Change is the law of nature, and this was something that was followed by my neighbor recently, when he made a lot of renovations to his house. Some home improvements that he implemented were simply eye-catching. One astounding addition was metal roofing, which imparted a completely different look to the house. The first thought that came to my mind was that he must have spent a handsome amount for it, but it was really surprising when I read his cost estimate and learned its long term benefits.
The strength of metals depends on its make up and micro-structure characteristics. Metals used to make roofs include stainless steel, copper, aluminum, and alloys of different metals.
Durability & Longevity
Metal roofs can withstand extreme weather conditions, and generally last for more than 50 years with negligible maintenance.
Attractive Looks & Light Weight
They are now available in a wide variety of styles, patterns, designs, and colors. For a homeowner, a metal roof is like an icing on the cake, which can dramatically define the first impression of a home. Metal is lightweight and is less than one-third the weight of asphalt/fiberglass shingles.
Ease of Installation
The speedy and easy installation of metal roofs is yet another attractive feature as wastage of time and energy to set them up is minimal.
Beneficial in Long Run & Less Maintenance
Metal roofs can last longer than the conventional ones, and are worth an investment, even if we consider the maintenance cost in the long run. The maintenance costs are almost negligible.
Now, as you have some in-depth knowledge of the product, let's proceed to the cost these roofs actually incur. The initial cost of installation of a metal roof is high. However, it is worth it due to the negligible cost over the years. There is little or no maintenance required due to the use of galvanized alloys such as reinforced steel, aluminum, etc., that are rust proof. There are a few factors that determine the price of any material, which include:
Many new metal roofing materials are available in the market. These materials are durable, fire resistant, and have better radiation reflection properties that are ideal for making a roof. These materials are generally alloys of steel, aluminum, copper, with other metals also used sometimes. Steel-based metal roofs can cost anywhere between US $100 to US $600 a square foot.
The cost per square foot can rise if the material used is coated steel or copper. Among the materials used for making metal roofs, copper is perhaps the costliest. Aluminum is the most widely used material for roofing, but the cost for installing steel or aluminum metal roofs is higher, because they require more coating material.
This is the most obvious contribution in cost. Larger the roof area, higher is the cost incurred. As the prices in this case are generally calculated on per square feet basis, the total money spent will be directly proportional to the square feet area of the metal roof installed. It will be a product of the per square feet cost of the metal, multiplied by the roof area.
The longevity and durability of the roofing material should be considered. It is a well established fact that copper, steel, and aluminum are the most durable materials. However, if using an alloy, then do ensure that the durability of the material from a metal roofing service provider.
According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, the popularity of metal roofs have increased tremendously. This clearly indicates that homeowners are becoming increasingly aware of the long-term benefits of these roofs.
Hope this brief insight on the cost of metal roofs and the factors on which they depend on, benefits you in a venture to renovate your house.