Metal Roofing Prices 2017

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(Last Updated On: January 16, 2017)

If you’re considering a metal roofing upgrade, you have probably done a “Metal Roofing Prices” search online, only to find that most metal roofing companies shy away from the topic of pricing. In an effort to help property owners get a good idea of what a metal roof really costs (and save them from potential price shock) we have broken down what they can expect here.

Metal Roofing Prices? Don’t Be Shocked…

The variables that go into metal roofing prices are many, so much so that it is not possible to quote prices through an online app or over the phone. Factors like current roof condition, geometry (shape), and pitch (slope) all affect price. Also, property location and roof accessibility (or lack thereof) are important considerations. In addition to physical factors is the cost of labour. Most metal roofing providers in Canada sub-contract installers or contractors. In general, established contractors (most likely to be around in the future) will have higher prices because they have higher costs for liability insurance (protecting you and your home), WSIB premiums, project managers, and training programs. A highly skilled project manager that specializes in metal roofing is invaluable as they will be able to provide recommendations for proper ventilation, insulation, or water management. The final major factors affecting price are metal roofing material, coating system, and style profile that you choose.

In 2016 the average cost of installing a high quality roofing system (designed for residential use) was $22 000 CAD. Residential metal roofing product prices ranged from $7.00 to $12.00 per square foot installed. To calculate the ballpark cost for your home in 2017 you would need to multiply the cost of installed product by square footage of roof area.

Note: On batten mounted roofing systems you will pay more on labour. In some cases the cost of labour will exceed the cost of materials as it is a complicated and labour intensive installation method.

Metal Roofing Prices in Canada by Product Type

Now that we have covered the kinds of factors that will affect metal roofing prices, lets look at what to expect in terms of pricing for each type or class of metal roofing product.

Note: Metal roofing price estimates are based on price of material per square foot of roof space plus installation cost, referred to as “installed price”. In big box home improvement stores it is important to note list prices are for panels of roofing material only. The following price ranges reflect the range of factors listed above, and will give you an idea of what you can expect to get or be giving up based on your budget. Included are “re-roofing cycles” so you can gauge how many roof replacements you would need to do over 40 years.

Economy or Low-End Metal Roofing: At the low-end of metal roofing options are products with exposed fasteners. Designed for agricultural or commercial use, these products usually will also have a lower grade paint finish and be compromised of a lower grade of steel alloy (iron to carbon ratio). These products will have minimal flashings, and will depend on sealants and overhanging panels at their lower end. Low-end roofing will also rely on problematic battens or strapping for installation. Another consideration with cheap metal roofing is country of origin. Offshore manufacturers are unlikely to have regulated quality control measures.
Expect to Pay: $4.50 – $7.00 CAD per square foot installed.
Re-Roofing Cycles: 2-3

Steel Standing Seam and Shingles: As with economy steel roofing, there is a range in quality of metal and finishes. Galvanized steel or galvalume steel, with a quality coating system would be on the higher end of this spectrum, with the higher life expectancy. Problematic battens and strapping will be necessary.
Expect to pay: $8.50 – $12.00 CAD per square foot installed.
Re-Roofing Cycles: 2 (due to rust staining and corrosion)

Standing Seam Metal Roof installed on Cottage Home

Example of a high quality standing seam roofing system with hidden fasteners that allow for thermal movement.

High-end Steel Shingles: with high-end steel roofing systems accessories and trims will be factory-formed for quality and consistency. Coatings on a high-end steel system may include reflective pigments to enhance energy efficiency. A high-end steel system will not need battens and strapping for installation, and panels will be interlocking (won’t blow off due to high speed winds).
Expect to Pay: $6.00 – $8.50 CAD per square foot installed.
Re-Roofing Cycles: 1-2 (possible rust staining and corrosion)

High-End Aluminum Shingles: Aluminum roofing systems installed professionally will have a lifetime warranty due to outstanding longevity. Hidden fasteners, interlocking panels, accessories and trims will be factory-formed for quality and consistency. These roofing systems are superior in terms of energy efficiency due to their high emissivity. When manufactured with high SRI (Solar Reflectance Index) PVDF coatings, they are also classified as “Cool Roofs” as they deflect the suns rays away from the building. The energy savings on high-end aluminum offset the premium you will be paying up front for the better product. With the highest strength to weight ratios, it is often possible to install aluminum roofing over existing asphalt shingles saving on costs associated with tear down and disposal of existing roof.
Expect to Pay: $8.50 – $11.00 CAD per square foot installed.
Re-Roofing Cycles: none (aluminum will never rust)

Rustic Metal Shingle Roof

High Quality Aluminum Shingle Style Metal Roofing System.

