Category Archives: Buying Materials

How to Get the Best Deal on a Metal Roof for Your Home

If you have your heart set on a metal roof for your home, but you cringe at the thought of how much it will cost, the good news is that there are ways to save even on such a premium product as metal roofing.

Having some insight into different metal roofing materials and styles, as well as better understanding ways roofing contractors operate can help you save thousands of dollars on the cost of materials and installation. Check out these tips and make your dream of owning a metal roof a reality!

Go for Steel as your material of choice

Installation of a ribbed steel panels

It goes without saying that metal roofs can be made out of different types of metal, but what many homeowners don’t know is how greatly the price for these different metals may vary. The cheapest (but also lowest quality) Galvanized corrugated steel starts at $175 per square.

steel shingles metal roof

The next BIG step up in quality is Architectural steel, which starts at $300 per roof square (100 sq. ft.) for metal shingles and $350 per roof square. for standing seam.

The next upgrade is aluminum, costing, $350+ per roof square for metal shingles and $425+ per roof square for standing seam.

Aluminum Shingle Roof

Premium metals, such as copper and zinc are outrageously expensive: $900-1400 per roof sq. The smartest financial move is to go for a steel shingle roof, because it offers architectural quality and style at a cost close to corrugated metal panels. – You can read more about it here.

Avoid Seasonal Material Price Increases

In the roofing industry, most roofing material suppliers hike up their prices during busy roofing seasons, which are typically during the spring and early fall in most states across the US. You can avoid these seasonal price increases and save money by scheduling your installation at a different time of the year, convenient for you (summer or winter).

Save Big with Metal Roofing Shingles

Tamko steel shingle roof

While you may have initially fallen in love with the clean, contemporary look of standing seam metal roofing panels, the reality is that this style is about 25% more expensive than its more classic counterpart: metal roofing shingles. — Metal shingles can offer a wide variety of style and color options, imitating traditional materials such as slate, clay tile and asphalt shingles.

When it comes to longevity, durability, weather protection and energy efficiency, metal shingles will preform just as well as standing seam. So why do they cost less? The reasons are simple:

1. Metal roofing shingles are easier to install than standing seam panels, so contractors will generally charge you less for the installation.

For example, installing steel shingles costs around $750 per roof sq. (without tear-off), while installing steel standing seam panels costs around $1,000 per roof sq. (without tear-off).

A similar price difference holds true for aluminum: shingles installation costs $900 per roof sq. (without tear-off), while standing seam installation can easily costs $1,200 per roof square (without tear-off). Overall, it costs about 20 to 25% less to install metal roofing shingles than standing seam.

2. Metal shingles are manufactured from a thinner metal than standing seam, and as a result they cost less. As you can see in the prices for different metals referenced above, regardless of the material, shingles cost as much as as 30% less as standing seam.

Be sure to get at least 3 roofing estimates

To ensure that you are getting the best possible deal, contact at least 3 reputable metal roofing contractors in your area for an estimate. Typically, you will get these estimates for free. Your prospective contractors should at the very least be licensed and insured.

When picking a contractor, it is crucial to not only consider their price quotes, but also their reputation.

Well-established, mid-size roofing contractors, with many years in the business under the belt, as well as great references will not give you rock bottom prices, because there is no profit in it for them.

On the other hand, you should be very weary of “too-good-to-be-true” offers from contractors with mediocre references, because there is a high chance they will not do a very good job on the installation, which will ultimately mean that you will need to spend thousands of dollars to fix their mistakes.

Always compare references based on job specs; these include material type, gauge (thickness), manufacturer, underlayment, tear-off, ventilation, roofing substrate and snow guards.

Your best bet is to go with a small roofing contractor that specializes only in metal roofing and has excellent references, because they are the most likely to give you a reasonable middle-of-the-road price along with top-notch service.

Schedule your installation during the Slow Season

As I mentioned earlier, material prices increase during the busy roofing season, and it turns out that installation prices go up as well! This is especially true for good roofers who are in high demand, and when the season gets busy, they can raise their prices by as much as 15%.

Again, the busy season is typically spring and early fall (especially in the northern states where people start to prepare their homes for the cold winter season).

The downside of doing your installation in the early Fall is not only a higher price, but also a much longer wait time for the contractor to get started on your project.

However, during the slow season, which is in the summer and in the winter (which is more of a dead season), roofing contractors are in desperate need of new work, so they are willing to be a lot more flexible with the installation prices.

Plus, you get the advantage of getting your project started and completed quickly, without the contractor trying to cut corners.

If you are wondering if it is possible to install a new metal roof in the winter, the answer is a resounding Yes!

In fact, metal roofing is best installed during cooler months, because metal may sometimes get a bit too hot handle in the summer, so winter is a great time to outfit your home with a brand new metal roof.

Metal Shingles vs. Standing Seam Metal Roof Costs

Turns out, many homeowners are not even aware that there is not one, but three main types of metal roofing systems available for residential properties; metal shingles, standing seam, and corrugated or ribbed metal panels.

Thus, there are three distinct styles of metal paneling, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the particular style of metal, you can expect to pay between $4.00 to $12.00 per square foot installed.

Why is there such a wide gap in prices?

On the low-end, there are corrugated steel and ribbed metal roofs with exposed fasteners that cost about $3.50 to $8.00 per sq. ft. installed.

