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Metal Roofing Cost vs. Asphalt Shingles: Metal Roof Prices 2019

If you are a homeowner considering installing a new metal roof on your house, then undoubtedly, one of the burning questions on your mind is how much will it cost?

On average, you can expect to pay between $6.50 and $14.00 per square foot of metal roofing installed. Granted, this is a pretty wide pricing range, but you can expect a metal shingle roof to average between $7.50 and $11.00 per square foot installed, while a standing seam metal roof will cost between $9.00 and $14.00 per square foot installed.

Now, assuming the average cost of $10.00 per square foot of metal roofing installed on an average-sized roof, it will cost about $17,000 to install approximately 17 squares or 1,700 square feet of metal roofing on a typical house.

The low-end cost for steel shingles installed over-top of the existing 17-square roof would be around $14,500 at $850 per square, while the cost of a high-end aluminum standing seam would be about $23,800 at $1,400 per square for a comparable roof.

Install Roof Shingles

$7,500
Average price
Install Metal Roof

$14,500
Average price
Install Flat Roof

$8,225
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If you opt for a less-costly option such as corrugated or ribbed steel roof, your cost will likely fall within $4.00 to $6.50 per square foot installed or $400 to $650 per square, depending on the metal thickness (gauges for steel or mils for aluminum) and the quality of paint finish (acrylic vs. Kynar 500 or Hylar 5000) for the system being installed, as well as your home’s geographic location.

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Important Points to Keep in Mind:

When it comes to residential metal roofing, you are not only paying more for a higher quality and longer-lasting material than asphalt shingle, but you are also paying for a far more costly, professional installation that requires specialized skills, expertise, and equipment.

Keep in mind that there are a number of factors that may influence your final price for a new metal roof. These include the type of metal and the roof style you choose, your geographic location, and the overall complexity of the roof.

Pricing breakdown by System and What to Expect:

1. Introduction to our Pricing Guide
2. Understanding the High Cost of Labor to Install Metal Roofing
3. Steel Shingles, Standing Seam, and Stone-Coated Steel Roofs
4. Aluminum Shingles and Standing Seam
5. Copper and Zinc
6. Paint Finish Quality
7. Metal Roof Colors
8. Effects of Location on Price
9. Why a Metal Roof is a Smart Investment

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1. What to Expect From This Guide

Our pricing guide will walk you through all the main factors determining the cost of a metal roof. You will learn how much you can expect to pay for most popular types of metal roofing materials and how much it will cost to install the system of your choice.

Once you understand how the pricing work and decide on the type of system you want to install, you can then confidently negotiate with any contractor, as well as shop around to get the best deal possible in your area, without sacrificing on quality.

Did you know? The Total Amount of Labor Required to Install a Metal Roof is the Most Significant Cost Factor!

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As a general rule of thumb, the greater the square footage of your roof, the less you can expect to pay on a per square foot basis for your choice of metal roofing material, especially if you opt for standing seam panels.

Did you know? Small-size orders requiring less than 300 sq. ft. or three squares of custom-sized sheet metal panels can be surprisingly expensive!

If you have a complex roof with multiple cut-up angles, dormers, sidewalls, chimneys and/or skylights requiring metal flashing, then your total installation cost will be proportionally higher.

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Metal Roof Colors: How to Select the Best Color for a New Metal Roof

Metal roofing offers a great variety of styles, materials, and colors. This guide focuses on color selection. — The item that every home owner can easily relate to.

Styles relate to the shape of the metal when installed on a roof, such as standing seam, corrugated panels, or tiles. Practically speaking, color considerations don’t matter to the style, though some styles will present slightly different colors and paint finishes.

Materials correlate with the type of metal, also called “substrate.” The popular choices for homes today are steel, aluminum, and copper. For the most part, we stick to steel and aluminum as the likely choice for most readers.

Our attention is on color. We’ll cover available options, general information on color, smart factors for selecting color and wrap up with some technical information dealing with the manufacturing of paint for metal roofs as it matters to the consumer (you).