Aluminum Standing Seam: Solid Aluminum standing seam is less common than steel standing seam products due to it’s higher price tag. When designed to allow for natural thermal movement, aluminum standing seam will not buckle (known as oil canning) over time.
Expect to Pay: $14.00 – $18.00 CAD per square foot installed.
Re-Roofing Cycles: none (aluminum will never rust)

Exotic Metal Roofing: Mill finished zinc or copper roofing are available as standing seam panels or shingles. Often used on churches or historical buildings, exotic metal roofing is a sort of “specialty” roofing that is not widely available or accessible due to a higher priced product and the level of expertise needed for installation.
Expect to Pay: $18.00 – 25.00 CAD per square foot installed.
Re-Roofing Cycles: none (copper and zinc will never rust)

Solid Copper Metal Roofing Panels

Example of Solid Copper Metal Roofing Panels

Other Considerations: Fees associated with tear down and disposal of your existing roof are not included above and will vary among contractors. In the case of aluminum roofing it may be possible to install on top of your existing shingles. Careful analysis of product warranties can often reveal a product’s true life expectancy. Try to focus more on what’s in the fine print rather than the number of years advertised since most roofing warranties are pro-rated.

Conclusion: If you have only ever had quotes for asphalt roofing then chances are you are still in shock. In general metal roofing cost will usually be about 3 times that of a professionally installed and fully insured asphalt roofing quote. In perspective, asphalt roofing is at an all-time low in terms of quality and longevity so you can plan to re-roof every 8-12 years. If you are planning on staying in your home for 16 years or more, you stand a good chance of saving a substantial amount of money by upgrading to a permanent metal roofing system.

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96 replies
  1. Karim says:

    I need a quote for my place in North York, Toronto.
    Can you put me in touch with an installer in this area?

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Kevin. I am sorry but we do not have an independent dealer in Thunder Bay at this time. If you have a local contractor that you would like to work with we would be happy to supply you with material only.

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  2. RON COOK says:

    Could you kindly advise the names of a dealer ( or two) who services postal code H9W 1T1..( Beaconsfield , Quebec ).

    Address if you’d like to look is 160 Beacon Hill Rd….Thanks & best regards, Ron Cook

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  3. Connie says:

    Hello,

    I have a question in general. Would it be allowed for you to build a new metal roof in the US?? We are in Detroit and starting to build a new 4 condo unit in May 2017.
    We are looking for to get a metal roof but everybody we could find so far wanted really to much money. I think it is because it is not so common here like in Canada.
    Now I would like to know if a Canadian Company is allowed to work cross border……

    Thanks Connie

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Connie. I am sorry but we are not allowed to work in the US. The Classic Metal Roofing Dealer is called American Metal Roofs – Frank Farmer runs it.

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  4. Amanda Brown says:

    Looking for someone to come to Welshpool, NB (Campobello Island). Do you have someone who serves this area? Thanks.

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  5. Ahmed Lasfar says:

    We really planning to go with Solar Energy like MicroFIT program. Any suggestion on what is best metal to use for the new roof in order to minimize maintenance in future years. Thank you very much for your time.
    Can you please give me the Kingston dealer name and phone number. I will get in touch with the. Thank you.
    Best regards
    LASFAR

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    • C.King says:

      Hello Lasfar. Thank you for asking. I will email you contact info for our Kingston ON dealer. Since you will be investing in a solar panel system, we recommend choosing a roofing product that has proven to be permanent. A good indicator is non pro-ration of lifetime warranty from a company that has been in business for at least a couple of generations. Basically you want to make sure your roof will outlast the solar panels otherwise you will have to continually remove and reinstall. Hope this helps!

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  6. Samantha says:

    Do you have a dealer in Brampton ON to offers Metal roofing. Looking to change my shingles to metal roofing this spring.

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Samantha. We service Brampton out of our office in Oakville. Please give me a call at 1-866-969-7663 and I will arrange your free quote. Thanks and have a great weekend!