On the high-end, there are metal shingles, stone-coated steel, metal shakes, and standing seam metal roofs. These high-end systems average between $8.00 and 12.00 per sq. ft. installed.

Price per sq. ft. Vs. Price per Square

Roofs are typically measured and priced by squares. A square equals to 100 square feet of the roof surface.

In terms of squares, you can expect to pay anywhere from $400 to $1,200 per square of metal roofing installed.

Metal Shingles, Shakes, and Tiles

Although, many homeowners are not aware of the existence of metal shingles, it’s a compelling alternative to the traditional composition shingles.

All in all, metal shingles cost about double the cost of asphalt shingles installed.

The Cost of Materials for Metal Shingles, Shakes, and Tiles

Metal shingles/tiles and/or metal shakes materials average $3.00 to $4.50 per square foot, or $300 to $450 per square (100 sq. ft.).

Total Cost Installed

Based on that, you can expect to pay about $800 to $1,200 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 $13,600 to $20,400 installed, which is roughly twice as much as you would normally pay for an asphalt shingles roof.

Tamko Metalworks - metal shingles roof on a ranch

Tamko Metalworks – metal shingles roof on a ranch

Continue reading

Metal Roofing vs. Asphalt Shingles: Cost, Pros & Cons, ROI

Hey there Mr. or Ms. Homeowner, how’s your day going? I heard it through the grapevine that you were starting the next part of your home improvement journey by picking out your roofing material and style – and that’s a big deal.

You should be proud and not stressed. There are so many different options when it comes to roofing and there is only one way to truly know your best options.

Do you know what that might be?

How does a grand welcoming to Roofing Class 101 sound? This is such a big deal! Why? We are going to be exploring a new facet of the Ultimate Buying Guide for Homeowners in this class!

Now this is not your typical chalk board classroom where I stand up and point a wooden ruler at the board. Oh no! That’s kind of boring.

We are going to delve straight into the specifics and the depths of roofing with an all new interactive way with entertainment.

We are going to unravel the roofs from the 1960s and discover what direction you should take, Metal roofing or Asphalt shingles. Do you think you’re ready?

Metal vs. Asphalt Shingles?

An asphalt shingle roof on a house

So, prior to truly jumping into the heart of this guide, I am going to give you the answer to this question right away.

So when it comes to the choice between metal roofing and asphalt shingles, let’s sort of pretend like asphalt shingles are not really an option – the only option, metal roofing.

While the costs are going to be greater, the benefits in the case severely outweigh the so-called negatives.

When it comes to metal roofing, you are investing in high quality material, and presumably, the security that your new roof will be installed professionally, properly and safely.

You are investing in a product that has proven durability and longevity through extremes of weather and, if invested properly, can provide some Benjamins back in your wallet in the future! 😉

With all of that in mind, the next step for you in knowing that metal roofing is ultimately the route to go, is learning that there are several different types of metal roofing materials and styles or profiles such as metal shingles, stone-coated steel tiles, standing seam, ribbed, and corrugated metal sheets.

Needless to say, there are also several different types of asphalt shingles ranging from the low-end 3-tab, which is the cheapest option with the lowest expected service lifespan, to 3-dimensional (3D) architectural shingles – a longer lasting option, as well as laminated shingles labeled as “premium shingles”.

For example, there’s a great variety of materials available with metal roofing including galvanized and Galvalume steel, aluminum, zinc, and even stainless steel. Not only are we going to explore all of these options, but we will also provide you with the cost, longevity, ROI and the pros and cons of each.

By the end of this Ultimate Buying Guide for Homeowners, you will be prepared with so much knowledge that when it’s time to book a contractor, they will likely be pleasantly surprised by your wealth of knowledge, which will make it easier for them to align on the right system and ultimately give you the proper quote you deserve! 😉

The Best Types of Metal Roofing Systems and Profiles are presented in the order of popularity and suitability of residential applications:

  • Standing Seam
  • Metal Shingles
  • Stone-coated steel shingles and tiles
  • Ribbed
  • Corrugated

Depending on which route you go, the price will go too!

Different Types of Metal

Are you familiar with steel or any other types of metal materials? Do you know who you can thank for that? Mr. Andrew Carnegie. In fact, if you want to learn some fascinating business history of one billionaire man, you should read about the intelligence of the man behind steel.

Anyways, the most common type of steel used in metal roofing is G-90 or Galvanized Steel — zinc-coated steel also referred to as hot-deep galvanized steel.

G-90 steel is commonly used in metal shingles, stone-coated steel, as well as some ribbed and corrugated sheet metal roofing profiles. There is also a low-end grade of galvanized steel known as G-60, which is not something you want to put on your home.

Galvalume steel is a step up from G-90 steel. If you are going to install a premium metal roofing system such standing seam and would like to go with steel, than Galvalume steel — zinc and aluminum coated steel is better option than G-90 steel.

Now at same time, you have the opportunity to get a roof made from aluminum, copper, zinc, or even the fancy stainless steel – the options are truly endless.

Before we continue, do you want a fun heads-up? Well, if you are living near a coastal area, look no further than Aluminum roofing!

It’s the best option for salt-spray environment, because it’s not susceptible to any corrosion and it’s just plain-ol’ good! With that in mind, the next time you talk of scarcity, remember this moment.

Only opportunities – not scarcity. Anyways, would you like to get into the different styles of Metal Roofing? Let’s go!

Continue reading