Are metal roofs really expensive?

Not only do metal panels themselves cost more than asphalt shingles, but a metal roof also requires more skill and labor to install. In fact, you can expect the cost of a metal roof to be more than double or triple the cost of an asphalt tile roof.

Are metal roofs really expensive?

Not only do metal panels themselves cost more than asphalt shingles, but a metal roof also requires more skill and labor to install. In fact, you can expect the cost of a metal roof to be more than double or triple the cost of an asphalt tile roof. Corrugated metal panels (such as our ABM panel) often cost up to 20% less per square than asphalt shingles. However, before you get too excited, remember that a metal roof requires more accessories such as screws, flashings, and ridge caps.

With the included fixtures, a metal roof can cost about the same as a tile roof in an average home, or within a few hundred dollars. And considering that our premium and standard metal panels come with 40-year paint warranties (with many metal roofs even lasting 100+ years with proper maintenance), the savings over time makes metal a smarter choice. Metal roofing can also lower your rates insurance and save you money because of their fire resistance, especially in states like Texas and California that are vulnerable to wildfires. Most estimates are produced between 40 and 70 years, but as materials continue to improve, the lifespan of newer metal roofs is expected to increase, not decrease.

Corrugated steel roofing panels are thin and lightweight, which means they can be installed over an existing roof. In addition, while metal roofs can dent, it usually takes a little pressure to do so. However, there are several valid reasons to make this change, including the increased durability and value of metal roofs. If it's a simple roof with few or no valleys, metal panels can be significantly cheaper and faster to install than asphalt shingles (including labor).

Metal roofs have a contemporary style, extensive warranties (30 to 50 years) and are very durable even in extreme elements such as heavy snow, hail and even fire. You should always consult at least with a professional, however, it is possible to maintain a metal roof without the help of one. In addition, many metal roofing companies require professional installation for the warranty to be valid and when it comes to a 50-year warranty, it's an important matter. Not to mention, a new metal roof could improve the exterior appeal of your home and increase its resale value.

Corrugated metals are also folded longitudinally in a repetitive spacing pattern and are generally attached to the underlying roof structure with nails or screws equipped with rubber washers to serve as gaskets at attachment points. This option is not ideal for coastal areas; while the roof repels water, snow, hail and other weather conditions, salt water blowing near the ocean will cause rusty metal to deteriorate quickly. Due to the weight and size of metal roofing panels, the installation of this material can be complicated, to say the least.

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