Steel shingles have been gaining in popularity over the past several years, becoming the most fastest growing product in the residential market. While closely resembling traditional shingles, steel shingles offer several key benefits that separate them from other roofing materials.
Steel shingles cost twice as much as traditional asphalt shingles but last nearly 3 times longer. Insurance companies are also likely to provide you with lower premiums for home owner insurance because the shingles are fire proof, wind and hail resistant up to 120mph, and made of steel for god’s sake. Because they will have to reimburse you less for repairs, they will charge you less for premiums.
Steel shingles can often be applied directly on top of your existing roof. As with many types of metal roof systems, the cost savings from not having to remove the existing roof can usually amount to several thousand dollars.
Homeowners that have a hard time stomaching the cost of steel shingles generally warm up to them once they see the warranty. Most steel shingle manufacturers I’ve found online offer up to 50 year warranties.
It makes complete sense to me that if you put a layer of steel on top of your house it’s probably going to last. I would also think it’s very easy to incorporate solar panels, or thin film PV panel systems into these roofs and have it look seamless.
Steel shingles are recyclable and better for the environment. When is the last time you saw someone dump 400lbs of steel ? Finding a local contractor to install these shingles shouldn’t be too hard. Make sure to go view a few of their previously completed job sites before you make any final decisions!