Metal Roofing Cost vs. Asphalt Shingles

If you are a homeowner considering installing a new metal roof on your house, then undoubtedly, one of the burning questions on your mind is how much will it cost?

When it comes to residential metal roofing, according to Roofing Calculator, you are not only paying more for a higher quality material than asphalt shingle, but you are also paying for a more costly, professional installation that requires specialized skills, expertise, and equipment. Keep in mind that there are a number of factors that may influence your final price for a new metal roof. These include the type of metal and the roof style you choose, your geographic location, and the overall complexity of your particular roof.

Here are some metal roofing materials according to Mother Earth News

Metal Roof Materials

First of all, most “tin” roofs aren’t made of tin. You see, there are several metals used for roofing. Below, I’ve listed those you’re most likely to encounter, along with some of the strong and weak points of each.

Tin. The more accurate term here is terne, or even terneplate . . . but no matter what moniker you hang on the stuff, it’s one of several soft metals treated with a coating of lead and tin. A tin roof that’s properly installed can last a good 40 to 50 years.

Galvanized Steel. This is a wonderfully inexpensive roofing material that will last 60 years or more . . . if properly cared for. It’s made of alloyed steel, with a protective coating of zinc. Galvanized steel is also highly rust-resistant.

Aluminum. The use of aluminum as a roofing metal is becoming increasingly popular, since it resists corrosion and requires little maintenance. Aluminum also tends to reflect heat better than steel, thus keeping a house cooler during the summer. Aluminum roofs will last about 35 years.

Copper. You won’t see copper being used for roofing much these days, even though it’s by far the longest-lasting of all roofing materials (many penny-metal lids have lasted hundreds of years and appear to have hundreds more left in them). Unfortunately, this material is not only quite expensive, but also difficult to obtain.

The Cost of Materials for Metal Shingles, Shakes, and Tiles According to Metal Roofs

Metal shingles/tiles and/or metal shakes materials average $3.00 to $4.00 per square foot, or $300 to $400 per square (100 sq. ft.).

Total Cost Installed

Based on that, you can expect to pay about $800 to $900 per square for a metal shingles roof installed. Thus, an average-sized ranch style roof measuring 1,700 square feet or 17 squares will cost anywhere from $13,000 to $16,500 installed, which is roughly twice as much as you would normally pay for an asphalt shingles roof.

Standing Seam Cost

By far, according to Metal Roofs, one of the most expensive metal roofing styles, standing seam offers many benefits in exchange for its high initial cost. On average, standing seam panels cost from $4.00 to $6.00 per square foot for materials alone, or $1,000 to $1,200 per square installed. Thus, an average-sized ranch style roof measuring 1,700 square feet or 17 squares will cost anywhere from $17,000 to $20,500 for a standing seam metal roof installed.

What colors do metal roofs come in?

Metal Roofing Systems said that a white metal roof is Energy Star rated as a cool roof, and can be 50 to 60 degrees cooler than a dark color asphalt shingles roof. It is best to choose a light color metal such as white, light bronze, beige, peach, light green or blue, if you live in a region that has a lot of sun and a hotter climate.

How long do shingles on a roof last?

According to Money US News, Homeowners with wood shake roofs should expect them to last about 30 years, while fiber cement shingles last about 25 years and asphalt shingle/composition roofs last about 20 years, the NAHB found. Climate and weather conditions, such as snow, hail and hurricanes, can cut the life span of all types of roofs.

Builder Online enumerated the pros and cons of asphalt shingles as well as metal roofs.

Pros for Asphalt Shingles:

  • An accepted and proven material that builders know and trust.
  • Economical. The low cost of asphalt is probably its biggest selling point.
  • Easy to work with and handle. Perhaps no other roofing product is as easy to install.
  • Easy to repair.
  • Style options.
  • Good performance record.

Cons for Asphalt Shingles:

  • Can be boring.
  • Susceptible to severe weather.
  • Longevity questions.
  • Can be heavy. .
  • Nascent recycling.

Pros for Metal Roofing:

  • Lightweight.
  • Longevity.
  • Long warranty. .
  • Stellar extreme-weather performance.  .
  • Environmentally friendly.

Cons for Metal Roofing:

  • Very expensive.
  • Can have a harsh appearance.
  • Extreme expansion and contraction.
  • Past failures and perception issues.
  • Product selection is important for good performance.

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