Whether you’re about to replace an aging roof, remodel an ancestral home, or install a brand-new roof on your freshly-constructed Calgary AB property, material costs is one of the biggest factors when it comes to predicting your expenses. Metal roof cost estimates are some of the highest because they undeniably expensive.

On the other hand, they offer one of the longest roofing performances possible because of its exceptional lifespan and durability. However, some Calgary AB homeowners find the roofing material’s “too modern” and aesthetically-specific look a turn-off. Manufacturers have listened and delivered the best alternative – metal roofing shingles.

Curious? They give your property a traditional residential look while having the same longevity, lifespan, and durability metal roofs have. Of course, they are roofing materials with their own limitations. Metal Roofing Systems has an excellent breakdown on this — read it here.

Metal Shingles Roofs Installation Basics & Their Pros and Cons

A metal shingles roof offers a unique look of conventional roof systems including composition shingles, slate, cedar shingles, tiles, and more. Additionally, a metal shingles roof will often cost less than a comparable in quality, architectural standing seam roof, while providing the same level of protection, durability and longevity.

If you own a classic colonial or a brick house, then a metal shingles is definitely the way to go, especially if you want to preserve that “authentic traditional look”, yet, have all the benefits of a metal roof.

What is It All About?

Interlocking metal shingle roof is the second most popular type of residential metal roofing, after standing seam. There is a huge variety of different metal shingle styles from many different manufacturers. Most common metals used to manufacture metal shingles are G90 galvanized steel and aluminum, though you can also find a few types of copper and even zinc shingles.

Metal shingles are manufactured using a stamping press, through which the metal coil is fed, and the die stamps the shingle in two or three steps. First, the profile of the shingle is stamped out, with the lock flanges. Then, in step 2 and/or 3, the locks are made, and the shingle comes out of the press and is packaged into the box.

Did you know? Most metal shingles come painted with Kynar 500 or equivalent premium paint, with a total of seven layers of paint and primer, baked onto the metal coil.

Install Roof Shingles

Distinguishing characteristic of metal shingles is the low profile and a four-way interlocking design. Low profile allows for easy walking on metal shingles (during installation), without damaging the shingles, along with a simplified roof flashing system (easier to install, and hence costs less compared to standing seam).

Many popular styles of metal shingles include cedar shingle and natural slate impression. – These metal shingles can closely resemble both types of premium roofing materials, but will cost either the same (as in case with cedar shingles) or considerably less (slate impression metal shingles) to install. Metal shingles will also last a lot longer than cedar shingles.

Another popular type of metal shingles is a simple flat tile impression, which is basically a smooth surface metal shingle, with stiffening ribs in the middle, which create the look of separate tiles. Same stiffening ribs are used in all other types of metal shingles.

Installation Basics:

Most metal shingles systems are installed from the eave of the roof, up. The first course of shingles is locked or hooked onto the drip edge / starter trim, which is nailed or screwed to the properly prepared roof deck. Metal shingles are attached to the roof using nail and either special built-in hems or clips.

Once the first row of shingles is installed, most roofing contractors start “building a stair” or staggering the shingles and adding rows on one side of the roof so that each new diagonal run of shingles would have as many shingles as possible. Basic premise here is that you don’t want to install one row at a time, by going from one end of the roof to another. You want to run as many rows of shingles at once, as possible. See the video below, which will demonstrate the installation of aluminum interlocking metal shingles.

Installing curb flashing on a metal shingles roof (read full post here)

With an understanding of their look and function, there is no way they are inexpensive. However, you’d be surprised — you’re saving much more with metal roof cost estimates. Because you’ll possibly replace your asphalt shingles and roofs more frequently, you’ll save up on using metal roofing shingles.

The initial price of metal roofs can be high but the long-term benefits make them truly worthwhile investments. Modernize has an excellent summary on metal roof cost vs traditional asphalt shingles — check it out!

