The holiday season allows us to indulge ourselves in a way we haven’t because of our professional lives and responsibilities. Indulging is an excellent process that gives us insight that there are so many good things in life. However, a new metal roof is the last thing you’d think will gratify yourself by Christmas and the New Year. But, hear us out — a new roof isn’t just you dealing with your responsibility. Its reward for you is simple — peace of mind in every aspect of your exterior property.

The winter season is always dreadful in Denver CO. However, it is most devastating towards your roof than anything. It can accelerate rusting, and ice dams can penetrate your interior ceilings and wreak havoc. Lastly, it will shorten the lifespan of any roofing material whether metal or asphalt roof shingles.

So, a new metal roof once spring and summer arrives is definitely the best course of action. But, why aren’t we — your trusted and experienced Denver CO roofing company — aren’t recommending other roofing materials?

Colbert On Demand reflects our view on metal roofs as an excellent roofing material. Read more about his take on it below.

One of the biggest challenges a homeowner (or builder) can face is deciding which type of roof material to go with. Metal roofs have been popular for countless years (and for good reason); they’re relatively cheap, effective, and durable. Shingles are another popular choice. So how should you go about deciding between the two? Is a metal roof cheaper than shingles? The answer is not as simple as it may seem. Below we go into detail about the differences between the two materials so that you can make a more informed decision.

The Different Factors to Consider When Comparing Metal vs. Shingle Roofing

Drive through any neighborhood in the country, and chances are that the roofs will be mostly made out of asphalt shingles. The main reason why this material is so popular is because of its price (which is typically lower when compared to metal roofing). But the popularity of metal roofing is on the rise. Over the past 20 years or so, the material has seen a significant increase in residential use. Below we’re going to go into detail about how each material differs in the following attributes:

  • Price
  • Ruggedness
  • Sustainability

Price: Metal

One of the main reasons why metal roofing isn’t as popular as shingle roofing is because of its higher price tag. Some estimates place the cost of installing a metal roof at two, or even three times the cost of installation for a typical shingle roof. Although the actual installation price will vary (according to numerous factors), you can expect to pay anywhere from $350 to $2,800 per 100 square feet of roofing.

Price: Shingles

Why is shingle roofing so popular? Because it’s one of the most budget-friendly roofing materials on the market. The typical cost per 100 square feet of shingle roofing is anywhere between $300 and $850 – much cheaper than metal roofing. But, before you get ready to order some shingles, remember that shingles typically have higher maintenance costs than metal roofing does. Which brings us to our next attribute of consideration: ruggedness. (Continued)

Now, you might ask: “metal roofing is expensive and my holiday bonuses are unlikely to cover for all of these. Can I just avoid tearing off the roof so I can save some money?” While we don’t advise it, it’s definitely possible. However, a clean installation always guarantees your new metal roof’s firm foundation that contributes to its longer lifespan and durability effectively.

The Spruce reflects our point of view regarding building new metal roofs on top of old ones. Read more about it below.

Steel roofing is not a common practice. True, there are parts of the country where it is more common than in other parts, and it is becoming something of a trendy thing to do.

These are not precise instructions for how to lay steel roofing over asphalt shingles; rather an overview of how the process might be done by you or a professional. Also, keep in mind that many cities are not so enlightened about the “trendiness” of steel roofing, instead of hearkening back to the day when steel roofing meant only auto shops and backyard sheds.

The composite shingle roofing can stay in place. In fact, with many roofing applications, the existing shingles can stay in place and do provide an extra measure of protection against the elements. The only factors which may prevent this are the added weight of all of this new roofing, as well as the difficulty of laying new roofing onto often mangled and rippled asphalt shingles.

Wood Framework Base for the Metal

But the way that we get around it with the steel roofing is to construct a wood framework of one-by-four’s and then lay the metal on top of that framework.

It is very much like constructing a non-loadbearing interior wall framework and sticking that framework on top of your roof. And like an interior wall, the interstitial studs of your roofing framework are 16 inches on center, too. (Continued)

You can only achieve the long-term benefits of metal roofing with a completely fresh installation. If you need roofers who can handle this task efficiently, then you can count on Ropa Roofing for all your needs. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you!