Metal & Copper Roofing Blog

Metal Roofing - Not Just for Roofs!

Sometimes, a potential customer contacts Metal Roof Network not because he or she is in need of metal roofing materials for a roof but for a project of another kind. That was the case with the very talented customer below, who recently wrote this review of her experience with us:

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Topics: copper diamond shingles, metal roof, diamond shingles, diamond shaped roofing, metal diamond roofs

Why You Need to Consider a Metal Roof

One of the biggest hurdles we face as a metal roof supplier is the preconception a surprising number of people seem to have about metal roofing. Here's how you can tell if you're one of them - close your eyes and imagine a metal roof. Are you picturing an old tin-topped barn? Then it's high time you open your eyes to the dazzling world of metal roofing! From the enormous variety of materials, finishes, profiles and colors to their unbeatable performance and lifespan, here are our top reasons you need to consider a metal roof when it's time to replace what you've got:

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Topics: benefits of metal roofing, metal roof

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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Topics: metal roof systems, metal roofing, metal roofs, metal roof vs. comp, energy efficient metal roofing, eco-friendly roofs, best roof for solar panels, metal roofs and solar panels, metal roof

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

More on Metal Roof Pricing

Pricing for a new metal roof is always a hot topic as well, so read on for more information on the burning question: "I'm thinking of upgrading to a metal roof and want to know some prices." It's a little like asking, “I’m thinking about buying a new car and wanted to know some prices.” The answer in both cases begs the question, “What kind to you want?” In the case of metal roofs, just as with cars, prices vary wildly. The cheapest metal roof can be had for less than $1 a square foot, while the most expensive can cost $20 or more.

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

Metal roofs vs. Asphalt Shingles

How does metal roofing compare to comp?

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Topics: metal roof materials, metal roofing, metal roofs, metal roof vs. comp, energy efficient metal roofing, eco-friendly roofs, metal roof benefits, metal roofs vs. asphalt, metal roofs vs. shingles, metal roof

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

Beautiful Natural Steel Roofing, California

This is the nearly finished custom home of a client in northern California wine country in between Santa Rosa and St. Helena. They chose the Metal Roof Network patagonia diamond shingle in Natural Steel. After just one winter, it's developing a very beautiful red rust patina. The client was sure to install a good gutter system as this type of roof allows a red rust run-off that can stain masonry and other porous materials nearby. But other than that, there is next to nothing that can go wrong with this type of roof and it will have a lifespan of many decades.

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Topics: metal roof shingles, metal roof materials, metal roof systems, metal roofing, steel roofing, metal roof