Metal Roof Material Costs

It’s important to understand that “metal roofing” is a broad term covering a range of materials with a large disparity in price. Metal roofing materials will generally run you anywhere from $7.00 to $9.00 per square foot, depending on which kind you choose. However, there are more affordable options, like steel panels, which usually cost you slightly less, as well as high-end materials, like copper roofing, which tend to average a little bit more on the pricier side. Here are the most common types of metal roofs and their individual costs:

  • Standing seam metal roofs will cost you about $4.00 to $6.50 per square foot.. This is the most common metal roof design due to its availability in the U.S. The design features vertical panels that are joined by interlocking seams.
  • Corrugated steel panel roofs are the least expensive type of metal roofing, costing about $1.20 to $5.00 per square foot comparable to the price of asphalt shingle roofing. It is thin and lightweight, which means it can be installed over existing roofing. This cuts down on the costs of removing old roofing. However, the quality tends to match the price, as these panels are vulnerable to leaks and rust.
  • Steel & Aluminum shingle roofing runs $3.00 to $9.00 per square foot. Metal roofing tiles and shingles aren’t as affordable as corrugated panels, however they are a better deal. They typically last 40 years or more and are much more resistant to leaks and rust than corrugated metal roofing panels.
  • Stone coated steel tiles and shingles tend to cost $1.85 to $4.00 per square foot. This metal roof type allows for aesthetic diversity by offering the benefits of metal roofing with the look of more traditional clay or slate shingles.
  • Copper Zinc Metal Roofs cost between $4.00 to $15.00 per roofing square foot, and are considered one of the highest quality metal roofing types.

You can choose any paint finish you would like for a metal roof, depending on the preferred color and desired energy efficiency. Paint quality varies, ultimately affecting the price of the materials you purchase for installation. This should be included in your metal roofing quote from a professional metal roof installer.

Keep in mind that underlayment and the other accessories needed for metal roofing installation tends to cost $4.00 to $5.00 per square foot.

Metal Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles

  • A metal roofs costs $7 to $10 per sq. foot compared to Asphalt shingles costing from 1.50 to $5.50 per sq. foot.

  • A metal roof lasts 40 to 80 years, while asphalt shingle roofs will last 20+ years.

  • Metal roofing also has the advantage of an 85.9% average return on home investment and lowers your insurance rate due to fire resistance compared to asphalt roofs.

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However, are metal roof shingles inferior to their predecessors materially? They share many similarities, but corrugated and standing seam metal roofing have different characteristics that you may find greatly advantageous in many situations. Learn more about them here!

Corrugated Metal Roofing vs. Standing Seam – Pros & Cons, Plus Costs

Back in the day, metal roofing was used to cover homes, barns, commercial roofs, factory buildings, and churches before asphalt shingles were even invented. Metal was solid, affordable, and durable roofing material.

Nowadays, metal roofing is enjoying some impressive resurgence in popularity and demand, whether it’s standing seam, corrugated metal sheets, or ribbed metal panels.

Corrugated metal panels are often used in commercial and low-end residential applications, but standing seam is becoming a lot more prominent and extremely popular in high-end residential and commercial retrofits and new roof installations.

Both of these systems have their pros and cons that must be considered before deciding which particular system will best suit your needs.

From Metal to Corrugated Galvanized Iron Sheets

Metal, namely copper, has been used as a roofing material since about 970 BC. Corrugated metal panels were invented the early 1800’s. It was the “new and improved” metal roofing system featuring wavy or ribbed panel profile. Corrugating the sheets of metal, which was hot-dip galvanized iron at the time, increased their strength and longevity.

During the installation, corrugated metal panels are overlapped by one or two ridges, through-fastened onto the roof deck or frame, and commonly sealed with caulk (in between the corrugated panels at the point of overlap) to keep rainwater and moisture out. Needless to say caulking is the least permanent part of the corrugated metal roof.

Standing seam metal roofing became the “new and improved” roofing option in the mid-1900’s. The “standing” or raised seams made the durable roofing material even more weatherproof. The ridges that run the length of standing seam metal roofs are the seams between the metal panels.

Bending the panel edges up to a height of ½ to 1 ½ inches, then folding them over makes standing seam metal roofs more weatherproof. The raised seams force rainwater and moisture to run down off the roof in the “channels” between the seams instead of working its way between the metal panels.

Difference in Price (read the entire post here)

With a full understanding of metal roofing shingles benefits to your property, it pays to have exceptional installations to prolong the lifespan and durability of your new metal roof. No Payne Roofing is a decades-experienced and exceptionally-trained roofing contractor in Calgary AB that guarantees only high-quality results from all its projects. Contact us today!