Deciding between a metal or shingle based roof can be a difficult decision to make. After all, modern metal and shingle roofing systems offer numerous benefits. Yet, it all boils down to one important question; how much will it cost? Ultimately, you’ll have to choose a roofing material that is within your allotted budget.
Average Cost Of A Metal Roof
On average, the cost of a new metal roof can be three times as much as installing a shingle roofing system. Residential grade metal roof is well worth its hefty price tag. The cost of the materials and installation varies based upon the type of metal used, style, the profile of the metal and the company you hire to install it. Installing a metal roof system because it must be done in a highly precise manner. It requires specialized skills and equipment.
Cost of Metal Panels and Other Materials
Metal panels typically start at $6.50 per square ft or $650 per square. That price point can double depending on the style and the finish the surface is covered in. A steel metal roof can average between $275-$400 per 100 square foot. Corrugated steel or ribbed metal panel is the cheapest of them all. In fact, this type of metal roof is cheaper than a shingle roof costing between $3.50 to $7.00 per square foot.
Copper and zinc are considered to be premium metals. Therefore, they come with a hefty price tag. A copper or zinc metal panel will run you about $14 per square foot. Of course, these base costs can increase based on the number of panels your house requires and the density of the panels you select.
The cost of additional materials should be considered before you make the final decision. Unlike a shingle roof, metal roofing systems use screws and fasteners to stay in place. Premium screws which are threaded to hold the metal panels to the decking can cost up to $750 alone.
Cost of Installation
Installing a metal roof is very labor intensive. Such a project requires a competent roofer who has experience undertaking these types of projects. Most companies charge per square foot. In terms of the square you can expect to pay anywhere between $350 -$700 per square. In some instances, the price point can increase if you are using a more expensive metal material. The roofer will have to determine what type of screws and washers are the best fit for the metal material that you decide to use on your roof to hold it down so that you can have a quality installation.
And because metal roofs are known for being resistant to the harshest of weather conditions like cold climate, this type of material makes it much more expensive to install than a shingle roof. Plus, metal is the most energy efficient material available today because of its cooling properties.
How Much Does A Shingle Roof Cost?
Shingle roof systems are popular because they are one of the most affordable roofing options. In addition, it’s a durable and easy to install roofing solution. The average cost of installing a shingle roof costs between $2,000-$10,000 for the overall project. The national average is approximately $6,000. The cost of a shingle roof can vary based upon a number of factors.
Cost of Shingles
Materials account for a large portion of the cost to install a shingle roof. There are many different types of shingles and the price will vary based upon the product and the brand. The most common types of shingles include:
Asphalt shingle can be found on millions of home around the country. They are affordable and manufactured in organic and fiberglass materials which can affect pricing. Fiberglass asphalt shingles that are produced from fiberglass and organic shingles can run between $3,000 to $8,000 to install. Asphalt shingles have been manufactured to mimic many different looks including; slate, tile and in a variety of colors.
Cedarwood or any type of wood shingle will cost much more to install. Wood shingles require more preparation before the new shingles can be laid down. For every 100 square feet, a shake roof can cost between $500-$700. Slate and shingle installations can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 to install.
Homeowners will also have to determine whether they will invest in three tab or architectural shingles. Three tab shingles are thin and they are cheaper than architectural shingles. The average cost of a three-tab shingle is between $2300 -$5000 while architectural shingles range from $3800 -$8000. Architectural shingles are manufactured with more asphalt and they are waterproof making it a worthy contender.
Additional Roofing Considerations
Besides the costs of roofing materials and hiring a roofer to install them, there are additional factors, homeowners need to take into consideration. Along with the installation you’ll need to think about how much it will cost:
Permits and Local Fees
If you are undertaking a complete roof replacement then you’ll likely need to obtain a permit. In Huntsville, AL major repairs that exceed a $1,000 requires a building permit that is typically administered by the county’s Inspection Department.
Old Roof Removal or Disposal
Often a metal or shingle roof can be installed directly on top of an old roofing system. However, this depends on whether your current roof is in decent shape. If the old roof deck is in poor condition, or it has one or more layers of shingles than the old roofing materials will have to be removed prior to the install. If an old roof has problems, tearing it off can cost up to $5 per square foot. The total job can average between $1,000 to $1500. The price can increase based on the complexity of the workload. Having the removal and disposal of an old roof factored into the overall costs is helpful when gathering estimates.
Complexity or the Roof
It is also is essential for both roofing types to be well insulated and that makes up an additional cost. Believe it or not, the style of your home can impact how much the overall project costs. Replacing a roof on a townhouse is different from an installing a roof on a three-story home. In addition, roofs with a deeper pitcher are a great risk. Often, a roofer will charge slightly more money for taking on riskier projects.