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Posted by McElroy Metal ● May 18, 2020 1:00 PM

Can You Install Metal Roofing Over Existing Shingles?

Yes, homeowners can install metal roofing over existing shingles. There are many good reasons to update your home with a metal roof recover. A metal roof recover not only maximizes the lifespan of your roof, it also eliminates the expense of tearing off your old roof.  And as an added bonus, leaving the old shingles in place also keeps them out of the landfill.

Why Would You Install Metal Roofing Over Existing Shingles?

Can You Install Metal Roofing Over Existing Shingles?Homeowners think shingles are an inexpensive roofing material, but they often neglect to account for the fact that they may require maintenance and need to be replaced relatively often.

Metal roofing can last 50+ years but typically requires more up-front cost than new shingles. But the up-front cost is not necessarily reflective of the value of the roof over time. Price is only one factor.

Learn more here about what drives the value of a metal roof

Other factors that make a metal roof a better value than a shingle roof include:

  • metal roofing requires minimal to no maintenance over the service life
  • metal roofs last 2-4 times longer than a typical shingle roof
  • no cost to remove the old shingle roof*
  • no cost to dispose of the old shingle roofing material*
  • metal roofing has high reflectivity, resulting in lower utility expense
  • metal roofs are more impact resistant and are more able to withstand severe weather like hailstorms and high wind events

* Check local codes to determine if recovering one or two layers of shingles is permissible.

A metal roof can also be used to add to the curb appeal of a home because they come in a vast variety of styles and colors. You can choose a metal roof that looks like slate, shake, or tile and, as Todd Miller points out in this article, those styles can “be a great way to enhance a home immediately through increased beauty as well as the high-end value implication of an upscale home.” 

There have been statements made that metal roofing can increase a home’s resale value 1 to 6 percent, but that increase can be difficult to prove. However, a metal roof is very likely to improve the value of a home by some degree. Miller explains it aptly like this, “While it is impossible to ever predict the exact amount of value that a new roof will add to a home, the benefits of a metal roof are things that are sought after by prospective home buyers. It becomes a natural conclusion, therefore, that homes with the benefits of metal roofing will sell faster and for higher value.”

Metal roofing gives homeowners a way out of the shingle replacement cycle, offers great value, and creates a beautiful addition that will last for many years.

Want to learn more about the differences between metal roofing and shingles? Check out this article from our partner S-5!

What are the Metal Roofing Options? 

Meridian Standing Seam Roof System Installed on HomeStanding seam metal roofs are a versatile roofing option that features interlocking seams connecting the panels. The panels and seams run from eave to ridge and are installed with hidden clips and/or fasteners resulting in a clean look that resists possible leaks.

Read this article to learn more about the specific types of standing seam metal roofs available for homes.

Standing seam metal roofs come in a wide variety of colors and styles giving the homeowner plenty of choices to make the roof exactly like they want it.

1Metal shingles deliver the appearance of shingles, slate or cedar to the home while maintaining all of the benefits of a metal roofing system.

Both standing seam and metal shingle systems offer the long-life and durability of a metal roof that are so valued by many homeowners. These products offer homeowners many options when it comes to the appearance of their roof.

Our Milan metal shingles are coated with fade and chalk resistant PVDF/Kynar 500 coating and come in a variety of colors and prints.metal roofs that look like shingles colors

Some homeowners’ associations specifically prevent homeowners from installing vertical seam panels because of aesthetic preferences. Metal shingles are the answer in these situations, allowing the homeowner to take advantage of the benefits of a metal roof and stay in compliance with HOA regulations.

Comparing Residential Roofing Options

The Metal Roofing Alliance provides homeowners an illustration of the similarities and differences between common residential roofing material types in this table.  This resource compares various roof construction material in a few key categories like true cost, expected lifespan, maintenance, and more.

Learn More about Roof Replacement

Check out this article if you are interested in installing metal roofing over existing shingles on a commercial building. 

Or see our residential metal roofing guide which was developed to help guide homeowners who have an interest in metal roofing but are seeking a little more insight before finalizing their decision. Please click the image below to get your free copy today.

Download the Residential Metal Roofing Guide

Learn everything you need to know about Residential Metal Roofing. Check out our metal roofing resources for inspiration and answers to your questions.

About McElroy Metal

Since 1963, McElroy Metal has served the construction industry with quality products and excellent customer service. The family-owned components manufacturer is headquartered in Bossier City, La., and has 13 manufacturing facilities across the United States. Quality, service and performance have been the cornerstone of McElroy Metal’s business philosophy and have contributed to the success of the company through the years. As a preferred service provider, these values will continue to be at the forefront of McElroy Metal’s model along with a strong focus on the customer.

Topics: Recover and Retrofit, FAQ, Residential

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