Installing metal roofing over an existing shingled roof is a great way to not only maximize the longevity of a new steel roof, but also to save on the expenses of removing an existing shingle roof.

Why should a homeowner Install Metal Roofing Over Existing Shingles?

Shingles might be an inexpensive roofing material, but they require a lot of maintenance and need to be replaced every 10-20 years. Even though there are programs available, most shingles do not become recycled after tearoff. Rather than sending them to the landfill, leaving them in place under a steel roof that will last between 40 to 50 years will keep them out of the earth.


Metal roofing requires a more significant up-front investment than new shingles, but metal roofing can last up to 40 or 50 years with minimal to no maintenance. Spread that investment out over 40+ years, and you’ve made a smart choice.

Curb Appeal

And then there’s curb appeal. Maybe you want your home to stand out in the area and look totally awesome…. Or maybe you are thinking of selling your home someday. That may be a huge benefit to future homeowners, not only in appearance, but in longevity and the fact that they won’t have to fund a roof replacement while living in the home. Steel roofing comes in a vast variety of styles and colors.


Longevity and aesthetics aside, metal roofing is a 100% recyclable material. Not only is it made from recycled materials, but it is recyclable at the end of its lifespan.

Installing a metal roof over a layer of existing shingles also means that any shingle tear off expenses, including disposal fees, are avoided entirely.  As a result, labor costs, business downtime, and removal costs of existing roofing are almost entirely avoided.