Metal Roofs Pay You Back in Three Ways
Energy efficiency and long term value are the primary reasons homeowners cite for having a metal roof installed over traditional asphalt shingles. Because metal roofs are cool and reflect heat, they reduce your home energy consumption. Metal roofing also has a much longer lifespan than shingle roofs (60+ year life span for metal roofs, 15-20 years for shingle roofs). Together, these benefits make the metal roof a higher valued long term investment for your home.
Unless you are very rich, odds are as a homeowner you must get a great return on investment for your dollar. The old saying goes: “only the very rich can afford to buy cheap,” in other words, only the very rich are able to lead lifestyles based on products that are disposable because they can afford to pay the cost to replace them time and again.
Here's How Metal Roofing Returns Your Investment:
WOW Factor: Increased Home Value
Industry research shows a new metal roof installation adds as much as 70% of installation cost to your home's value.
Maintenance + Replacement Free
Average metal roof lasts 60 years. Freeing you from the average shingle maintenance & replacement cost.
Eco Friendly + Energy Efficient
Metal Roofs are Energy Star rated saving you money on heating & cooling, plus the longevity makes metal roofs sustainable and eco-friendly.
"High-End" Designer Look + Increased Home Value
Industry research shows that a new, quality roof immediately adds about 70% of the roof’s total installation cost to the value of the home. The reason for this increase in home value is simple: houses with an ordinary looking roof or one that’s in need of replacement results in home buyers being willing to pay less and results in more haggling for the house because “the roof will need replacement, so we have to pay less so we can replace the roof.”
However, homes with a roof that is unique, new and is in a style the new buyer appreciates, the value will go up because they will desire the home more. Drive through a few neighborhoods where there are more “high value” houses, and you’ll see for yourself what we’re talking about.
Look at the roofs on those homes: they’re all unique from one another and are almost always using either wood shakes, metal roofing, tile, dimensional shingles or composite materials.
Another way to estimate the long term value of your roofing investment is to equate roughly 4-6% of your home’s value is added on.
Free Yourself From Roof Maintenance & Replacement
The average metal roof lasts 60 years before you need to consider significant repairs or replacement. A very well installed and maintained asphalt shingle roof will last you 20-25 years. That means that by the time your metal roof needs to be replaced, you have paid for at least 3 shingle roof replacements.
Let’s be honest: As much as we at Infinite know that our clients love working with us on a daily basis, we also know that 9 times out of 10, you don’t enjoy needing to get your roof repaired or replaced.
Looking at our historical records, roofing costs increase by nearly 40% every 15 years. Most of this is driven because of the increase in cost of labor to have a quality, long-lasting roof installed and the old one properly removed plus the continued increase in material costs from manufacturers.
A metal roof’s material price often costs about double compared to similar grade asphalt shingles, while slate roof materials can run nearly 5 times as much.
YES! Partial metal roofing is possible. Popular too.
Rising in popularity is the partial metal roof - called metal skirting or roof eyebrowing. Usually this is done on the home's face to add intrigue and interest to the overall design and feel of the home's exterior.
A metal skirting is usually when you opt to have a strip of metal roofing run across the front of the home - usually covering a porch or lower story in front of the door.
Eyebrowing - popular in copper, is when a portion of the roof is in metal over a window or eave to add interest and highlights.
$350 - $900 / Total Cost Per Square Average
- 20-25 Year Lifespan
- 10-15 Year Aesthetic Lifespan
$1100 - $1800 / Total Cost Per Square Average
- 50-75 Year Lifespan
- 30+ Year Aesthetic Lifespan
$1500 - $4000 / Total Cost Per Square Average
- 75+ Year Lifespan
- 75 Year Aesthetic Lifespan
Eco-Friendly Reason #1: Metal Roof Lifespan
When costing out a metal roof, the cost cannot be judged based on the material and installation cost alone, but rather considered over the roof’s lifespan. The average shingle roof will be replaced 2 ½ to three times before you need to start considering a replacement on metal.
Because you aren't replacing your roof as often as you would shingle roofing, you're saving on material manufacturing and resources.
Eco-Friendly Reason 2: Recycling
Metal roofing panels are made from recyclable metals from cars, cans and steels used in prior projects. Plus, after the lifespan of the roof has lived it's purpose the roof itself can be recycled, rather than dumped like asphalt. If you've ever seen a landfill, you probably haven't seen metal roofing panels there for a reason.
Eco-Friendly Reason 3: Energy Efficient
Metal roofs are often energy star certified and most homeowners qualify for an up to 10% of material cost tax credit (and we can help you with the qualifying paperwork).
The energy efficiency of the roofing systems comes from the special coating that deflects and protects your house from extreme weather conditions. As a result your home becomes insulated by keeping the home cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. The average energy bill savings is 35-40%.
Design Inspiration: Fun & Famous Metal Roofs
We didn't design, install or make these, but they sure are cool illustrations for what's possible using metal. We encourage you to search for more inspiration on Google.
Princeton University, New Jersey. Nassau Hall is the oldest building on campus and had it's first metal roofing system installed in 1802.
Frank Lloyd Wright Single
Single story home from Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America's most famous and signature architects.
Charles Ray Eames House
The iconic American designers from the mid century built their home to reflect their designs, and atop sits a steel roof deck.
Crystal Bridges Museam of American Art
Immensely beautiful building by Moshe Safdie, the copper roofing system works with the natural beauty of the Ozark mountains.
The "Flying Nun"
By Architect David McHenry, the St. Aloysius Church in Jackson, NJ takes its inspiration from the Old Testament being stored in a tent. Amazingly, it's all straight galvalume metal panels.
Private Residence, Burr Ridge
This home in Illinois is so beautiful, it actually became PAC-CLAD's (manufacturer of residential and commercial metal roof supplies) residential case study home.
YES! You can finance your new metal roof!
Our flexible finance plans aren't just for shingle roofs, your new metal roof whether it's a full metal roof replacement or partial metal skirting will qualify for our special financing plans.
About our plans: over 20 years of being in the construction business we've built up long-term relationships with both traditional lenders and alternative lenders around Albany, Saratoga Springs and Clifton Park. Because of these relationships, you're able to benefit directly with 100% guaranteed approval for any home improvement project.