Metal Vs. Rubber Roofing

Considerable improvements in technology have made metal and rubber more attractive roofing materials for homeowners.

Metal Roofing

These roofs differ in areas like energy efficiency, durability, weight, environmental sustainability, installation and price.

Metal roofs demonstrate great energy efficiency, according to Metal reflects sunlight and reduces cooling costs by up to about 40 percent. Metal is lightweight and resistant to wind, fire and rot. Also, it comes in sections or sheets and is easy to install.

Rubber Roofing

Rubber roofs often consist of recycled materials and are available either as a whole roof or shingles. Repairs are easy to make with rubber pieces, tape or liquid sealant. Rubber is also cheaper than metal.


Metal is among the more expensive roofing materials. The price to cover an average-sized ranch home runs from about $5,100 for steel to $39,600 for copper, according to Recycled rubber tiles run from $11,900 to $18,900.

About the Author

Lexa W. Lee is a New Orleans-based writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has contributed to "Central Nervous System News" and the "Journal of Naturopathic Medicine," as well as several online publications. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Reed College, a naturopathic medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and served as a postdoctoral researcher in immunology.