Why Choose Metal Roofing Over Shingles?

When choosing the roofing for your property, two of the most common options to choose between are shingles and metal roofing. Whilst both materials have their benefits, the advantages of shingles are often far outweighed by metal roofing.

Shingles are a popular roofing option, largely due to their affordable pricing, good soundproofing qualities and how easy they are to install. However, they provide a low cost option for a reason.

Why Choose a Metal Roof Over Shingles?

Whilst shingles are a popular option for their low upfront cost, they will not last as long, or be as effective, as metal roofing. Metal has a higher upfront cost to install, but possesses far more benefits as a roofing choice, providing a durable, efficient material to shelter your building:

Environmentally friendly

Metal roofing is 100% recyclable, providing a far more environmentally friendly option than shingles. Shingles are a less durable roofing material, and contribute a large percentage of construction waste to landfills due to being replaced on a far more frequent basis. Recent research has also suggested that the material contributes to harmful CO2 emissions.

Long lasting

Whilst shingles typically last as a roofing choice for up to 15 years, metal roofing’s lifespan of at least 20 years is often a conservative estimate, and can last for generations if properly maintained.

Improved heating/cooling properties

Shingles absorb up to 92% of solar energy, meaning that in summer, the temperature of your home will increase significantly. In contrast, metal is one of the best reflective materials, absorbing far less heat than shingles. This makes it one of the most effective types of roofing for keeping your home cool during the summer months.


Metal roofing can withstand far more wear and tear than other roofing options, providing a durable material that will stand the test of time even in extreme weather. In contrast, shingles struggle in high winds, or climates with a heavy snowfall, which can affect the material’s lifespan.


Metal is a popular roofing material due to the aesthetic appeal it adds to any building. Metal roofing can provide a versatile design suited to a range of architectural styles, whether the building has a sleek, modern look, or roofing is required for an old, rustic style property.

We’re specialist metal roofing contractors at JTC Roofing, providing  metal roofing and cladding installation services for a range of properties, no matter how big or small.

For a free survey, or for more information or advice on the services our expert team provide, simply contact us today and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.



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