Author: Leo B

Metal Roof Buying Guide: Myths and Facts You Should Know

For decades, metal roofs have been associated with industrial buildings. Moreover, out in the country side, people would install tin roofs on sheds or barns. This created the undeserved rep that metal is a poor aesthetic choice for residential homes.

However, thanks to giant leaps in technology, you can find a wider range of metal roof colors, materials and styles that would be an excellent fit for your house.

Are metal roofs good?

While metal roofing offers many benefits unmatched by other materials, many homeowners still have a lot of incorrect information which prevents them from choosing this roof for their home.

Metal Roofing Alliance conducted a research study among 1,500 homeowners across US,

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2019 Flat Roof Guide: Installation Cost, Materials, Pros & Cons

A flat roof looks and performs very differently compared to a traditional sloped roof such as shingles, tiles, or metal. While its not designed to be a water shedding system, because it has a low pitch, flat roofing can still protect your home from leaks and severe weather. Today, there is a wide range of cutting edge flat roof systems that offer distinct pros and cons, longevity, and of course, price.

In this guide:

Flat roofing materials
Cost of installation
Materials prices
Installation options
Longevity
Durability
Importance of insulation
Maintenance and repair
Unique applications and benefits
Energy efficiency
Environmental impact

Types of flat roofs

Flat Roof over a Screened-in Porch

A classic flat roof is either almost completely level or has a very slight pitch of 3 in 12 inches or less.

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Cost of Gutters Calculator: Vinyl, Aluminum, Seamless Gutters and Downspouts

Accurately estimate the cost to install or replace gutters on your home or building.

Price quote includes all materials ( seamless aluminum gutters, downspouts, elbows, drain outlets, hangers and wall attachments) and labor.

How to use gutters prices calculator

1) Measure the length of your gutters (along the eaves of your roof), and plug in the number in the length field.

2) Count the number of downspouts (drain pipes) on your house/building, and enter the number in downspouts field.

3) Select gutter type:

how much are gutters?

5″ K is the most common type of gutters. It is used in 95% of all installations and works for all sloped roofing materials (shingles,

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2019 Metal Roof Cost Guide: Installation Prices, Style Options, Metal vs Asphalt

Many homeowners looking to replace their old shingle roof consider metal roofing to be the best alternative. While a metal roof is more expensive than asphalt shingles, it offers much better long term value when it comes to durability, protection against leaks, energy efficiency, and low maintenance costs.

Most people spend $8,960-12,240 to install a metal roof on a 1,600 sq.ft. ranch or cape style home. This is the equivalent of $560-765 per roof square.

Compared to other premium materials, such as slate stone or clay tile, metal roofing costs 35-60% less!

Learn about installation and material prices for: Standing Seam, Metal Shingles, Corrugated Steel Panels and Stone-Coated Steel Tiles.

In this guide:

Cost of materials
Professional installation charges
Types of metal roofs –

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Metal Roof Cost Calculator: Estimate Metal Roofing Prices

For many homeowners who are looking to install a metal roof on their house, cost is a huge factor. As of 2019, the average price to install metal roofing is $5.85 to $9.78 per square foot.

Calculate the cost of the most popular metal roofs: standing seam, corrugated R-panels, steel or aluminum shingles/shakes, stone coated steel, copper & zinc vertical panels.

Roof Size:

x ft.

Metal Roof Type:

Standing Seam
R-Panel / V5 Crimp
Steel Shingles
Aluminum Shingles
Stone-Coated Steel
Copper Roofing
Zinc Roofing

Roof Pitch:

3 (low slope)
5 (medium)
7 (medium)
9 (steep)
10 (steeper)
12 (very steep)

Job Complexity:

Simple roof
Medium difficulty
Very cut-up roof

Tear-off:

YES – 1 layer
YES – 2 layers
NO tear-off

Number of Floors:

1 Level
2 Levels
3 Levels

Skylights / Chimneys:
#

Ridge Vent Length:
ft.
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Flat Roof Repair: Causes of Leaks, Repair Costs & DIY Fixes

Is your flat roof leaking again? If your roof is relatively new, repairing any leaks or damages should be your first go-to solution.

