Shingles vs. Metal: Which Is the Best Option for Storage Sheds?
When designing custom storage sheds, you’ve got several decisions to make. What size buildings do you need? What base models do you want? Where should you place the doors? How many windows should you include on each? So, it helps to know a little bit about your options, particularly when it comes to roofing. At Heritage Portable Buildings, we offer the choice of either a shingled or metal roof. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each.
At Heritage, we use PABCO Roofing Premier Shingles on our storage sheds. The PABCO company is family-owned and operated in Tacoma, WA, and we believe in supporting local businesses. Their shingles have an architectural design and a modern look, and they’re thicker than similar products.
Pros: PABCO Roofing Premier Shingles are algae-resistant and more fire-resistant than metal roofing. They’re also cheaper, so we can pass the savings on to you, the consumer. Plus, they come with a 20- to-40-year limited warranty.
Cons: Shingles contract heat, so storage sheds with shingled roofs can get toasty during the summer. They’re also susceptible to wind damage.
We purchase metal roofing material from Nu-Ray Metals. Nu-Ray’s durable, lightweight panels are easy to install and feature vinyl masking, which protects them from extra handling. They are also made with silicone-modified polyester, so they maintain high quality standards but are still more affordable than other metal roofing options.
Pros: Our metal roofing is 100% recyclable and eco-friendly. It also reflects heat, so storage sheds stay more comfortable during the summer. They also last longer than shingled roofs and offer more color options.
Cons: Metal roofs can be noisy and get dented and scratched by tree branches and other objects. Because they reflect heat, metal roofs don’t help keep sheds warm in the winter.