We'll take a look at the cost of metal roofing compared to other roofing materials. We'll point out valuable information to have. If it's time to start considering options, before you start looking for a roofing contractor, let’s get current with
Nothing is more devastating to a home than a leaking or failed roof. A quality roof system is sometimes overlooked as the more glamorous, eye catching home improvements take precedence. Unless, of course moisture, mold and water are taking their toll on the inside of the home. Moisture will destroy attic insulation, it will leak down thru walls jeopardizing electrical outlets, kitchen appliances, TV's, and eventually the basement carpeting. Of all the maintenance and repair issues a home can have, it seems that a failed roofing system is the worst, and most costly. At Billings Metal Roofing Prices we offer a comparative analysis of the cost of metal roofing compared to other roofing materials during their expected life spans and environments.
Roof replacement or Repair is something that should not be postponed. Pre-mature roof failures are common today and oftentimes home owners will begin to notice signs of roof failure long before manufactures warranties expires. Home owners want to analyze the cost of metal roofing compared to other roofing materialo so we have published Roofing Basics 101.
In Montana and Wyoming we have a variety of common roofing materials to choose from. Sometimes, where you live will influence your decision, for example, your primary concern may be fire safety. Or, the design of your home will limit your choices, for example, low slope roofing systems are not suitable for wood shake or asphalt shingles.
Some home owners are not aware of the use of metal roofing systems for residential roof applications and that may affect their roofing choices and options. Here we look at the cost of metal roofing compared to other roofing materials.
Choosing the right roofing materials for you and your home can take time and consideration. Here we look at Price VS Cost for the most common roofing choices ranging from architectural shingles, to residential metal roofing and Natural State.
Most metal roofing products are made with either steel or aluminum. Copper and Zinc are also popular due to unsurpassed durability. Zinc, or the use of zinc in coatings and paint systems insures the most durable, fade resistant roofing material available. There are many different styles and designs of affordable metal roofing systems and the cost of metal roofing compared to other roofing material is considerably lower over time making it the most popular roofing material among home owners. Mechanical lock standing seam is the most common metal roofing material while stone coated steel shingles are the second. The only downsides are longer application times due to custom installation methods, and availability.
Absolutely beautiful, heavy, and can be impossible to repair. As a high-end roofing system natural slate tiles are not very common in MT and WY. Due to its uncommon appeal with Montana & Wyoming roofing contractors the price of slate roofing tiles varies according to the availability of roofing contractors that specialize in natural slate roofing installations and repairs. Natural Slate is a larger initial investment compared to other roofing material however, the look is available in a metal shingle from EDCO. The price of EDCO Metal Roofing Shingles is more affordable than slate overall. The initial investment can be a onetime expense for most home owners. Maintenance and repairs over time are minimal and don't require special tools or skills.
This is the roofing material that is often referred to as rubber roofing These roof tiles are manufactured using recycled rubber or tires and are less prone to damage. The downsides are that they do not weather well, the sun fades them quickly and they tend to curl and pull away from the roof deck as they expand and contract. The life-span cost of this roofing material is comparable to asphalt shinglesh nd for a better investment, with the look of natural slate we suggest the EDCO Metal Roofing Shingle.
Again this roofing material is not very common. It is usually considered a specialty roof and installers and repair professionals are hard to find. They are available in a stone coated metal roof shingle known as barrel roll or half-barrel. Again, at Billings Metal Roofing Prices we suggest that metal is best not only for it's low life span costs but also for it's low initial costs compared to Clay, Tile, and Natural Slate.
At Billings Metal Roofing Prices, Wood shingles are the forth pricey, but, none the less they are very attractive, durable and resistant to our Montana and Wyoming weather. Wood Shingles age every well in MT-WY Weather and there is nothing better for curb appeal than the look of jagged edge shake shingles. The only downside is they burn with just the spark of a flying ember. The cost of metal roofing compared to other roofing material like wood shingles is lower in initial investment costs, and in life span repair and maintainance costs. Again, Home owners that prefer the look of classic wood shingles, but want the benefits of steel, a steel shingle known as rugged edge shake is available.
By far the most common roofing choice made by home owners. They are very easy to obtain, and manufactured at a very low cost. The downsides are their flat appearance, worthless warranties, non-accountable manufactures and the use of paper fillers. Overtime, the cost of metal roofing compared to other roofing material like asphalt shingles is considerably lower. Our Montana and Wyoming Insurance statistics suggest the average life span of asphalt shingles is just 3-7 years. At Billings Metal Roofing Prices we suggest that a metal roof can be paid for the second time a home owner replaces asphalt shingles with asphalt shingles.
