Cost comparison between asphalt roofing and metal roofing

Asphalt roofing is the most common roofing, thanks to its favorable price. But in recent years, some homeowners, tired of constantly changing roof tiles, are looking for better roofing materials.

Metal roofs are starting to become the most popular roofing material. With the increased frequency of roof replacements, homeowners are starting to consider investing in more durable metal roofs. According to the latest figures, 12% of homeowners are looking for a way to install metal roofs directly over asphalt shingles. Eight percent of homeowners plan to use metal roofs on new homes.

This means that 20% of homeowners no longer need to replace the roof frequently. They are tired of endless budgets and can get more insurance discounts.

Of course, when people pay for any item, it will cost it to make sure it doesn’t affect normal living expenses.

Metal roof cost

To discuss cost, there are two terms to understand: initial cost and long-term cost.

  • Initial Cost: The cost of purchasing the product and the cost of installation
  • Long-term costs: All costs of the product during its life cycle (purchasing the product, installation costs, maintenance, and service life)

For example:

Product #1 has an initial cost of $5 and a useful life of 2 years. Product #2 has an initial cost of $8 and a lifespan of 4 years. When comparing the two products, excluding maintenance and other factors, the long-term cost of buying #2 is more cost-effective.

Similarly, we can make the same comparison of roofing products:

Asphalt RoofingMetal Roofing
Life expectancy12-20 years 50-60 years
Initial Roof Cost $9100$14000
Roof removal cost $4000 0
New roof cost >$9100 (inflation)0
Long-term cost after 16 years >$22,000 $14,000

This is calculated in 16 years, if it is 30 years, there will be more gaps. For homeowners in this situation, a metal roof actually “saved” them $20,000 to $40,000.

Shingle stone coated metal roof tile
Steel Roof Panels

Other cost considerations

In addition to what homeowners need to spend on the roof, other value-added costs are worth considering.

Resale value: If you plan to sell your home within a few years, then you need to consider whether or not to factor the cost of a metal roof into the sale price. Savvy buyers are more than willing to buy a home with a metal roof rather than an asphalt roof that will need to be replaced in a few years.

Remodeling magazine points out that the market share of metal roofs is increasing year by year as buyers research, while the use of tile roofs is decreasing. So, as buyer awareness and habits shift from asphalt roofing to metal, homeowners have reason to believe that metal roofs can add value to their homes.

Reduced Maintenance: Metal roofs require less maintenance than traditional roofing materials. After storms, hail, and high winds, traditional roofing materials require modest repair or replacement.

The metal roof can better resist the erosion of the external environment, and it is not easy to be damaged in nature.

JHL stone-coated steel roofs are hardly damaged, and the stone coating on the surface has excellent protection ability.

Energy savings: For homeowners who care about the environment, a metal roof can save even more on utility bills. The stone coating on the surface of JHL metal shingles can reflect more UV rays.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average residential electricity bill is $120 per month. And metal roofs save homeowners 40 percent in energy costs. At a conservative figure of 20%, that would save $6,000 in the fifteenth year, which is a significant energy bill for homeowners.

What factors affect the cost of installing a roof

Roof slope, complexity, and old roofs can all affect roof replacement costs.

Product type: Take the JHL metal roof as an example, both shape and color will affect the cost. The most common JHL shingles and the newest JHL Spain, there are differences in their prices.

Appearance: JHL metal shingles are available in a variety of finishes and styles. You can choose metal roofs that look like shingles, or slate, wood shake, and clay.

The paint system used on standing seam metal roofs can also directly affect the appearance. PVDF coating systems are proven to provide the best protection. But the industrial style of standing seam metal roofs is not suitable for residential buildings.

Installation cost: Installation cost is another important factor in the price comparison of asphalt shingles and JHL metal shingles. There is a big difference in the installation skills required between the two. Asphalt shingles are easy to install, but the close-to-deck installation process allows heat to be transferred indoors. The installation of JHL stone-coated steel roofs is more complicated, but it does not necessarily require professional installers, and homeowners can install them by themselves with our help. The JHL metal roof adopts a ventilated installation process to block the heat transfer to the interior.

Is JHL Metal Roofing Worth Your Choice?

It all comes down to whether you need it or not. If low cost is your only option, not enough usage time. Then asphalt roofing will be your best choice. However, if you are more interested in a roof with the following features, then only a metal roof can satisfy you:

  • For 50 years
  • Increase curb appeal
  • Less maintenance
  • Energy saving
  • Increase home value
  • Get more home insurance discounts

About JHL Metal Roofing

Since 2003, JHL has been providing excellent products to roofing contractors around the world with excellent service and product quality. JHL has three roof tile production bases in China, with a total of 12 production lines, 13 basic tile types, and 16 basic colors.

JHL metal roofing is known as metal roofing that looks like shingles, it can perfectly imitate the appearance of asphalt shingles, Spanish shingles, slate shingles, and wood shake.