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Steel Roofing Installation

Steel roofing is a durable roofing material for new metal roof installation. A steel roof is resistant to cracking, shrinking, and eroding. It is capable of protecting your home from the elements including snow, hail, and wildfires. In fact, in some states, installing a steel roofing system will earn you a discount on your insurance premiums because it’s superior to new asphalt roof shingle installations.

While the initial material and installation cost of a metal roof is higher than asphalt or other standard roofing material, the longevity is far superior. Steel metal roofs last two to three times longer than a typical non metal roof. Metal roofing is often worth the extra cost since it will increase the resale value of your home. Across the country, homeowners who invest in metal roofing can get an average ROI of 85.9%.

  • Steel Metal Roof Life Expectancy: 15 – 30 years.
  • 85.9% Return on Investment for Home’s Resale Value.
  • Energy Efficient.
  • Recyclable.
  • Very Durable.

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Steel Metal Roofing Costs

The average roofing installation price for a steel metal roof costs anywhere between $14,000 to $25,000 depending on the slope, pitch, and size of your roof. You can expect to pay $6 to $12  per square foot or $600 to $1,200 per square installed on a standard sized single story home. Use our roof installation costs calculator below to get an estimate of your roofing project.

Steel Roof Repair

At some point, long term exposure to the elements will deteriorate the protective finish on your steel roof and you’ll need to recoat. A simple recoat with a polymer coating (Kynar is the most popular) will restore your roof to like-new conditions. You can also repaint as your remodel your home or to accommodate your evolving taste. To wash, use simple soap and water–a hose or a pressure washer can be used, but avoid abrasive tools like wire brushes or steel wool that can scratch your roof. If you do scratch your roof, the scratched area can be wiped down with mineral spirits and touch up paint can be applied with a paintbrush. The long-life of your metal roof can be enhanced with proper maintenance. It may be a good idea to speak to a local steel roofing repair contractor to see what your options are for your roof or doing a new metal roof installation.

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Pros and Cons of Steel Roofs

Metal roofing materials installed in large steel metal roofing panels are more difficult in a roof replacement if damaged than individual metal shingles. Additionally, while the sounds of rain and wind are apart of the appeal of a metal roof for some homebuyers, if you prefer a quiet home, make sure that your attic is properly insulated (a good idea regardless). Also, fears of your steel roofing being more prone to lightning strikes are unfounded. While metal does conduct electricity, electricity is not drawn to it. In fact, because metal roofing is fire resistant, if your home is struck by lightening, your risk of fire is actually decreased, so your steel roof may keep you safe, too on top of all of its other benefits.

Steel Roofing vs Aluminium Roofing

Aluminium roofing is a premium roofing option and is slightly expensive compared to steel roofing. Irrespective of being lightweight (40 lbs./square), aluminium roof has higher strength-to-weight ratio and is resistant to rust. Steel roofing on other hand has higher weight (200 lbs./square) comparatively and is not resistant to rust so if you are living around coastal regions steel roofing would not be the right choice.

Another difference that can make homeowners prefer aluminium roofs over steel roofs can be because aluminium roofing can be recycled to up to 95% and has a lifespan of 50-60 years whereas steel roofs can be recycled to up to 35%  with lifespan of 40-50 years. You can choose the ideal option for your home based on region you live and your budget for your roofing project.

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