FYI - He didn’t get into exact pricing in the video but generally this type of installation will run you $850-10/ square for this type of metal roof.
Years ago it was very common to install another layer of shingles on top of the existing layer. This install method could lead to 2,3, and 4 layers of shingles and is one of the reasons that metal roofing started gaining in popularity after WWII. That reason is that your typical metal roofing shingle was 60% lighter than the asphalt shingle of the time. Metal still makes sense as an added more permanent layer of roofing material. Some city building codes have prohibited a second layer out of lack of wisdom towards available metal shingles and tearing off the existing layer is now required. Consider the Pros and Cons of a second layer carefully, they are:
1. Disposal of Waste: Asphalt shingles are getting harder and harder and more expensive to dispose of than ever. While they deteriorate quickly on your roof it takes 300-400 years to completely break up in a landfill, and most landfills are charging per pound to accept the waste. That additional fee along with the added labor hours are also a concern when tearing off an existing layer of roofing. If your city building codes do not require a fresh roof deck, and you would like to solve the problem permanently with metal roofing there is no good reason to add tear-off or disposal fees to the cost of metal roofing compared to other roofing materials that DO REQUIRE Tear-off and disposal.
2. Slate, Rubber, and Composites: These three roofing materials are the heaviest roofing materials and when using them tear-off and structural supports should be considered. At Billings Metal Roofing Prices we report along with experienced roofing contractors that steel shingles are one third of the weight of asphalt and slate. Rubber roofing and composites are three times heavier and especially hard on older homes.
3. Telegraphing: Asphalt shingles have a tendency over time to show bubbles, bumps, waving and other irregularities that need to be addresses if you consider going over the top of them. If you would like to add a layer of wood shakes or even another layer of asphalt shingles these irregularities and an uneven roof surface will show through and the your new roof can be rather unattractive. The best way to eliminate this problem and correct many others is to install metal. Along with the best Billings Metal Roofing Prices there has never been a better roofing investment than metal roofing.
What is under the roofing surface matters at Billings Metal Roofing Prices
Remove all existing shingles, deposit them in a roll-off dumpster: Damaged or old valley flashing and drip edging is also removed at this time. A good crew will use tarps to protect foundation plantings and shrubs during tear-off and will use magnetic tools to pick up nails and metal objects from the lawn.
Make minor repairs on the roof if it is in good condition: If not, replace bad wood with new plywood sheathing or 1 x 6 sheathing boards, whichever is applicable to your type of roof.
Install ice dam protection in regions that require it: An Ice and Water Shield or membrane is a synthetic waterproof barrier material designed to prevent melting ice from backing up under standard shingle installations and penetrating through the sheathing where moisture can cause severe damage.
The most common roofing under-layers are paper. This layer of roofing paper is designed to create an extra barrier against moisture seeping into roof decking. Some under-layers are designed to reflect radiant heat, UV sun rays, or both. Your better under-layers will bond or seal to standard roof decking creating a vapor barrier, added R-Values, and dampening outside noise.
Install Edging around the perimeter of the roof. Eve trim is used on horizontal edging while rake starter, or gable starter is used for sloped edges. With Asphalt Roofing Shingles these items are often over looked, while other roofing applications require special pieces or accessories. Most roofing contractors manufacture these items on-site at a savings to home owners.
Do not overlook this process
The ridge venting or capping is usually used along the peak or the roof center. A continuous venting system will help with air circulation in the attic and is an integral part of letting hot air escape thru the ridge instead of thru the roof deck. Ridge venting should be installed at the time of roof replacements. If venting is not practical gable vents or soffit vents will usually be sufficient.
Ridge cap venting was not common when asphalt shingles were the most used, now asphalt roofers will mimic the venting systems used with metal by folding a shingle over the roof center or roof peak as they move along the ridge.
Complete the final cleanup and haul the debris away: Have the installation inspected and approved by a building inspector.
Beware of Asphalt Roofing Contactors that compete to earn your business by being the cheapest contractor.
Several consideration go into the pricing a roof, beginning with the variety of roofing materials to choose from (ranging from cheap three-tab asphalt shingles to architectural slate). Choosing the right roofing contractor for the steepness or your roof, and the square footage of your roof are other factors that affect the cost. Typical average costs of different roofing options: Regional Pricing Based on a 2,400SQFT Residential Home.
Investment Grade Metal
Mostly used on the coasts due to salty air.
Mechanical Lock, KYNAR-500
Regional Pricing Based on a 2,400sqft Residential Home.
At Billings Metal Roofing our focus is on the benefits of residential metal roofing, we offer comparative analysis of other available roofing options, and solutions to getting the job done right.
We can help you decide if metal is best for you and your home or business.
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