Is It Cheaper to get a Metal Roof or Shingles?

installation-costsChoosing the right roof for your home can be a complicated process for homeowners. What option is best long-term? What are the up-front installation costs and how often should a roof be repaired? These are all important questions that should be answered, especially when deciding between a metal roof or more traditional shingles. What are the benefits and challenges of roofing?

Adding Value to Your Home

Contemporary homeowners who want energy efficiency, durability, and longevity choose metal roofing for a variety of reasons. Although upfront installation costs are more than traditional asphalt shingles, a metal roof will last half a century with the proper installation. On the other hand, asphalt roofing and shingles are susceptible to weathering and wear. Shingle roofs often have to be replaced every decade, more if a natural disaster strikes. Metal roofing returns the investment on your home, increasing the resale value by around five percent or more.

Versatility

Whether you want your home to have shingles, a standing seam roof, or another popular option, both shingles and metal roofs have versatility in overall style and design. Contemporary metal roofing technology imitates traditional finishes, meaning that you can install a metal roof that looks like tile, slate, shake, and shingles. They come in nearly every color and finish that you can imagine. Your home can have the energy efficiency and durability of metal roofing while fitting right in with other roofs in your neighborhood.

Energy Efficiency

There is no denying that energy efficiency is a prime concern for today’s homeowners. Energy efficiency not only helps the environment, it reduces your heating and cooling costs. A standing seam metal roof allows for solar panels without damage to the roof, unlike asphalt shingles. Metal roofs are very durable. The key is to have high-quality professional installation. The costs can be considerable if you live in expensive regions where labor costs are higher. However, it is important that your roof is installed properly to achieve the highest level of savings and longevity.

Safety

Finally, if you are in a region that is prone to severe weather like hurricanes, heavy snow, hail, or high winds, metal roofing is the safer option for your home. The metal withstands violent weather conditions while protecting you and your family.

Calculating Roof Replacement Cost

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Over time, most roofs will need to be replaced. Whether you opt for a metal roof or other roofing options, every homeowner needs to know the basics of replacing a roof. When determining the roof replacement cost of your home, it is important to consider several factors. Each factor places an important role in the end costs of construction.

Roof Size

A quality roof installed by a professional contractor will add value and security to your home, as well as basic curbside appeal. Homeowners planning to sell their homes in the near future often find that an upgraded roof is one of the first factors that potential buyers look at when purchasing a home.  While there are many factors determining the roof replacement cost, the biggest factor is the overall size of the roof. Pitch and accessibility also play a role, but roofers charge per square. Expect to pay thousands of dollars for any major roof replacement.

Materials

Some roofing types can be installed over an older roof. And sometimes a homeowner only needs to replace part of the roof or only one roof (the garage roof might not need immediate replacement, for example). Asphalt roofing is often considered the least expensive roofing option. Other affordable options include metal and tile roofs. Slate roofs can be considerably more expensive than metal or asphalt roofs.

Labor

Sometimes additional water damage is discovered during construction. This can add to the overall cost of the roof replacement because it adds to overall labor costs. Remember that labor is often one of the biggest costs of any construction project, especially if you have a large team working on your site. Be sure to speak with your contractor about how they handle additional damage and labor costs. Other factors that can add to the cost are chimneys and skylights. Speak with a seasoned professional about the costs of your upcoming roof replacement.

Metal Roofing Has Never Been So Affordable

The Hamilton Spectator Business Profile of London Eco-Roof Manufacturing Inc.

Lower prices for metal roofing are here to stay, thanks to London Eco-Roof Manufacturing Inc.

Joe Malec, president of the young firm, says it is a myth that metal roofing systems are only for the super-rich. He says lower prices are key at London Eco-Roof because everyone should be able to afford their own metal roof.

In the past, metal roofing has been viewed as a high-end product only for the few, but he says London Eco-Roof has changed that.

“Our mission is to provide the product to average-earning families,” he insists. “We want to provide the product to normal folks like you and I, and since the last article we have added significantly to our collection of very satisfied clients!”

The first thing prospective customers say to the firm’s sales managers is they are surprised by the economical price being offered.

Metal tile panels are a graceful and durable roofing material, suitable for most pitched roof applications. They combine the traditional look with the latest technology and can be used on residential and commercial buildings, and for replacing old roofs. The tile panels have several protective layers to ensure durability.

It is one of the most lightweight roofing materials available, which is an advantage because it does not require a heavy roof support structure.

One common misconception about metal roofs is that they are noisy inside the home. Tue to the underlying membrane, the double cross-strapping, and the many folds and curves in the metal; not to mention the existing decking, attic insulation and ceiling, they are in fact quieter, and our customers testify to this.

“Our roofs are more complicated to install and time-consuming, but far more durable, secure, and long-lasting,” Malec says. “Forty percent of our work is carpentry to ensure a solid structural base. I would not be surprised if our roof lasted one hundred years, and maybe after 50 years or so, you might paint or treat it to bring back to its original lustre.”

The product is designed to be a permanent roof, not a temporary cover. “Yes put it on once, and on average, it will last longer than we live,” says Malec.

When you invest in a metal roof, he says neighbours will be more aware of the care you take of your home and the importance of making it a more energy-efficient residence.

In most cases, the metal roof increases the resale value of your home by as much as 5 to 7%. The product also comes with a warranty that can be transferred to the new homeowner, which gives you and future owners peace of mind.

In addition, you are going to achieve more savings by applying metal roofing. You will reduce the heat generated through the roof from the sun’s UV rays being absorbed, thereby providing more livable space on your second floor. It means, in summer, your home is cooler by 3-4 degrees, requiring your air conditioner to run up to 25% less often.

Customers in the Greater Hamilton Area and across the province offer high prise for London Eco-Roof, as well. “Our satisfaction rate is approximately 97%,” he says. “There is a large portion of our customers who are ecstatic and they can’t say enough. They didn’t expect it would look so great! It is overwhelming how we change the way your home looks – and performs.”

If you are looking for metal roof, you owe it to yourself to give London Eco-Roof a call and find out how and why the product is more economical than you may have thought. For more details, call toll-free to 1.855.838.9393 or call Cliff the local (Hamilton) sales manager directly at 905.719.9520.

Hamilton Spectator Business ProfileYou can also go to our main web site: www.londonecoroof.com.

Price Comparison Calculator

We have introduced a new tool – calculator, allowing you to estimate the cost of metal roofing for your home and compare it with the cost of other type of roofing over 45 – 50 years.

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Note: These are rough estimates for materials and installation and not intended to be used for actual figures.