My wife and I need to install a new roof and are considering a metal roof
(steel). We were going to do it last fall but couldn't get our act
together then -- although we good some quotes.
Does anyone know how much (or if) metal roof costs have fallen since last
September or so. Steel prices were very high in the fall I think and may
have fallen a lot (something like 40%?). Has this effected the cost of
metal roofs in that time?
Related question. What fraction of a metal roof cost is
installation/labor versus material cost?
How does this relate to asphalt roof costs. Last fall costs seemed to be
running about double a good asphalt roof.
Although some box stores are selling metal roofing, the material cost
is still double or better vs. architectural quality shingles. Factor
in the extra modification needed for metal roofing and higher labor
costs per square and many areas will have a factor of around three
over conventional roofing. Regarding your related question, subtract
$140 /square (or whatever price point your area has) from a quote and
the difference is material cost, labor, contractor overhead, and
profit. You do the math.
I thought I wanted a metal roof, then found the prices to be what you
stated. My next thought was "If a metal roof costs 3x as much but is
only guaranteed 2x as long as asphalt roofs, where's the advantage? "
I stuck with asphalt shingles.
I bought a cabin five years ago. The roof needed work, but didn't start
leaking until two years ago. I had all the shingles scraped off, and a
metal roof installed. For about 1,000 sf, it was $3400. It was done with
Fabral custom components. When I went to reup my insurance, they gave a
hefty discount because metal doesn't burn like shingles. There are other
considerations to factor into your final decision other than cost. Resale
is one of them, too.
They may not burn but if you live in an area with snow they can bury you in
snow and ice when you slam the door and the whole roof empties on you or a
visiter..(think lawsuit)......With as much snow as we have had this year and
last most houses with metal roofs here in Maine look like igloos with all
the snow that is piled around them that has slid off the roof..A friend of
mine had to put an elbow on his pellet stove vent pipe and extend it up to
almost the eves and put a tee on top to keep rain/snow out of it...It looks
like a periscope now....LOL....Resale could be a problem as already
stated...Some don't like the look...Me included..JMHO...PITA to get on to
clean chimney ect. as well...
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