A Guide To Metal Roof Costs & Benefits

Great Northern Metal Co Metal Roof Cost

If you’re drawing up plans for a new building project, cost is likely one of your first considerations. You want to get the most out of the budget, so many of the most frequently asked questions we get are related to metal roof costs. The cost comes down to several factors, but it’s also important to remember that you want to choose a roofing option that will stand the test of time when you’re budgeting for a metal roof project.

How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost?

At Great Northern Metal Company, the average cost of a metal roof is currently around $6.00 per square foot of materials. Based on this number, you can calculate the potential cost of your roof by multiplying the size of the roof by the price per square foot of materials. Of course, this number does not factor in the cost of labor and installation, but it gives you a price range to work with when determining your project’s budget. Depending on the size of the roof and the architectural details, the price may need to be adjusted.

Factors to consider when estimating metal roof cost

  • Style of Panel – Some panel styles and thicknesses are more expensive than others, such as if you are choosing concealed fasteners vs exposed fasteners or box rib vs rugged rib. Chat with one of our technicians to check on the prices of different panel styles.
  • Color – Depending on your vision, metal roof panel color can impact the price of the project. From metallic to weathered to environmentally smart colors, there’s a wide range of colors to choose from to match your property.
  • Roof Size, Shape, & Pitch – The roof’s size, shape, and slope significantly impact the cost of your metal roof. For example, if your roof has a low slope, you may be limited in your panel choice and need to pick a more expensive panel to account for the pitch.
  • Architectural Details – If your property has unique features like a skylight, your price might give or take a bit. Chatting with a roofing contractor can help you get an accurate sizing estimate for your roof.

Want a free estimate for your metal roof? No problem! At Great Northern Metal Company, we offer free estimates so you get an accurate number for what your metal roofing project will cost. To sign up for an estimate fill out the form on our website. To get the most accurate estimate and to expedite the process, please provide us with a set of plans or hand drawings. Once you’ve filled out the form, we will reach out to you to begin the process of finding the right metal roof for the project.

Metal Roof vs Shingles Cost

“Is metal roofing cheaper than shingles?” is a common question we get. It depends on the type of shingles you choose, but asphalt three-tab shingles cost about $3.75 per square foot. However, you need to keep in mind that asphalt shingle roofs do not last as long as metal roofs. The average asphalt roof lasts for around 20 years, while a steel roof can last as long as 50 years before a replacement is needed. The longer lifespan of metal roofs helps bring more long-term value to your building than shingles. Bonus, metal roofs have additional benefits that shingle roofs do not, including energy efficiency, durability, and low maintenance. So, though the initial cost of a metal roof may be higher than asphalt shingles, metal roofs last 3-6 times longer than an asphalt roof. This saves significant money in the long run, increasing the return on investment.

Ready to Get Started on Your Metal Roof?

Connect with our team of metal roofing experts today. To get started with an estimate, fill out our estimate form; we’ll reach out to you once we get your name and number. Then, we will start a conversation with you to find out more about what you’re looking for, what type of building you’re working with, and together we can start finding the perfect metal roof for the project. Give us a call at (406) 624-0435.

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