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Thinking about installing a new metal roof? Of course you'll want to know about metal roof cost.

Metal Roof Shingles versus Asphalt Shingles: A Cost Overview

Until now, most homes in the United States have had asphalt shingle roofs. These roofs are affordable and easy to install and repair. But more and more, homeowners are considering metal styles because of their energy efficiency and cooling ability.

Roofing costs are normally presented 'by the square' (or 100 square feet). We carry stone coated steel roofing from several vendors, and our most popular line in this class of metal roof is the Granite Ridge shingle from Boral Steel. You can expect any metal shingle roof to average between $7.00 to $10.00 per square foot installed.With a professional installation, you would be looking at a total base price of about $10.00 per square foot or $1,000.00 per square, not including the tear off and disposal of the old roof.

Asphalt shingles cost $3.50 -$5.50 a square, and you can expect to pay anywhere from $6,000 to $9,350 for a typical 1700 sq ft ranch house roof, including install.

But asphalt shingles last only 15-30 years, while a metal roof will last the lifetime of your home.

Other Factors That Influence Cost

Another reason for the higher cost of the installed roof is that residential metal roofing demands a more costly, professional installation. That means your contractor brings specialized skills, expertise, and equipment. The installation of a metal roof must always be carried out in an accurately-measured and highly precise manner. A metal roof is not simply just nailed to the roof deck. Instead, a typical metal roof can take up to three times longer than installing a comparable asphalt shingle roof.

Keep in mind, also, that a number of other factors may influence your final metal roof price. The style of the roofing you choose, your geographic location, and the overall complexity of your particular roof all influence the final cost. The steepness of the roof, roof height, and architectural elements like dormers, chimneys or skylights will add to the time required for the roof. And the numbers of layers of old shingles needing removal is also included in the final bid.

Each contractor ultimately sets his own price for the work, as with any other roofing job, and we can give you a more precise quote when we come out to bid on your roofing project.

Although more expensive than a traditional roof, metal roofs are virtually indestructible, are weather, wind and fire resistant, and can often reduce your home insurance premiums.

You'll have a lifetime roofing system, unlike traditional shingles which must be replaced more frequently. Your home's resale value should see an increase because there will be no buyer concerns about needing new roofing after the sale.

Why Is Metal Roofing Better Than Asphalt?

For openers, stone-coated steel roofing products are available in a wide variety of styles and profiles including tiles, slates, shakes, and shingles.There is a broad choice of colors, too. You can find both color and profile to complement the exterior of your home.

And of course, the biggest reason is its longevity. Not only can a metal roof last fifty years or more, it takes very little maintenance. Asphalt roofing, often  damaged by hail, wind, or sun, demands replacement. Depending on the quality of your asphalt shingles, you'll have to replace them within 30 years, and often sooner.

Metal roofing provides:

  • Energy efficiency, saving up to 40% on energy costs
  • Reflective styles that cut down on cooling costs
  • Emissive styles that cut down on greenhouse gases and hot temperatures
  • Wind, weather and fire resistance
  • Minimal maintenance costs
  • Added value to your home