Today, there are mainly two popular types of metal roofing for homes; metal shingles and standing seam.
Metal shingles form a four way inter-locking design and can last well over 30 years, providing reliable protection and energy savings for your home.
A metal shingle roof is a less expensive option than standing seam, because metal shingles are easier to manufacture, ship, store, and install.
A typical metal shingles roof may range in price from $15,000 to $25,000 for a steel shingles roof fully installed. This assumes a roof surface measuring 2,000 sq.ft. or 20 squares, ranging from $750 to $1,250 per square of metal shingles installed.
Note that the cost of aluminum shingles or shakes roof would normally be slightly higher than a similar system made of G-90 heavy gauge (GA 24) galvanized steel.
A copper shingles roof may range in price anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000 and more, depending on the size and complexity of your roof.
A similar roof would cost $20,000 to $30,000 for a 20 square standing seam roof.
Copper Standing Seam
It would cost $35,000 to $45,000 for a 20 square standing seam roof.
The pricing for zinc standing seam would be between $25,000 and $35,000 for a similar-sized roof.
This is one of the most common questions/issues being asked or faced by many homeowners dealing with a leaky roof or a roof that is starting to show some serious signs of age such as cracking, brittle, chipping and/or missing shingles.
With that being said, let’s put the guess work aside and hear what some of the top ranked roofing experts on our platform have to say in regards to the age old question; repair Vs. replace?
Case 1. A Leaky Asphalt (Composition) Shingles Roof:
If your house has an asphalt roof that is at least 10 years or older, and is either starting to leak, with ugly stains developing in the ceilings near the attic or top floor, or the shingles is showing serious signs of age with chipping and cracks visible to the naked eye, then chances are that your roof needs to be replaced and you should not waste any money trying to repair it!
But, if your roof is less than 10 years old and most shingles on the roof seem to be in good shape, with no visible cracks or major chipping in the shingles, then you may be able to get a few more years of service by properly repairing it, once the cause and location of the leak has been properly diagnosed and identified.
In today’s fractured world it is next to impossible to find one thing on which everyone agrees, but Eco-friendly home improvement choices are one of them. Green is good. Good for the planet. Good for our health. Good for the future. Green remodeling means energy efficiency, resource conservation, and a healthy indoor environment.
But some Eco-friendly home remodeling upgrades, whether DIY or done by a pro, make more sense than others. Cost is always an understandable concern. Many green choices will eventually pay for themselves many times over in long-term cost savings and increased resale value of your home. Others will never justify the increased upfront costs. Let’s investigate…
1. Green Flooring
Options abound in the selection of Eco-friendly flooring. Sustainable wood choices like bamboo (actually a grass) make attractive flooring substitutes to oak and maple. No one likes to cut down trees unnecessarily and wood flooring is also available from reclaimed wood that spent its previous life as barn siding or kitchen cabinets.
Compared to reclaimed wood, cork flooring is a significantly less-costly, albeit not as stylish, economical alternative. Expect to pay from $4.50 to $6.00 per square foot of cork flooring installed.
And while you are making over your flooring, do not overlook the plywood underlayment – choose plywood that employs soy-based adhesives rather than traditional urea-formaldehyde. Your home environment will immediately become healthier without the toxins that adhesive leaks into the interior air. A 3/4-inch thick sheet of 4 x 8-foot formaldehyde-free, soy-based assembled plywood will run about $50.
Don’t forget to go Eco-friendly outside as well as in. Composite decks formed from wood waste and recycled plastic will outlast pressure-treated wood, will never need staining and preserving, will clean easily, will not crack and will never leave a splinter in your toe.
The downside will be the upfront costs, but expect future buyers to look kindly on that long-lasting, maintenance-free outdoor space. A pressure-treated wood deck typically clocks in at around $15 per square foot, while decks fabricated from composite materials start in the neighborhood of $35 per square foot.
3. Cool Roofs
Dark roofs make houses hotter, light roofs make houses cooler. To achieve these benefits companies can coat your roof with reflective materials, some of which are applied like paint, sprayed directly on the surface of an existing roof. Of course, this is a one-season solution. Energy conservation wizards are currently working on tiles that will go from light to dark as needed – they can cut the sunlight absorbed into your house by 80% when they are white and slice heating costs by 20% and more when they turn black. You can find a cool roof coating formulated with acrylic polymers, resins, fillers and titanium dioxide pigments for about $100 for a 4.75 gallon container
If rather than applying it yourself, your would prefer to hire a professional, expect to pay anywhere from a few to several thousands of dollars to properly apply liquid roof coating. You should know that most liquid roof coatings are only suitable for durable membrane-based flat roofs and aging metal roofs.
PVC roof by: New England Metal Roof
If you have a flat or low-slope roof that is starting to show the signs of age and may thus require replacement soon, then consider installing one of the following membranes; white, energy-efficient PVC and TPO membranes, or white EPDM rubber roof. Expect to pay from $4.50 to $6.00 per foot for EPDM rubber membrane installed. PVC or TPO will cost $5.50 to $7.50 per square foot installed.