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Metal roof is the broad name given to a variety of roofing types that are made from the common material which is metal. Some of the metals used for making metal roofings are aluminum, copper, galvanized steel and tin. The cost of metal roofs varies depending on the type of metal you’re using, however, metal roofs are more expensive than asphalt shingles. Metal roofs cost anything between $9.00 – $15.00 per sq ft depending on your preferred metal for your roof.
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Advantages of Metal Roofs
Metal roofs are beginning to gain more popularity among homeowners, and while it is more expensive than asphalt shingles, metal roofs have a longer lifespan, lasting up to 75 years if installed properly and well maintained.
One of the general myths that hindered homeowners from seeing metal roofs as a good option in the past is that some believe that metal roofs are prone to lightning strikes.
As roofing experts, we assure you that this is nothing but a myth, having a metal roof doesn’t in any way open your house to lighting strikes.
On the other hand, metal roofs have some major advantages every homeowner should consider when getting a roof installation or replacement.
Besides their longer lifespan compared to asphalt shingles roofs, metal roofs are also a good long-term investment as they’re guaranteed to safe cost.
Metal roofs are fire-resistant which means that they’re arguably the best roofing choice for people living in a region that is prone to wildfires.
Because of the material metal roofs are made from, they’re also a good roof to use if you live a hot climate region as metal roofs reflect heat, hence, your cost on .cooling your home will be reduced.
What Type Of Metal Roof Should You Use For Your House
As we mentioned above, there are different types of metal roofs based on the type of metal, so in this part of the guide, we will talk about some you can choose from to install in your house.
Corrugated Steel Panel Roofs
Corrugated steel panel roofs are super lightweight and thin which makes installation easy even for homeowners looking to replace or fix their old roofs. This type of metal roof can be installed over a worn-out roof instead of tearing down the old roofing structure, thereby saving cost. If there’s a type of metal roof that offers almost the same quality as asphalt shingles roofs, it will be corrugated steel metal roof. They are also close to asphalt shingle roofs in price range – corrugated steel panel roof cost around $1.20 – $5 per sq ft. The average cost of installing this metal roof is around $10,500 to $19,500.
Even though this metal roof is the cheapest you will get, its durability should not be questioned, it can last up three decades if installed and maintained well. It can withstand heat, rain, fire and snow, making it a budget-friendly roof option that will still protect your house again harsh climate conditions.
Steel Shingle and Aluminum Shingle Roofs
Steel shingle roofs and aluminum roofs are two different types of metal roofs but are similar in the sense that they’re both shingles and not metal panels. They’re also similar in price, steel and aluminium shingle metal roofs cost around $3 – $9 per sq ft. The average price of steel roofing for a regular house falls around $15,000 – $25,000, while aluminum roofing cost around $15,000 – $28,000 for a regular house. They’re more expensive than corrugated steel metal roofs, however, they offer better a quality that makes up for their price tags. One of which is their longer lifespan, steel and aluminum metal roofs can last up to 40 years if installed and maintained well. One of the reasons they last that long is because they’re less prone to rust and leaks than corrugated steel roofs. They’re also more resistant to harsh weather conditions such as hail, snow, fire and heavy rainfall.
Standing Seam Metal Roof
Standing seam metal roof is one of the most popular metal roofs among homeowners in the U.S., simply because the core materials for making it can be easily sourced in the country. They’re called standing seam metal roof because contractors use seams to join the metal panels. They’re quite pricey when you consider the average cost homeowners spend on installing it on their houses; average price range of $23,000 – $30,000. However, the price per square feet of standing seam metal roofs is around $4 – $6.50. If you want your roof to last up to 60 years before requiring a replacement, then this metal roof is your best choice as it has a lifespan of 60 years. It can withstand hail, fire, rain, and strong wind.
Stone Coated Steel Roof
Stone-coated steel roof is arguably the most versatile metal available. This type of metal roof tends to have the appearance of slate or traditional clay shingles. So if you want a metal roof with the appearance of clay roof tiles, then go for this stone coated steel roof. Unlike clay roof tiles that cost up to $18 per square foot, stone-coated steel roof costs around $5 – $12 per sq ft, making it a budget-friendly option. For a house of 2,4000 sq ft, the installation of stone-coated steel roof costs around $21,000.
One of the most expensive roofs available is the copper roof, it costs around $4 – $15 per sq ft. This metal roof is not expensive just because, copper roofs can last up to almost 100 years if installed and maintained well. And is it eco-friendly, imperious to harsh weather condition and less prone to damages such as rust and leaks? Absolutely. It is worth the price.
A lot of roofs will last longer if homeowners understand the maintenance procedure required to prolong the lifecycle of their roofs and follow them. As professional roofing contractors, one of the important pieces of advice we give homeowners is to ensure to consult roofing experts for all their roof needs. You can maintain and repair your roof by yourself up to an extent but it will always be better when you’re doing what is right for your roof.