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August 22, 2023

Metal Roof Vs Shingle Roof: Which One is Best?

Shingle roofs and metal roofs are both common roofing options for sheds and other small structures. Here are some of the differences between the two types of roofing, which may help you decide which one to choose for your shed:


As the name suggests, shingle roofs are made of individual shingles, typically made of asphalt or fiberglass. Metal roofs, on the other hand, are made of sheets of metal, usually steel or aluminum. In our case we use the 30 year architectural shingles and 29 gauge metal roof from Metal Max.


Metal roofs are generally more durable than shingle roofs, as they can withstand harsh weather conditions such as heavy rain, snow, and hail, and are less likely to crack, warp, or rot over time. Metal roofs can also last up to 50 years, while shingle roofs may need to be replaced every 15-30 years. Both option are very durable but metal is going to give you a little extra durability if you want to get the most out of it.


Shingle roofs require more maintenance than metal roofs, as shingles can become loose or damaged over time, and may need to be replaced or repaired. Metal roofs, on the other hand, require very little maintenance, and can be easily cleaned with a hose or pressure washer.


Shingle roofs are generally less expensive than metal roofs, both in terms of material and installation costs. However, metal roofs may be a better long-term investment, as they last longer and require less maintenance. With Eagle Ridge Barn Builders both options are the same price since metal requires less maintenance, easier to install and less headache for transportation.


Appearance is something completely subjective to your own preferences. Have in mind though that a lot of HOA's or cities require the roof on a shed to match as close as possible to the house. So that might make your decision on which option you will go with.

In general, if you want to match the house or if you like the look of shingles, a shingle roof may be the best choice for your shed. However, if you are looking for the most durable, long-lasting option that requires minimal maintenance, a metal roof may be a better investment. Ultimately, the choice between shingle and metal roofs will depend on your personal preferences, budget, and the specific needs of your shed or other structure.