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Tin Roof Costs & Prices

While the idea of tin roofing often conjures up images of old, rustic barns in the countryside, the fact remains that tin roofing is still a viable option for homeowners across the globe. In fact, it is actually one of the more popular options when it comes to roofing, possibly because of its low cost and high durability. Homeowners looking to have a new roof installed in the near future may wish to consider tin roofing as an option. Furthermore, homeowners in need of roof replacement may also consider this type of roof.

The Costs

  • The average cost of tin roofing is $12.50 per square foot.

  • The minimum reported cost of tin roofing is $8.30 per square foot.

  • The maximum reported cost of tin roofing is $6.60 per square foot.

All About Tin Roofing

What many people do not realize is that tin roofing is typically not made entirely of tin. On the contrary, tin roofs tend to be comprised of a number of materials. Tin is one of these, of course, but other common materials found in tin roofs include galvanized steel, aluminum and copper.

Galvanized steel makes up one layer of a tin roof and is made of alloyed steel, which has a layer of zinc coating the top of it to protect it from the elements. Galvanized steel is a very durable material that is also rust resistant. Such materials can last up to 60 years but will require some maintenance along the way.

Older tin roofs may not contain aluminum as this material has only recently become commonly introduced into tin roofing. However, it has been found that aluminum is a great material to use for tin roofing because of the fact that it is resistant to corrosion. Very little maintenance is required to care for aluminum, so such a roof will easily last 35 years. This material also reflects heat better than other types of steel, which can help to keep homes cooler during the warm months of the year.

Copper is the longest-lasting material used in tin roofs. However, this material has become scarcely used in roofing as a result of its higher cost and rarity. Still, older tin roofs that do have copper in them are known to last for over a hundred years!

Of course, tin is another material that can be found in this type of roof. Many people are surprised to learn that tin is actually a relatively soft metal, which is why it needs to be combined with other materials in order to be more durable. Most tin is treated with lead, allowing it to last for 50 years or longer.

Benefits and Disadvantages of Tin Roofing

Homeowners considering a tin roof for their homes should take into consideration both the benefits and possible drawbacks of using this material for a roof. All roofing materials have their inherent advantages and drawbacks, so it is up to the homeowner to weigh these carefully, along with his or her specific needs and budget, in order to make the right decision for them.

One of the main draws of tin roofs is the fact that they are known to be very durable. Even in intense weather conditions such as high winds and hail, tin roofs will stand up to the challenge. It is not unheard of to find a tin roof that lasts 50 to 60 years or more. Furthermore, tin roofing is also extremely affordable, especially when looked at in comparison to many other types of roofs on the market. For example, for a 1,200-square-foot roof, most homeowners can expect to spend around $15,000. However, depending on regional pricing trends and the cost of labor, homeowners could spend as little as $10,000. Finding a roofing company offering a special on installation can be a great way to save money since labor often makes up about a third of the total cost or close to $4,000.

Tin roofing is also a great option for homes with gas stoves and chimneys as the metal can stand up to the heat of the smoke coming out of the chimney. Tin roofs are also fire resistant, which is why many homeowners in rural areas far from fire departments opt for this type. During the winter, snow also melts off of metal roofs quickly because of the low-friction characteristic of metal roofing.

Of course, there are some inherent drawbacks that come with tin roofing as well. One thing characteristic of tin roofs that some homeowners are not thrilled about is the fact that they can be loud. Rainfall hitting the roof can be loud, though some homeowners find this sound comforting. Tin roofing does require careful maintenance over time, otherwise, it can rust and corrode. Tin roof damage must be repaired quickly in order to prevent the damage from getting worse and more expensive down the road.

Other Considerations

Those considering the option of having a tin roof installed on their home should begin by trying to get a better idea as to the cost. Many roofers will provide free estimates for those who are interested and potential customers. Having a good idea as to the total square footage of one's roof and multiplying it by the average reported cost per square foot can be a good way to estimate the total cost of the job without having to speak with a professional.

Those who are looking to get the best deal possible on a new tin roof can benefit by shopping around during the "off season" for many roofing companies, which is typically around the fall and winter months. Prices tend to be more expensive during the spring and summer.

Overall, tin roofing can make a great option for those who are interested in a durable yet affordable option for their roofing. While it can be loud during times of heavy rain and it does require some maintenance, many homeowners find that its ability to withstand the elements and its long-lasting nature are more than worth it.

Last updated on Apr 1, 2015

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