There’s more than one answer when it comes to roof replacement options for your home or business (metal and shingle). Both are viable material. However, there are differences, benefits, and drawbacks for each of them. Here’s the information you need to decide which is best for you.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is much more common than you might think. In addition to lasting longer than asphalt shingles, metal roofing offers a variety of options. Let’s take a look at the benefits and drawbacks to this roofing material.


  • Lightweight
  • Longer Life-Span (50+ years)
  • Lower Long-Term Cost (1 metal roof outlasts at least three shingle roofs)
  • Fire Resistant
  • Highly Durable in Regular and Extreme Weather
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Energy Efficient
  • Increases Property Value (typically 1-6% higher)
  • Minimal Maintenance
  • Retrofits Over Old Roof
  • Variety of Looks and Colors
  • Could Lower Insurance


  • Higher One-Time Cost than Asphalt Shingles
  • Limited Qualified Contractors
  • More Labor Intensive
  • Oil Canning
  • Banned in Some Neighborhoods with HOAs
  • Could Raise Insurance Costs for Roof Replacement if Damaged

Shingle Roofing

When most people think of roofing, they think shingles. And, that’s because shingle roofing is everywhere, and for a good reason. Shingles roofs have many benefits. Let’s get into more of the benefits and drawbacks of a shingle roof.


  • Less Expensive One-Time Cost (usually half the cost of a metal roof)
  • Easier Installation and Replacement
  • Less Costly to Repair
  • More Available Installers
  • Readily Available
  • More Warranty Coverage (both manufacturer and contractor)


  • Short Lifecycle (max 25 years)
  • Higher Long-Term Cost (3 shingle roofs cost $9000 more than one metal roof)
  • Color Limitations
  • Heavier (additional weight can be stressful to the structure)
  • Fire Concerns
  • Low Recyclability
  • More Easily Damaged
  • Holds Heat
  • Flaking Granules
  • More Easily Grows Mildew, Mold, and Algae
  • Oil-Based Product (prices can swing due to crude oil prices)

Roof Replacement Options

Both metal and shingle roofs are excellent roof replacement options. Both have their distinct advantages and disadvantages. Choose the roofing material that works best within your budget and needs.

Need a new roof?  CL Webb Construction is your full-service construction company serving Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding areas. We specialize in residential interiors, exteriors, residential and commercial remodeling, additions, sunrooms, outdoor living spaces, roofs, and new home building. Call us today and let’s get started on your project. (479) 595-3309