Metal Roofing vs. Shingles – Major Differences You Should Know

Metal or shingle? The struggle is real when it comes to deciding what type of roofing to put on a new build or when replacing an existing roof. What roofing material you decide to go with typically comes down to a couple of things: How it looks and what it costs. As roofing experts serving the Triangle area, The Shingle Master offers both types, so we can help you navigate the pros and cons of each.


Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common type of roofing. They are also less expensive than metal roofs. But don’t let that be your main selling point.

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Pros of Shingle Roofs

  • Less expensive to make, less expensive to buy (upfront)
  • Readily available
  • Easier to install and replace
  • Durable

Cons of Shingle Roofs

  • Vulnerable to extreme weather conditions
  • Shorter life cycle
  • No energy savings


Metal roofs typically cost more upfront but require less maintenance.

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Pros of Metal Roofs

  • Longer life cycle
  • Low maintenance
  • Possible energy savings

Cons of Metal Roofs

  • Higher one-time cost
  • More difficult to detect and repair leaks (which could lead to higher repair costs)
  • Susceptible to denting


When it comes to metal roofing, the maintenance is generally less than that of a shingle roof. Factors such as the slope or angle of the roof, the climate, and the type of metal used can affect the amount of maintenance required. That’s why it is imperative to have the work done by a highly qualified and trusted roofing services provider.  

By the nature of their design and manufacture, asphalt shingles usually require more maintenance. They are more susceptible to strong winds, and because they’re lightweight, they can slip, crack and disintegrate, especially in extreme elements.



Metal roofs, under normal conditions, will typically last 40 to 70 years.

Wear and tear from weather conditions like sun, rain, wind, and snow will affect asphalt shingles faster than metal roofs. For those reasons, the lifespan of asphalt shingles is generally 40 to 50 years. For these reasons, regular maintenance is essential for shingled roofs.



Because both asphalt and shingles come in a variety of options when it comes to styles and colors, you can’t go wrong with either material for your residential roofing. It all comes down to your needs and wants as a homeowner. From aesthetics, eco-friendliness, roof design, your environment, your HOA, and your municipality, all of these should factor into your decision—not just the cost. If you really want to get crazy, do a combination of metal and shingle. That’s a post for another day!

No matter which roofing material you choose—metal or shingle—selecting the right, a qualified contractor should be your first step in selecting your roof.  When you work with a GAF Master Elite Contractor like The Shingle Master, you can rest assured that you’re getting the best in the business.

Give us a call today to learn more or get a Quick Roof Estimate  today!