Pros and Cons of Popular Roofing Systems

Dec 01, 2014

Pros and Cons of popular roofing systems

Every homeowner’s dream would be to have a beautiful roof that is cost effective and will last forever. Read here the roofing systems that can give you those features.


Whether choosing Standing Seam Metal or Metal Shingles, a metal roof is a wise investment.
Although a metal roof will cost more initially, the cost per year over the life of your home 
(life cycle costing), is much less than asphalt shingles.

For example:     A metal roof that costs $12,000 and lasts 50 years, = $240/year 
                                                  (not to mention savings in cooling)  
                           an asphalt shingle roof that costs $7,000 and last 12 years, = $583.33/year
                         (and may have to be replaced at least 3 times during the life of a metal roof)

Other benefits of a metal roof include:


The only real con of a metal roof is the initial cost.  Metal roofing noise is one of many misconceptions about this type of system.  Read about other metal roofing myths and get the real facts.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are thought to be the most economical choice with the lower initial costs.   There are large selections of colors to choose from and higher quality versions offer longer warranties than ever before.

Other pros:


  • Easy to install
  • Requires low maintenance
  • Most offer “Class A” fire protection

Cons of asphalt shingles:

  • Adds to the overcrowding of landfills
    Even with longer pro-rated warranties, asphalt shingles will have to be replaced several times during the life of your home and will have to be disposed of in landfills. 
  • System most likely to be damaged in wind and hail storms
  • Easy to install…because they are easy to install, many unqualified “contractors” think they can do so with the same results as a professional.  Warranties will not apply to non-authorized installers of most brands, and without a professional underlayment, your new roof will leak and your money will be wasted. 

Clay Tile and Slate

Clay-tile_Lourde-Hall_2014.jpgNatural materials like clay tile and slate will long out live any structure they are installed upon. These materials will never rot, are fire and insect proof.   The natural colors, particularly in slate, are beautiful and unique.  A building with a clay tile or a slate roof will most certainly stand out among the ordinary homes.

The two cons of these materials are cost and weight.  A structure will need to be built or reinforced to withstand the weight of either of these roofing systems. 

Composite tile and slate roofing materials are an option if the look of natural material is desired and the structure will not handle the weight of real slate or clay tile.   This option is produced from recycled materials and comes with lifetime warranties.

Learn more about residential roofing options: 

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