How Much Does Metal Roofing Cost?

How Much Does Metal Roofing Cost, And Why Should I Pay More for Metal Roofing?

So, when is cost not important in anything? It doesn’t matter what commodity we may be talking about, cost always matters. So of course cost is important when you are thinking of installing a metal roof. There are some important things to consider and some questions you should ask before making your decision.

One question to ask is, “Why am I paying more for a metal roofing product than I am for an asphalt roofing product? And, why should I choose a metal roof over an asphalt roof? Well, there are several reasons. One of the main reasons for choosing a metal roofing product over an asphalt roofing product is the lifespan of the two products. The average life cycle of asphalt roofing materials are from 20 to 40 years depending on which product you choose. And that’s being liberal. Whereas, metal roofing, installed by the right roofing company, can last over 60 years.

Energy Savings

Another reason to choose a metal roofing product is the energy saving aspect of the product. They are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Because of their reflective metal surface, and depending on your geographical location, they can generally save you about 40% on your energy bill annually. Many metal roofing products are fire-resistant, weather-resistant, and are praised for their flexibility and durability. They are easy to install, low maintenance, and economically priced.

And because metal roofing is so durable and strong they can withstand the harshest of mother-nature’s weather elements. They are great for geographical areas with extremely cold, heavy winter snows and hot summer temperatures… especially where there are fire hazards. Metal roofing performs well in high winds, hail, and even extreme events such as earthquakes.

When it comes to beauty, metal roofing products offer a style for almost everyone. They come in multiple colors, finishes, styles, and textures. Metal roofing products fits the bill for just about any decor too. They come in design styles such as standing-seam, tile, shake, and shingle.  So when considering beauty, energy-efficiency, durability, flexibility, and longevity… metal roofing definitely takes the spotlight.

So how much does a Metal Roof cost? Well that depends on the type metal roofing product you choose and the geographical location you live in. According to HomeGuide, “On average, a metal shingle roof ranges from $7 to $10 per square foot installed, while a standing seam metal roof costs between $10 and $12 per square foot installed. The average cost for a new metal roof is $11,000, but most homeowners will pay between $7,858 and $14,412 depending on the size and slope or roof, and the materials chosen.”

Because prices continually change for materials and installation be sure to get estimates from local suppliers and installers before figuring your roofing project.

There are plenty of reasons to choose a metal roof for your next home or roof replacement. Choose wisely.

Where To Look For Roofing Water Leaks

It just began to show up. It looks like nicotine stains on the ceiling. But no one in the house smokes. Hope it’s not some kind of Twilight Zone creature leaving its trail across the kitchen ceiling. What if its fungus growing out of control and the Health Department quarantines my house? Well let’s not get carried away.

When you have a leak in your roof, water finds its path of least resistance to travel as gravity pulls it down. It is possible that rain water could enter at the very top of your roof caused by a missing shingle on the ridge, run along the bottom side of the decking reaching a rafter and then traveling along the rafter until it drops down onto the insulation and onto the top side of the drywall. The water can then find the drywall seam and run along the entire distance of the ceiling. After a few days of drying it begins to yellow leaving that notorious stain. Mystery solved.

Seriously, when you find stains on your ceilings that means you have a water leak and it should be addressed. Those leaks will get worse over a long period of time leading to bacteria, mold, and even dry rot. Tracking down the leak may be the tricky part of repairing the problem. Leaks can often be found due to rusted out flashing, missing or damaged shingles, around pipe vents, and ventilation outlets. Finding where the leak is coming from can often be a like searching for a needle in a haystack. It may take enlisting help to find it. One person can go into the attic space and watch for water to appear while the other carries a water hose onto the roof and lets it run down until the leak is found.

Checkout anything that protrudes through the roof. Pipe vent boots (3n1’s ) are notorious for leaking. Over time the rubber seal around the pipe dries out and cracks allowing water leaks. A short term fix is to use roofing cement applied around the cracking boot, but the vent boot should be replaced as soon as possible. Flashing often buckles or rusts allowing water to enter. Dormers can be problematic as well when it comes to leaking. You may have to dig out old caulking and re-caulk. They also have flashing running up the wall and out on the roof decking.  Check carefully for any problems with dry rot on the framing and siding.

Occasionally a leak might show up on the interior ceiling and thought to be coming from the roof when actually is coming from an upstairs window that has lost its seal. Or even from a crack in the joint of the second floor masonry.

Leaks can sometimes be elusive, and difficult to unmask their origin. But with determination to eliminate that ugly yellow stain… it will be worth the effort.