Cost & Benefits of Ribbed Metal Roofing: Pros & Cons

Ribbed metal roofing is in the same family as Corrugated metal roofing. It is made in a similar fashion (at a metal mill), attached to the roof in the same way, and installation costs are about the same.

The key difference is in the appearance. Ribbed metal can be mistaken for Standing Seam, which is on the upper echelon of metal roofing.

Cost

Based on the price of materials alone, Ribbed metal paneling is certainly in the same ball park as Corrugated metal paneling.

The pricing does depend a bit on who you are purchasing the materials from, but a price range of $1.00 to $3.00 per linear foot is what you’ll routinely find. — This assumes you are going with a coated steel (i.e. galvanized or Galvalume), stainless steel or aluminum product. Then add a minimum of $2.50 to $4.00 per sq. ft. for professional installation, and you’ll get a base rate of $4.00 to $7.00 per sq. ft. of ribbed metal paneling installed.

Note: Labor costs may be higher than $3 per sq. ft. Total cost ought to be below $7.00 to $9 per sq. ft. installed, which means the cost of warrantied labor could go as high as $4.00 to $6.00 per sq. ft., in some cases.

Why would installation costs ever be that much higher higher? Well location is part of it, along with complexity of your roof, slope, or pitch, of the roof, and amount of custom metal flashing required for the job.

If your existing roof is to be torn off and disposed of, that would be a separate line item cost. Same goes with possible repairs to the roof. The good news is that Ribbed metal roofing can be installed over the existing roof.

For an average sized roof (say 1,600 sq.ft.), the total installation cost is likely to fall within $5,500 to $9,000.

A very large roof, say 3,000 sq. ft. would then be double, right? Not necessarily. If it is a non-complex roof, it could be significantly less than double as the more product you order and the more work being provided to the contractor, the less of an overall charge per sq. ft. the project could result in.

ROI: With all metal roofing, the return (value to cost) on your investment will be excellent. It starts at around 86% and, again, depending on your location may be higher.

This means that if you were to spend say $10,000 for a ribbed metal roof and sell your home while the roof is still in great condition, you can plan to recoup $8,600 of that value just from this part of your home.

Residential homes along the east coast of the U.S. tend to fetch better than 86% ROI.

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Synthetic Shake and Shingle Pricing Guide

Synthetic shake and shingles are polymer-based material, or a combination of plastic and rubber. They are used on roofs where homeowners desire the classic look of wood or natural slate, with the added benefits from the synthetic blends.

Synthetic roofs are relatively new to the residential roofing market, first arriving in the early 1990’s. Their durability, environmental friendliness and affordability have all contributed to their rising success.

Cost

For an average 2,300 sq.ft., non-complex, single-story roof, it will cost between $5.50 and $8.50 per sq.ft. installed. This results in an average total price range of $12,500 to $19,500. If the existing roof needs to be torn off first, this can cost $2,250 to $3,500 more.

A complex roof with multiple angles, dormers, and valleys, or greater pitch would add to labor charges.

Cost of Materials

Composite shingles and fake composite slate cost virtually the same. Formation is done via a molding process to ensure it resembles wood or stone, as the case may be.

The material is fairly light at about 1.25 pounds per tile, so essentially all roof types can handle such installation. The tiles can easily be cut on-site with a utility knife and are attached as simply as using a nail gun.

An asphalt shingle roofer ought to have the skills to properly install synthetic shake and shingle roofing.

Breaking Down Costs Into Specific Examples

With any home improvement project being handled by qualified professionals, it is in your best interest to get more than one quote, or preferably between three and seven.

The quoted figures they give you will either be total installation charges (one price for everything) or they’ll ideally itemize each cost so you can better compare their rates to the competition. For the example below, we ballpark certain figures as particular items, like building permits and disposal fees vary by region.

Composite Shingle Roofing: 2,490 sq.ft. (23 roofing squares) = $13,100 (includes labor+material)
Tear Off Existing Roof: $2,500
Disposal fees: $900
Additional Materials: Flashing, fasteners, underlayment, etc. = $2,250
Building Permit: $350
Total Project Cost = $19,100

Factors That Contribute To Overall Cost

While material costs are roughly the same between composite shingles and fake slate, the material costs will be based on manufacturer and distributor pricing.

Normally, contractors buy product at wholesale through established distributors. There are a number of manufacturers in the marketplace, and the popular ones are:

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Liquid Roof Coating Cost, Plus Pros & Cons

Of all the material types for a roof, a liquid roof coating is perhaps the oddest. It has multiple values, several material options and is definitely worth a more in-depth look.

Understanding Liquid Roof Options

Before the mid 20th century, liquid roof existed, but in an entirely different way than today. It used to be bitumen (think mortar) mixed with fillers, such as sand, straw, and later felt paper.

