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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Liquid EPDM Rubber Roof: Material and Installation Costs

Is your flat rubber roof leaking all the time? As frustrating as this is, you are not alone. It turns out that over 65% of rubber roof repairs are due to leaks!

One long-lasting and cost effective solution is to apply a liquid EPDM rubber roof coating. This can be done to either repair the existing leaks, or to prevent future ones and prolong the service life of your membrane.

We will discuss exactly what a liquid EPDM rubber roof is, how much it costs, and the benefits it can bring you.

What is a liquid EPDM Rubber Roof?

Liquid Rubber Roof

Similar to standard EPDM rubber, the liquid coating is a synthetic polymer made from combining ethylene,

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Pros & Cons Of A Real Slate Roof

Its no secret that the beauty and curb appeal of a natural slate roof far surpasses other types of materials. After all, this is why roofing manufacturers continue to develop technologies that can replicate the look of slate using composite and polymer materials, asphalt, as well as metal.

Today, its possible to install a synthetic slate roof for 50-65% less than the price of real slate stone, and it will actually look beautiful!

So many homeowners and architects wonder whether a real slate roof is worth the money, or a different material that simply looks like slate can work just as well?

To answer this question, lets take an in-depth look and the pros and cons of slate roofing.

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Architectural Shingles vs 3 Tab: Compare Prices, Pros & Cons

Many homeowners who want to replace their old roof debate between installing economical 3 tab shingles vs. more expensive architectural shingles.

On a 1,600 sq.ft. roof the average difference in the total price between the two types of shingles can be $800-1,100+ This is a lot of money, considering that replacing the roof of this size would cost about $5,000-6,000.

So lets explore why architectural roofing shingles cost so much more, and whether they are worth the extra spending.

In this guide:

1. Which asphalt shingles are better made?
2. Compare the cost of architectural vs 3 tab shingles
3.

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Roof Heat Cable Calculator – Estimate the Length and Cost of Heating Cables

If snow and ice accumulate on your roof, heating cables are an easy and effective to solution to eliminate 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. Central
W.S.
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