Key Factors to Consider When Evaluating Metal Roofing Cost
- On December 10, 2022
There are many benefits when it comes to choosing a metal roof. They’re durable, long-lasting, visually appealing, and resistant to fire and pest damage. While this may make metal an easy choice in terms of selecting your roofing material, you’ll still need to determine whether the cost will fit your budget.
Various factors contribute to the total cost of a metal roof, which means calculating the cost isn’t as easy as you may think. The following guide details the various factors you’ll need to consider to determine how much metal roofing will end up costing.
Factors That Determine the Cost of Metal Roof Installation
When it comes to the actual installation of the metal roofing itself, the following are the different costs that you’ll need to keep in mind:
- Roof Square Footage: The total square footage of your roof will be a big determining factor in the overall cost of installing a metal roof. The larger your roof, the more material will be needed, and the more labour will be required, both of which will add to the total cost.
- Waste Factor: Most contractors add up to 15 percent of the materials needed to provide a buffer to prevent running out of materials in the middle of a job. The waste factor accounts for material that’s not used, or that’s cut off around penetrations, flashing, and gable ends.
- Roofing Squares: A “roofing square” is a measurement that equals 100 square feet. This is the standard unit of measurement used by roofing contractors to calculate the amount of material needed and the labour required. The price of a metal roof will usually be given in terms of roofing squares.
- Roofing Materials: The roofing panels aren’t the only materials you’ll have to purchase. Materials such as decking, underlayment, vents, roofing nails, flashing, and trim must also be factored into the final cost.
- Roofing Design & Shape: The design and shape of your roof will affect how much it will cost to install. A more complex roof with multiple levels or valleys and features such as skylights or chimneys will be more difficult to work on and will cost more as a result.
- Condition of the Existing Roof: The condition of your existing roof will impact the cost of installing a new one. If your existing roof’s underlayment is in poor shape, you’ll have to repair or replace it before installing the new roof can be installed.
Cost Factors That Are Often Overlooked
The following are some of the other factors that contribute to the costs of roof installation that a lot of homeowners mistakenly overlook:
- Local Building Permits & Inspections: Depending on where you live, you may need to pay to obtain a permit from your local municipality before having any work done on your roof. You’ll also be required to pay for home inspections to be performed at various stages of the installation process.
- Roofing Contractor Rates: The rate varies from one contractor to another, and is usually based on the contractor’s overhead costs, the complexity of the job, and more.
- Material Disposal Fees: You’ll need to collect your old roofing materials and other waste, which will require a dumpster or container. You’ll need to pay for removing and disposing of all the waste on your property, or it may be included in the quote provided to you by the contractor.
- Ventilation: Proper ventilation is essential for any roof, but especially for a metal roof. Without proper ventilation, your roof will be more susceptible to condensation and moisture. As such, installing proper ventilation will add to the overall cost.
Why Choose Ironclad Roofing for Metal Roof Installation
Ironclad Roofing is a leading provider of metal roofing installation in Ontario. We have over 25 years of experience in the roofing industry, and our team of certified professionals is dedicated to providing the highest quality workmanship. We use only the best roofing products and practices to install a new roof that will last for years to come. Contact us online or call us at 905-752-4685 to request a free estimate today.