For many generations, traditional asphalt shingles have been the roofing material of choice for Maine home and business owners. Versatile, durable, and affordable, asphalt shingles have been proven to stand the test of time and Maine’s harsh winters. In the last few decades, however, metal roofs have increased in popularity. In many cases, they require less maintenance, provide added curb appeal, and may even add value to your home. With all of this to consider, cost remains the top concern for most.
So, what is the cost difference between metal and asphalt roofing materials?
“It’s important to understand cost depends ultimately on the type of roof. If it’s a simple barn roof, the cost would be lower, but the more complicated the roof lines, the higher the labor cost. However, it is extremely rare that a metal roof would ever be less expensive than an asphalt roof,” says Peter Horch, owner of Horch Roofing. The reasons for the increased cost are many, including the fact that the metal roofing panels are fabricated on site at Horch Roofing to ensure quality control, metal typically has a lifetime warranty, and the application process takes more time and manpower, which increases the overall labor cost.
“It’s also important to consider what the purpose of the building your roofing is for. What do you want to do with the building? Are you planning to own the property for a long time and even hand it off to your children? Most homeowners sell within 8 to 10 years. An asphalt roof will last that long and still be in good shape, but a metal roof will last longer and can make the house more valuable as well,” says Horch. The average standing seam metal roof can last 40-50 years with little to no maintenance, while asphalt shingles will typically need to be replaced two to three times in this same period of time.
Additional added benefits to metal roofing over asphalt shingles include energy savings. Metal will insulate your roof better in the winter, resulting in lower heating costs, and can reflect heat away from your home during the summer months allowing your home’s air conditioning unit to run less frequently.
Ultimately, there are a number of variables that come into play when choosing between an asphalt or metal roof. The team at Horch Roofing can walk you through the process and help you understand what’s best for your home and building situation.
Horch Roofing is Midcoast Maine’s largest and most experienced roofing contractor. We provide metal roofing, asphalt shingle roofing, EPDM rubber roofing, and seamless gutters for both residential and commercial roofing projects. We also offer free roof estimates.
Horch Roofing proudly serves the communities of Midcoast Maine from our office in Warren. You can call us at (207) 273-1111 or visit us at 2414 Camden Road or online at www.HorchRoofing.com.