How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost

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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 Thickness

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.

Roof Difficulty

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.

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