An average flat roof repair costs around $400-600, which is significantly cheaper than the cost of full replacement.

Moreover, having a pro repair your flat roof can easily extend its service life by at least 3-5 years. However, in some cases, trying to fix a leaking roof membrane might be a futile effort and a complete waste of money.

Often leaks, water damage and other issues may be the result of faulty installation, poor maintenance, or old age of the roof itself.

We will go through the common flat roof problems and signs that warrant repair vs replacement,

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Roof Heat Cable Calculator – Estimate Length & Cost of Ice Dam Heating Cables

If snow and ice accumulate on your roof, heating cables are an easy and effective to solution to eliminate (melt) the ice dams before they cause major damage.

Use this calculator to estimate the cost and length of heat cables for your home, based on your roof length and overhang width.

Roof Length:

ft.

Valley Length (optional):

ft.

Overhang Width:

6″ – 12″
12″ – 18″
18″ – 24″
24″ – 30″
30″ – 36″
36″ – 42″
42″ – 48″

De-Ice Gutters:

No
Yes

Roof Type:

Asphalt Shingles
Metal
Rubber / Low Slope

Region (US Only):

National Avg.
New England
Mid Atlantic
South Atlantic
E.S.
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Metal Roofing Prices for Corrugated R Panel & 5 V Crimp Roofs

If you are looking for a durable metal roof that will not break your bank, corrugated metal panels are an increasingly popular option. R panel and 5V Crimp metal roofs cost as little as $4-6 per square foot, including all materials and professional labor.

The average price for corrugated steel roofing is at least 50% less than metal shingles or standing seam panels, which cost $7.65-12.59 per square foot.

Moreover, if you do all the work yourself, your total cost can be as little as $2 per square foot, because R Panels (5-Rib) and 5V Crimp metal roofs are $1.00 – $1.50 per square foot at Lowe’s and Home Depot.

Keep in mind that both chains sell these roofing panels only in select locations –

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Flat Roof Replacement Cost Calculator

On average, the price to install or replace a flat roof is $5-10 per square foot. A 1,600 sq.ft. flat roof costs $8,000 – 16,000.

Estimate installation prices for the following flat roof materials: 1. Single Ply Membranes (TPO, PVC, EPDM Rubber); 2. Modified Bitumen; 3. Rolled Roofing.

Roof Size:

x ft.

Curbs (Skylights / Chimneys / Hatches)

#

Parapets length:

ln. ft.

Insulation:

1/2″ Fiberboard
1″ ISO Board (6-R)
2″ PolyISO (12-R)
3″ PolyISO (18-R)
3.3″ PolyISO (20-R)

Roof Pitch:

Flat (0)
1/12 (4.5 degrees)
2/12 (9.5 degrees)
3/12 (14 degrees)

Old Roof Removal:

YES – 1 layer
YES – 2 layers
NO

Job Complexity:

Simple
Medium difficulty
Difficult

Roofing material:

EPDM (Black Rubber)
PVC Roof 50-mil
TPO Roof 45-mil
Tar & Gravel/BUR
Rolled Roofing
GAF Liberty / Flintlastic

Region (US Only):

National Average
New England
Mid Atlantic
South Atlantic
East South Central
West South Central
East North Central
West North Central
Mountain
Pacific

In recent years flat roofs have grown in popularity because of their distinctly modern look,
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IB Roof Systems Cost: Estimate Membrane & Installation Prices

There are many flat roofing options, but my personal favorite is IB Roof Systems. On average, IB PVC costs $6.50 – 8.0 per square foot installed, depending on thickness.

The roof is made from a sheet of single ply thermoplastic membrane, reinforced with polyester mesh (scrim). Once properly installed, it will not leak!

I’ve been installing this flat roof since 2005, and in 12 years not one leaked, except for a mechanical damage to the membrane.

Here, I will discuss the features of the IB PVC membrane, its installation costs, as well as pros and cons.

How Much Does IB Roofing Cost?

On average you can expect to spend around $9,750-12,000 on an IB PVC roof installed on a 1,500 sq.ft.

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