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Comparing Shingle vs Metal Roofing Systems in Myrtle Beach

When it comes to choosing between a shingle or metal roof on your home, you may find yourself feeling stuck quite easily.

Whether you want to choose materials that will last a long time or you’re hoping to update the aesthetic look of your home, it can be tricky to balance the variables.

But you are not alone, we get this inquiry a lot. 

Serving over 400 Myrtle Beach residences per year, we understand that it is not merely a question of “what’s better” but rather, what is best for your home.

Whether you’re curious about cost, longevity, maintenance, or aesthetic appearance, we aim to address all of your questions in this article.

Let us help you navigate the differences between metal and shingle roof materials to find a solution that not only enhances the durability and look of your home but also aligns with your style and preferences, whether you work with us at Linta Roofing, or not.

When it comes to aesthetics and cost, it is important to understand the different types of metal and shingle roofs.

Metal Roofing Systems

Metal roofs can be broken down into two main categories:

1. Roofs with exposed fasteners

The exposed fastener system has visible screws that are sealed with grommets (also called ‘rubber washers’), offering a dimensional look. 

Exposed fastener roof

2. Roofs with hidden fasteners (also referred to as a “standing seam” roof)

The hidden fastener system does not have visible screws, presenting a more sleek look.

Hidden fastener roof

Shingle Roofing Systems

Shingles can be broken down into three main categories:

  1. 3-tab: 3-tab Shingles have a flat look
  2. Architectural: Architectural shingles are a bit more sturdy and dimensional
  3. Designer: Designer shingles offer durability with a unique and dynamic look
Architectural shingles
3-tab shingles
Designer shingles

Knowing your options is one thing, but you may be wondering “How much is this going to cost me?” Let’s delve into the costs associated with each type of roofing system.

There are a variety of factors that affect roof cost. The type of material, the complexity of the project, and labor costs are all taken into consideration when your roofer offers an estimate. 

The average roof size in Myrtle Beach is 30 sq (or 3,000 square feet). If you know the size of your roof, you can use these numbers to calculate the approximate job cost by multiplying the per-square price by the number of squares (1 square = 100 square feet) on your roof.

Metal Roof Cost:

Exposed Fastener- Your cost: $18,000-$36,000 for a 30 sq roof ($600-$1200 per sq)

Hidden Fastener– Your cost: $36,000-$60,000 for a 30 sq roof ($1,200-$2,000 per sq) 
Shingle Roof Cost:

3-Tab Shingles– Your cost: $9,900-$13,500 for a 30 sq roof ($330-$450 per sq)

Architectural Shingles– Your cost: $10,500-$16,000 for a 30 sq roof ($350-$550 per sq)

Designer Shingles– Your cost: $12,000-$18,000 for a 30 sq roof ($400-$600 per sq)

When reviewing the price, you may want to know how the cost compares to the durability and longevity of your investment. 

Roof longevity is largely dependent upon external variables. If you live in an area with extreme heat, wind, or heavy rain, your roof will experience more wear and tear than a roof of any kind in mild weather conditions. 


Depending on the roofing material you choose (single or metal), your roof could last anywhere from 15-50 years. That is a wide range, so understanding each type of roof and breaking down the lifespan for each type of roofing material will give you clarity.

A metal roof with exposed fasteners tends to last around 15-20 years before significant maintenance is required. A metal roof with hidden fasteners can last 25-50 years with little to no maintenance.

Not only that, but the type of metal used on a metal roof can affect the lifespan of your roof.

Steel (20-40 years): Steel is painted and coated so that it is corrosion-resistant, but if it gets fractured or scratched it can deteriorate.
Aluminum (30-50 years): Aluminum is naturally corrosion resistant, meaning that fractures or scratches in the painted panels will reduce the integrity of the material at a much slower rate.
Copper (50+ years): Copper is the most corrosion-resistant and resilient metal roof type.

These materials will last longer than shingles, but will still require maintenance depending on the type you choose.

Shingles are the most common type of roofing material on the market, not only because they offer a nice finish, but because each kind offers a level of durability that can protect a home from extreme weather conditions. 

