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When it comes to re-roofing a home, most consumers spend the majority of their research on understanding the cost of the project. Because roofing costs significantly more than other types of home improvement projects, a roof's price tag plays the biggest factor when deciding on materials. Metal roofing often gets tossed out as an option for the average homeowner due to its high upfront cost. However, metal roofing may actually cost much less than traditional asphalt shingles in the long run. While the Woodlands roofing contractors can give more specific estimates of individual installation costs, the following guide provides a reference point for homeowners who opt for metal roofing.

Individual costs vary greatly based on the size of the home, the type of metal used, environmental factors and the waste generated by contractors during installation. It's not entirely accurate to offer an average cost of metal roofs based on the variables involved, but most experienced roofing experts agree that a metal roof can cost as much as three times the cost of a roof with asphalt shingles. The nationwide average for a metal roof is more than $16,400 while a high-end asphalt roof may cost around $8,000.

A roofing contractor from Brinkmann Quality Roofing Services of The Woodlands TX can answer your questions about roof repairs or metal roofs.

Because metal roofs take less time to install on average, they will also cost less in labor.

Calculating cost isn't as straightforward as comparing the initial investment amounts. Homeowners who choose a roof with asphalt shingles will need to replace the roof within a decade or so depending on the quality of the shingles. Metal roof owners, on the other hand, rarely ever have to replace or repair a metal roof. In fact, metal roofs can last up to 50 years, which is three to five times longer than a standard asphalt roof. Asphalt roofing also needs continual upkeep because it's more susceptible to fires, water damage and mold. The one-time cost of a metal roof installation might be three times higher than the cost of asphalt installation but its longevity and low maintenance could save money over time.

Building materials aside, homeowners should also consider the long-term impact of roofing material on the interior of their homes. Metal roofing reflects sunlight, thereby cooling the home and lowering energy bills by as much as 40 percent, depending on the area it's located in. Additionally, some insurance companies offer discounts worth up to 30 percent for metal roofs because they're so much safer than other roofs. Metal roofing won't catch fire and doesn't rust if it's made with galvanized material, which makes it the perfect choice for areas frequented by storms.

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