I'm getting bids for a new stone-coated steel roof, and I'm shocked at
the prices I've been quoted. Both the bids I've gotten are around
$15000 for a one-story house of about 1400 square feet. If anyone has
had a steel roof installed lately, particularly in southern California
(I'm in Orange County (Irvine)), I'd appreciate hearing what you paid.
Do roofing contractors sometimes give highball estimates, and require
you to bargain with them?
I have heard that the cost of steel like other commodities has gone
way up. The Chinese have become a major user of steel.
I had a Gerard roof put on about seven years go. Still looks like
new. Mostly paid for by an insurance company, after my heavy shake
got wiped out by hail. Denver area (hail belt), I got a 27% discount
on my homeowners. It will undoubtly last the life of the house.
Orange County is going to be high; that goes w/o saying...
What's the roof style, height, anything unusual like extra dormers or so
on...any all of those things are significant in pricing. What about
existing roofing, repair existing damage, etc., as well...
The way to get a better guesstimate for comparison rather than simply
total cost is what's the cost/square? Also, you could undoubtedly find
a retail price simply for the roofing itself as a starting point--it may
be more expensive than you think. On the other poster's note of steel
prices going up; it's true and all the other factors also apply--the
energy prices factor into the manufacturing and transportation on top of
the bulk material prices.
I priced a 32' x 14' patio cover, all steel by Fabral. Didn't take the
price. Went back three months later, and it was $300 more. Took it that
time. I'm almost finished with the project, working on it a few hours here
Why don't you locate the materials yourself and ask for a labor only price?
Please specify if the prices you are stating are turnkey, or labor only.
Do they have stone coated steel?
I don't think you can buy the material only from Gerard. And they
will be expensive:
Yes. But my comment was to agree that steel prices are increasing every
About 6 years ago I replaced my roof. Wife saw the ads for a steel roof and
she wanted to get a price. The salesman quoted $14000 for house only, no
garage. When I didn't bite, he said he'd give me a much better price if I
signed that night. He'd only tell me the price after I agreed. He left
quickly with my foot aiming towards his ass.
30 years shingles were $4200 including the garage. Besides, I'll never see
the end of the 50 year metal roof.
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