2x the Cost of Asphalt: Are Metal Roofs Really a Good Value?
There is no shortage of options when it comes to choosing roofing materials. If you’re trying to decide which materials to invest in for your roof, it’s important to consider several factors, including price, lifetime, and aesthetic. To learn more about different shingle types, check out our Ultimate Guide to Roofing Shingles. In this article, we’ll be discussing some of the differences between metal roofs and asphalt shingles and why a metal roof costs two times more than an asphalt roof.
Price of a Metal Roof
The cost of roofing materials is a common concern for homeowners seeking a replacement roof. Depending on the material you choose, the price can vary vastly. For a metal roof, costs vary depending on the type of metal used, however, one thing is clear: metal roofing cost at least 2 times as much as asphalt roofing and often more.
Steel roofing tiles range in price from $3.50 a square foot for inexpensive steel to $14.00 a square foot for copper. And that’s just the material cost. Adding labor doubles the cost of many of the tiles. If your roof requires cuts for a sunroof or chimney, dormers, sidewalls, or cut up angles, then it will be more expensive than a plain slope roof as it will require more labor and specialty pieces.
In addition to the materials, a metal roof takes longer to install, increasing the cost of labor.
Asphalt shingles continue to be a popular choice with savvy homeowners because it remains inexpensive and is quickly installed by knowledgeable roofers.
Inexpensive metal roofs often attempt to mimic the look of stone or clay roofs without the added weight of those materials. More expensive roofs like those made from aluminum or copper clearly display their metal aesthetic with straight smooth lines, reflective surfaces, and distinctive colors. There are plenty of metal styles to choose from as well as paint colors to embellish with. Similarly, asphalt shingles come in a variety of styles and colors to help homeowners express their vision.
Rain hitting a metal roof has a distinctive sound. If you are sensitive to particular noises or are disturbed by hearing the rain or hail hit your roof, a metal roof may not be the best choice. Insulation may dampen some of the noise, but installation will cost extra and will not guarantee that it will be enough to dampen the noise.
Asphalt shingles installed with Owens Corning Total Roofing System do not suffer from the same noise issue.
Maintenance: Increased Metal Roof Costs
Metal roofs are advertised as lasting up to 50 years, however, some of the components used to fasten or decorate the roof will not last that long. That means there will be a need to hire a professional to replace old fasteners and warped panels. In addition, for painted metal roofs, expect to have the roof repainted and resealed. Because these are not DIY projects due to the size of the roofing panels and the availability of materials, it will be necessary to hire a professional. Depending on how long it takes to repair or replace components, this can add significant cost to the price of the roof.
At Westchase Roofing, we exclusively carry Owens Corning asphalt shingles and are proudly designated an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. We believe that asphalt shingles are a great investment for Tampa homes. Not only are they affordable, but they look great, too. If you’d like to learn more about the Owens Corning total roofing system and how it can protect your home, call today to schedule a quote.