Guest User
5/4/2008
I have, thanks partly to this resource, learned a lot about standing seam roofs and I am ready to choose a contractor. The roof will be a standing seam, mechanically seamed. One estimate was $14,000 and uses Englert with a Kynar finish, 35 yr warranty. The second estimate is Metal Sales with a SMP finish, 45 yr warranty for $8,000. Both companies have lots of experience and excellent references. Both are 26 gauge. How do I decide (other than the obvious: price.)? Am I comparing apples to apples or apples to oranges?
Guest User
5/4/2008
Cindy, The Kynar finish is superior to a SMP finish. There should not be that much price difference. At most, maybe 20 cents a square foot. Most roofers running their own panels use a 24 gauge coil. There would be a lot of difference between a 24 gauge and a 26 gauge, but not as much as you are quoting. Also, 24 gauge is better than 26 gauge.
Guest User
5/4/2008
Thanks for your response. It seems that roofers I have spoken with here use 24 gauge for commercial applications and 26 for residential. I remain perplexed at the price difference myself and I think I need to directly interview the people who did the estimate on their figures. Can I ask them to break it down to materials vs labor so that it makes more sense to me?
Guest User
5/5/2008
Cindy, You probably cannot get it broken down that way and if you did you might faint at the labor cost. Standing seam is very labor intensive when installed correctly, so therefore there is a high labor cost. Ask for a per square price on their estimates and then a per square price on 24 gauge. I buy quite a bit from Metal Sales Manufacturing and I don't believe they offer much in the way of 24 gauge.
Guest User
5/5/2008
Thanks, that's good advise. I am also going to varify that both estimators looked at the same house. It has occurred to me that perhaps someone was at the wrong site!
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
5/6/2008
Are you certain the Metal Sales panel is mechanically seamed?
Guest User
5/7/2008
The description from the roofer is "New roof to be secured with cleats, which are nailed to the old surface and roll formed into the standing seam" The color chart says "26 gauge coil stock for standing seam metal roofing". Does that sound right?
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
5/10/2008
I think I understand what they're saying. Still not sure it is mechanically seamed though.
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