5 Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

Homeowners in the Kansas City area have begun to take an interest in metal roofing, especially as their old shingles need replacing. While asphalt shingles still remain the most commonly used roofing material in the United States, an increasing number of people are beginning to research other options. With increases in technology, metal has become a top contender for preferred roofing material in residential and commercial buildings.

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Although there are certainly pros and cons to any type of roofing, a basic comparison can help shed light on some of the main reasons why many people are choosing metal roofing for their homes:

Shingle vs Metal Roofing

Lifespan and durability

While asphalt shingles typically last 15-20 years, a properly maintained metal roof can last between 30 and 50 years with minimal maintenance. Severe weather, such as hail and high winds, causes damage to asphalt roofs, requiring repairs and occasionally complete roof replacement. Metal roofs, on the other hand, are much more durable and resistant to severe weather, sun, and blistering heat. (They are not invincible, and can still be dented by hail and tree limbs.)

Fire resistance

Although asphalt shingles have a fiberglass core designed to impart flexibility and fire resistance, they pale in comparison to the true fireproof nature of metal roofing. In many cases, metal roofs can lead to reductions in insurance premiums.


Metal roofing often weighs less than half the weight of the average shingled roof (average metal: 70-130 lbs per 100 sq ft; shingle: 230-300 lbs per 100 sq ft). It is much easier on the structure of your home, and will not need any architectural modifications for installation.


The fact that asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material does not necessarily equate to being the most attractive; in fact, when compared side by side with metal roofing which can be painted any color and is available in a wide variety of styles, the majority of homeowners prefer the overall look of metal to shingled roofs.


Asphalt roofs are still the most commonly used roofing material in large part due to their low upfront costs. While metal roofs do initially cost about 30 percent more than shingles, the overall increased lifespan and reduced insurance premiums nearly guarantees the fact that investing in a metal roof is an excellent decision.

If you are considering an upgrade for your roofing project, we’re here to help at Bill West Roofing. Our professional staff has been serving the Kansas City area since 1980.

Contact Bill West Roofing with any questions you have on roofing types and the options available to you.

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