Metal roofs are cheap
When you think about metal roofs, you think about expenses. It’s a common notion we all have about metal roofing, is its’s price. No doubt, it is costly. Yet when you look around you notice there is an abundance of roofing system around with metal lingering. Just for a moment think about the reason, the big question, why?
We understand that might not be the answer you were looking for, but it’s true. No one type of metal roof costs the exact same as the next one, and we think it would be unfair to lump all different options together under one price.
How To Choose A Metal Roof
Understanding the different variables that factor into the cost of a metal roof will help you better determine what type or style of metal roof is the best choice for you or one of your clients. To better understand where or what your money goes to when you purchase a metal roof, we’ve broken it down into three separate costs: Cost of materials, Cost of labor, Operating Costs. The cost of materials required for a project accounts for roughly 1/3 of the total price to install a metal roof. This part of the overall cost accounts for Metal panels, Flashings Underlayment, Accessories (such as clips, fasteners, rivets, and sealant), Other miscellaneous materials that might be needed to complete an install.
A Roof Has To Last
As you could probably already guess, the cost to complete a roofing job varies depending on the size of the roof (measured in square feet). If you need help calculating the square footage of your pitched roof, which is different from the flat base area of a home. Your geographic location, roof steepness, height and its complexity including any level changes, dormers, chimneys and skylights, number of layers of old shingles to be removed, and contractor choice will also have a major effect on your total cost installed.
Note: most contractors price their roofs on a per square basis, where one square is a 10 by 10 feet area or 100 square feet. Thus, your total cost in square terms could range from $350 to $1,400 per square of metal roofing installed. With a true abundance of materials and systems, most homeowners will opt for either metal shingles, stone-coated steel tiles, and standing seam metal roofs.
As a homeowner, it is vital that you look at the total cost of the installation rather than just the price of the raw materials. Labor costs can easily make up a larger percentage of the total cost than the metal itself. This is not to say that metal roofs are always expensive to install. On the contrary, if you decide to install a new metal roofing system over the existing roof, the costs can be quite manageable. However, a more thorough job that involves stripping off the old roof completely, will definitely tip the scales towards a more costly direction.