Your roof protects your home against wind, rain, and snow, so it’s important to make the right choice regarding which material you use. If you want to install a new roof over your home, consider the many benefits of a metal roof. Home Care Contractors is committed to providing quality metal roofing for repair work and new metal roof installation. We also proudly serve the Pacific Northwest.

Is it cheaper to get a metal roof or shingles?

It is much more expensive to install metal roofing systems than any other roofing material. In fact, your Seattle metal roofing could cost 2 to 3 times more than other types of shingles. This is why you have to think of metal roofs as an investment over time. Although the cost upfront is higher, the savings you’ll enjoy from a more energy-efficient roof that is durable and needs little maintenance will more than pay off. So when considering the cost of a metal roof, you want to think beyond the cost of your metal roof installation and consider the lifetime savings of your roof. 

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When is the best time to have a metal roof installed on my Seattle home?

The best time for any roofing construction in the Pacific Northwest is just before the winter or just before the summer, which are the two wettest times of the year. Roofing requires our team to get onto ladders and work in precarious settings that will only be exacerbated by bad weather, and we need dry conditions to allow the glues and adhesives to work. We cannot get the job done right if there is a lot of heavy snowfall or rain, but pick up the phone to give us a call at 206-737-1261 so that we can learn more about your roofing needs and schedule a time to come out for an inspection and free quote.

Choosing The Right Roofing Material

Our roofing contractors in Seattle, WA can advise you on the best material for your new roof. Whether you are looking for a new roof installation in Seattle or you are repairing an existing roof, Home Care Contractors is happy to explain to you the materials options and colors available to you, such as:

  • Galvanized steel, galvalume, or weathering steel
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Tin

Standing seam metal roofing panels are considered the gold standard of metal roofs. Each type of panel has a different seam height, panel width, method of fastening, and engineering. Standing seam metal roofing panels do a wonderful job of keeping water out of your home. A standing seam metal roof is more expensive, costing between $8 and $14 a square foot.

Steel roof panels are resistant to rust thanks to a protective aluminum or zinc coating. Additionally, steel metal roofs are painted with specially-engineered paints to help them last decades. Corrugated steel panel shingles are the most cost-effective type of metal roofing material and are priced at $3 to $6.50 per square foot. Installing a corrugated steel metal roof costs between $10,000 and $20,000. 

Zinc roofs can last between 80 to 100 years and cost between $6.00 to $10.50 per square foot to install depending on whether you get shingles, tiles, or standing seam. Copper roofs can last over 100 years but they are the most expensive to install, at $14.00 to $25.50 per square foot. In addition to these costs, you will need to also add the cost of fasteners, flashing, and other miscellaneous materials.

Pros And Cons of Metal Roofing In Seattle

There are many benefits and a few drawbacks to metal roofing systems. Seattle area homeowners like metal roofs because they are low maintenance, have a long lifespan and reduce energy costs.

Extremely Durable

Metal shingles can withstand wind gusts up to 140 mph. When installed by a professional Seattle roofing company, they won’t corrode or crack, and are impact-resistant. They don’t need as much maintenance, unlike other roofing materials, though they should still be inspected regularly.


Homeowners choose metal roofs because they are one of the longest-lasting roofing materials. The average lifespan of asphalt shingles is 15 to 30 years, and cedar shingles can last up to 50 years. However, residential metal roof systems can last between 40 and 70 years.

Energy Efficiency

As one of the most energy-efficient roofing systems, metal shingles can be manufactured with coatings and finishes to reflect solar radiation. In fact, Seattle homeowners who want the most energy-efficient roofing can also install solar panels along with their metal panels.

Fire, Mold, and Pest Resistance

Metal roofs have been popular for hundreds of years for their fire resistance, which was helpful during wars to protect homes hundreds of years ago. Metal roofs are also watertight, so homeowners in wetter climates didn’t have to worry about their home being destroyed over time by leaks. This reduces the chances of mold buildup. All of these features also make metal roofs resistant to bugs. Small critters like birds or other rodents can’t make a home in your metal roof.


Metal roofs are noisier in heavy rain or during a hailstorm than asphalt or other types of roofing shingles. However, adding insulation to your roofing can dampen the sound, though that will also increase your costs.

Metal expands and contracts in hot and cold weather, which is known as thermal expansion. Metal roofing panels are designed to expand and contract as they warm up or cool down. However, the fasteners that hold these expanding and contracting parts together have a shorter lifespan. As the neoprene washers and screws degrade, they can become dislodged.

Do metal roofs protect against hail?

Yes, the roofs we install surpass industry standards for impact resistance. Ask us about dent resistance for your new roof. 

How much is a metal roof in Washington state?

A metal roofing project in Seattle, WA costs between $8,000 to $45,000 depending on several factors such as:

  • Home size 
  • Roof slope
  • The type of material
  • Your neighborhood
  • The architectural shape of your home and if you have a complicated roof

Call us to have your metal roofing in Seattle installed. We pride ourselves on being extremely professional and providing the exact work our clients hoped for. We can discuss options for your residential roofing project, such as adding skylights, changing your roof pitch, or aesthetically and architecturally enhancing your roof supports. We can also install new gutters to match your metal roofing. Contact Home Care Contractors so we can send a representative to your Seattle, WA home and give you an estimate. Call 206-984-4543 today for your free quote.

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