Most homeowners choose to go with asphalt shingles for their home because of the cost and ease of installation that comes with purchasing that product.
But when you compare tilcor metal vs asphalt shingles, it may not be as clear of a decision.
In a society that is constantly clamoring for the next best thing, homeowners now are being tuned in to a new type of roofing system: metal.
Metal roofing has been around for years and is considered by many to be the preeminent roofing system.
Yet the reason metal roofs have never gained traction among homeowners is because of their hefty price tag.
For context, an average asphalt shingle job may cost $20,000.
Many homeowners pay for this with their insurance proceeds, which brings their cost down to whatever their deductible is.
Metal roofs are a little trickier. They will run you about $45,000, and while insurance will cover a percentage of that cost (assuming a homeowner previously had an asphalt shingle roof), unfortunately, homeowners are typically the ones paying for this upgrade in roofing systems.
You might be asking, why would anyone buy a metal roof?
Well, if you crunch the numbers, a metal roof may actually save homeowners money over the lifespan of their home.
This is because most asphalt shingle roofs only last 10-15 years and are covered by complex warranties filled with legalese that offers no real protection for the homeowner.
Meanwhile, metal roofs are thought to last over 50 years, and most manufacturers actually honor their warranties.
So, if your asphalt shingle roof costs $20,000 and you replace it 2-3 times over the course of your home’s lifespan, you’re potentially losing money by not opting for the $45,000 metal roof right away.
Not every homeowner is a candidate for metal roofs
According to Tilcor rep Chris Danielson, or Old Tin Man, as he’s known on social media, there are numerous factors that go into determining whether a metal roof is right for a homeowner.
A few are price and how long a homeowner plans to live in the home, and how important a customer deems their roof to be.
Despite its relative anonymity and lack of market share, metal roofs are still trending upward.
Metal roofing in general is definitely gaining steam,
Within the metal roofing category, stone-coated is definitely growing in popularity.
This is in part due to the aforementioned warranties of metal roofs, which typically are honored for the full 50 years. Again, this a far cry from the warranties offered by asphalt shingle companies.
Warranties in general are not meant to be easy,
They’re written by attorneys, so I think in general, no matter what product you’re talking about, it’s tricky. Some people love to dig into warranties. Some people honestly could care less. When it comes to asphalt, there’s a lot of language in those warranties that truly doesn’t make them a 50-year warranty.
As far as roofing companies adapting to the small increase in demand for metal roofs, Danielson says it hasn’t happened yet, but that alone means there is a huge opportunity out there for any company who is willing to add metal roofs to their list of services.
Additionally, there are good margins in metal roofing, and experienced crews often make double what they would on an asphalt job because of the extra time needed to install metal roofs.
There’s definitely good earning potential, and the amount of skilled guys, that’s crucial,
says Danielson, who also mentions that the best way for companies to get involved in metal roofing these days is to hire an experienced and reputable crew who specializes in metal roof installation.
The next time you’re in the market for an upgraded roof, discuss with your roofing contractor whether a metal roof is right for you!
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