Metal v. Asphalt Shingles

Some common questions we are asked.

How long does a metal roof last?
Our metal comes with 40 year limited Sherwin Williams paint warranty, but it will easily last 60 years. This means the paint will likely fade some in 40 years, but the metal will still be good.

How long does an asphalt shingle roof last?
The average lifespan of a shingle roof is 20 years. Although some shingles now offer a 50 year warranty, all we can say is please read the fine print. We have had lots of customers say, “I put on 30 year shingles but they are worn out after 20 years.”

Metal costs more than asphalt right?
False. Right now our standard 40 year Wagler Panel actually costs less than 20 year asphalt shingles. Our metal price is $.77 per sq. ft. Add 30% for trim and accessories and the price is $1.00 per sq. ft. According to Home Depot the current price for 20 year asphalt shingles is $1.32 a sq. ft.

Our 16.25″ Standing Seam Roofing is $2.09 per sq. ft. Add 30% for trim and accessories and the price is $2.72 per sq. ft. According to Home Depot the current price for 40 year asphalt shingles is $1.86 per sq. ft.
So yes, Standing Seam will be a little more, but the standard Wagler Panel will be less than asphalt shingles. And they both come with a 40 year warranty.

Why would I use metal if everyone else on my street is using asphalt shingles?
What’s wrong with standing out a little? Show your neighbors your style with one of our 20 different colors or our textured panel. Ad value to your home with a metal roof. Pay less for insurance with a metal roof. Asphalt shingles are old hat, metal is new, smart and cutting edge!

Is a metal roof really maintenance free?
Yes. Metal will not blow off if installed properly. Most tree branches will not damage a metal roof. While you may lose 3 or for asphalt shingles to a storm, metal will generally be completely maintenance free. It also will not crack, rot, or bubble.

Is metal really recyclable?
Yes. Metal is 100% recyclable. In fact some of our metal is made with recycled steel. While you have to pay someone to take your asphalt shingles (and they will sit in land fills for hundreds of years), someone will actually pay for your old metal and you will not damage the environment.

I like metal, but my local lumber yard says it will take 3 weeks to get it.
False. Metal is available in 1-2 days from local metal roll formers. Most of these shops sell to the public and manufacture metal and trim. They also carry accessories like screws and vents. Their knowledgeable staff will help with your order and make sure you get everything you need.

When thinking about your next roof, please consider metal, and support a local metal roll former like Wagler Steel in Paradise, PA.

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