Shingle Roofing Vs. Metal Roofing

Shingle Roofing Vs Metal Roofing Phoenix

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.

Shingle Roofing

Shingle Roofing

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

Metal Roofing

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.

Right Way Roofing – 480-232-5458 or 602-299-8851

Phoenix Roofing Company Mesa AZ


Saving on Energy

We live in the age of going green and concern over the imperiled state of our environment. That means there are more solutions available than ever aimed at conserving energy and making the most out of the energy that does get used. New homes are being constructed with green building techniques and incorporate modern appliances that are extremely energy efficient compared to more antiquated appliances you may find in older homes.  There are several ways to ensure that your home is as energy efficient as it can be if you are looking to upgrade your home in the green friendly department. A huge area of your home that will affect the use of energy is your roof. We are going to cover a few aspects of your roofing that can affect the energy efficiency of your home.

Upgrading the insulation in your attic is probably the easiest step you can take in enhancing the energy efficiency of your roof. Having adequate insulation will keep the air from the environment outside of your home from entering and altering the comfortable environment you have set up on the inside of your home. If you have insulation that is lacking in quality, your home’s heating and cooling systems will have to work much harder in order to achieve the desired temperature and that could greatly shorten the life span of your A/C and heating units. Replacing central air system components can be extremely intrusive and expensive. The concealed nature of central air system installations means that you may need to tear out some ceiling or wall space in order to access the necessary components. It can be messy to say the least.

Adding a cooling element to your roofing via either a coating or material covering, is another step you can take to exercise further control over your roof’s thermal properties.  These are meant to shield your roof from heat by reflecting as much light as possible from your roof so the heat energy from the light isn’t absorbed by your roofing material. This will help keep your home cooler while reducing the demand on your cooling system. During certain times of the year having these layers will allow you to forgo the use of your Air conditioning as the layers will do an adequate job of keeping your home cool on their own.

These are just a couple of suggestions you can consider to increase the energy efficiency and comfort levels of your home. You can never be too energy efficient or too comfortable in your home. Increasing the energy efficiency of you home is definitely worthwhile. We will be revisiting this topic in the future to suggest more tips for you!