in the first year when it is clean) see some reflected sunlight glare and sheen.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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