Cost & Benefits of Ribbed Metal Roofing: R, 5V Crimp, 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 and 5V crimp metal panels roof can often be mistaken for standing seam, which is in the upper echelon of residential and architectural metal roofing options.

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Metal Roof Colors – How to Pick the Right Color for a New Metal Roof

The color of your metal roof should be something you like, a match for the home’s architecture and a good fit for the neighborhood or surrounding area. Local climate also plays an important role in choosing the right color for a metal roof.

Let’s take a closer look at the aesthetics and weather factors that guide the process of how to select the right color for a metal roof. Your options might get narrower as we walk through the choice factors, and that will make your decision easier.

Choose a Color you Like

Sure, this goes without saying, but it is worth exploring your color options. You will likely be surprised at how many different hues are available, from black to white to copper and slate tones, once you start browsing the colors available for architectural metal roofs like standing seam, metal shingles, shakes, and tiles.

Today’s quality metal roof finishes like Kynar 500/Hylar 5000 resin-based coatings for architectural metal roofs can last for decades (30 year warranties are typical for Kynar 500 PVDF and FSF resin-based coatings) before re-coating is required, so take your time in selecting the right color – you’re going to have to live with it for quite a while!

Firestone Una-Clad Metal Roof Colors

In addition to the common color spectrum, you’ll also find that metallic colors are available that closely resemble polished copper, copper with a patina, bronze, oiled bronze and more.

Firestone Una-Clad Premium Metal Roof Colors
via Firestone (PDF brochure)

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Top 10 Tankless Water Heaters: Costs, Plus Pros & Cons

If you are considering installing a tankless water heater, then undoubtedly one of the burning questions on your mind is how much will it cost and whether a tankless water heater makes sense for your home.


Our research shows the national average cost for installing a tankless water heater can range between $2,500 and $4,500, with most homeowners paying about $3,500​-$4,000 for a gas-powered whole house unit. For an electric water heater, the national average cost is closer to $2,800-$3,500.

The factors that determine the total cost are:

  • Cost of the tankless water heater itself
  • Installation labor by a local, licensed, and insured plumber
  • Installation materials
  • Permits where/when required
  • Removal and disposal of the old unit

In this guide, we will review 10 of the top tankless water heaters available today – their retail cost, some pros and cons received from homeowners, and then we will explain why we selected each model.

If you would like to get right to the reviews, you can skip down to that section below. But for those who may be thinking about changing from a traditional tank-type water heater to a tankless model, here is some information that might help you make your decision.

Top 10 Tankless Water Heaters and Their Costs

Here is the list with their retail cost. We’ve selected models from the various types of whole house tankless water heaters. There is a full review for each below, plus the installation costs.

  1. Rinnai Indoor Tankless Hot Water Heater, RL75iN Natural Gas/RL75iP Propane – $1,125
  2. Rheem Performance Plus Indoor ECO160DVLN3-1 – $800
  3. EZ Tankless Supreme on Demand Indoor EZSUPNG – $895
  4. Rinnai RLX94iN RRLX94iN, Large – $1,375
  5. A.O. Smith Signature Select Indoor GT15-510C-I – $1,100
  6. Rheem Performance Platinum High Efficiency ECOH200DVLN-2 – $1,300
  7. A.O. Smith Signature Premier Condensing Indoor GT15-540-NI – $1,540
  8. Rheem Performance Self-Modulating RETEX-36 – $560
  9. Stiebel Eltron Self-Modulating Tempra 36 Trend – $750
  10. Eemax HomeAdvantage II HA036240 – $810

The reviews are next. However, for those not familiar withthe tankless water heater options, features, and efficiency issues, we highly recommend reading our Buying Guide provided below the reviews.

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