Installing a metal roof is one of the smartest investments a homeowner can make. Metal roofing lasts longer than asphalt shingles, offers better protection and boosts home value. If you’ve already shopped around for a metal roof, you may have noticed prices can vary widely. Why is this?

Different Roofs Mean Different Challenges

Each homeowner has unique requirements for their homes. Someone who needs a roof that costs $5 per square foot is in a vastly different situation from someone who needs one costing $30 per square foot.

There are quite a few factors that influence pricing. Of course, higher quality material will cost more, but so will things like roof slopes. It’s harder to work on a steeply sloped roof than one with a shallower incline, which changes labor costs. The same thing applies to houses with complex architecture and those with difficult access. If the old roof still needs to be removed, that gets added on to the bill.

Here in Minnesota, one big factor is the weather. Summers may be gorgeous, but that doesn’t mean installers won’t need to put up with wind or slippery conditions after a late night storm. Our combination of frigid winters and severe spring storms also influence how the roof is designed. After all, it needs to stand up to everything from one hundred degree days and high winds to heavy snow and freezing temperatures.

One of the most important costs often missed when thinking of roof price is contractor quality. A roof installed by a roofing company with full insurance and highly trained workers will generally cost more than someone without the same qualifications. While it may be tempting to save money on labor, having it installed by reputable professionals may cost you more at first but will save on costly but preventable repairs down the line.

There’s a lot of thought that goes into metal roof pricing, but there’s no reason why you need to puzzle it out alone. If you’re interested in learning more about this topic, give us a call. As an experienced Minneapolis area roofing contractor, we’ll be more than happy to help you make the perfect choice for your home.