How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost
How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost
If you are considering a metal roof but don't really know how much
one costs, I hope to be able to shed a little light on the subject. You
see there are several variables that would affect how much you would pay
for a metal roof. I wish it was as simple as saying your roof would cost
so much per square foot but it isn't that simple. Every roof is obviously
different and therefore the cost would be a little different. The panel
type you pick is the first thing that affects the cost of a metal roof.
Most metal roofing manufactures sell their metal roofing panels by the
linear foot, which in layman's terms means one foot long by however
wide the net coverage their panel will cover. Here at Tri County Metals
for example, we manufacture the Ultra Rib panel which has a net coverage
of 3' wide. Therefore, one linear foot would be a total of 3 square
feet. Typically the narrower the panel you decide that you like, the cost
per square foot would be a little higher due to higher raw material cost.
The reason it is higher is because most metal roofing coils start out
at least 41" wide and in order to manufacture a standing seam panel
which uses a 20" wide coil, the 41" coil has to be slit down
to size. Here at Tri County Metals, the Ultra Rib profile is the least
expensive, followed by the PBR panel, the 5V panel, and then the TCM-LOK
standing seam panel.
Metal roofing is manufactured into many different thickness of metal or
gauges as we refer to them as. The gauge of the metal is referred by a
number. The higher the number, the thinner the gauge of metal. For example,
a 29 gauge panel is thinner than a 26 gauge panel. Here at Tri County
Metals, we offer 29 gauge, 26 gauge and 24 gauge. The thicker the metal
that your roofing panels in would affect the cost. For obvious reasons,
a 29 gauge roofing panel would cost less than a 26 gauge roofing panel.
Deciding on what gauge for your metal roof really comes down to personal
preference. The Florida Building code allows you to install 29 gauge roofing
panels on your house. A lot of people go with a 29 gauge roof to save
money, as much as 20 -25% can be saved on the panels alone. Although Florida
Building code allows 29 gauge roofing panels to be installed on your roof,
they do require a minimum of 26 gauge trim. A 26 gauge roofing panel is
a little more forgiving than a 29 gauge panel. Sometimes over tightening
the screws which I don't recommend doing can cause dimpling in the
metal a lot easier than 26 gauge.
There are really two parts to this one, especially if you are planning
on having somebody install the metal roof for you. There are several factors
that affect the roof difficulty. A roof that has several dormers, valleys,
and hips is going to require more measuring and cutting, then a roof that
all you have to do is screw the roofing sheets down. Most roofing contractors
refer to complex roofs as being "cut up". The more cutting,
means the more labor, which means a little more for your metal roof. Another
thing that makes a roof difficult is the pitch of it. The pitch of a roof
refers to how steep it is. The steeper the roof, the harder it is to walk
on, and in some cases roofing contractors have to install safety boards
so they can stand on them and perform their work. From a material standpoint,
the more difficult a roof is, the more trim and accessories you will need.
There are four main things you need when you install a metal roof; the
roofing panels, the trim, the screws and accessories. Most of the time
the trim and accessories go hand in hand. There are obviously some more
things that affect the cost of a metal roof but I just wanted to give
you an overview of the main items. I think you would be surprised to find
out how reasonable a metal roof really is compared to a shingle roof.
All metal roofing contractors that you call will come out and give you
a free estimate for a metal roof. If you don't feel like looking any
up, you can use the roofing contractor request form on our website and
we will have them contact you. If you are thinking about doing it yourself,
there is a helpful guide on how to measure your roof and then you can
submit the drawing via our free quote form or stop by and see us.