“To be, or not to be?” that is the question. Everyone has heard that expression. In the roofing business it is “To last, or to not last?”. What I mean by that is do you want a roof that will last for many decades or one that starts to age the minute the roof is assembled. If you don’t know already, metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt shingles! This might be shocking to some, but a product that last at least twice as long is going to be more expensive. The price difference can range from 25% to 150% more. Quality of the metal and the more natural looking metal roofing look is going to make it more expensive. For example, 29 gauge painted sheet metal with screws fastened through the metal is an inexpensive metal roofing option, compared to 26 gauge stone coated steel roofing shingles formed to look like wood shakes, or Spanish tile, or even asphalt shingles on the higher end. In my opinion the sheet metal is for rural applications and the stone coated steel roofing shingles are for urban applications. So, in Omaha, stone coated steel, and outside of Omaha, sheet metal will be okay. Now that we cleared the air about metal roofing being higher priced. Let’s talk about VALUE. Value and price, price and value.