The one caveat was that bitumen needed to be applied hot. Piping hot, so as to form a liquid that could spread evenly. — And dangerously hot, because at times fires would occur. That’s not good, but it was the norm, until around 1960.

Enter the age of synthetics that amount to plastic and rubber in liquid form being adhered to the roof:

From 1960 to present, there are a wide range of materials such as acrylics, EPDM, asphalt and polyester urethanes. The technical names and variations are numerous while liquid EPDM is arguably the most popular, though competition certainly exists.

A key difference is all these new age materials are applied cold, meaning there is zero need to heat them, in order to spread the material on the roof deck. They act as a membrane, which encapsulates the roof with a waterproof layer, and protects what’s underneath.

Liquid roofing is very popular with DIY roof protection for RV’s, along with commercial roofing for added protection on flat roofs. Yet, they work just as well for residential properties that have a flat or low sloping roof. If you are utterly unfamiliar with liquid roof coating, take a look at the application process below:

Cost and Value

A liquid roof coating is otherwise known as sealing or spraying on a roof over the existing low-slope roofing system.

For residential properties, it is likely the roof deck already has some former material on the home that has some known problem, i.e. is leaking or water is pooling up.

So, the cost question is what’s the price to seal the roof? And the answer is, it will vary. — It will depend on what the material is that’s being sealed (or whether it ought to be removed, or just cleaned), what the new material will be, the actual slope of the roof, and the experience along with guarantees the applicator is able to provide.

A fair ball park for a low-end application can be as low as $1,200 for liquid roof coating of an entire roof deck. Possibly as low as $500, and lower if going the DIY route, which for the inexperienced has its obvious drawbacks.

Handyman Application:

More than $1,000 would be extraordinary, but possible if there is more to the job than just adhering the liquid membrane on a flat roof with little to nothing penetrating from the roof. — Please note that the above prices reflect the cost of hiring a handyman to do the job.

Profession Installation:

If you decide to hire a professional roofing company that will pull the building permit for the job, do everything by the book and stand behind its work, then your cost will likely be a few thousand dollars to have a liquid roof coating professionally applied to a typical residential flat or low-slope roof.

Mid-Range and High-End Spray-on Liquid Roof Coating applications

Prices for a professional application of a liquid roof coating will likely be as follows:

  • The cost of applying a polyurethane foam coating can be as little as $3 per square foot.
  • The cost of acrylic coating will be between $5 to $6 per square foot.
  • Silicon is the agreed upon premier spray application, but the material costs can drive installation prices up to $9-$10 per square foot or more.

ROI Details:

With value, we are looking to communicate return on investment (ROI). In our advantages section below, we present the positive values that come from such a roofing application. ROI will depend on material chosen and quality of application.

In general, 10 years of quality sealing ought to be expected. Less than that would be poor application and amount to bad ROI.

Solar-Reflective Liquid Roof Coatings

Cost of Materials for DIY Enthusiasts

With an energy-efficient, liquid-roof coating, the entire roof can be coated with a reflective material, which can make your roof more energy efficient and longer-lasting.

There are many liquid roof products on the market averaging roughly $100 for a 4.75 gallon container. A typical container can be used to cover approximately 250 square feet of roofing surface.

If you would like to have your entire roof coated, you can buy a pallet containing sixteen 4.75 gallon containers of liquid roof product such as Henry Solar-Flex White Roof Coating for about a thousand dollars at Home Depot.

A typical job of professionally applying a liquid roof coating on low slope roof will likely cost a few thousand dollars for a typical residential project.

Is the cost of applying a reflective roof coating a good investment?

Yes, applying a reflective roof coating is an excellent investment.* If the installation costs for a reflective roof coating (which vary) are slightly higher in certain situations, the long-term benefits can easily offer an attractive return on the installation investment, by providing:

  • Longer roof life, better durability—coatings protect the roof substrate from destructive UV
  • Reduced maintenance costs over the life of the roof; and coatings can provide the added bonus of being a water-resistant barrier
  • Better budget management due to predictable life extension of the roof (the opportunity to re-coat the roof rather than replace it)
  • Reduced installation risks
  • Minimal disruption to the occupants, operations during application, construction process, saving money in areas other than the roofing materials and application itself
  • A more desirable and comfortable work environment inside the building
  • Opportunity for energy credits, tax savings, rebates

*Coatings are considered “restoration” and not a new roof system installation. Therefore they may usually be expensed in the fiscal year during which they are applied instead of amortizing the cost over the life of the roof (as in a new membrane installation). — This can be a significant tax benefit to some building owners. Check with your CPA or CFO to properly apply this information to your own roof situation.

Is a special contractor required to install a reflective roof coating?

An experienced roofing contractor should apply the reflective roof coating.

Although the coating may look like ordinary architectural coating, successful application and long-term performance requires proper preparation, repair of leaks or damaged areas, and ultimately proper selection of the correct primer and coating system.

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