METAL ROOF COSTS
This guide to current metal roofing prices
is based on researched and collected national data, and
presented as an analysis and detailed explanation intended to provide
information and shed the light on this "oh so mysterious unknown". This
guide is written for people trying to find out general prices to
install a new metal
roof on their home. Well, what is the big
secret? You may ask... There are no secrets! It is just that metal
roofing is in fact rather pricey, and most companies would rather have
you learn about the benefits of metal roofing before they hit you with
the price. They want people to see the product and learn about the many
metal roofing advantages first, in order to demonstrate the real value
in the product and in their company.
It does make sense though, because once you discover the benefits of
modern metal roofing, you will see that a higher price for a new metal
roof is justified.
It is our goal to help you become a more educated consumer!
Metal Roofing - Introducing the Mercedes of the Roofing Industry!
Long gone are the days when Metal Roofing was just a new kid on the
block. With its ever growing popularity among residential and
commercial roofing projects, metal roofing is becoming a very well
respected player of the roofing industry. Its popularity is
attributed to many different factors among which a few stand out:
Forget the images of those old ugly metal roofs on
grey barns! Modern metal roofs offer vivid colors and a truly impressive
selection of styles that command our
admiration, and play with our imagination. In fact, when you first see a
bright red color metal roof, you will really be
impressed and even fascinated by the beautiful design of the metal roof
that had an impressive look, and its lines
were playfully reflecting the early morning sun.
Durable and Long Lasting
Modern Metal roofs are among some of the most
practical and long lasting roofing solutions available to homeowners
today. They offer great security and protection to a homeowner who is
planning to stay in his/her house for awhile, and is interested in
having a reliable and worry free roof. Modern metal roofing products
come with manufacturer backed material warranties of up to 40 years.
Forty years of service life for a properly installed metal roof is
actually quite realistic. In fact, many premium metal roofing products
such as Zinc and Copper have been known to last well over a 100 years!
Of course a metal roof is only as good as a metal roofing contractor who
installs it. Therefore it is imperative that your installer is properly
trained, and far more importantly, is willing to deliver the type of
quality necessary for a truly reliable metal roof.
This may seem almost counter intuitive; at first, it
is obvious that the initial price of a metal roof is considerably higher
than the price of an asphalt shingles roof. But this is only the first
impression, and first impressions can sometimes be wrong. Consider that
an average life expectancy of a typical asphalt roof according to the
National Association of Home Builders is only 15 to 30 years.
That's a lifespan of 30 years at best, and only for a premium asphalt
shingles roof under mild climate conditions. The national data suggests
that an average range of expected lifespan of an asphalt roof is between
12 to 17 years. Not to mention, an asphalt shingle roof is a petroleum
based product contributing to the environmental polution, and our
dependancy on foreign oil.
Now, an asphalt shingle roof represents a typical
mass produced roofing product that most roofers install. Most asphalt
shingles roofing crews employ hourly laborers who do not excatly adhere
to the installation standards, and rush through the shingling process in
order to get to the next job as soon as they can. The common end result
of this is a poorly installed roof with shorter lifespan. Eventually,
such a roof is likely to require costly repairs due to premature
failures. Now, even if the asphalt shingle roof installation was done by
the right crew that did a quality work, severe storms, tough climate,
and thermal shocks can significantly shorten the lifespan of even an
asphalt shingle roof.
Did you know that asphalt shingle roof begins losing
granules as soon as it becomes exposed to nature's elements? An asphalt
shingle roof begins to deteriorate and lose its water-resistant
abilities in direct proportion to the severity of the local climate,
which is not a factor for the longevity and performance of a metal roof.
As an example, lets take a look at the tough South-Eastern states such as Florida, and Alabama. These
states are exposed to a lot of heavy rainfall, extreme heat and severe winters that
exert heavy toll on the asphalt shingle roofs. The Asphalt roofs are
prone to breaking down and leaking in this tough climate. and as a
result they may start leaking prematurely and require costly roof
maintenance and repairs.
Metal roofing, on the other hand, feels at ease with
the rain, snow and ice accumulation, which simply slides off the metal roof
helping you prevent ice dams
on your roof. Simply put; metal roofing laughs at the severe rain and
snow storms. It provides superb, price effective longevity that no
other roofing material on the market does. A properly installed metal
roof will last well over fifty years and easily pay for its higher
initial cost. In fact, after decades of reliable service, metal roofs
may result in savings that add up to a double and even three times the
amount you would spend with an asphalt shingle roof.
Modern residential & light commercial metal
roofing systems are integrated with precision-made sheet metal flashing,
which makes it possible to flash around any complex roof pentrations
including large chimneys and skylights. Steel roofing shingles systems
we install, feature prefabricated chimney and skylight flashing, chimney
crickets, valleys, drip-edge/starter and gable flashing, side wall or
So, why are we telling you this?
Well, here is why; Most conventional asphalt shingle roofs are prone to
premature roof leaks. This is often due to the above-mentioned
vulnerable elements of the roof that do not get flashed properly. Metal
roofs integrated with specially prefabricated metal flashing components,
provide decades of leak-free roof performance, while maintaining a
beautiful and uniform appearance.
Metal Roofing Prices
There has been a significant increase in
the prices of metal across the board; this has greatly affected the cost
of metal roofing materials.
