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
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 least costly aka the “cheapest” (but also lowest quality) G-60 galvanized corrugated steel panels typically at $175 per square for materials and trim (aka the cost of materials).
The next BIG step up in quality is architectural steel, which starts at $400+ per square (100 sq. ft.) for metal shingles (typically double stamped G-90 heavy gauge steel shingles) and $450+ per square for standing seam (cost of materials).
The next upgrade is aluminum, costing, $450+ per square for aluminum shingles and $500+ per square for standing seam (cost of materials).
Premium metals, such as copper and zinc can be considerably more expensive: $900-1400 per square. 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
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 20% more expensive than its more classic counterpart: metal shingles, shakes, or tiles. — 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 shingles are easier to install than standing seam panels, especially on more complex and cut-up roofs, so contractors will generally charge you less for the installation.
For example, installing steel shingles costs around $1,000 per square (without tear-off), while installing steel standing seam panels costs around $1,100 per square (without tear-off).
A similar price difference holds true for aluminum: shingles installation costs $1,100 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 10% to 20% less to install metal 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, metal shingles will typically cost less than standing seam to install.
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 summer and in winter (which is more of a dead season), roofing contractors are sometimes 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.