If you are building a new home or you are ready to put new roofing on your home in Phoenix, knowing the difference between shingle roofing vs metal roofing can help you make an informed decision. We will take a closer look at both in this article.
The benefits of shingle roofing are cost and soundproofing. The biggest con for the shingles is the lifespan. They typically last about 25-30 years. Shingle roofing also doesn’t offer the same protection in extreme weather conditions. However shingle roofing is naturally a better option for soundproofing.
Metal roofing is very strong and durable. In addition metal roofing can help your home stay cooler during the punishing Arizona summers. It might cost a little more upfront, but it lasts longer, keeps your house cooler, and is better for extreme weather. In comparison to the 25-30 years shingle roofing lasts, metal roofing is often backed by a 50 year warranty. Metal roofing isn’t known for being a great soundproofing option, but with proper insulation you can have the best of all three benefits, durability, soundproofing, and energy savings.
Read DCT Roofing Solution’s post titled “6 Reasons to Consider Using Metal Roofing Next Time You Need to Replace Your Roof” to learn more about metal roofing.
Regional Roofing Considerations
Shingles tend to be adequate for temperate climates. Arizona or Phoenix more specifically, is not temperate in any way shape or form during the summers. With temperatures pushing over 120 on some of the hotter days having a roofing system that is up to the challenge of keeping your home cooler will pay off. Metal roofing clearly has the edge with a natural ability to reflect some of the heat straight away. With proper insulation the savings can be even higher.
The Science Of Staying Cool
If you’ve ever leaned against a car in the summer time and been burned it might be hard to believe that a metal roof can help your house stay cooler. However metal roofing has the advantage over shingle roofing. Shingles, especially the darker colors, tend to absorb the heat from the sun. This passes more heat on to your insulation. If you reflect heat before it can absorb into the roofing material there is less heat your home’s insulation has to contend with and your home will stay cooler. The savings you reap every year with lower energy costs with a metal roof can add up. Peak cooling demands can be reduced by as much as 10-15% with metal roofing. With additional coatings, sealants, or colors metal roofing can be even more effective at keeping your home cooler. Light color metal roofing or roofing with elastomeric coatings help keep Arizona’s summer sun at bay.
Shingle Vs. Metal Roofing Cost Comparison
Metal roofing is more costs up front. There is no getting around that fact. The cost of a metal roof can be as much as 2 or 3 times higher. With the difference in durability and energy savings metal roofing is very likely to make up for the difference, and last much longer. It clearly also has the edge in extreme weather conditions. The federal government has tax credits available for either roofing system, which does help offset the cost of installing new roofing.
Phoenix Roofing Professionals
If you are building your new dream home in the Phoenix valley, or you need new roofing on the home you are in, give Right Way Roofing a call.
We do free roofing inspections and can help you with all of your roofing needs.