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Which Metal Roof is the Right Choice for My Home?

November , 2022 | 13 min. read

By Joe Martinez

Black standing seam metal roof

Whether we like it or not, there will come a day when it's time to replace our roof. The question is whether you should replace it with shingles or choose to replace your existing roof with metal. Once relegated to high-end homes, metal roofs are now available to the masses. That’s because the cost and complexity of installing a metal roof have decreased significantly in the past few years. Today, fifteen percent of all roofing installations are metal. 

If you’re like most homeowners, then you’re probably wondering how much more of an investment a metal roof is than shingles. Typically it is about ⅔ of what an asphalt shingle would run you. If your shingle roof is $20,000 then a metal roof could run around $60,000 depending on which type of metal roof system you choose.

With all the different metal materials we understand that there is a lot of information out there and it can be overwhelming. Our family here at RoofCrafters wants to help you by sharing our 29 years of experience installing metal roofs on homes and businesses for all of our clients in the South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida markets. So, in this article, we are going to cover the 3 most popular types of metal roofing, the styles of metal roofing that are available, and the average cost for the 3 types and the different styles. Let's dive right in!

Which Metal Roof is Right for My Home?

 

 

When deciding which metal roofing to choose for your house consider these factors:

  • Budget 
  • Longevity
  • Durability
  • Wind resistance
  • Maintenance
  • Tree coverage
  • Energy efficiency
  • Desired curb appeal

Over the past 20 years, metal roofing has become one of the most desired roofs in the industry. Metal roofing was popular in the early 1900s. And even with its recent reemergence of popularity, you won’t find many houses in neighborhoods that have metal roofs. But why? We attribute this to the upfront costs of metal.

You can expect to pay two to three times more for a metal roof than you’d pay for asphalt shingles. In some cases, metal can even cost four or five times the cost of a standard shingle roof. The cost will vary depending on the metal type, the panel profile, and the installation method. To get a realistic idea of cost, you’ll need to understand the three factors to choose the roof type that’s right for you. Aluminum, steel, and galvalume are the 3 most popular types of metal roofing.

Aluminum Roofing

 

Aluminum is one of the most natural energy-efficient metal roof materials out there. It is highly reflective, fire-resistant, and non-corrosive. So, if you live on or near saltwater this would be a great choice for metal roofing material because it will not rust. Aluminum roofing comes in different thicknesses and typically for roofing we use a .032, .040, or .050 mil thickness. The higher the number the thicker the aluminum roofing. Thicknesses of .032 and .040 are the most popular on residential roofs.

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Aluminum comes in a mill finish or with a paint finish. Mill finish will provide you with a raw metal look and it will oxidize into a naturally beautiful raw metal finish. It comes in a wide variety of paint colors too. Most of the paint finishes come with a 40-year paint warranty with some manufacturers offering a 45-year paint finish warranty.

Steel Roofing

 

Steel roofing is the most popular material used for metal roofing. Steel roofing is galvanized steel that is hot-dipped or coated in a zinc coating. Steel is less costly and can be as effective and efficient as other metal roofing materials. The steel most commonly used for roofing is 24 gauge, 26 gauge, and 29 gauge. Don't be fooled, unlike aluminum, the lower the number the thicker the steel metal roofing.

metal roof house

Because steel is a corrosive metal, steel roofing requires a paint finish. Paint finish warranties range from 20 years to 45 years. Depending on the thickness, type of panel, and metal roofing manufacturer you choose. Steel roofing can be cost-effective. It offers a wider range of prices depending on which profile you want, the thickness of the metal, and the paint warranty. 

Galvalume Roofing

 

Galvalume is also a metal that has a steel core and is coated with aluminum to prevent corrosion. Galvalume is much like steel roofing and comes in the same thicknesses, 24 gauge, 26 gauge, or 29 gauge. It’s also available in all 4 of the different panel profiles.

standing seam metal roof with valleys

The main difference with galvalume, it only comes as a mill-finish metal. If you want a paint color you must go with an aluminum or steel roof. This makes it slightly less expensive and easier to install. The painted materials can get scratched during installation if it’s not handled carefully. It’s also a great option to use around or anywhere near saltwater.

The 3 Styles of Metal Roofing 

 

There are 3 styles of metal roofing you can choose from. These styles include:

  • Screw-down or exposed fastener in a multi-rib or 5-V crimp profile.
  • Shingle style, in slate, wood, or tile profiles.
  • Standing seam in a snap-lock or mechanical locking seam.

Screw-Down Metal Roof

 

screw down metal roof home with dormers

A screw-down metal roof or exposed fastener roofing was originally designed for agricultural use. Yes, if you're thinking barns, you’d be correct. A screw-down roof will give you the look and feel of a metal roof. But, the exposed fastener installation method requires fewer man hours and a skill set to install. This decreases labor costs. 

