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Metal Roofing - Installation & Repair Costs

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Whether you enjoy hearing the sound of rain falling on the rooftop or simply want to give your home or office a casual flair, metal roofing can be an excellent choice. While it’s often thought of as being on farm houses and mobile homes, metal is also an excellent choice for nearly any building ranging from garages to shopping centres.

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What is Metal Roofing Made From?

Steel or aluminium are both generally used as roofing materials since they are both weather-resistant and rustproof. This type of roofing normally consists of sheets that are cut to precise dimensions and then attached to the rafters with metal screws. These sheets may be coated with a special substance to help further prevent water damage from occurring. Flashing is usually required around chimneys, and this is also made from either steel or aluminium.

What are the Advantages of Metal Roofing?

Some of the advantages homeowners enjoy include:

  • Versatility – they can come in a variety of colours but can also be painted in order to change up the look
  • Durability – the average metal roof lasts approximately 40 years
  • Fireproof – metal does not burn, making them ideal for areas where fire is a concern
  • Absorb sunlight – this helps homes stay warmer during the winter months
  • Lightweight – no special support structures required before placing them
  • Not subject to salt spray damage
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Disadvantages of Metal Roofing

They are not without their disadvantages, and a few of them include:

  • Can be more expensive than other types of roofs
  • Provide less insulation against noise
  • Can make homes hotter during the summer
  • Can contract or expand whenever changes in temperature occur

Common Metal Roofing Applications

Although many people believe that metal is only truly practical for outbuildings, garages, and barns, this is simply not the case. In fact, more and more home and business owners are turning to this material due to its mix of affordability and durability. Today, you’ll find homes, restaurants, and even churches with gorgeous roofing in a variety of styles, colours, textures, and patterns. Some metal roofs very closely resemble the look of more traditional tiles and shingles, but they’re far less expensive and require less maintenance over time.

Metal Construction Association

The Metal Construction Association or MCA evaluates the different types of metal roofing. New consumers who are interested in obtaining a new roof should enquire as to whether the material has this group’s stamp of approval. A few of the factors that determine whether metal roofing is approved by this association include:

  1. Paint that is less likely to fade over time
  2. More resistance to sun and wind damage
  3. Less likely to rust

Beautiful, Classic Design

There’s nothing quite as rustic and relaxing as the sound of rain on a metal roof. What’s more, it provides a virtually maintenance-free way to enjoy beauty and style. Whether you choose steel or aluminium, you’ll find that it is available in various colours, shapes, and textures to suit your own personal sense of style. You can create a rustic look, go with a more industrial feel, or even make update an older home to make it appear more modern. It is an excellent choice when you want a look that is out of the ordinary, too.

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Material Costs

The cost of metal roofing materials are based upon several factors including:

  1. Whether steel or aluminium is chosen – price of aluminium is fairly stable but cost of steel fluctuates a great deal based upon current demand
  2. Gauge of steel – higher number means thinner product and is also less expensive
  3. Whether metal panels or shingles are used – panels tend to be less expensive since fewer cuts are required
  4. Amount of protective coating used on the material
  5. Type of paint used to colour the roofing material

Installation Costs

While the cost of materials plays a major part in the price of a roof, installation costs also play an important role. When receiving estimates for this work, many homeowners are surprised to learn there can be a wide range of prices for a metal roof. This is because several things play a part in the installation cost including:

  • Type and quality of material used
  • Slope or pitch of the roof
  • Amount of cutting required
  • Amount of overhang required
  • Whether rafters and eaves are evenly spaced
  • Whether old roofing materials need to be removed and/or disposed of first
  • Presence and location of chimneys or other openings

A Worthwhile Investment

When installing a new roof or replacing an existing one that is beyond repair, installing a metal rooftop makes perfect sense. This type of roofing is extremely attractive and will last for many years, provided that it has been correctly installed and that high quality materials have been used. The two most common options include steel and aluminium roofing, and these can be provided in a variety of different colours as well. If you would like to install it on your property, it is imperative that you spend as much as you can comfortably afford, as this will provide you with the most durable end results possible.

