Metal & Copper Roofing Blog

Metal Roofs in Winter

When I was asked recently whether metal roofs are good in the winter, it turned out that the question arose because of some pre-conception that steel is cold. It made me smile, because every year in the summer I get comments that are nearly opposite and usually take some form of steel is so hot! Without spending too much time on the physics, it’s not untrue to say that both statements are true - given appropriate circumstances.

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Will a Metal Roof Make my House Too Hot?

We get asked regularly if a metal roof will make a home hotter in the heat of the summer. The answer is, probably not!

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A Round Roof with Natural Steel

One of my all-time favorite natural steel roofing projects was on a round roof a couple years ago. Creating this one of Corten was a source of great satisfaction for all involved, and the client was delighted with the final look as it matched his vision exactly. 

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Topics: natural steel, metal roofing


Metal Roofing on a Mid-Century Home

This metal roofing project features two kinds of metal in three colors and three different profiles. We designed it for a client with a strong background in architecture, who was inspired to use metal as an architectural feature to complement the original brick on this mid-century residence in Reno, Nevada. Metal Roof Network supplied the metal roof panels and the S-10 diamonds in solid zinc for a siding feature at the front entry, plus a random width vertical panel in a third color of finished steel for the second story accents.
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Where to Begin When It's Time for a New Roof

Once you realize it's time for a new roof, where should begin? A new roof is a big purchase, and like other large home upgrades, it's sensible to begin with a bit of research. It quickly becomes clear, however, that there is no shortage of information out there. So how do make a final decision when you're ready to purchase that new roof?

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Topics: metal roofing


The Best Roof For Solar Panels

Installing solar panels on a roof is a very popular trend - and growing in popularity. One of the most overlooked aspects of this type of upgrade to a home or business is the type of roof material over which the new solar panels will be installed. Does it make sense to anyone to attach an expensive, hi-tech solar collection system to a roof that won't last as long as the panels? I can't imagine anyone answering that question positively, but I see it all the time. Bad enough that some solar panel installations are installed on new roofs with a proven poor track record (asphalt composition, anyone?), but it has to be even less rational to install a new solar system on an older roof that isn't far from the end of its service life.

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Metal Roof Source - Right Here!

We're spreading the Metal Roof Network gospel as far as we can, because we think it's important to turn everyone into educated roof consumers. It's why we offer our FREE re-roofing booklet, nearly 50 pages worth of valuable information that helps you:

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Topics: metal roofing cost, metal roofing, metal roofs, metal roof prices, metal roof cost, metal roof benefits, metal roof


Metal roofs vs. Asphalt Shingles

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New Metal Roof Prices

Among the most common questions we hear on a regular basis is: "How much for a new metal roof?" It's not an unusual question, but it's one that proves extremely difficult to answer with anything less than more questions. Metal Roof Network has metal roofs it sells for prices ranging from 99 cents a square foot up to nearly $30 a square foot. How to you "ball park" the cost of a metal roof with such an enormous range of options? There are at least half a dozen different types of metal roofs (more than one type of galvanized steel, natural steels, aluminum, copper, zinc and other uncommon types as well), a wide range of thicknesses and alloys for each material, different finishes and a big variety of profiles too. Add all of these variables into the mix and you can see why attempting to approximate the price of a metal roof becomes an exercise in guesstimating!

Here's a quick-and-dirty approximation for metal roof pricing: low end metal roofing (like our finished steel value panel) is typically in the $1 to $2 per square foot range (with most contractors installing these in the $1 to $3 per square foot range depending on the specifics of the job). Average quality metal roofing often ends up costing somewhere between $2.5 and $5 per square foot (plus roughly the same range of prices for installation) and high end metal roofs are between $6 and up to as high as $30 per square foot (plus installation costs). It's a very wide range and probably not very helpful, which is why we offer our free homeowner's guide to re-roofing booklet. There's a lengthy formula in there just for metal roof pricing, so it's certainly worth a read to anyone considering a new roof. Another option? Give us a call! We can ask you a few questions over the phone, narrow down the style and material you're most interested in, and provide general numbers specific to your job.

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Why Lightweight Roofs Are Best

Recently I was asked to price a new metal roof for a client who was in need of replacing his 30 year old concrete tile roof. The existing concrete had lost its sealer coat and the remaining porous concrete was not only discoloring and showing mold growth, but the weight of the heavy tiles was causing sagging and movement in the roof framing members. Besides the heavy weight of the concrete tiles themselves, what surprises many is that they can become significantly heavier still when absorbing water. In this case not only were the old tile very unsightly, but they were literally crushing the house. Observing the extreme sagging of the rafters visible from outside, as well as the cracks in the ceiling drywall on the inside, the client knew the roof was a liability and needed changing.

It made sense for him to consider metal because he wanted the combination of tile and light weight in order to unload his roof structure and arrest further damage. A metal tile was the perfect solution:  tile appearance and only one fifth of the weight of the old, moldy concrete tile. He would literally be reducing the load on his roof structure from more than 15 tons down to about three. Plus the assembled metal roof would provide increased sheer strength to the entire roof area making his home safer in an earthquake. Take a look at the image below of homes with heavy concrete roofs that collapsed in an earthquake, and then ask yourself - which roof would you prefer to be hanging over your head in earthquake country?


Metal roofing tiles solve problems all the way around in this case. Not a tough choice. Read more about the benefits of metal roofing, and give us a call or fill out our contact form if you'd like to discuss your re-roof options.

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Topics: metal roofing, coated steel tiles, metal roofs