Metal Shingles

 

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Metal shingles are another popular option. They come in a variety of colors and styles. The styles are made to simulate other products such as real slate, real wood or Spanish, and flat tile roofing. They’ll provide a unique and one-of-a-kind look for your house.

Standing Seam Metal Roof

 

black metal standing seam roof

Standing seam metal is one of the most popular styles of roofing installed on a house. Unlike the screw-down roof system, there is little to no roof maintenance needed for a standing seam roof. Because you can expect longevity, durability, energy efficiency, and the highest wind protection, a standing seam roof is one of the best roofs. It may be the top roof investment available for any house.

Screw-down or exposed fastener metal roof average cost is between $16,500 and $31,700. Metal shingle roof average cost is between $25,000 and $40,500. Steel standing seam roof average cost is between $27,500 and $42,700. The aluminum standing seam roof average cost is between $32,800 and $51,300.

Screw-down or exposed fasteners can be expected to last 20 to 25 years. Standing seam or shingle profile in steel can be expected to last 40 to 50 years. Standing seam in galvalume can be expected to last 50+ years. Standing seam or shingle profile in an aluminum can be expected to last 50 to 75+ years

Metal comes in a variety of colors. You should easily be able to find a color to your liken. All painted metal will come with a manufacturer's paint warranty. These warranties are pre-determined by each of the manufacturers through research and studies. The expected lifespan above is based on the paint warranties and the type of metal used. These are lifespans we’ve seen over the past 30 years in the roofing industry. 

Which Metal Roof Should I Choose?

 

Now that you have a better understanding of metal roof cost, the expected lifespans of different metals, and the maintenance required you're ready to speak with a local metal roofing contractor. Looking to learn more or get an exact price for a metal roof? If you live in the Florida, Georgia, or South Carolina area, and you'd like to speak with one of our metal roofing estimators. You can schedule your inspection here.

Schedule an Inspection

Over the past 3 decades, our family at RoofCrafters Roofing has helped thousands of homeowners choose the right metal roof. We'd love to use our experience to help you pick and get the perfect metal roof for your house. You can click the button above to call and schedule your inspection.

We've also put together a hiring checklist for your convenience that'll help you when interviewing potential metal roof contractors in your area. The checklist also has some frequently asked questions along with the right answers so you'll know what to expect when meeting metal roofing contractors.

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Many of the clients we've installed metal roofs for came to us asking this same question.
 
We get it. A metal roof is a long-term investment and one you want to get right.
 
For nearly 3 decades our family at RoofCrafters Roofing has installed thousands of metal roofs for homeowners all over the southeast. We've done so be helping educate our clients so that they get a metal roof that not only fits their budget but also meets their expectations. Now we want to help you by sharing the same information.
 
 
Here's what you can expect to learn in this article:
you are like most property owners you are also wondering how much more of an investment is it than shingles. Typically it is about ⅔ of what an asphalt shingle would run you. If your shingle roof is $20,000 then a metal roof could run around $60,000 depending on which type of metal roof system you chooseWhether we like it or not, there will come a day when it's time to replace our roof. The question is whether you should replace it with shingles or choose to replace your existing roof with metal. Once relegated to high-end homes, metal roofs are now available to the masses. That’s because the cost and complexity of installing a metal roof have decreased significantly in the past few years. Today, fifteen percent of all roofing installations are metal.

If you’re like most homeowners, then you’re probably wondering how much more of an investment a metal roof is than shingles. Typically it is about ⅔ of what an asphalt shingle would run you. If your shingle roof is $20,000 then a metal roof could run around $60,000 depending on which type of metal roof system you choose.

With all the different metal materials we understand that there is a lot of information out there and it can be overwhelming. Our family here at RoofCrafters wants to help you by sharing our 29 years of experience installing metal roofs on homes and businesses for all of our clients in the South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida markets. So, in this article, we are going to cover the 3 most popular types of metal roofing, the styles of metal roofing that are available, and the average cost for the 3 types and the different styles. Let's dive right in!
What Metal Roof is Right for My Home?

When deciding which metal roofing to choose for your house consider these factors:

Budget
Longevity
Durability
Wind resistance
Maintenance
Tree coverage
Energy efficiency
Desired curb appeal

Over the past 20 years, metal roofing has become one of the most desired roofs in the industry. Metal roofing was popular in the early 1900s. And even with its recent reemergence of popularity, you won’t find many houses in neighborhoods that have metal roofs. But why? We attribute this to the upfront costs of metal.

You can expect to pay two to three times more for a metal roof than you’d pay for asphalt shingles. In some cases, metal can even cost four or five times the cost of a standard shingle roof. The cost will vary depending on the metal type, the panel profile, and the installation method. To get a realistic idea of cost, you’ll need to understand the three factors to choose the roof type that’s right for you. Aluminum, steel, and galvalume are the 3 most popular types of metal roofing.
Aluminum Roofing

Aluminum is one of the most natural energy-efficient metal roof materials out there. It is highly reflective, fire-resistant, and non-corrosive. So, if you live on or near saltwater this would be a great choice for metal roofing material because it will not rust. Aluminum roofing comes in different thicknesses and typically for roofing we use a .032, .040, or .050 mil thickness. The higher the number the thicker the aluminum roofing. Thicknesses of .032 and .040 are the most popular on residential roofs.

