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Dennis Hurt, Home Buyer in Salt Lake City, UT

What are the advantages and disadvantages of metal roofing compared to asphalt?

Asked by Dennis Hurt, Salt Lake City, UT Tue May 28, 2013

My friend in Canada is trying to remodel his home and is stuck on what to do with the roof and has asked me to out. I told him to try out for some answers but he has insisted on other opinions. The home is in Ottawa and he is wanting to have the best weather resistant roofing.

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Kevin Hudoba’s answer

If your friend is wanting to have the best weather resistant roofing, I would recommend metal roofs. They are the most durable, lasting for at least 3 times longer than an asphalt shingle roof. According to , they have the highest UL ratings for fire, wind, and impact resistance. It may cost more, but I think the value of the roof, especially in harsh weather, definitely outweighs that extra cost.

Kevin Hudoba
Exit Realty Redefined
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 19, 2013
A shingle roof cost $8,000 and lasts 10 years.
A dimensional shingle roof costs $12,000 and lasts 15 years.
A tile roof costs $40,000 and lasts 40 years.
A metal roofs costs $50,000 and lasts 100 years.

In 100 years $80,000 will have been spent on shingle roofs.
in 100 years $79,000 will have been spend on dimensional shingle roofs.
In 100 years $100,000 will have been spent on tile roofs.

I don't know what how those numbers translate in the Ottawa environment.

The FLORIDA required rubber under layment mitigates the noise.
Summery: Looks greats, lasts long time.

Best of Success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Palm Harbor, FL
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 8, 2014
I am not sure which roof is better. I would say it depends on what your friend is looking for exactly. I have heard a lot of good things about metal roofing though. I haven't look too much into asphalt. Good luck your your Canadian friend on this decision.

Jessie |
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 8, 2014
I was visiting my grandmother recently and she just got a metal roof put on. I don't know about the noise, but I do know that metal roofs last longer an don't require as much maintenance. They can be less expensive in the long run, but if noise is an issue I would consider where you live/local weather and then call a roofer and double ask if they get any complaints about noise in your area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 11, 2014
Proper metal installation can be a really good choice. Metal roofs are sturdy and durable. As previously mentioned, the noise can be an issue, but we are very satisfied with our metal roof.

Sal Wesson |
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 22, 2014
We used to have a metal roof, and it was the loudest thing during rain storms. We could hardly even hear each other talking. On the bright side however it lasted a really long time, and we never had to do very much maintenance on it.
Emily Merrell |
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 21, 2014
I think it depends more on your area than the quality of the roof. Make sure the type of roofing you get matches the weather and climate of the area. Roofs do a lot for the temperature control of the house.

Jenn |
Flag Tue Jul 8, 2014
Well the best would be to get metal roofs in Libertyville, IL. Those are very resistant to anything the weather can throw at a house. Minus hail of course.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 16, 2013
I hear you can check out metal roofs in Libertyville IL and they can help you out.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 20, 2013
Here is more information on steel roofing if your friend was to go that route. I found to be very helpful.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 5, 2013
I'm not familiar with the metal roofing but LOVE the gallery of projects on the site. Compare the two, for lasting age and cost. I'm sure the asphalt, lasting up to 30yrs, would be cheaper. Depending on location, in comparison to the other neighbors, metal may look "strange". Would even smaller hail cause denting?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 4, 2013
Metal lasts a long time and does not deteriorate or dry out and crack. It costs more.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 28, 2013
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