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  7. YJ says:

    Hi!
    I have a not so easy question, We really need to replace our asphalt shingle next spring on our cottage, they are in very bad shape. we would love to install metal or aluminium standing seam. But the problem is that we are thinking of expanding the cottage in 2 or 3 years(not ready budget wise right now), the renovation would be to expand the front of the house by 20 feet, so same roof pitch just longer. We are wondering if it’s possible to just re-use the roof and just expand it by adding new metal or aluminium standing seam?. Thanks for the help. YJG

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Yves, thanks for asking! It is not uncommon to reuse metal roofing after a renovation or extension. It sounds like your best bet would be a shingle panel designed system that you could expand on without any visible seam. Standing seam is a set width and cut to measure eave to ridge so there would be a visible horizontal seam that would not be guaranteed watertight. Another consideration is quality of paint system, a high quality Kynar coating is your best bet for fade protection (so the colour matches later on). Hope this helps! C

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  8. AHMED LASFAR says:

    Hi, I am looking to replace a asphalt roof by an aluminum roof in Long Sault, Ontario. Do you have a dealer out here that service this area. Also, we really planning to go with Solar Energy like MicroFIT program. Any suggestion on what is best metal to use for the new roof in order to minimize maintenance in future years. Thank you very much for your time.
    Best regards
    LASFAR

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    • C.King says:

      Good Afternoon Ahmed. Thank you for asking. We do have a very experienced dealer based out of Kingston who can service you. He is away until Monday and will be in touch soon. If you need immediate assistance please call me at the toll free number and I will call you back right away. Thank You!

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    • C.King says:

      Hi sb thanks for asking, Yes we do have a dealer to service you in Matheson area. We received your request for quote and will have our independent dealer contact you shortly! Please let me know if there is anything else we can do to help.

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  9. Kenny M. says:

    Hi Brian

    I am interested in putting a metal shingle roof on two of my houses. One is a bungalow and the other is a two story with a steep pitch. Do you know of anyone in Summerside PEI who you would recommend? Thanks.

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    • C.King says:

      Good Morning Kenny. Thank you for asking. Yes we do have an independent dealer/installer that covers all of PEI. I will send you the contact details directly to your inbox. Have a great day!

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Tiffany. We have an independant dealer that works out of Ottawa. Please call 1-866-969-7663 or fill the request for quote and they will be in touch at your earliest convenience. Thank You!

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Katherine, we service Peterborough from our dealership based in Oakville, ON. Please let us know if you would like to book a free quote. I will have a technician give you a call at your earliest convenience. 1-866-969-7663

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  10. Allison LeBlanc says:

    Hi do you have a representative in Prince Edward Island?
    Is aluminum a better choice for a coastal property (right on the ocean) or Galvalume?

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Allison, we have an experienced independent dealer in PEI that services all of Prince Edward Island. If you fill out a request for quote from this link: I will have him call you at your earliest convenience. Thank You!

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Allison. I am sorry that I didn’t see your post sooner. We do have an independant dealer/installer in PEI. I will PM their company info. On a coastal property you will need to look for a product that has a warranty that does not exclude coverage based on proximity to water. In a sea salt environment I don’t believe there is a steel product that will cover you. We have a coastal climate guarantee and I will send it to you also. Thank you!

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  11. Cecil vincent says:

    Do you have a dealer in the Port colborne ontario area looking at a metal roof to replace our current asphalt shingle roof.

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Cecil. We service Port Colborne out of our head office. You could give me a call and I will send an estimator this week. Thank you! 866-969-7663

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Melanie. Thank you for asking. We are looking to secure a dealer for Miramichi, NB and currently can only supply you or your trusted contractor with materials needed for your re-roof. Please let us know if you have someone you can work with and we will help with your quote, pick-list and installation information. Thank You!

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      • Yannick says:

        Hi, we live in the Fredericton area, and we are looking for the supplies only, with some basic guidance for installing your particular roofing. Is that possible? Where is your closest warehouse?

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Melanie, we now have a very experienced installer/dealer that can service you in New Brunswick. If you are still in need of a new roof please give me a call and I will put you in touch with them. Thanks!

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  12. bozena sawan says:

    Hello,
    We are owners of large Heritage Log House built in 1938. Presently the house has a cedar roof shingles and we would like to replace with high-end steel shingles. We are looking for distributeurs and installers in Lachute, Quebec. Thank you.

