Choices of design in metal roofing materials
If you are looking into installing a metal roof for your home, the first thing you should know is that today’s residential metal roofing can look like any style you already have; no longer is the only choice of metal roof the kind you see on a garage or shed.
You can find a metal roof that resembles:
1) asphalt shingles
2) cedar shakes
3) clay or tile roof
4) slate roof
Your choice of appearance will affect the price of the materials used. Also a higher quality of metal and heavier thickness of the coating on the metal will increase both the lifespan of the roof and the cost of materials.
Price comparisons for various metal materials
Basic vertical galvanized steel panels that look like corrugated metal cost about $1 per square foot.
There is also a variety of colors available in these roof panels.
These are available for the do-it-yourself homeowner.
However, your local Home Depot usually can connect customers with licensed installers also.
Metal roofing tiles are available for about $4 per square foot. These come in many different colors and also some choices of different metals.
Information to consider concerning installation of metal roofing
The cost for installation will depend on many factors, including size of your building, the pitch of the roof, the number of valleys and ridges in the design of the roof.
You should expect to pay between $9 and $15 per square foot for installation of a metal roof, including labor and materials.
The Metal Roofing Alliance offers a service to help connect interested customers with quality contractors for installation.
Items to consider that may offset the cost of installing a metal roof
The biggest difference between a metal roof and any other choice for roofing material is that the metal roofing material will last much longer.
Most metal roofing contractors will guarantee the metal roof to last 50 years or more; however, beyond the longevity of the roofing material, the metal roof will continue to retain its beauty throughout that time.
Not only does the metal roof look attractive, but it also requires very little maintenance. When comparing prices, bear in mind how soon this project will need, or not need, to be done again.
Homes with a metal roof demonstrate improved energy efficiency, up to 40%, in a variety of ways:
1) Reflection of solar radiation
2) Lower utility bills
3) Weather resistance, including heavy snow and strong winds
4) Fire resistance
5) Easier integration of solar panels
Besides the savings over time and the savings in energy costs, most homeowners’ insurance policies offer a discount for homes with a metal roof.
Homeowners generally find that having a metal roof increases the resale value of the home, recouping between 75% and 95% of the cost of installation.
This is largely because of the life expectancy of the metal roof.
Most warranties or guarantees with other roofing materials only apply to the first homeowner and do not carry over when the home is sold.
Whether you intend to install it yourself or have it installed, choosing a metal roof will be a decision that adds beauty and value to your home and saves you money in many ways.