Shingles or Metal: Which roof is best for your shed?

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Asphalt shingles and metal roofing have become the most popular options for storage shed roofs. But which is better? Let's take a look at the pros and cons of each roofing option.


Architectural Shingle Shed Roofing

Architectural Shingles

Architectural Shingle Pros

  • Shingles are very common on homes. They are more likely to make your shed match your home.
  • Shingles provides visual texture and dimension with the variation in color within each single and the variation in shingle size.
  • Shingles absorb heat from the sun, so a shed with shingles may be warmer in the winter than one with metal roofing.
  • Shingles usually cost less. At Pine Creek Structures, architectural shingles are the standard roofing option on most building styles.


Architectural Shingle Cons

  • Shingles absorbing heat from the sun may be a pro in the winter, but the reverse is also true. A shed with a shingle roof is likely to be warmer than one with metal roofing in the summer time.
  • Shingles are a petroleum-based product and go to a landfill at the end of their lifespan, so they are not the most eco-friendly option.
  • Shingles are more susceptible to wind damage.
  • Shingle roofs can grow moss and algae in damp environments.


Metal Shed Roofing

Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing Pros

  • Metal roofs usually lasts much longer than shingle roofs.
  • Metal is durable and lightweight. It is very resistant to the effects of weather.
  • Metal reflects heat from the sun, so a shed with a metal roof may be cooler in the summer than one with shingles.
  • Metal is an eco-friendly option. It can be recycled at the end of its lifespan. Some metal roofing is also made using recycled materials.
  • Metal roofing often has more options. You will usually find metal to have more color options than shingles. At Pine Creek Structures, we also offer textured metal options and standing seam style metal roofing (for an additional fee).


Metal Roofing Cons

  • Metal roofing can be loud during rainy weather.
  • Metal roofs may dent or scratch in situations like extremely large hail or falling tree branches.
  • Metal reflecting heat may be a pro in the summer, but the opposite is also true. A shed with a metal roof is likely to be colder than one with shingles in the winter.
  • Metal roofing usually costs more. At Pine Creek Structures, a metal roof is an upgrade that comes with an added fee on most building styles. 


Cottage Style Shed with Metal RoofCottage Style Shed with Shingle Roof


The verdict... That's tricky. Metal roofing may have slightly more pros, but both options have some major advantages and disadvantages. In the end, it really depends on what points you find to be most important for you such as appearance, longevity, or environmental impact.



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