Metal roofs are beautiful, durable, energy-efficient and long-lasting. They can also be significantly more expensive than asphalt shingles — particularly when installing a standing seam metal roof. But because they can last 40-80 years and potentially lower energy costs, they can be worth the investment.
On average, replacing your roof with a metal roof will cost between $4,400 and $8,750. The actual cost you pay will depend on the roof’s size, the type of metal, the pitch of the roof and more. If the subroofing requires repair, the roofer will need to perform those repairs before overlaying the metal sheeting.
Where you live also has a significant effect on metal roof costs. To find out how much it will cost to install a metal roof on your house, get cost estimates from roofers near you.
A metal roof is one of the longest-lasting and lowest-maintenance roofing choices available. You can expect it to last between 40 and 80 years. The actual number will vary depending on the climate you live in, which has a dramatic impact on the condition of your roof. Your level of maintenance also affects the longevity of your roofing surface — keeping it clean and free of debris extends its lifetime. Read our guide on how to maintain your roof for more tips.
A standing seam metal roof is a durable, watertight roofing design that features long metal panels running from the ridge to the eave of your house. The metal panels have “seams” or ridges that run from top to bottom with a wide flat area between them.
If you’re interested in installing a standing seam metal roof, start requesting price estimates from local roofers.
Choose the color of your metal roof based on your house’s aesthetics and the overall look you want. The color of your siding, window shutters, windows, surrounding landscape and even the roof on your neighbor’s house may all affect your decision.
Metal roofs will hold their color for many years. Whether you choose a “natural” galvanized roof or go with a red, blue, green or other colors, it will give your house a unique look for years to come.
There are several reasons why it’s worth it to hire a professional roofer instead of attempting it yourself. The first is safety. Roofing is inherently dangerous, as a fall from a roof could seriously injure or kill you. Roofers have specialized equipment and training to help prevent accidents.
Next is experience. Roofers know how to spot problems (leaks, missing shingles, moss or mold growth, etc.) in your roof that could potentially save you from costly repairs down the road.
And finally, roofers save you time by getting the job done quickly and with a high degree of quality.
Generally, a roofer will likely not need to enter your home. The bulk of the work takes place on and around the edges of the roof, where roofing material meets either dormer walls or other structures. So, there is usually no need for person-to-person contact. However, there might be some cases where a roofer needs to enter your home, perhaps to inspect damage or access electrical outlets.
You can take care of any consultation calls using video chats, photos and emails, and payment should take place on virtual platforms. Put together a strategy with any local roofing professionals you contact.
What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a roofer during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Because social distancing is important during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s recommended that you message roofers after narrowing down your choices through an online search of local roofers near you.
Ask if the roofer is willing to conduct an assessment via video chat rather than a traditional site inspection. Additionally, strategize on what other steps you can collectively take to make sure you’re following guidelines on social distancing during this time, including conducting a virtual payment.
Digital payment platforms are common among roofers, roof repair companies and other services. The COVID-19 pandemic will likely cause more service providers to adopt platforms like PayPal, Zelle, Google Pay, Square Cash, Venmo and others instead of cash or check to decrease the risk of transmission.
You can typically find out whether roofers accept digital payments on their online profiles, and you should confirm this information with them during a consultation call.
To find out whether a roofer is an essential service provider during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by visiting your state or city’s government website. Local governments are providing up-to-date information for residents during this time.
A national guideline is available on CISA’s website, Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. This page addresses 16 different categories of essential infrastructure sectors, but note that not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.