Metal Roof Cost Calculator

Metal Roof Cost Calculator

Now that you have the ground dimensions of your roof, it is time to estimate your roof pitch, also known as roof slope. It tells you how steep your roof is. The question many people will ask, is “How do I figure out the roof pitch from the ground?”. You can estimate a roof’s slope in several different ways; go to your local hardware store, and buy a pitch meter for estimating roof slope from the ground. Another way to do it is very simple; take a look at your roof, and ask yourself “Is it possible to walk on this roof with ease?”. If the answer is yes, then your roof pitch is low or walkable. Thus, you would select “low” in the roof pitch selection field. If it looks like you could kind of try to walk up the roof, but you would be taking chances, then your roof slope is medium. Finally, if walking on the roof seems dangerous or impossible, then your roof is steep and non-walkable.
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Metal Roof Cost Calculator

Now that we have figured the roof pitch, it is time to determine the type of the roof in question. – To do this, simply look at your roof and count the number of sides that it has: If your roof has only two sides connected by a straight ridge line, then it is a simple gable roof. It’s one of the most common and easiest to work on roof type in the US. Now, if our roof has four sides, then it is a hip roof. The hip roof is considered to be more complex, and will require more materials and time than a gable roof with the same ground dimensions. There is also an average of ten percent materials waste with most hip roof installations. A quick rule of thumb is that the more complex your roof is, the more material will be wasted during new roof installation. If your roof has a lot of sophisticated dormers, hips, slope changes, and valleys, then installation process becomes a very involved. It will take longer time to complete, which will increase our bottom line.
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Metal Roof Cost Calculator

One of the main reasons for the high cost of residential metal roofing is the high cost of labor required for professional installation. That’s right, installing a metal roof is a technically involved process requiring special skills, training, experience and equipment. Unlike conventional asphalt shingle roofing, the installation of a metal roof must be carried out in a very accurately-measured and precise manner. A metal roof is not simply nailed to the roof deck like its “ugly” cousin, asphalt shingles.
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Metal Roof Cost Calculator

3. Take a look at your roof, and ask yourself, “How complicated is my roof”? If it is a simple gable type roof, then your roof can be considered a simple one. But, if there are a few sky-lights, some dormers, or even a roof tower or two, then your roof is a complex one. Make an appropriate selection in the roof difficulty menu.
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Metal Roof Cost Calculator

James Mathison More than 1 year ago If the bid sounds too high, get more bids. don’t pay the high price to any roofer, and never pay a roofer before the job is done 100% JHM RAY BULLOCK More than 1 year ago Make sure you get a good warranty from a reputable company such as Ray Bullock Roofing in Hope Mills NC, jaleh shea More than 1 year ago Have not had any repair. Wanted information on a leaking roof. Leaking around flashing but case closed before any repair done or contacted by anyone. Don or Karen Allen More than 1 year ago We selected Penn-Ohio Roofing to replace our very large roof.  Dustin Galub gave us an estimate and a start date.  He managed to work us in early on a 3 day job and workers worked from 8 AM to 8 Pm to beat the approaching rain storm.  They did a very good job of cleanup and the roof and gutters look perfect.  I would use them again! Chris Johnson More than 1 year ago Why is there no information about the rubber roofing (TPO membrane)? That is what I am going to be using. Could someone find out about this and pass it along please. james smith More than 1 year ago metal roofs have much more knowledge needed to install then shingles. make sure if you choose a metal roof that you use someone who has done it many time before. its best if that is all they do. there is many different modifications they can do to the sheets and trims them self that will make it a adhesive free. witch means longer life. Timothy Barden More than 1 year ago many home owners are finding major benefits choosing metal roofing from modern improvements cost install and new home look Mary Lehan More than 1 year ago Many contractors in my city have HUGE mark-ups on roofs, 3 or 4 times what it should cost you, and super salesmen. Don’t use the contractors that do phone canvassing.
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Metal Roof Cost Calculator

Roof Estimates & CostEstimating the size of a roof is crucial in the next step of the roofing process: materials. If you get the measurements wrong, materials could cost you up to two to three times more because you buy too much or too little. Precision is crucial in this process to ensure you estimate the right amount on materials and accessories in the installation process. Be sure you double-check with the roofing professional on the measurements before moving forward in the roof installation process. Return to TopMetal Roofs vs. Asphalt ShinglesWhen you’re choosing what kind of material to install on your roof, two popular options recommended by roofing professionals are metal and asphalt shingles. These are very common in the United States, especially asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are seen on at least 70% of homes in the United States because they’re affordable, easy to install and don’t cost as much to repair as other materials. However, metal roofing is growing more popular because of its energy efficiency and cooling ability.
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Metal Roof Cost Calculator

Since your roof literally protects you from the outside elements, it’s no surprise that most roofing estimates exceed $6,000. But, like any other home element, there are ways to lower that average roofing cost while still ensuring you have a safe roof over your head. As you read through our roofing cost calculator, keep your current roof status in the back of your mind. At any time, if any of these issues sound familiar, be sure to connect with up to four roofing pros in your area.
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Metal Roof Cost Calculator

The roof type will not only affect your roofing cost, but your roofing timeline as well. As you can see above, there are six common roof types, all offering their own set of pros and cons. However, as you can imagine, the steeper the roof, the harder it is to install. After all, it’s easier to install anything on flat ground versus a pitched surface. Therefore, all else being equal, you can expect any pitched roof to cost more than a flat roof.
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Where you live will not only affect your roof estimate, but your type and pitch as well. If you live in an area that sees a lot of rain or snow, it’s highly recommended that you install a pitched roof. Pitched roofs react better to inclement weather. Pitched roofs are better in rain due to the drainage system. Flat roof drainage is not as effective as pitched roofs and without regular inspection, drains can become clogged, leading to damage and leaks. Furthermore, just like snow, poor drainage creates a larger strain on your roof. The larger the strain, the more likely a future repair will be needed. While the average roof repair cost is not overly expensive, I know $600 is a cost we all rather avoid.
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If your roof has a pitch over 2/12, it’s considered pitched (and not flat). Roof pitch is defined by rise over run. The run is the distance from the outside edge of a perimeter stud wall to the center of the house. The rise is the distance from the top of a stud wall to the peak of the roof. A roof’s pitch is determined by how much it rises for every foot it runs. To see what pitch you have, please check out our roofing calculator or refer to the image below.
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Hey Susan, Thanks! We try to keep the calculator up to date with what contractors charge and with fluctuations in material costs. We recently created a roof price index (RPI) which tracks US average roof costs, based on what our visitors calculate for their roof replacement. As far as ventilation, each roof is unique, but yea – mansards are hard to ventilate properly.
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It’s also important to take into account how you select your contractor. You need to make sure they have a license and insurance before you hire them, or else you could have some legal problems. Contractors’ prices will also vary by the scope of the work, the materials you choose for the roofing and whether you need to re-roof part or the whole of the roof. You might also pay more if the roof is harder to access or is steeper, which involves more prep and safety equipment.Return to TopRoof Calculations (area, pitch, slope)Every roof type is a shape: squares, rectangles, trapezoids and triangles. Below are some tips for making the calculations yourself, or you can use our roofing calculator.