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  13. Kevin A. says:

    good after noon, looking for a price quote for a steel roof in the Kawartha lakes region , just north of Fenelon falls, do you have any suggestions

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Trevor, we have an independent dealer with A LOT of experience that can service you in Fenelon Falls, ON.
      Please call me at 1-866-969-7663 or email me your contact info to info@classicproducts.ca. I will have them call you today.

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Trish, We do have an independent installer/dealer very close to Edmonton, AB. Please call me at 1-866-969-7663 or email me at info(at)classicproducts.ca with your contact info and best time to reach and I will have them call you today. Thank You!

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    • C.King says:

      Good Morning Britta. We do have an independent dealer and installer near Edmonton. I will send introduction to your inbox. Thanks and have a great day!

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  14. Angela says:

    I am in Barrie, Ont. and looking at a metal roof. This is good information to have. Do you work or are you affiliated with any company in Barrie? It will be preferable if you can respond to my email.

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    • C.King says:

      Hello Angela. Thank you for your interest. I will send the contact information for our authorized dealer to your email as requested. Have a great day!

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  15. Lily Isenor says:

    Our house has a low slope roof and we have investigated a standing seam metal roof but are concerned about oil canning and appearance. We are considering metal shingles. Do you have the name of a reputable installer in Vancouver, BC?

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Lily. Thanks for asking, and you are right, oil canning is something to be aware of when looking at standing seam options.
      If you plan on staying in your home for a long time then it will be worth looking into a standing seam product that uses hidden fasteners and clips that allow for thermal movement. Another benefit of hidden fasteners is that the installer will not have to penetrate the panels with screws that over time will rust and need to be tightened. We have an authorized dealer in Vancouver. Please if you could fill out the “Free Quote” request, I will personally see that they get it right away. Thanks again, and let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

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    • C.King says:

      Good Morning Ursula, can you please message me your contact info to info(at)classicproducts.ca? I will have our BC dealer get in touch with you promptly. Thank you!

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  16. Troy says:

    I am moving to Lac Saguay Quebec and an looking at a steel roof for my new house. Do you know of any companies in the area that do this work. We are approx 20 mins from Mont Tremblant.

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Von,
      Thank you very much for asking, we are currently looking for a dealer for Winnipeg, MB. If you have a contractor that you would like to work with by all means put them in touch and we can ship the materials directly to them. Otherwise, you can request a quote through our online form, and we will notify you when a dealer has been established.

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      • Heather says:

        I’d also be interested in a quote here in Winnipeg. R2N 1E1. Please advise how long you expect to secure a dealer here!

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        • C.King says:

          Hi Heather, thank you for asking. I’m sorry but we don’t have an authorized dealer in Winnipeg at the moment. If you have a trusted contractor in mind we can ship product directly to you.

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  17. milyan says:

    I am on oceanfront on Vancouver Island in an area of strong southeast wind and accompanying rain in winter. My roof is a low pitch (currently tar and gravel) but not flat, approximately 2:12. Would sheet metal roofing be recommended in this instance?

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Susan,
      Thanks for asking. Since a big concern for you will be strong winds, you will want to look for a product that has had wind uplift testing and that interlocks on all sides. There is quite a range of metal roofing products available but you can definitely rule out the cheaper products that come in larger overlapping sheets (poor wind resistance). Since you are on the coast, you would be well advised to look for an aluminum product that has warranty coverage for coastal situations. Steel warranties can’t cover rust in coastal situations as the sea salt air would cause rapid corrosion. On a 2:12 pitch you could use a Standing Seam Product, metal shingle panels need a minimum 3:12.
      I hope this helps, you can click here if you would like a roofing tech in Vancouver to give you a quote and discuss your product options.

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Steve, thank you for asking! I have sent you an introduction to our Authorized Dealer for Collingwood, Ontario to your inbox. Please let me know if I can be of any additional service.

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Michael, thank you for asking. Yes, we do have a very experienced authorized dealer in the Sudbury area.
      Can you please email me: info(at)classicproducts.ca your contact info and best time to reach? I will make sure that you are contacted promptly.
      Thanks again and have a great day!

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Brenda, thanks for asking! Can you email me your postal code or city in SK? We have an authorized dealer in Alberta that could possibly service you.
      info at classicproducts.ca . We are looking for an authorized dealer in Saskatchewan but it will take time to train them on how to install our system as it requires some skill. Thanks!