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Maintenance and Repair

When choosing a roof covering material, homeowners should take the time to learn about maintenance and repair. After all, these costs will add up over the lifetime of the roof, and it’s important to understand them to fully appreciate the investment required. Metal lasts longer than any other material under normal conditions, but it will need to be maintained and protected to prevent corrosion, rust, and fading, depending on the paint. Repairs are often quite simple as it’s possible to simply remove one panel and replace it, but this can present some issues. For example, if your roof is very old, it may be difficult to find the exact panels to match. What’s more, when the panels are available, fading from the sun may make the new panel stand out when compared to the rest.

Your metal roof questions answered

This roofing can cost 2 to 3 times more than traditional roofing techniques, but most come with a 30-50 year warranty. Metal roofs are more durable, more weather resistant and longer lasting than asphalt, plastic or rubber roofs.

They can be as quiet as any other type of roofing if they are properly braced. By installing solid sheathing, metal roofs absorb the sound that is generated by rain, hail, or other weather.

When installed properly, a roof can last 40-60 years while still maintaining durability and appearance. It is possible that it could last even longer with regular maintenance and repair.

Surprisingly, a roof made of metal is actually dramatically lighter than the other commonly used roofing materials. It can be up to 50% lighter than asphalt shingles and up to 75% lighter than concrete tiles.

By routinely checking it for damage, and sealing or patching areas that have become worn or rusted. This should ideally be done at least twice a year, or more often if you live in an area that receives heavy rainfall.

In most cases, a metal roof will require little maintenance, with the exception of cleaning dirt and debris off of it at the start of each season. If your roof has been painted, you may need to re-paint it every few years to keep it looking good for as long as possible.

It is an excellent choice in wet climates because it allows for the quick melting of snow and ice. The best part is that this type of roof requires very little maintenance, so while you’ll spend a little more upfront on materials and installation, you’ll make up for this over the lifetime of your roof with minimal need for repairs.

They don't insulate as well as other types of material, so it may be in your best interest to add extra layers of insulation in your roof, ceiling, and rafters. Your roofing contractor should be able to help you decide how much insulation to add and which type of insulation will best suit your needs.

It’s very true that rain, hail, ice, sleet, and debris falling onto a metal roof is far more noticeable than other roofing materials. However, many homeowners appreciate the “rustic” sound and choose this material for that very reason. The pitter-patter of raindrops can be quite relaxing.

The Quote Process

This style of roof is usually very simple to install and repair and therefore, takes relatively little time. Homes that have the installed tend to require very little maintenance yet stand out from those around them. For this reason, homeowners who want a stunning look that will continue to grab attention for some time to come may want to consider this form of roof.

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Sample Requests

With such versatility and popularity it's no wonder we receive a lot of quote requests for metal roof installations, inspections and repairs. You're not alone if you need any work done either, take a look at some of the sample requests received recently!

Date Summary Request
14 Dec Box Profile Sheets 6 metre long x 9 metre wide. Looking for a price for the box profile metal sheets. They don't need to be powder coated. Thanks
14 Dec Roof Inspection I have a metal corrugated roof sloping over a garage. A leak has developed and would like it inspected and repaired
14 Dec Replacement Felt I have a metal garage roof which is leaking and the felt needs replacing. I am looking for someone to repair it soon while I am down there.
14 Dec Condensation Issue I had my concrete single garage re-roofed with metal sheets and in winter the whole roof drips condensation all over the contents soaking everything.
14 Dec Aluminium Roof We have an aluminium roof and guttering on our Community centre and the roof is leaking as is the guttering in places.
13 Dec Advice Needed My garage needs a new roof - a metal one I think but am open to expert advice.
13 Dec Quotes Needed How much will replacing the metal roofing on our stables cost? The original sheeting is old and starting to let water in so would like your best quotes.
13 Dec Cost Enquiry I have a mechanic shop on my property, and my building needs a new roof. Can you please offer me your best quote per metre for metal roofing.
13 Dec Replacement Roof We are considering replacing our metal roofing, as it has begun to rust and is starting to look unsightly. It has also started leaking in places. Would you be able to provide us with a quote so that we can see how much a replacement would cost, and if there are rust-free options?
13 Dec Workshop Roof The metal roof on my small work shed needs to be replaced as it is very old and beginning to have problems. All of my lawn equipment is kept in the shed. Please offer your best quote for a metal roof.
Garage Roof Our garage roof has started to leak and it looks like the metal roof might need replacing. We'd like your best quotes for the work. It's a basic structure so don't want to spend too much money.
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