Roofers and homeowners alike debate the same topic every year: is the asphalt shingle roof or the metal roof a better choice? It all depends on your financial situation, the time you’re going to spend in your home, and the weather you’ll have to deal with on a yearly basis. However, when it comes to energy efficiency, performance, resale value, and cost-effectiveness, there’s a clear winner in the roofing world.

In this blog, Hippo Roofing — your top-rated roofing company in Brevard County — will compare metal roofing and asphalt roofing for Florida homeowners. Use this information to choose the perfect roofing material for your home — and whether you need a metal roof or a traditional asphalt roof, choose Hippo for your roofing needs.

Weather Performance

When it comes to normal amounts of rain and wind, asphalt shingles certainly get the job done. However, these roofs usually can’t handle winds over 130 mph, and their wind performance declines steadily as they age. This is not the case with metal roofs. A properly installed metal roof that meets manufacturer certifications can withstand winds over 140 or 150 mph, making it the most weather-resistance of the two options. Consider this an obvious, definitive victory for metal roofing.

WINNER: Metal

Resale Value

While a metal roof has a higher upfront cost than traditional asphalt shingles, it also comes with a higher resale value — usually 1 to 6 percent higher, to be exact. Resale values are also dependant on geographic region; Florida residents will be happy to hear that the ROI of a metal roof on the east coast is about 95 percent, compared 85 percent on the west coast. In Hurricane Country, it pays to have a metal roof.

WINNER: Metal  

Energy Efficiency

Metal roofs can be excellent insulators for your home. While a new roof of any kind can improve your energy efficiency compared to that of an old one, a metal roof offers energy savings of 25 percent compared to 15 percent with an asphalt shingle roof. Choose a metal roof with a light color, and reflecting more heat and generating more savings.

Let’s break the energy savings math down: if your energy bill is $100 a month normally, it could be around $75 per month with a metal roof. That’s a savings of $300 per year, and $18,000 over the estimated 60-year lifespan of your metal roof. That’s about the same price as a brand new metal roof! It’s almost like a metal roof pays for itself.

WINNER: Metal

Cost

Hippo Roof is the home of Metal Roofs Same Price As Shingles® — but that’s not the case for most metal roofs and most roofing companies. Metal roofs usually cost over twice as much as an asphalt shingle roof: $18,000 and $9,000 respectively. However, time plays a huge factor in the overall costs you put into a roof. Let’s break it down:

A Metal roof = $18,000 x 1 (60 year lifespan) = $18,000 lifetime cost

A Shingle roof = $9,000 x 3 (three 20-year lifespans) = $27,000 lifetime cost

Look at the savings over time! Over 60 years with a metal roof, you’ll save the cost of an asphalt roof — plus, you won’t have to deal with as many roofing replacements (talk about “set it and forget it”). While you might spend less money up front with an asphalt shingle roof, a metal roof will last three times as long and give you peace of mind — so if you’re hoping to stay in your house for decades to come, the metal roof is a better financial decision.

WINNER: Metal

Choose The Metal Roofing Experts

It’s fairly obvious at this point: a metal roof is the superior roofing option. However, it takes a top-notch roofing company to install your roof the right way and make sure your roof is taken care of for years to come.

Hippo Roofing’s Roofs For Life® protect your home from the elements, improve your curb appeal, save you money on your monthly energy bills, and give you peace of mind. We’re happy to help you find the perfect metal roof for your home — call us for a free estimate today.