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  18. Maurice Pittet says:

    Do you have a dealer in the south Okanagan, BC . We live in Oliver which is south of Kelowna and 46km south of Penticton?

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Maurice, I am glad Seth was able to help you out. Did you have any luck with his recommendation?
      We do have an Authorized Dealer for BC if you need. Let me know!

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      • Seth Heckaman says:

        Thank you for taking the time to reach out through the Ask Todd Miller expert section on Classic Products Roofing Systems’ (Oakville, ON) website today. I am the Sales Manager for Todd Miller’s company here in Piqua, OH.

        Only mechanically seamed standing seam metal roofs can be installed on a 1/12 pitch. Metal shingle products are warranted down to a 3/12 pitch and snap-lock standing seam panels a 2/12. Mechanically seamed panels can withstand the pooling water that might occur on lower than a 2/12 but other systems cannot. Most mechanically seamed panels are warranted down to a 0.75/12.

        It looks like this might be an option for you in British Columbia:

        http://www.jwmetals.com/?p=230

        I understand you have very little rainfall in your area, but I would not risk installing any roofing product on less than its warranted pitch.

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    • C.King says:

      Hi MJ, we do have an authorized dealer for Abbotsford, BC. Call me at 1-866-969-7663 and I can arrange a free consult for you.
      Thanks! Have a great day!

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  19. Heather says:

    Hi
    We are in the midst of a new build located in the southern Georgian Bay Area and were given a misleading quote on standing seam metal roof (high and way over budget). We have already put 3/4″ plywood down as was recommended and are ready to install a roof. Now we are looking at possibly going with the aluminum shingles or resort to cedar if that cost is high as well
    Can you provide me with reputable installers in the Midland, Barrie, muskoka region that supply and install metal shingles. We like the cedar shake look.
    Thank you

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Heather, We do have an authorized dealer in your area. You may be interested in Country Manor Aluminum Shake or Rustic Aluminum Shingle which both have the charm of cedar but lifetime non pro-rated warranty and maintenance free. Real cedar shake comes from young cedar trees and has a very short lifespan in comparison with cedar shake from the past. If you could email me your contact info: info(at)classicproducts.ca and best time to reach, I will have our dealer call you today.

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  20. Barbara says:

    I have read several times about the cooling properties of a metal roof in the summer. Does this not also mean that your house would be cooler in the winter?

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Barbara,
      This is a very good question.
      High quality metal roofs with technologically advanced coating systems do indeed keep homes cooler in the summer by reflecting the suns rays (SRI) and emitting any absorberd heat quickly (emissivity).
      In winter, one would not rely on the sun to heat the home. However, a metal roof that is installed directly to the roof decking and properly ventilated will keep moisture out of the attic. Moisture in the attic space compromises the performance of insulation. Dry insulation is a key factor for climate control in the home and will maximize the efficiency of your heating system.
      I hope this helps, and do feel free to call if you need more information.

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  21. Martin R says:

    i am interested in a metal roof for the radiant heat properties. However to complicate matters we have solar panels to heat the pool and the panels cannot be relocated. Are he solar panels compatible with a metal roof.
    Thanks

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Martin,
      Thank you, that is a great question. The short answer is yes, a solar water heating system is compatible on a metal roofing system. A home with a pre-existing solar heating system would require disassembly and reassembly to allow for the metal roof installation. If you would like to have one of our metal roof technicians contact you directly for a quote, please email your contact details to info(at)classicproducts.ca. Attention Gord Howard.
      Thank you and have a great day!

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  22. Brian Young says:

    I am building a new home and need info on a metal roof ASAP they are putting on sheathing now. Local dealers or as close as possible.

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Brian, did you receive our messages? Ive tried to contact you a couple of times, if you did not receive my messages I will resend and you can check your filtered junk mailbox just in case. I just need your city and contact number so we can send out a roofing tech right away. Thank You!

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  23. Chris Ross says:

    I am building a new home in St.Stephen NB and have already gotten a installed quote for a similar aluminum tile roof. Do you have any installers in the maritime a or do you sell to contractors?

    Chris Ross
    President
    Southwest Electric
    506-466-5912

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    • C.King says:

      Hi Chris, I forwarded your contact info to our authorized dealer in your area.
      I just wanted to follow up with you to see if you have had someone out for your quote yet? Thank You.

      Reply

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