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Question DetailsAsked on 4/13/2013

which is better, asphalt shingles or metal roofing? in NC

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If you do not object to the ascetics of a metal roof (standing seam) it is bar none better. A metal roof like a Gerard is mucho more money, you are paying for a forever roof and Good Looks.

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Answered 7 years ago by jccasper


I can have any roof on my house and I have a .24 gage standing seam metal roof. Don’t get fooled by corrugated metal roof as there is a big difference. Corrugated has all the screws in it and mostly used by farmers for barns, siding, fences.. ( we call it farmers tin ) You want to hire a roofer that owns his own panel machine, has a job site brake, gives you a certificate of insurance for both workers comp & liability. You want .24 gage metal, one piece ridge system ( vented or unvented depending on which ventilation system you have ) You want seam to be double locked and clips to be a no more than 14" apart ( this way your roof wont blow off ) Remember your roof is only as good as your roofer


Answered 7 years ago by RooferRick


While I certainly like the durability and even the aesthetics of metal roofing, there is much more to consider. I think each homeowner needs to set the criteria they want to meet for their next roof and also decide how fast of pay-off they want from their investment. Each home and roof, too, needs to be looked at for how well various products will work on it. However, I have had a metal on my home for 17 years. A lot of my neighbors have been installing their third roofs recently but we're smilling, our roof is looking great, and if we have the money to spend on home upgrades, it will be on a new kitchen not another roof! My source listed below is an educational site on residential metal roofing.


Answered 7 years ago by AskToddMiller


Aesthetics usually controls - a lot of people hate the appearance of standing seam metal roofs, though they do tend to last a lot longer than asphalt shingles, which are generally good for only 20-30 years. However, there are several brands of individual metal shingles that look similar to regular shingles.

You want to be sure to get a good brand in either case - the cheap ones are known for tearing off in high winds, and don't last as long, and cheap metal roofing tends to have paint peeling problems.

One consideration if you are in the mountains in NC is that metal roofs tend to shed their snow load in big full-face batches, with a big "whump" that dumps a very compacted 1-2 foot thick pile below the roof. Can save on roof shovelling in really snowy areas (not a problem in NC), but you can't have plantings, walks, parked cars, pets, children playing, etc belowthe roof when it is snow covered as they will get smashed.

Metal roofs are also quite noisy in heavy rain and hail storms, which might be a consideration in your neck of the woods.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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