When was the last time you heard someone muse about the soothing sound of rain falling on an asphalt roof? Probably never. That’s because no other material quite fits the relaxing experience the same as a tin roof. But acoustic quality isn’t the only benefit of tin roofing; this material is long-lasting, resistant to leaks, and visually versatile.
The reason tin roofing holds up so well is because the inner layer is a steel. This is heated and bonded together with an outer layer of tin coating, creating a nearly indestructible material. A professionally-installed tin roof can last you up to 40 years, which is up to twice as long as a typical asphalt roof. Another advantage of tin roofing is that the metal surface reflects the sun’s heat, keeping your home cooler in warm weather if your house is thoroughly insulated. Tin roofing is usually made from 30 to 60 percent recycled materials, and is recyclable—another benefit for the eco-conscious.
Homeowners who are thinking of installing a tin roof, either on a new construction or as a replacement, should carefully consider the advantages, disadvantages and—of course—the costs involved before undertaking such a large project.
Tin Roof Installation
Tin is one of several premium metal roofing materials, and the price reflects this. The costs will fluctuate depending on the area and complexity of your roof, as well as the type of materials you order. For example, certain coatings that enhance weather and rust resistance, energy efficiency, or aesthetic appeal may add to the cost. Due to these variances, there’s no hard-and-fast estimate for how much a tin roof will cost you per square foot. The most basic material option could be as low as $300 per roofing square (100 square feet), while a premium option may be as high as $1500 per roofing square.
Labor accounts for about a third of the cost when it comes to roofing. While it’s not a wild estimate to say the labor alone could cost you $4000, the rates in your area may lean more in your favor. Make sure to consult contractors near you to get more accurate quotes on the project. If you have a solid idea of your home’s square footage, the initial quote will be even more dependable. Installation should only be completed by an experienced roofing professional.
All elements included, the typical cost to install a tin roof on an average-sized home of (1200 square feet) ranges from $10,000 to $17,000. If you need to have your current roof removed and disposed of, take that into consideration as well.
Other Factors to Consider
- While 40 years is a safe estimate for how long your tin roof will stay in good shape, it could potentially last much longer if well-maintained. For the longest life possible, gently scrub your roof once or twice per year and keep it clear of debris. You’ll want to re-apply the protective coating every 5 to 7 years to make sure it stays looking sharp and resists the elements.
- If you’re worried about the noisiness of rain on a metal roof, adding insulation in the attic can prevent this issue. Since this will increase the energy efficiency of your home regardless of roof type, so you may want to look into this addition anyway.
- Rates fluctuate according to the season. If you have some flexibility as to the timing of your installation, you may want to check out fall and winter rates, as this is considered the “off-season” for roofing.
- An asphalt roof may easily be half the cost of your tin roof; but when you consider the fact that the life of a tin roof is decades longer and that it can add value to your home, it’s easy to see how the product is worth the premium price.
- If your roof needs a repair, don’t let it sit around and get worse, which could lead to worse damage. Thankfully, tin roofs are resilient and fairly easy to repair.
If you’re looking for the cheapest option, tin isn’t the material for you. But if you want a quality metal roof that’s eco-friendly, aesthetically pleasing, easy to repair, and resistant to the elements, a tin roof may be the perfect choice for your home.