A Roofing Choice: Shingles vs. Metal Roofing

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 29, 2023 7:30:00 AM
Brett McCutcheon

Shingles vs. Metal Roofing

When it comes to roofing, there are a variety of options to choose from, and deciding between them can be difficult. Two of the most popular options for contractors are shingles and metal roofing. Each has its own unique advantages and drawbacks, so it's important to understand the differences between them before deciding on which one is right for your project.

Another consideration is if you have the right tools to ensure efficient and proper material installation. For example, the SCRAIL® ROOFLOC® Metal Roofing System developed by BECK is the ultimate installation device when it comes to metal roofing. Since the SCRAIL® ROOFLOC® fasteners are pneumatically driven in, metal roofing can be put in quickly and efficiently.

But which roofing option is best for your client? Let’s compare the two options!

Shingles: The Traditional Choice

Asphalt shingle roofs remain one of the most popular choices when it comes to roofing. They come in several different shapes, colors, and sizes and can be installed relatively quickly. Asphalt shingle roofs are also an affordable material, making them a great option for those on a budget. On top of this, they hold up well against wind damage and hail damage, meaning they’ll last longer than some other types of roofs.

However, asphalt shingle roofs don't last forever—they typically last only about 15-20 years before needing to be replaced or repaired. Additionally, they require maintenance and repairs more often since they're prone to cracking and fading over time due to sun exposure (UV Rays). Because of this, asphalt shingle roofs require more frequent inspections than metal roofs do in order to ensure that everything is functioning properly. Lastly, asphalt shingles aren't always environmentally friendly because they contain petroleum products that can harm the planet if not disposed of properly.

Metal Roofing: The Modern Alternative

Metal roofing has gained popularity in recent years due to its durability and longevity. Metal roofs can last up to 50 years or more, making them a more cost-effective option in the long run. They are also highly resistant to extreme weather conditions such as high winds, hail, and heavy snowfall.

Another big advantage of metal roofing is that it’s a sustainable and eco-friendly option, as it can be made from recycled materials and is 100% recyclable at the end of its life. This means that metal roofing does not contribute to landfill waste and helps to reduce the environmental impact of roofing materials.

Additionally, metal roofing can also help to reduce energy costs by reflecting sunlight and reducing heat absorption. This can help to keep the home cooler in the summer and reduce the need for air conditioning. Some types of metal roofing can even be installed over an existing roof, which can help to reduce waste and minimize the environmental impact of the installation process.

One of the drawbacks of metal roofing is its higher initial cost compared to shingles. However, the long-term savings can outweigh the initial investment. Additionally, metal roofing can be noisy during rainstorms, although this can be mitigated by adding insulation or by using certain types of metal roofing materials.

Weigh Your Options and Consider The SCRAIL® ROOFLOC® Metal Roofing System

When choosing between shingles and metal roofing, it's important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each. Shingles are a traditional and inexpensive option but may need to be replaced more frequently and are vulnerable to extreme weather conditions. Metal roofing is a modern and durable alternative that can provide long-term savings but may have a higher initial cost.

If you choose metal roofing, the SCRAIL® RoofLoc® Metal Roofing System developed by BECK is a revolutionary fastening system that is the perfect solution for faster, easier, and more efficient installation. It combines the strength and holding power of a screw with the speed and efficiency of a nail. Plus, it is up to 8 times faster than traditional screws and can save you up to 30% on installation time! The SCRAIL® fasteners are also easy to remove and adjust, making them ideal for repairs or modifications. But don’t take our word for it—watch this video and see it for yourself!Watch the Video: SCRAIL RoofLoc - Because Quality Matters

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