If you’re a homeowner and you’re getting tired of replacing shingles on your roof, an excellent alternative is a metal roof. There are a lot of advantages to using this material over shingles or shakes. When properly installed, a metal roof can last for decades without the need for costly replacement or maintenance. Many people who are considering a metal roof put it off because they believe that the cost will be too high, but when you consider the durability of metal over shingles, it’s actually more effective over time. Here are some important facts about metal roofs including the cost that may help you in making your decision.
How much does a metal roof cost?
The answer to this question is that it depends. There are a lot of different factors that need to be considered when calculating the cost of a metal roof. The average price of the materials for metal roofing is between $5.50 to $12.00 per square foot, depending on the type, brand, and quality of the roofing. When you compare it with the cost of shingles that is between $700 to $10 per square foot and the fact that metal roofing lasts much longer, it’s not hard to see that it’s a more cost-efficient type of roofing in the long run. These are the installed prices. If you plan on doing the roofing yourself, it will be less.
How to calculate the cost of a metal roof
First, you need to get an estimate of the square footage of materials that you’ll need. An accurate measuring of the roof area, including allowances for peaks, is necessary. Times the cost of the material needed by the square footage of your roof and you’ll be able to come up with a ballpark figure of what it would cost to have a metal roof installed.
How to choose an installer
There are quite a few companies who advertise installation of metal roofs, but believe us when we tell you that they’re not the same. It’s important to do some research before you make your final decision. Older companies who have been in business for longer will have some type of reviews on the quality of their work online. Check them out carefully and find out what others have to say about the quality of their products and of their work. Also, make sure that they offer a guarantee on the work that they perform. Beware of new companies that are not established because they may not have the experience, skills or even the best equipment to perform the job. You don’t want to skimp on quality to save a few bucks. If you do find a new company and they have great reviews, they may be worth checking out, but be sure to choose a roofing company that offers competitive rates and has a good reputation in the local community.
Ask for estimates before authorizing work
You should always compare prices before you settle with a contractor to install a metal roof on your home or business. Ask about the price and in addition, the schedule by which they plan to do the job. Some of the busier contractors may not be able to get to your project as quickly as you’d like. Also ask about certifications, experience and credentialing of the crew. Find out about the brand and type of materials used as well as the warranty offered on the products. These are all important considerations to be made. If you find a company that is a little higher priced but offers superior products, it may be worth spending a little more.
Breakdown of the costs
Factors involved in the total cost of a metal roof installation includes the size of the roof and the complexity of the job, the cost of the total square footage of materials, any additional supplies needed to complete the job, which go into the materials category, including flashings, underlayment, metal panels, caps, clips, fasteners, rivets, sealant and other miscellaneous items.
The cost of labor is also figured into the total. This includes the number of workers that it takes to complete the project and the number of hours that it takes to complete the job. Some more complicated jobs take longer to complete than the smaller flat roofs. Installers also charge for operating costs which include things that keep their offices running including rent or utilities, furniture, and supplies, vehicles, equipment, tools, and fuel. It definitely costs more to have a metal roof installed by professionals that it would if you did it yourself, but if you don’t have the experience, the skills, and the proper tools, safety becomes a factor and in most cases, it’s better to leave this type of work to the professionals.