Metal roof vs shingles

Metal Roof vs Shingles: Which is Better?

Metal roofing and architectural roof shingles are the two most popular roofing systems, with either option being a great decision. Both have several advantages while still having some key differences for each option. These appeals for both vary from buyer to buyer. 

So when it comes to choosing between metal roofing or architectural shingles, it can be a tough choice for homeowners. But which one is better for you and your priorities? 

A.Clark Roofing & Siding is here to provide more information about each option and help you decide! 

Metal Roofing

As the name suggests, metal roofing is a roofing system made out of metal, which boasts an impressive list of benefits. Some being: 

  • Survives water
  • Resistant to fire
  • Resists corrosion
  • Easily sheds snow
  • Resists fierce weather
  • Easy to maintain

Due to its known qualities, metal roofing can last 50+ years, depending on its quality and climate conditions. 

It is however a higher investment over Architectural roof shingles. The repairs can be costly, so you’ll want to hire a company you can trust with the right experience and longevity with a warranty.

Architectural Roof Shingles

Architectural shingle material comes from laminating 2 layers of shingles together in a specific cut and pattern to give the shingle more dimensions. Architectural shingles, at the entry-level, cost just as much to supply and install, which is one of the reasons they have taken over the asphalt shingle market. 

The types of shingles available to customers are numerous. With architectural shingles roofing, there are upgraded colours and upgraded lifespans, and they can even come made with recycled materials. 

Metal Roof vs Shingles

Now that we shared with you some valuable information from the two, here are our two cents when comparing these options: 

  • Maintenance: Metal Roofing – Requires less maintenance 
  • Cost: Architectural Roof Shingles – $7k – $10k over $21k – $30k (on 1000 sq ft home). 
  • Durability: Metal Roofing – Average lifespan of 50-100 years over the 20-40 years of shingles. 
  • Appearance: Tie – This can vary on the homeowner and what type of aesthetic they are looking for! 

While shingles are a cheaper solution, A. Clark will recommend going with metal roofing all the way. Asides from a few of the advantages listed above, it is also more eco-friendly and energy efficient! 


No matter your choice between metal roofing or architectural shingles, With over 70 years of experience, A. Clark Roofing and Siding guarantee to get the job done right when it comes to all your roofing and siding needs. 

Get a FREE quote today! 

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