Currently, residential & light commercial metal roofing products can
range in their cost anywhere from $3.50 to $11.00 per square foot. In
roofing terms, expect to pay anywhere from $350.00 to $1100.00 per
roofing square of material without installation (Roofing square is 100
On average, expect to pay anywhere from $350.00 to
$650.00 per square of metal roofing system (These figures reflect
approximate prices you would pay to a supplier of metal roofing
products. These figures do not reflect the actual installation cost of
the product). The prices per square include all the necessary trim
flashing (such as gable, starter/drip edge, and ridge cap),
screws/nails, clips and fasteners. It is recommend installing a breathable synthetic roof under-layment
for your metal roofing system. Breathable underlayment will add
another $30 to $40 to the metal roofing material cost per square.
G-90 Galvanized Steel :
What is a G-90 galvanized steel? G-90 galvanized
steel is a steel coil, or a sheet steel that has received a zinc coating
for resistance against the corrosion and oxidation. The G-90 galvanized
steel has been coated with a minimum of 0.90 oz. of zinc per square
foot of steel coil through the process of continuous hot-dipping.
In roofing applications, G-90 steel is further
protected and enhanced with a factory applied CERAM-A-STAR® 1050
CoolRoof color paint coatings. The CERAM-A-STAR® 1050 coated galvanized steel offers
excellent long lasting protection in roofing.
Galvalume Steel Standing Seam Roofing :
What is galvalume steel? Galvalume Steel also known
as zinc-alum is steel coil or sheet steel coated with a combination of
zinc and aluminum to provide high degree of corrosion resistance and
Galvalume steel is used in metal roofing systems such as standing seam.
Standing seam materials from the supply wearhouse start at about $450.00 per square for materials alone.
The price includes all the necessary trim and flashing. Steel Standing Seam roofs are used in commercial roofing
applications, and many homeowners looking for "Modern Look" choose to
install standing seam for their residential homes.
The installation price for Steel Standing Seam Metal Roofing starts at
$1000.00 per square installed.
Aluminum Standing Seam Roofing :
Material prices start at about $500.00
and up. Installation process is more involved. Basic gable roof
installation price with no tear off starts at $1100.00.
Copper, this phenomenal metal is very expensive;
expect to pay around $1100.00 - $1200.00 per square just for the product
without the installation.
High metal roofing materials cost is not the only
factor that makes metal roofs pricey. Unlike conventional roofing, metal
roofs are not simply nailed to the deck. The installation must be
accurately measured and very precise.
Improper installation may cost thousands of dollars in wasted materials
costs. Quality metal roofing application requires highly trained
Metal roofing installers undergo specialized
rigorous training, which puts a great premium on the price. The typical
installation of a metal roof takes about 3 times as long as the
conventional application of asphalt shingles.
Metal roofing is fairly complex and very involved process that takes a
lot of time, system specific know-how (not all metal roofing systems are
made the same), patience, precision and care. Metal roofs take much
longer to install, their initial price is very significant, but the
rewards of a properly installed metal roof go far beyond its looks.
Metal's longevity, and its solar radiation reflective properties are the biggest assets of value in metal roofs.
A properly installed metal roof may last a very long time, with very little maintenance costs, and reduced energy bills.
Thus, a higher priced metal roof may have the lowest life-cycle cost when compared to majority of conventional roofs.
With that being said, expect to pay anywhere from $750.00 to $1500.00 per square
of metal roofing installed (materials and labor).
The variance in price allows for different levels of difficulty in the installation of metal roofing.
Thus, $750.00 per square would represent a fairly
simple roof, while $1500.00 per square may be asked for a challenging
roof that will require a lot of time and resources to complete.
Finally, good negotiation skills may help you lower
the price of a new metal roof for your home! Keep in mind that it is
perfectly appropriate to negotiate, and nicely, ask for a metal roofing
Appreciate Your Home with Quality Metal Roofing
If you've been considering upgrading your home and increasing its resale
value, you should know that beautiful and enduring metal roofing is highly
valued as one of the top renovation-friendly building materials for rehabbers
and new home builders alike. ----
resale values of up to 139% (Miami, FL), you can enjoy quality metal roofing on
your home at virtually no cost!
As reported by Sal Alfano of Remodeling
Magazine, homes renovated with standing-seam metal roofing show a
rate of 85.9% cost recouped in the national average with up to 95.5% for homes
in the Eastern states, a full 1 and 6% resale value gain over homes roofed with
asphalt. And with all the added safety and longevity associated with quality
metal roofing matching installation job costs that reach only one half of that
of cosmetic room remodeling averages or even one
eighth of that of a master suite addition, you hardly deny the
sense in upgrading.
Lower Your Insurance with Weather-Resistant Metal Roofing
If you live in an area that experiences extreme
weather from time to time, be it hail, heavy wind or forest and canyon fire,
you should be aware of the availability of impact-resistant UL Standard 2218 tested metal roofing
(classes 1 through 4) and fire-resistant Class
A, B and C metal roofing. While important for the safety and
security reasons alone, these quality metal roofing products may also earn you
discounts on your homeowner's insurance!
UL 2218 Discounts Available:
Although all insurance packages may vary, many homeowners' insurance
agencies allow discounts for homeowners with specific weather-resistant metal
Be sure to contact your insurance agency to request
information on available discounts. In some areas of the United States, we have
heard of discounts of 30% or more!