The weather in Myrtle Beach can vary, with excessive heat and storms affecting the area each year. Because of this, we tend to suggest architectural shingles to Myrtle Beach residents. Not only because they are durable against these conditions, but because they are an affordable option, helping you make the most of your investment. 

3-Tab (Around 15 years): Tends to be vulnerable to hail and wind damage.
Architectural (18-25 years): Multiple layers make this shingle more resistant to hail and wind damage.
Designer (20-25 years): Thickest roofing shingle type, making it equally if not more durable against hail and wind damage than architectural shingles.

While the lifespan of each shingle type varies, regular maintenance remains crucial to maximize the longevity of your shingles.

It is always wise to have your roof inspected at least once every 3 years, even if you have a metal roof. Although metal roofs tend to be more durable in extreme weather conditions, they can still be negatively affected.

Regardless of where you live, it is beneficial to have your roof inspected on a routine basis to ensure that no issues are brewing!

Roof Maintenance Requirements

Metal Maintenance Requirements

– For an exposed fastener, it is likely you will need significant roof maintenance after 10-15 years. Each screw on an exposed fastener metal roof has a rubber grommet around it. The grommet, which is also sometimes called a rubber washer, seals off the area around the screw. The grommet prevents water from entering the home where the screw is installed through the metal panel. Over time UV light breaks the rubber down and the grommet will deteriorate. Once the grommet is deteriorated the screw will need to be replaced. This often results in screws needing to be replaced on an entire slope or possibly the entire roof.

This maintenance project can cost anywhere from $80-$120 per square. Meaning that on a 30 sq roof it could cost anywhere from $2,400 to $3,600. 

Hidden Fasteners require very little maintenance, however, it is still important to have regular inspections to ensure that a hidden fastener roof has not been impacted by extreme weather. Less maintenance is needed on this system as a result of the screws not being exposed to weather or harsh sunlight. 
Shingle Maintenance Requirements

-Maintenance on shingles can be as simple as replacing missing shingles after a storm. However, after around 5 years the replacement of pipe flashings or re-caulking of exposed nails might be required. 

This typically costs around $500-$1,500 when those maintenance items are needed.

Considering maintenance and costs helps you make the right choice. But, in the end, when choosing between metal and shingle roofing, it often boils down to the aesthetics. Your decision may depend on your style.

The material you use on your roof has functionality when it is installed properly, but choosing the right material for you is largely dependent on your personal preference. 

For example, in Myrtle Beach, we see a trend of homeowners who choose metal roofs for their beachy look. Exposed fastener roofs offer a more wavy look and a lot of patterning with ribs. If you are interested in the metal roof look without the heightened cost of the hidden fastener metal roof, this may be the roof for you.

Those who are looking for a sleek, low-maintenance metal roof may gravitate towards hidden fastener metal roofs. This type of roof is more symmetric and has fewer ribs than an exposed fastener roof. Not only that, but a hidden fastener metal roof is a great option for those who do not want to worry about long-term maintenance.

Shingles are meant to emulate a wood shape. You can choose from various shingle colors, helping you personalize your roof. 

However, you should always consider the cost, longevity, the amount of maintenance you are willing to do, and the look you are hoping to achieve before choosing your roofing material.

The most common shingle preference in the Myrtle Beach area is the architectural shingle because it tends to have a decent lifespan and a reasonable price point. 

Roofs are costly. When it comes time to decide on a metal or shingle roof, it can be overwhelming to balance all of the variables that go into choosing the right roofing material for your home. Not only that but also getting the greatest longevity out of your roofing investment. 

Now that you know more about the cost, longevity, maintenance, and aesthetics of metal and shingle roofing systems, we hope you feel better equipped to make the right decision for your home. For Myrtle Beach residents, we typically recommend architectural shingles because they are cost-effective and durable. Still, if weather in the area is a top concern, you may find a metal roofing system more appropriate for your home.

As you narrow down your options, it is helpful to discover the strengths and weaknesses of each shingle and metal roofing type. So when the time comes you will feel well-educated and confident with your choice!

We encourage you to reference this article as much as you need while you move through the roof replacement process toward a beautiful and safe new roof.

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