Aluminum comes in a mill finish or with a paint finish. Mill finish will provide you with a raw metal look and it will oxidize into a naturally beautiful raw metal finish. It comes in a wide variety of paint colors too. Most of the paint finishes come with a 40-year paint warranty with some manufacturers offering a 45-year paint finish warranty.

Steel Roofing


Steel roofing is the most popular material used for metal roofing. Steel roofing is galvanized steel that is hot-dipped or coated in a zinc coating. Steel is less costly and can be as effective and efficient as other metal roofing materials. The steel most commonly used for roofing is 24 gauge, 26 gauge, and 29 gauge. Don't be fooled, unlike aluminum, the lower the number the thicker the steel metal roofing.


Because steel is a corrosive metal, steel roofing requires a paint finish. Paint finish warranties range from 20 years to 45 years. Depending on the thickness, type of panel, and metal roofing manufacturer you choose. Steel roofing can be cost-effective. It offers a wider range of prices depending on which profile you want, the thickness of the metal, and the paint warranty.

Galvalume Roofing

Galvalume is also a metal that has a steel core and is coated with aluminum to prevent corrosion. Galvalume is much like steel roofing and comes in the same thicknesses, 24 gauge, 26 gauge, or 29 gauge. It’s also available in all 4 of the different panel profiles.

The main difference with galvalume, it only comes as a mill-finish metal. If you want a paint color you must go with an aluminum or steel roof. This makes it slightly less expensive and easier to install. The painted materials can get scratched during installation if it’s not handled carefully. It’s also a great option to use around or anywhere near saltwater.

The 3 Styles of Metal Roofing

There are 3 styles of metal roofing you can choose from. These styles include:

Screw-down or exposed fastener in a multi-rib or 5-V crimp profile.
Shingle style, in slate, wood, or tile profiles.
Standing seam in a snap-lock or mechanical locking seam.

Screw-Down Metal Roof

A screw-down metal roof or exposed fastener roofing was originally designed for agricultural use. Yes, if you're thinking barns, you’d be correct. A screw-down roof will give you the look and feel of a metal roof. But, the exposed fastener installation method requires fewer man hours and a skill set to install. This decreases labor costs.

Metal Shingles


Metal shingles are another popular option. They come in a variety of colors and styles. The styles are made to simulate other products such as real slate, real wood or Spanish, and flat tile roofing. They’ll provide a unique and one-of-a-kind look for your house.

Standing Seam Metal Roof


Standing seam metal is one of the most popular styles of roofing installed on a house. Unlike the screw-down roof system, there is little to no roof maintenance needed for a standing seam roof. Because you can expect longevity, durability, energy efficiency, and the highest wind protection, a standing seam roof is one of the best roofs. It may be the top roof investment available for any house.

Screw-down or exposed fastener metal roof average cost is between $16,500 and $31,700. Metal shingle roof average cost is between $25,000 and $40,500. Steel standing seam roof average cost is between $27,500 and $42,700. The aluminum standing seam roof average cost is between $32,800 and $51,300.

Screw-down or exposed fasteners can be expected to last 20 to 25 years. Standing seam or shingle profile in steel can be expected to last 40 to 50 years. Standing seam in galvalume can be expected to last 50+ years. Standing seam or shingle profile in an aluminum can be expected to last 50 to 75+ years

Metal comes in a variety of colors. You should easily be able to find a color to your liken. All painted metal will come with a manufacturer's paint warranty. These warranties are pre-determined by each of the manufacturers through research and studies. The expected lifespan above is based on the paint warranties and the type of metal used. These are lifespans we’ve seen over the past 30 years in the roofing industry.


Which Metal Roof Should I Choose?


Now that you have a better understanding of metal roof cost, the expected lifespans of different metals, and the maintenance required you're ready to speak with a local metal roofing contractor. Looking to learn more or get an exact price for a metal roof? If you live in the Florida, Georgia, or South Carolina area, and you'd like to speak with one of our metal roofing estimators. You can schedule your inspection here.

Over the past 3 decades, our family at RoofCrafters Roofing has helped thousands of homeowners choose the right metal roof. We'd love to use our experience to help you pick and get the perfect metal roof for your house. You can click the button below to call and schedule your inspection.

Look, we know we're not a good fit for every homeowner. And we don't service all areas either. That's why we've also put together a hiring checklist that'll help you when interviewing potential metal roof contractors in your area. The checklist also has some frequently asked questions along with the right answers so you'll know what to expect when meeting metal roofing contractors.

Joe Martinez

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