Standing seam metal roofs have several advantages over other kinds of roofing. They are energy efficient and environmentally safe, which makes them a popular option for sustainable / green roof retrofit and new construction projects. Standing Seam Metal Roofs done right can last well over fifty years with little to no maintenance. Additionally, they are resistant to storm winds, hail and fire. Most metal roofing manufacturers offer systems rated for up to 110mph wind uplift. Because of these advantages, the higher cost of metal roofing materials, and a technically involved, standing seam metal roof’s initial costs are usually quite a bit higher compared to asphalt roofing shingles.
The price for a standing seam metal roofing materials and labor may vary from supplier to supplier. The price per square foot also depends on the total square footage of materials needed for the project. For a small order of standing seam panels for a porch roof you may pay as much as a $1000.00 for 100 sq feet of materials. But, for a larger order such as an entire roof, your materials may only cost you $400.00 per square.
The cost of labor for a standing seam metal roof will generally be quite high due to special skills and tools required to install it. You may expect to pay anywhere from $1000.00 to $1500.00 per 100 sq. feet for materials plus labor, for an average roof.
Getting a cash discount on materials from a metal roofing distributor/supplier
Some may Many roofing supply companies offer discounts on purchases that are paid in cash. While it is true that using credit cards is more convenient for customers, it is more of an inconvenience for the store. They will be required to pay a huge amount of service fees if the customer uses credit cards to pay for the standing seam metal roofing. If you make it clear that you can pay for the purchase with cash, then the store might be more willing to give you a discount.
Standing Seam Metal Roofing Installation – Do It yourself tips
If you have the time and skills necessary to install standing seam metal roofing on your small garage or shed, then you can save a lot of money by doing installation by yourself or with a friend. If you do not have the ability nor experience, it is best to leave this job to the professionals. There is a high chance of you making multiple mistakes, especially if you have zero experience with roofing. Not to mention that the whole process can be very dangerous.
If you choose to hire a contractor, make sure that you are involved in choosing your the materials for your new. Find out if they would be comfortable with you shopping around online to find the best deals and prices on the supplies and materials that will be needed for the project.
Learn About Warranties
Before purchasing anything from the store and availing the services of any contractor, you should first ask about the warranties that come along with the standing seam metal roofing and other products, and the contractor’s services. If a certain option seems to be a little too expensive, weigh it out with its warranty. It would not be a bad idea to go for a more expensive contractor if a lifetime warranty is being offered on parts and labor. Although the upfront cost will be pretty high, you will eventually save money on maintenance fees, reduced cooling costs, and not having to re-roof again.