Price Difference: Metal Roofing vs. Asphalt Shingles

How Much Will a New Roof Cost Me?

Putting a new roof on your house is expensive.  No matter if you choose asphalt shingles or metal roofing, it’s going to be expensive and you’re right when you do your research.  Big purchases require big research.

How much will a new roof cost me

So if you’re wondering, “How much will a new roof cost me?” we are here to break it down for you.  There is one caveat though.  We can only offer a range.  Every roofline is different, every house is in a different location, and there’s a big discrepancy between products.

This blog is a guide to get you started in understanding the costs for a new roof.

How Much Does an Asphalt Roof Cost?

Roughly 80% of the homes around the country are topped with asphalt roofs.  They’re the lowest cost, they’re fairly durable, and they’re relatively easy to install.

Roofs are calculated by the square.  One square is a 10 foot by 10 foot section, or 100 square feet.  The cost to roof your house, for materials and labor, will run you between $300 and $500 per square.  Why the big range?  It’s primarily due to these factors.

how much will an asphalt roof costMaterials Used – A shingle isn’t just a shingle.  There are 20, 30, and 50-year shingles.  There are different colors, different brands, and different distributors.  Material costs can fluctuate.

Where you Live – A house that’s in town is easier to access, and thus easier to roof.  If you’re a little ways out of town, the cost may go up.  If you’re roofing a cabin in the Beartooth Mountains, there’s a lot of travel time and wear and tear on equipment across rough roads.

Complexity of the Roof – A simple house that has 2 flat roof sections is easy enough to tear off and replace.  Add in dormers, lots of peaks and valleys, and multiple pipes or vents sticking out the top, and there’s more material, skill, and time needed.

Skill of the Installer – A beginner roofer often charges less.  They’re still getting established, but more prone to mistakes.  A seasoned veteran may charge more, but the finished product looks a whole lot better.

So, how much will a new roof cost?  Many houses are 15 to 20 squares large, that means you’re looking at a price to shingle your home of about $4,500 to $10,000.

How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost?

Metal roofing is gaining popularity.  This product is much more durable, will last for decades, looks great, and has a bunch of cost saving benefits.  But it’s more expensive.

Here at Beartooth Metal Roofing, we do primarily standing seam roofs.  They’re more expensive that other types, but they look a lot better and they last longer.  Standing seam metal roofs costs vary just like a shingle roof, and they will run you between $800 and $1,400 per square.

That price discrepancy is based largely on the same factors as a shingle roof.

how much will a metal roof costMaterials Used – Metal comes in a big roll and is colored to your specifications.  A common color costs less than a highly customized one.  Thicker metal costs more than thinner metal.

Where you Live – Hauling materials costs money.  Crew drive time costs money.  Further travel means higher price.

Complexity of the Roof – Every peak and valley means that there are more cuts needed to ensure the panels fit exactly.  Even more than a shingled roof, where a mistake means tossing one shingle, a mistake on the metal roof means tossing a huge chunk of metal.

Skill of the Installer – Every line has to match exactly.  Someone without the right skills will take a long time to get it just right and you’re either left with a project taking months, or looking sloppy.  A highly skilled metal roofer will be able to move faster and create the product you want.

How much will a metal roof cost?  On an average sized house, you are looking at between $12,000 and $28,000.

Beartooth Metal Roofing Provides Superior Roofs to Billings, Montana

A metal roof is more expensive than an asphalt roof.  But it’s also a far better product that looks better, lasts longer, and raises the value of your home.  In the end, you actually save money with a metal roof.

Are you ready to get a work of art on top of your home?  One that will likely outlast you?  Then give us a call at 406-839-0084 to get a quote today.