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My question is how much difference should there be in the cost of a imperial rib metal roof -vs- a standing seam on a house? I like the thought of all the screws being hidden, but I am not sure I can afford the cost difference.
Thanks, Norm Barrett
Norm, I am really sorry but we cannot answer questions about price on this website. If you contact some of our members directly, they might be able to help you.

Because this site is owned by a coalition of competing metal roofing manufacturers, it is against our antitrust guidelines to discuss price issues.
What is the point of these questions if they cannot be answered? Is it not unreasonable to find out a "ballpark" figure for a duraloc roof on a two-storey 2000 SQ-FT home (ie. $2000 vs. $5000 vs. $10000 vs. $15000 vs. $20000 vs. $30000 vs. $40000 vs. $50000)???

I understand your question but you are correct, there is no point in these questions about cost. For many legal reasons, we cannot answer cost questions in a public forum. Contacting the manufacturer direct should get you the answers you need though.

While I have doubts that there are legal reasons, rather than PR concerns, for evading cost questions, perhaps you could answer one that has puzzled me for some time. Steel roofing material seems to be two to three times higher than fiberglass shingles per square foot. The idea that cold rolled steel would cost more to manufacture than fiberglass shingles appears counterintuitive; that if anything steel roofing should be cheaper than conventional shingles. Can you comment on that?
Asphalt shingles are a disposable roof covering and metal can be lifetime. This comes at a cost.

1) Material required.Some metal products require 1.5 sf of material to form into roofing that covers 1 sf. Then there are others such as low profile vertical rib that only require 1.125 sf of material to make 1 sf. Each product is designed to meet certain needs be it technical or aesthetic.
2) Some products require thicker or thinner material. In residential it can go as low as .012" or as high as .020", obviously effecting the cost.
3) Then one needs to look at the substrate. All steel used is metalic coated. The minimum recommended by the industry is a G90 weight for Galvanized or a AZ50 Galvaume for painted products and AZ 55 for uncoated. One can go to a big box store and buy a utility panel that may only have G60 or G40 weight coating, which means once the paint is gone there is little left to protect the steel core.
4) Then there are finishes. The Industry recommends a minimum of an SMP or PVDF for painted systems or granular coated systems. Their coatings and process clean the steel, add rust inhibitors and provide quality coatings. All add certain costs. The best Quality Paint system over the lowest quality can mean double the differance.

You are deciding on buying a permenant roof system, do it once and do it right. Metal can be engineered and tested for wind loads, earthquake, hail, fire etc and most products carry extensive testing.

Last but not least is the fact that the asphalt shingle industry has built a low margin distribution chain and their plants run either wide open or off. They have the ability to run heavy for 9-10 months a year and then cut a couple back. Metal does not enjoy this volume and supply chain as yet and nor are we destined to be acommodity disposable roofing.
What is the cost of a shingle roof verses a metal roof for a 1500 sq. ft., just a bisc idea?
For the least expensive metal roofs, usually twice as much. When you get into the better roofs it can cost 3 or 4 times as much. Also, a lot of the pricing has to do with the structure such as roof pitches and how cut up it is, i.e. dormers valleys, hips and so on.
Another thing that affects this is the type of shingle you are comparing the metal to.

Three dimensional shingles are often much more expensive than three-tab shingles, sometimes rivaling the cost of a metal roof.
If you can't get pricing per sq ft that means it costs what you are willing to pay for it. I never buy from companies that are secretive. Because you never know what kind of deal you are getting.
easily three times but well worth IT. YOU WILL NEVER PUT ANOTHER ROOF ON THAT HOUSE!
do you cover mobile homes
Ours is a trade association of member suppliers manufacturers and contractors. Most of our members would not be involved with the mobile home side of things. Sorry.
That's crap.
I owned a roofing company for 25 years and the cost of metal is around $100 a square as apposed to between $45 and $75 for a 30-40 year shingle. That leaves $400 per square for labor which is less time consuming than shingle application and doesn't require a nearly perfect deck. Application of shingle should cost around the same as the cost of the materials as should application of metal.
The idea that the roof lasts a lifetime is spurious in that why should the homeowner make someone rich because ''THEY'' were smart enough to put on metal.
A contractor does not deserve more per hour for less work just because he won't get return work on the same house.
Obviously "Polyglot" has never installed a metal roof.

Metal roofing is far more complex and costly to manufacture and install than shingle tab roofing.


On top of that, shingle roofing is comprised of virgin asphalt products, much of which is imported from south America.

It is almost impossible to dispose of when it lifespan has been reached (usually 10 to 15 years), less than 15% of it is recycled.

Metal roofing on the other hand (steel in particular) is generally made from domestically produced steel, with a recycled content of at least 20%, in some cases much higher.

Steel (there is also zinc, copper and aluminum) roofing materials are considerably more resistant to storm and environmental damage, has a lifespan far in excess of any asphalt or composite shingle product on the market (the oldest metal roof in the US has been in service since the 1700s) and, if it become necessary to replace, is 100% recyclable.

In addition, the paint formulations used on metal roofing products today are designed to meet EPA standards for heat emissivity and light reflectivity, leading to lower cooling costs and less "heat island" effect.

To read about the "heat island" go to the EPA's website: http://www.epa.gov/heatisland/mitigation/coolroofs.htm

In addition, power generating systems (Photovoltaic or Solar) can be easily mounted to standing seam metal with zero penetrations. try that with a shingle sometime.

In our modern society, metal roofing is by far the more environmentally responsible product to install on your home.

And even though the up-front cost is higher, in the long run, metal roofing is much less expensive.
when do you have time to do any roofing? You,re always on the computer.
Tood and Dave I for one appreciate your expertise on metal roofing. I am looking at a home that is in short sale and other than the roof it is beautiful. My realtor told us about metal roofing and I am interested in the energy savings alone. How much does the metal roofing normally knock off your heat/air bill? Just curious 10% 30% 50%
There is no way to say that metal will deduct "X" in terms of energy savings without knowing more about the roof, climate, construction of the home, insulation, and surrounding trees/shading.

On some homes, a well engineered metal roof with some sort of thermal isolation could save a homeowner 40% on their utilities. Some homes, it could make zero difference and especially if not installed by someone who understands residential energy efficiency.

Regardless of energy savings, there is a lack of replacement cost built into metal roofing that will save you money over any asphalt shingle.

Post up some pictures and details on the home and we can point you in the right direction.
I do
I installed composition shingles for many years and have installed metal for several. If you take time to get all the details right a metal roof in many cases can take longer to install than a comp. I will probably not check back on this post so say what you will, But I know what I am doing on both metal and comp. I have layed as many as 50 square of shingles in 1 day under perfect conditions and did a very nice job of it as well. I did have something to prove to another contractor and crew that was working on that job at the same time though.

Good day,

Do you care to take on one more roof? You said what I always believed. My common sense told me that it is less difficult to install a metal roof than an asphalt, for the reasons you stated. I have been trying to get a roofer since April. They either do not show, show and never to be heard from, or give some rediculous price.


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