Zinc Roofing Pricing Guide: Costs, Benefits, and ROI in 2020

Cost effective, durable, elegant — That’s what Zinc roofing is all about. Add in its magical, self-healing ability and it could just be the best roofing material. Ever.

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Steel and Aluminum roofing see much more play in the roofing market, thanks to their wide availability, lower costs and mass production. Copper roofing is Zinc’s real competition, and yet Zinc wallops Copper when it comes to pricing.

However, Zinc is no stranger to the residential metal roofing market in the US. Consider the fact that galvanized steel means zinc-coated Steel. It plays a significant role in ensuring Steel doesn’t prematurely rust. In the European roofing market, 70% of all residential roofs utilize Zinc.

How much Does a Zinc Roof Cost?

Cost of Materials

The material costs for Zinc roofing range between $4.50 and $8 per sq. ft., or $450 to $800 per square. The breakdown for material costs is as follows:

  • $4.50 to $6.50 for Zinc Shingles or Tiles
  • $6.00 to $8.50 for Zinc Standing Seam

Note: A roofing square equals 100 square feet. It’s the term professional contractors routinely use when calculating both costs and materials for a roofing project.

A typical two-story home with a roofing surface measuring 2,300 square feet, is referenced as having 23 squares of roofing work to be done.

All roofing jobs will also require appropriate fasteners, underlayment material, flashing, and other misc. material. — These necessary supplies will add around $1.00 per sq. ft. or $100 per square.

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Composite Roof Shingles Cost in 2020: Pros & Cons, Top Options

Composite roof shingles, shakes, and tiles are attractive and affordable alternatives to the real thing. They last longer than genuine cedar shakes, but cost about the same. Composite tiles cost far less than genuine slate tiles and can last 50+ years with proper installation.


Composite shingle roof cost ranges broadly from $7.75 to $14.50 per square foot installed. The average cost for most homes is about $8.85 to $12.50 per square foot installed.

Composite Roof Shingles Cost per Sq. Ft.

Low Cost Average Cost High Cost
$5.75 to $6.95 $8.85 $10.35 to $13.50
*Add $0.80-$1.35/sq. ft. to remove and dispose of asphalt shingles
*Add $1.00-$2.00/sq. ft. to remove and dispose of tile roofing

Total Project Cost Examples

A typical house is about 2,000 square feet with a 6/12 pitched roof and an attached garage. Taking roof pitch into account, here are the average roofing material requirements for the three most common home types, each with 2,000 square feet of living space plus a garage:

Single-story / ranch with 2-car garage: 3,100 square feet of roof.

Split-level (combination single-story and 2-story) with 2-car garage: 2,495 square feet of roof.

Standard two-story with 2-car garage: 1,880 square feet of roof surface.

Most contractors factor in 5% to 10% for trimming and waste.

Using low, high, and average costs, plus 5% for waste, here’s the pricing table for the three types of homes with 2,000 square feet of living space:

Home Type: Single-story Ranch Split-level 2-story Standard 2-story
Roof surface: 3,100 sq. ft. 2,495 sq. ft. 1,880 sq. ft.
Low cost range: $17,825 to $21,545 $14,345 to $17,340 $10,100 to $13,065
High cost range: $32,085 to $41,850 $25,825 to $33,680 $19,460 to $25,380
Average Cost: $27,435 $22,080 $16,640

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Metal Siding Cost: Wall Panels, Metal Cladding Pros & Cons in 2020

Steel, aluminum, copper, and zinc are the four primary materials for metal siding. Whether corrugated, ribbed, bevel-style or vertical panels, metal continues to be highly versatile in its application for residential siding and wall cladding.

Cost Basics

The average cost to install metal siding can range from $8.50 to $15.00 per square foot. While that is a rather wide price range, your total cost per sq. ft. installed will depend on the choice of material, difficulty of work, and your home’s location.

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The cost of zinc siding can range from $15.00 to $25.00 per sq. ft. installed. Copper siding can cost as much as $20.00 to $35.00 per sq. ft. installed on some high-end residential and commercial applications.

That being said, on average, you can expect to pay between $17,000 and $30,000 for a contractor to install new metal (steel or aluminum) siding on a typical house.

If going with zinc or copper, you can expect the average price to jump to $41,000 for zinc, and up to $70,000 for copper installation.

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