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Metal Roofing Prices – Metal Shingles vs. Standing Seam

Installing a beautiful metal roof for your home can drastically change the looks of your home and provide reliable protection. A Metal roof stand outs from its counterparts – asphalt shingle and cedar shake roofs. Metal roofs provide aesthetically pleasing lines, colors, and a wide variety of style options. They offer durability and longevity that far exceeds the durability and longevity of an asphalt shingle roof. Not to mention, metal roofing is a fully recyclable building product, while asphalt shingle roof, a petroleum based product pollutes the environment in all three phases of its existence; during its production, its service life and during its demise, which usually means decomposing in our landfills.

Essentially, metal roofing is a far superior, energy efficient and environmentally safe roofing alternative to conventional roofing materials. Naturally, most people who become exposed to the many great benefits that metal roofs have to offer, will consider installing metal roofing on their property. This brings up the question: how come not everybody has metal roofs on their homes? Aside from a lack of awareness about pros and cons of metal roofing and perpetuation of the old myths and untruths about metal roofing being noisy in the rain, not that good looking, and easily susceptible to corrosion, it is the fact that metal roofing costs more than asphalt shingle roofs.

Despite the higher initial cost of metal roofing, there are many factors that may influence a buying decision in favor of metal. Sure, the initial high cost may be one of the major hindrances to installing a metal roof, but overcoming this initial obstacle may have many long term benefits for the homeowners.

Metal roofs are notorious for their energy efficiency, which translates into average energy savings of 20% or more on cooling costs. Some homeowners report having the energy savings of up to 40 percent.

Metal roofing can last far longer than an asphalt shingle roof. In fact, metal roofs can outlast asphalt shingle roofs by as much as three times.

Metal roofs are fully recyclable at the end of their service life. This is good for the environment, and is one of the many reasons why metal roofs are gaining in popularity as a green building material.

Metal roofs increase the appraised value of your home, and they retain that value more so than any other remodeling project you could think of. As one of the arguments in defense of the higher price of metal roofing, the ability of metal roofs to enhance the curb appeal of your property and increase its upraised value is what makes a higher price justifiable. Retaining that higher appraised value while yielding monthly energy savings on cooling costs, and providing many decades of reliable and maintenance free protection makes metal roofs a smart investment in your home.

Now that we covered the basics of metal roofing pricing considerations, we can get down to the actual numbers you may expect to pay for metal roofing. Generally speaking, metal roofing costs approximately double of what you would normally pay for asphalt shingle roofing installation by a professional contractor, who has their licenses and insurance in check.

Steel shingle roofs cost around $800 per square for the materials and labor. Steel shingle roofs are protected by a layer of zinc and aluminum to prevent corrosion, which should give you about 50 years of service life under normal conditions.

If you live near coastal area where the air contains a higher concentration of salt, you should choose aluminum as a metal roofing material, rather than steel. Installing aluminum shingles metal roofing will cost you about $1000 per square for materials and labor.

On the higher end of metal roofing products for residential homes you may choose to install standing seam metal roofing, which will run you about $1100 per square for materials and labor.

Metal roofing installation prices provided here are meant as a general guideline only, and will vary depending on your location, contractor, and the difficulty of your roof.

Metal shingles, the basic kind of a metal roofing system, cost about $250 per square for galvanized steel shingles, $350 per square for aluminum shingles, and $1100 per square for copper shinglesStanding seam sheet roofing panels cost about $600 per square for the materials, plus trim. Prices provided here include all the necessary trim and metal flashing.  If you are planning to take on the installation of a new metal roof by yourself, then be sure you understand the fundamental principles of installing the particular system that you choose.

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  1. […] cost about $300 per square. Copper shingles cost about $1000 per square. Residential and commercial metal roofing prices tend to fluctuate with the changes in the prices of aluminum, steel and copper. The overall economy […]

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