Color choice may seem like a subjective decision, but our Guide presents (10) considerations that really shouldn’t be overlooked. There is an art and science that comes into play. Our goal is to make sure you are well versed in the considerations as well as related information.

Available Options

Install Roof Shingles

$7,500
Average price
Install Metal Roof

$14,500
Average price
Install Flat Roof

$8,225
Average price

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Surprisingly, many people think of metal roofs as having limited color options. Perhaps they think the color matches the type of metal. Silver for steel, tin and aluminum; reddish-brown for copper; dark gray for lead. As if those are the extent of the color options.

With aluminum and steel, the options are a bit more than these few options. Actually, strike that. The options are limitless! The correct answer to: what are the available color options for a metal roof? All of them. All colors, hues and tints.

Instead of selecting among a few options, the homeowner actually has limitless options to choose from. In some ways, that may seem more daunting. The rest of the article will help simplify things. Well, at least until we get to the technical information.

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Examples of Metal Shingle Colors

Estimated Roof Costs (1620 s.f.)
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Flat Roof
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$14,500
$8,225
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Typical Color Samples from a vendor

Contractors or metal roof vendors are highly likely to keep a limited amount of colors in stock. These are a mixture of popular choices as well as colors deemed best for metal roofs by manufacturers. If for any reason, none of their options appeal to you, there is always the possibility to order a custom-made color.

Obviously, this would come with an additional cost as the contractor or vendor has to purchase it as a unique item rather than something they can buy in bulk.

Not so surprisingly, consumers tend to go with the colors that are in stock. These tend to vary from vendor to vendor. The hue changes slightly so as to provide a unique offering.

Some colors may be nearly identical between two vendors, but have a different name. All part of the marketing and positioning of vendors in the marketplace.

What you are unlikely to find from the specialty vendors (who stock metal roofing material specifically), is standard, or pure colors.

Notice in the sample chart (above) there is no yellow, nor a bright green. While blue and red are present, the options in this set aren’t bright. Vendors tend to go with muted tones.

The reason: brighter / flashier colors are ones that tend to fade fairly quickly. As, color choice is mostly subjective, there is no reason to think of any color as off limits. Just understand that the pros understand color at a level that the average person may not be aware of.


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Metal Roofing Buying Guide – FAQs – Facts – Pros & Cons

If you are considering a new metal roof as potential replacement option for your aging asphalt roof, or you simply want to learn more about this sturdy and energy efficient roofing option, then check out list of the top 70 metal roofing facts below:

In order to help you navigate this long list, we broke it down into the following categories:

Materials Pros & Cons a-rugged-standing-seam-metal-roof
Cost of Materials
Installation
Cost of Installation
Colors & Styles
Longevity
Weather Protection
Durability
Maintenance
Energy Efficiency
Environmental Impact
ROI
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Materials Pros & Cons:

Standing Seam Metal Roof Galvalume Color 1. Metal roofs can be made from a variety of metals and alloys including Galvanized steel (hot zinc dipped G-90 steel, or G-60 steel coated with thinner, least-expensive coating), Galvalume steel (Zinc and Aluminum coating — more expensive and longer lasting compared to G-90 steel.), stone-coated steel (G-90 galvanized steel), aluminum, copper, zinc, terne (zinc-tin alloy), and stainless steel.


  1. The downside of galvanized steel is that it can corrode, eventually, especially when exposed to the moist salt-spray environment, such as near the coastal lines and salty marine environments.

It must be noted that all things being equal, Galvalume steel offers a greater degree of corrosion-resistance and hence longevity than G-90 galvanized steel. G-60 steel is joke compared to Galvalume steel and its cost reflects that. 😉

  1. Steel is the most frequently used material in both residential and commercial metal roof and wall applications, mainly due to its superior durability, strength, and slightly lower cost than aluminum.
  2. Aluminum is the second most popular metal in roofing after steel. It is not affected by the moist salt spray environments like coated steel. Aluminum is only slightly more expensive than steel, but it’s far less expensive than premium metals such as copper, zinc, titanium, and stainless steel.

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