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Metal Roofs vs. Shingle Roofs - Which is better?

When it comes to choosing the best roofing material for your home, the two most popular options here in the northwest are metal roofs and shingle roofs. We have replaced many roofs of each type and there is no wrong answer here. That being said, we have collected the pros and cons of metal and shingle roofing to help you make an informed decision.



  • Metal Roofs: Metal roofs are known for their exceptional durability, offering the best answer to harsh weather conditions. Heavy rain and snow, strong winds, hail, even offering better resistance to fire danger. They have a much longer lifespan, lasting 40-70 years on average. They are a long-term investment that is built to last.

  • Shingle Roofs: While shingles are relatively durable, they tend to be more susceptible to damage from extreme weather events. Shingles can crack, warp, or be blown off during high winds. Their average lifespan is around 20-30 years, coming in around half the expected lifespan of a metal roof.


  • Metal Roofs: Metal roofs require minimal maintenance over their lifespan. They should not rot or crack, like some shingles might. Periodic inspections and occasional cleaning are usually sufficient to keep a metal roof in good condition.

  • Shingle Roofs: While shingle roofs demand more consistent maintenance, they are fairly easy to maintain. Regular upkeep and treatment should extend the roof life significantly. Homeowners need to inspect for damaged or missing shingles, address mold or mildew growth, and clean debris from the roof's surface. For best results we recommend twice annual cleaning to prevent leaks and increase overall lifespan. We also offer roof maintenance and roof rejuvenation treatments - check out Dakota Property Services.


Energy Efficiency:

  • Metal Roofs: Metal roofs are highly reflective. They reflect a significant amount of sunlight and heat away from the house. This also helps to keep the interior cooler, reducing cooling costs during hot summers.

  • Shingle Roofs: Shingles, especially darker ones, tend to absorb more heat, leading to higher indoor temperatures. While some shingles are designed with reflective coatings, they generally do not match the energy efficiency of metal roofs.


  • Metal Roofs: Metal roofs are available in a wide range of styles and finishes, allowing homeowners to achieve a modern or traditional look. They can mimic the appearance of other materials like wood or slate, offering versatility in design.

  • Shingle Roofs: Shingles come in various styles and colors, providing a classic and timeless appeal to a home's exterior.


  • Metal Roofs: Along with the positives of metal roofs, comes the consideration of cost. The materials and labor required for a metal roof come with a higher investment. This can add to the value of your home if you are looking to sell in the future. Or it can protect your home for the long haul if you expect to stay put. But upfront, it is more of an investment to go with metal roofing.

  • Shingle Roofs: On the other hand, shingle roof options are significantly less of an investment than metal. As you consider the priorities for your home and how long you expect to live there, also consider the investment you would like to make in your roof.

In conclusion, there is no clear winner between metal roofs and shingle roofs. If you prioritize longevity and low maintenance, a metal roof may be a better fit for you. On the other hand, if you prefer a more traditional aesthetic and are looking at lower cost options, a shingle roof may suit your needs. Ultimately, Dakota Roofing is happy to answer all your questions and recommend a roof type that will best meet your needs.



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