When evaluating the cost of metal roofing, there are some things to keep in mind. Although your material costs will be higher compared to asphalt, you may be able to benefit financially in other ways from installing metal roofing, particularly in some locations.
Evaluating the Cost of Metal Roofing
When you do the math, asphalt shingle will always be a bargain over metal roofing materials. From solely a price perspective, there's no contest. With a low-end cost of about $50.00 for 100 square feet for asphalt, that's half of what you'll pay for no frills metal roofing material. When you perform your price comparisons, the difference may be a bit of a shock depending on the type of metal roof you're contemplating.
Metal roofing does have advantages that can make it attractive, though. Where you may typically get a 20 to 25 year warranty on asphalt roofing, some metal roofing warranties will run twice that. That's 50 years without having to worry about the condition of your roof.
Of course, people don't usually stay in one residence for 50 years anymore. The average homeowner moves every seven years, so recuperating the cost of a metal roof would have to come, at least in part, from the increased value of the home with a better, long wearing roof in place. Frankly, that's unlikely. While this kind of a home improvement will add some value, you probably won't get all of your costs back.
Evaluating the Benefits of Metal Roofing
Let's take a look at some other things that might justify the cost of a metal roof:
- There are some long lasting and attractive options out there, like copper or coated steel and configurations that mimic wood shake or tile, but they can increase the cost of metal roofing as much as seven fold. Still, if you like a dimensional or tile look that's relatively easy to install and durable, it might be an option to explore.
- In some situations, metal roofing is a safer or more practical choice. Metal roofing is light, really light. Rafters or trusses have to support the weight of your roof, and metal roofing options can mimic other materials, like tile, which can get heavy. Before you rule out a tile look as an option, check out a metal solution that's lighter weight.
- Metal roofing is wind and impact resistant. If you've ever seen asphalt shingles littering the ground around your neighborhood after a storm, you'll recognize the advantage of having wind protection.
- Metal roofing is also fire retardant. In some areas, this alone makes it an excellent roofing alternative. With newer metal shake shingle type configurations, you can have the thick and natural look of wood shake in fire prone areas without the risk.
- Some metal roofing is now Energy Star compliant, which means that it will help save on your heating and air conditioning costs. A study conducted by the Florida Solar Energy Center concluded that you could save up to 20 percent on your energy bills with a metal roof instead of asphalt shingle. You can help pay for the cost of the roof in reduced energy bills, and be a greener consumer at the same time. If there aren't now, there may soon be incentives from your local power company to take this greener option seriously.
Metal roofing is a durable and attractive roofing option, but it's not the least expensive choice out there. Before you rule it out based on the initial costs alone, consider that a metal roof may increase the value of your home and save on your energy bills too.