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Metal Roof vs. Shingle Roof

Providing sheds in the Dakotas, 605 Sheds prefers using metal for its roofs on all of its portable storage buildings.

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Yes, we can do shingled roofs as well as anybody else; however, there are reasons that we like using metal roofs in our service area.

Following are what we see as the “pros” for using metal roofs in our area, plus a couple drawbacks to consider.


1. Metal Roofs Last Longer—As with anything in life, the answer for how long a metal roof will last will vary. Generally, a metal roof will last up to four times that of a shingled roof.

We will only use the best quality metal for its portable storage buildings, so we can say that our roofs generally last 40 to 70 years

2. Metal-roofed Buildings Are Cooler—North and South Dakota are known for cold winters, but those of us living here also know it can be brutally hot in the summer.

Metal roofs deflect heat, keeping the building cooler. In contrast, shingled roofs will draw heat and can actually make the building warmer.

3. Durable—Metal roofs are tough, just like the winters in North and South Dakota. Metal roofs can take abuse from the sun, wind, snow, rain, and hail. Snow will typically slide off, causing less pressure on rafters and the shed foundation.

Furthermore, it is not uncommon for shingled sheds to lose a few shingles while the shed is being delivered. Metal-roofed sheds do not have this problem generally.

4. Colors—Metal roofs let customers spice up their portable storage buildings by choosing from a wide variety of colors. Shingled roofs usually are duller, so customers can make their sheds stand out by choosing a color that pops.


1. Cost—Metal roofs may have an initial higher cost. This is due to the above pros, and the longevity of the metal roof.

While customers may have an initial higher cost when choosing a metal shed vs. shingle shed, the extra cost will pay for itself because of how long metal roofs last.

2. Noise—If it’s raining outside and a customer has a metal-roofed shed, it will be louder in most instances. However, 605 Sheds uses a wood sheathing under their metal and many of our customers say they can’t tell much of a difference.

We feel the clear choice of a roof is metal vs, shingle in North and South Dakota. However, we also know that certain circumstances may call for a different type of roof.

Although we recommend to our customers to choose metal, we have no problem using a shingle composite for a roof if that is what fits the customer’s needs.

Article provided by 605 Sheds in Huron, South Dakota.

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