Residential

Comparing Roofing Materials

When selecting a roofing material there are many factors to take into consideration beyond installation cost. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of metal roofs and other common roofing materials. While the initial investment of a metal roof is higher, the value it offers over a lifetime is substantial.

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Metal - Vertical Seam
  • $800-$1,200 per square
  • Up to 30% energy savings
  • Improves home resale value
  • 30-50+ years
  • Plus workmanship warranty from installer
  • Average lifespan 50+ years
  • Inspection based on manufacturer recommendation
  • Repairs and replacements are rare
  • Fade & chalk resistant
  • Many can be repainted if needed
  • Standing seam panels offer a distinctive, timeless look
  • Available in a wide range of colors and styles
  • Energy efficient
  • Made of recycled material
  • 100% recyclable at end of life
  • Low weight - ships easily
Metal - Stamped Panel
  • $800-$1,500 per square
  • Up to 30% energy savings
  • Improves home resale value
  • 30-50+ years
  • Transferable warranty
  • Plus workmanship warranty from installer
  • Average lifespan 50+ years
  • Inspection based on manufacturer recommendation
  • Repairs and replacements are rare
  • Fade & chalk resistant
  • Many can be repainted if needed
  • Shingles can match look of any traditional roofing material
  • Available in a wide range of colors and styles
  • Energy efficient
  • Made of recycled material
  • 100% recyclable at end of life
  • Low weight - ships easily
  • Can often be installed over existing roof
Asphalt
  • $350-$900 per square
  • Frequent replacement cost every 10-20 years
  • Average warranty of 10-30 years
  • Warranties are often heavily pro-rated and have many limitations
  • Average lifespan 15-20 years
  • Inspection every year - minimum
  • Shingle replacement common
  • Re-caulking and sealing as roof ages
  • Traditional asphalt shingle look
  • Variations in color shading common
  • Available in a limited selection of colors
  • Made from crude oil and other chemicals
  • Ends up in landfills after short lifespan where it can take up to 300 years to decompose
Tile
  • $700-$1,000 per square
  • Minor upkeep needed
  • 30-50+ year warranty
  • Warranties are often pro-rated and have limited transferability
  • Average lifespan 50+ years
  • Inspection every year
  • Occasional repair of cracked and sliding tiles
  • Limited wind resistance
  • Wide range of styles available
  • Limited color selection available
  • Considered eco-friendly
  • Energy efficient
  • Heavy weight - increased shipping expense
Shake
  • $800-$1,500 per square
  • Frequent repair and upkeep cost
  • 5-year warranty is standard
  • Average lifespan 30 years
  • Inspection every year
  • Maintenance required every 2-4 years
  • Susceptible to mold growth, rot and leaking
  • Rustic and tapered for a natural appearance
  • Considered an eco-friendly roofing material if sourced from a sustainable FSC approved manufacturer
  • Heavy weight - increased shipping expense
Slate
  • $800-$1,500 per square
  • 50+ year warranty
  • Warranties are often pro-rated and have limited transferability
  • Average lifespan 75+ years
  • Inspection every year
  • Occasional repair of cracked, chipped and sliding slates
  • Susceptible to color variations if repaired
  • Limited style options
  • Limited color selection available
  • Considered eco-friendly
  • Heavy weight - increased shipping expense
  • Heavy weight - may need to have structural inspection prior to adding slate roof
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*Pricing may vary by region, product, roof geometry, roof complexity, and/or current condition of the roof.

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