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Cost vs. Price of Metal Roofing Compared to Traditional Asphalt Roofing

When it comes to roofing materials, homeowners are often faced with the dilemma of choosing between metal roofing and traditional asphalt shingles. While the upfront price of metal roofing is higher, the long-term cost savings are undeniable. Let’s delve into why investing in a metal roof is a smarter financial decision compared to settling for asphalt shingles.

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The Price Tag: Metal Roofing vs. Asphalt Shingles

Upfront Price:

  • Metal Roofing: The initial cost of metal roofing can be 1.5 to 2 times higher than asphalt shingles. However, this price includes the benefits of superior materials and professional installation.

  • Asphalt Shingles: Asphalt shingles are less expensive initially, making them an attractive option for budget-conscious homeowners. But this lower price tag comes with significant drawbacks.

The Real Cost: Durability and Longevity


  • Metal Roofing: Metal roofs are renowned for their durability and longevity, lasting 50+ years with minimal maintenance. This means one investment can last a lifetime.

  • Asphalt Shingles: Modern asphalt shingles, due to reduced oil content and increased fillers like limestone and fiberglass, typically last only 10-15 years. Homeowners will need to replace their asphalt roof multiple times over the same period a metal roof lasts.

The Hidden Costs of Asphalt Roofing

Material Composition:

  • Asphalt Shingles: Asphalt is a petroleum product. As the price of oil continues to rise, manufacturers reduce the oil content in shingles, substituting it with cheaper materials like fiberglass and limestone. This not only compromises the quality but also reduces the lifespan of the shingles.

  • Metal Roofing: Made from recycled metals, metal roofing is both durable and environmentally friendly. It does not degrade in quality over time, ensuring a long-lasting roof.

Maintenance and Replacement:

  • Asphalt Shingles: Frequent maintenance and eventual replacement every 10-15 years can add up. The labor, materials, and disposal costs make asphalt roofing more expensive in the long run.

  • Metal Roofing: With minimal maintenance and no need for frequent replacements, metal roofing proves to be cost-effective over time.

Additional Benefits of Metal Roofing

Energy Efficiency:

  • Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by up to 25% in the summer and help retain heat during the winter, leading to lower heating bills.

Insurance Discounts:

  • Many insurance companies offer discounts on home insurance premiums for homes with metal roofs due to their durability and resistance to weather damage.

Integrated Solar Solutions:

  • Valley Metal Roofing now offers integrated solar products designed specifically for our metal roofing systems. These solar shingles provide an additional source of energy, reducing your electricity bills throughout the lifespan of the roof.

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Why Are People Still Choosing Asphalt?

Despite the clear advantages of metal roofing, many homeowners still opt for asphalt shingles primarily due to the lower initial price. However, this short-term saving mentality often leads to higher overall costs and inconvenience.

The Verdict

Investing in a metal roof might seem expensive upfront, but the long-term benefits far outweigh the initial price. Metal roofing offers unparalleled durability, lower maintenance costs, reduced heating and cooling expenses, potential insurance discounts, and the added benefit of integrated solar solutions, making it a superior choice over traditional asphalt shingles.

Ready to invest in a roof that lasts a lifetime? Contact Valley Metal Roofing today at (604) 670-8484 or visit to schedule your complimentary in-home consultation. Make the smart choice for your home and your wallet.

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