Tin Roof Prices in 2021: Tin and Terne Roof Costs for Modern Homes

A misguided notion that installing a “tin” roof on your house is somehow old fashioned or associated with the unattractive tin roofs on the old rusty barns and industrial warehouses, could not be further from the truth when it comes to modern tin or terne metal roofing.

Tin standing seam roof on a house

Tin and Terne metal roofs are some of the oldest, most reputable roofing systems in the world, boasting numerous advantages that are as desirable today as they were centuries ago! In fact, modern tin roof systems offer highly sophisticated and beautiful design options, superior strength and durability, lasting protection, and superior energy efficiency.

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For any homeowner looking to make a lifelong investment in their home, and get the most value for their money, a metal roof aka tin is an obvious choice.

Pricing Details:

It will cost between $12.50 and $18.50, on average, for a mid-range tin-styled metal roofing system that replicates the look of traditional tin roofing. That said, there are five different tin and terne styled roofing options to consider:

  1. Terne-coated Stainless Steel (TCSS): $15.50 to $25.50 per sq.ft. installed.
  2. Zinc coated to replicate the look of tin: $12.50 to $20.50 per sq.ft. installed
  3. Terne-coated Steel (TCS): $10.00 to $16.50 per sq.ft. installed
  4. Painted steel or aluminum: $10.00 to $16.50 per sq.ft. installed
  5. Mill-finished aluminum panels: $10.00 to $16.50 per sq.ft. installed

Where to buy: MetalTech USA is an international company with presence in the US. They carry stainless steel and other coils for standing seam metal roofs.

Tin and terne roofing color options to consider

Local roofing supply warehouses such as ABC or Beacon supply can also help you get some of these sheet metal coils and form or fabricate the panels specifically sized for your roofing project.

ABC and Beacon Supply generally work directly with contractors, so your installer will have to do all the ordering of the panels on your behalf. There are other sheet metal and roofing supply companies you should also explore in your local markets.

Brief History of Tin Roofs

While today, metal roofs are often referred to as “tin roofs”, the reality is that no roofing product has ever been made of pure tin. In Europe metal roofs have been around for centuries, originating in ancient Rome, and were made from copper, lead, and zinc.

Metal panels were produced by heating and hand hammering the metal to a thin sheet. In the 17th century, tin was first used in Bohemia as a coating for rolled steel to prevent rust.

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Stone Coated Steel Roof Cost 2021: Gerard, DECRA, Metro, Boral Steel

Stone coated steel roofing is generating a lot of buzz (and sales) with homeowners that want a roof with staying power — one that combines good looks with outstanding protection against the elements including fire, wind, and hail.

Gerard Stone-coated Steel Roof – Barrel Vault Profile via GerardUsa.com (Now Boral Steel)

It’s certainly a strong plus that stone-coated metal roofing is energy-efficient, uses recycled materials and is recyclable, unlike straight-to-landfill asphalt shingles.

Here’s your complete guide for comparing products, costs, pros and cons, and other options:

What to Expect in Terms of Costs

Total cost to install the product is the first factor many homeowners consider, so let’s see if stone coated steel roofing is in the budget for your home. Note that 1 square = 100 square feet.

  • Material Costs: $400-$550 per square for shingles, shakes and tiles and the underlayment, fasteners, ridge cap, trim and other accessories required
  • Installation Costs: $450-$900 per square depending on factors affecting cost, which are listed below

Total Installed Cost: $850-$1,450 per square.
That seems like a broad price range, but the range for asphalt shingles can be even broader. The best asphalt shingles can cost 3-4 times the cost of the cheapest option.

New Shingle Roof

$7,500
Average price
New Metal Roof

$14,500
Average price
New Flat Roof

$8,225
Average price

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