Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing Installation in Greater Boston

Metal roofing has a long history and a great future as a roofing option on residential buildings.

The earliest metal roofs were “standing seam” roofs that skilled contractors fabricated on site from large rolls of sheet metal. Today these traditional metal roofs can still be found on historic houses. These days, most new metal roofing comes in the form of factory-made steel panels.

Ridges formed in the panels form overlapping seams during roof installation. Factory-applied finishes provide corrosion resistance and color choices.

If you would like to learn more about installing a metal roof on a new building or replacing your current roof with a metal roofing system, contact Greater Boston’s expert roofers at GF Sprague today! We provide free estimates for all of our Massachusetts roofing services. We proudly service Newton, Needham, Wellesley and many surrounding areas.

Choosing a metal roofing contractor

If you need metal roof repairs or want a metal roof installed on your home, make sure to go with a roofing contractor with experience in this type of roofing. A reputable contractor should provide you with a free estimate for roofing work, as well as references based on past metal roofing installations.

The cost of installing a metal roof will depend on the size, slope and style of your roof. Steeper roofs always cost more because of the extra staging that’s required. A complex roof with many valleys and intersecting ridges will be more expensive than a simple gable or shed-roof structure. Contact us today, to find out which roofing materials are right for your home!

Metal Roofing FAQ

Metal roofing may not be the first option many property owners consider when reroofing or constructing a new building, but perhaps it should be. Metal roofing has unique characteristics compared to other roofing materials, and these differences are often associated with notable advantages in terms of performance and longevity.

How much longer will a metal roof last than other common roofing materials, like asphalt shingles?

An asphalt shingle roof can wear out in 15-20 years when exposed to severe weather like intense sunlight or heavy snowfall that causes ice dams to form along roof eaves. In contrast, metal roofing stands up exceptionally well to weather extremes. It’s a safe bet that a newly installed metal roof will last 40 – 60 years.

Does a metal roof cost more than other types of roofing?

The installed cost of a metal roof is subject to the same variables that determine any roofing installation: roof size, roof pitch (steep roofs cost more) and roof complexity (the number of valleys, ridges, skylights and dormers). That said, you can expect a metal roof to cost two or three times as much as an asphalt shingle roof. A metal roof typically costs about the same as a tile or cedar shingle roof, but less than a slate roof.

How will a metal roof stand up in bad weather?

Thanks to the super-durable factory-applied finishes used on metal roofing, today’s metal roofs are exceptionally durable and resistant to weather-related damage. Unlike asphalt and wood shingle roofing that holds snow, a metal roof will shed snow, which prevents damaging ice dams from forming. Metal roofing won’t degrade in direct sunlight like a wood shingle roof can. Nor will it lose a protective layer of material, which is what happens as asphalt shingle roofing slowly sheds its protective granules. A properly installed metal roof exceeds building code requirements for resistance to uplift in high winds. Although hail damage (denting) can occur in a severe hail storm, dented panels can usually be replaced easily.

Metal Roofing Advantages

  • Durable and long lasting
  • Low maintenance requirements
  • Available in different colors and styles
  • Can sometimes be installed over existing asphalt shingle roofing
  • Good green value because of recycled content and ease of recycling.