Metal Roof VS Shingle Roof?

Metal VS Shingle Roof?

When it’s time for a roof replacement the question of choosing a metal vs shingle roof is one to consider. A metal roof can truly be an excellent investment, there are many misconceptions about them. (For example, they do not turn your house or business into a lightning rod!)

Unleashing the Shingles VS Metal Infographic

  • Metal VS Shingle infographic To honor this largely unheralded material, we have created the infographic below which contains knowledge that is critical to making an informed decision between asphalt shingle roofs and metal-panel or standing-seam roofs. 

Asphalt shingle roofs are extremely popular—and a great choice—but let’s look at the many benefits of metal roofing.

The Materials: Metal VS Shingle

When it comes to the topic of metal roofing in Dayton, Ohio, many questions regarding the material arise. The word “metal” is very general and doesn’t represent just how many different options there are: Steel, aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and zinc alloys. Amongst these materials, aluminum and steel are the most popular, considering their durability, cost, and their capability to effectively hold paint finishes. 

Beat the Weather

Metal roofs also offer superior protection, outlasting the worst weather Mother Nature throws at them, saving money on roof repairs. In Dayton, we have our share of rain, snow, wind, and ice—despite the elements they are typically warrantied to last at least 50 years, with some of them lasting over a century!

Go Green with Metal

Metal also aligns perfectly with our Go Green efforts of environmental consciousness and energy efficiency. The world’s largest economies are making efforts to lower emissions, and we at Van Martin are looking for ways to step up to the plate as well with energy-saving options. Metal roofs are a great alternative to adding to the landfills that are piled high with relatively short-lived asphalt shingles.

 In addition to being a high quality, environmentally friendly option, metal roofs can also save you money on your energy bill. By reflecting solar radiant heat, metal roofs can save you 10-25% on cooling costs. 

Potential Cons of a Metal Roof

By choosing a metal roof, you’re picking the more eco-friendly, cost-efficient, and more durable, long term option. However, there are a few potential drawbacks;


  • Noise: During heavy rain or hail, it’s not uncommon for metal roofs to produce an alarming amount of noise. By adding more insulation, this problem can be easily solved. 
  • Performance: When considering a metal roof, it is crucial to pick a reliable contractor or roofing company. When installed poorly, water can pool on top of the roof, which can lead to serious risks and damages.
  • Expansion and Contraction: Large panels of metal roofing have a tendency to expand and contract. Once again, it’s very important to have a reliable contractor install your metal roof. Installing fasteners, which allow the metal to “breathe”, keep the panels secured. 
  • Incompatible Color Match: Many years down the line; if you need to make repairs on your roof, in some cases it is difficult to find an exact match to the preexisting metal.


How Much Does Metal Roofing Cost?

Installing a metal roof normally costs more than a typical roofing project. However, the conditions of the job also affect the overall costs of the installation. How steep is the roof? What is the square footage of the roof? Is it a multilayered roof? All of these factors play into how much it will cost you to install a new metal roof. Note: roofing materials are typically priced by the “square”, which is equivalent to 100 square feet. 

Expertise Required

A word of caution: Installing a metal roof requires experienced professionals, as it is even more intricate than installing asphalt shingles. While other roofing companies and contractors may be willing to take on the task, Van Martin’s team has the experience, knowledge, and reputation of installing countless roofs on residential homes and commercial buildings across the Miami Valley over the years. Give us a call at (937) 222-7885 or CLICK HERE if you’d like to know more about metal roof installation or any of our other high-quality roofing options including wood shake & slate roofing!