First you have to figure out how much money you’ll be looking at paying before you can figure out if it’s worthwhile. The largest chunk of this will be the material itself. You can choose a standing seam roof made from aluminum or Galvalume steel. These are the roofs which feature long, vertical panels of roofing that are connected to one another on the sides with a “standing” seam, or one that protrudes over the panels about an inch.
The other option is of course metal shingles, which can come in everything from copper to aluminum to G-90 galvanized steel. G-90 steel is made when a producer manufacturers a specific type of steel which is coated in a.90 ounce layer of zinc. The zinc provides more strength, durability and protection from the elements and overall weather conditions.
The costs of the materials and the installation can add up to be between $600 and $2,000 per square. A square is 100 square feet of roofing material, so of course your final cost will then be determined by how large of an area you’re working with.
Now you may be thinking that you can save yourself a ton of money and opt to do it yourself and just install everything on your own. While you will save a lot of money, you can experience a great deal of trouble and you may end up needing to hire somebody for repairs down the road. This is not a typical roof, where a weekend do it yourself job will get everything taken care of.
So is it all worthwhile? You have to consider all of the money that you will potentially be able to save down the road from making this kind of upgrade. For one thing, you’ll never have to worry about replacing your roof ever again. Metal roofs are typically guaranteed for 50 years and can last for quite a time longer than that as well. So one metal roof versus two or three typical roof installations over the lifetime of a home can actually be cheaper and will of course easier to deal with.
Therefore you actually get the opportunity to save a great deal of money. You’ll save through lowered energy bills, lowered insurance bills and less future home repair and construction. Of course, you’ll also raise the value of your home in the interim, which is always a great thing. Residential metal roofing prices can add up quickly, but they also provide more value than they eat up, making them a winning investment.