Metal Roofing vs. Shingles


Roofer in Columbia SCWhether you’re building a new home or replacing your current roof, there are several important factors to consider that will impact your roofing decisions. Today’s homeowners have many roofing options available, making the task of research and ultimately decision making a challenging one.


Here at Joye Roofing, we choose quality materials and apply the highest level of work and craftsmanship into our roofing projects. To provide the best possible options for homeowners across Columbia, we proudly offer metal roofing and shingles to homeowners who are building new homes or replacing their current roofs.

To help you make the best possible decision for your home and budget, let’s take a closer look at these two versatile roofing options:

Metal Roofing: An Introduction

Metal roofing is an increasingly common option for homeowners across Columbia. With a variety of formats and designs, metal roofing is a versatile, lightweight, aesthetically-pleasing roofing option.

There are quite a few reasons more homeowners are choosing metal roofing for their homes. Here are just a few:

It has exceptional longevity.

Perhaps one of the biggest differences between metal roofing and shingles is the durability and longevity of the material. With metal roofing, most homeowners won’t notice signs of aging for at least 50 years. Some metal roofing can last even longer!

It holds up to the elements.

Metal roofing is most often Class A fire-rated and noncombustible, which really just means it is highly unlikely to catch fire. It is also built to withstand some pretty severe weather, including winds, debris, rain, hail, mold, mildew, and animals (animals aren't weather, but they're still all over your roof).

It is low maintenance.

When properly installed by a trusted roofing partner, metal roofing should require very little maintenance. Your roofer will give you instructions for the minimal care necessary to maintain your roof, and can also assist you if you are unable to remove any dirt or debris on your own.


Shingles: An Introduction

New homes today are most often built with asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are a trusted roofing material used by experienced roofing companies. Comprised of a fiberglass core or matting, an asphalt coating and a granule surface made of ceramic or stone, asphalt shingles are an incredibly durable option for many homeowners.

Shingles are the most traditional option for many homeowners for the following core reasons:

They are a durable, economical choice.

Shingles are cheaper than metal roofing as a one-time cost (metal roofing typically costs between 50% and 90% more than a traditional asphalt roof). This is very appealing to a significant number of homeowners and is often the primary factor when deciding between roofing materials.  

Shingles typically cost less to repair.

Although not as durable as metal roofing, shingles are comparatively inexpensive to fix and repair. Smaller issues can often be handled by homeowners themselves, while a trusted roofing partner can provide a cost-effective solution for larger roofing issues that require repair.

There are many styles available to suit your preferences.

Homeowners have an extensive number of options available today to achieve their desired look using shingles. Asphalt shingles are being customized to mimic the look of wood shakes, tile and slate, at a much lower cost. There are also many colors available to complement the color and material of your home. The sky is the limit!

Make the right decision for your roof and home.

Replacing your roof is a big decision. The right roofing partner can help you make the best decision for you and your family. Schedule a free consultation now to learn more.


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Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 10 years.