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The Great Roofing Debate: Is Upgrading from Shingles to Metal Worth the Cost in Florida?

September , 2023 | 8 min. read

By Nick Wagner

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Thinking of getting a new roof but not sure if you should stick with the tried-and-true shingles or make the leap to metal roofing? Wondering if the upfront costs of a metal roof can pay off in the sunny state of Florida?

We understand that this is an important decision. one that you want to feel you made the best decision possible.

At RoofCrafters, we've been navigating the intricacies of roofing options for Floridians for over 30 years. We understand that the decision to upgrade your roof isn't just about the materials costs. It's about making a smart, long-term investment in your home.

stucco home with dark shingle roof with a metal accent over front entrance

In this article, you'll find detailed comparisons of the average costs for both asphalt shingle and metal roofs in Florida. But we won't stop there. We'll also dig deep into the advantages and disadvantages of both. We'll provide you with the information you'll need to make a wise investment in your home's future. By the end, you'll be well-equipped to make a sound decision for your next roof on your Florida home.

Let's dive right in!

Asphalt Shingles vs. Metal Roofing: A Comprehensive Comparison for Floridians


When it comes to the lifespan of a roof in Florida, one of the most important variables is the type of material used. The Sunshine State's unique weather conditions make some materials more suitable than others. Below, we'll cover the most popular roofing materials for asphalt shingles and metal roofing in Florida.

Asphalt Shingles: The Budget-Friendly Choice


Florida-style stucco home with new asphalt shingles

Average Lifespan:

  • 3-tab shingles: 10-12 years
  • Architectural shingles: 15-20 years
  • Premium shingles: 25-30 years

Average Costs:

  • 3-tab shingles: $8,100 to $11,200
  • Architectural shingles: $12,200 to $18,600
  • Upgraded Architectural shingles: $14,000 to $21,500 
  • Designer shingles: $22,500 to $33,400 

Pros of Asphalt Shingles:

  • Affordable: Generally the least expensive roofing option.
  • Variety: Comes in many colors, to suit any home design.
  • Ease of Installation: Typically quicker and easier to install than other roofing materials.
  • Accessibility: Readily available and easy to replace if damaged.
  • Lightweight: No need for extra structural support for most homes.

Seafoam color stucco with cultured stone and a GAF Timberline HDZ shakewood shingle roof

Cons of Asphalt Shingles:

  • Durability: Generally less durable compared to other roofing materials like metal.
  • Weather Sensitivity: Susceptible to damage from extreme weather conditions such as high winds, hail, and heat.
  • Shorter Lifespan: Tends to have a shorter lifespan, requiring more frequent replacements.
  • Less Energy-Efficient: Absorbs more heat, which can contribute to higher cooling costs in hot climates.
  • Environmental Impact:  These products are not eco-friendly because they are made from petroleum and are hard to recycle.
  • Basic Roof: Unless you are going with an upgraded or designer shingles are very common, so your roof won't stand out and create added curb appeal.

Now let's discuss the metal roofing options.

Metal Roofing: The Durable Contender


standing metal roof on a sea foam color Florida home

Average Lifespan:

  • Multi-Rib metal: 20-30 years
  • 5-V Crimp metal: 30-40 years
  • Standing Seam metal: 50-75 years

Average Costs:

  • Multi-Rib metal: $17,500 to $32,000
  • 5-V Crimp metal: $21,800 to $36,500
  • Standing Seam metal: $32,000 to $47,600

Pros of Metal Roofing:

  • Longevity: Can last up to 50 years or more, significantly outlasting other materials.
  • Durability: Resistant to extreme weather conditions, including hurricanes, blowing rain, and high winds.
  • Energy Efficiency: Reflects heat away from your home, reducing cooling costs, especially beneficial in hot climates like Florida.
  • Low Maintenance: Requires less upkeep than most other roofing materials, saving you time and money in the long run.
  • Eco-Friendly: Made from recycled materials and is itself recyclable, reducing landfill waste.
  • Aesthetic Variety: Available in a wide range of colors and styles to match any architectural design.
  • Boosted Curb Appeal: Metal roofs are in high demand so they will increase the value of your home should you want to sell.

beautiful stucco home with brown standing seam roof

Cons of Metal Roofing:

  • High Upfront Cost: The upfront expense is usually higher than other roofing options like asphalt shingles.
  • Noise: Can be noisier during rain or storms compared to other roofing materials.
  • Expansion & Contraction: Metal roofs may expand and contract with temperature changes. this can cause fasteners to become loose.
  • Color Matching: If repairs are needed in the future, it can be challenging to match the original color.
  • Denting: Certain types of metal roofing may be susceptible to dents from hail or falling debris. This is less of an issue with higher-quality materials.

The Real Cost: Advantages and Disadvantages Explored


Hip and gable roof with a blended color scheme

When deciding between asphalt shingles and metal roofing, you can't only consider the upfront costs. While shingles are cheaper upfront, they have a shorter lifespan. Shingles can also incur higher maintenance costs over time, especially in Florida's unpredictable weather. We're not saying that they are not a good roofing solution. But when comparing shingles and metal we look at the facts.

Home in Tampa Florida with a brown metal roof

Metal roofs cost more upfront but last much longer and are more durable. This makes it more cost-effective in the long run. Metal roofs also come with the added perks of energy efficiency and storm resistance. metal roofs can withstand tropical and hurricane-force winds. So, the "real cost" of your roof isn't just about the initial outlay—it's also about long-term value, energy savings, and peace of mind.

beautiful split-level home with shingles and metal roofing

Sometimes the right blend of shingles with metal accents is the perfect solution. Look, to make the right decision in Florida, consider all the factors that meet your needs, and budget and will provide you the peace of mind you want. 

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Roofing Decisions: Making the Investment That Pays Off


So, is upgrading from shingles to a metal roof in Florida a worthy investment? While the initial cost may be steep, the long-term benefits often justify the price tag. The durability, energy efficiency, and lower maintenance costs make metal roofing a smart choice. If it's within your budget.

RoofCrafters has been helping Florida property owners with their roofs for 30 years. By helping educate our clients so they understand their options. We hope we've provided you with the information you need so you can make a better-informed decision in a roofing solution that pays off in the long run.

Remember, your roof is more than a protective cover; it's a long-term investment in your Florida home. Make it count. Need an estimate for your roof replacement? Click the button below to get started today.

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Nick Wagner

My name’s Nick Wagner, and I was born in Linz, Austria, and raised in Florida. In recent years, my involvement and experience as a law enforcement officer has allowed me to develop a keen familiarity with my community, and I am now eager to assist as part of the RoofCrafters family. During my off-time, I enjoy jet skiing, reading, web designing, and spending time with my two children, Payton and Paul.