Metal Roof Cost 2023: True Metal Roof Installation Prices per Sq.Ft.

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?

Right of the bat: The national average cost to install a new residential metal roof is between $11.50 and $20.50 per square foot, depending on the metal type and profile, roof difficulty, and project location.

For an example of a typical project, you can expect to pay between $23,000 and $41,000 for a new 2,000 sq. ft. or 20-squares metal roof fully installed on a typical house.

This price range is for the installation of architectural or residential grade Kynar 500 or Hylar 5000 metal roofs like interlocking metal shingles, shakes, tiles, or standing seam. It includes all the necessary materials, matching metal trim, and supplies, building permits, professional installation and site clean-up, and comprehensive warranty from the installer.

Standing Seam

Note: Installation prices can can vary greatly, depending on the type of metal alloy and roofing profile you want to install, whether it be standing seam, metal shingles or shakes, overall project difficulty, your home’s location, and from company to company in the same area.

The pricing difference in quotes from one contractor to another can be surprisingly high, which is why it’s so important to get several estimates from both local installers and those from outside the area.

New Shingle Roof

$7,500
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New Metal Roof

$14,500
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New Flat Roof

$8,225
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Did you know? In very expensive coastal cities and fire-prone areas on the West Coast including California, Oregon, and Washington state, standing seam metal roofs are currently averaging between $14.50 and $20.00 per square foot to install. Metal shingle roofs, meanwhile, are selling for between $12.50 and $18.50 per square foot in the same markets.

The increase in prices signals a significant inflation of 5% to 10% compared to the previous year. This price inflation is not unique to metal roofs. In fact, many asphalt shingle manufacturers have increased the prices of their products by 5% to 10% since last year, which also impacted the overall end consumer costs by about 5% to 10% compared to the previous year.

Most contractors measure roofs in squares. One square is equal to 100 sq.ft. A typical single-family house has a roof size of 1,700 to 2,000 square feet or 17 to 20 squares.

Important cost factors: Your roof’s overall complexity and the local real estate market conditions (property values and robustness of the local economy) are the two most important factors determining the price of a new metal roof. Note that the total amount of professional labor required (which is tied to the overall complexity of the roof) is by far the most significant cost factor!

On a possible wider range of prices: Because metal roofs come in different materials and metal alloys like aluminum, steel, zinc (premium metal), etc., and profiles like metal shingles, shakes, tiles, corrugated, ribbed, and architectural and structural standing seam panels, you can expect a rather wide price range between $8.50 and $20.50 per square foot of metal roofing installed.

The actual price per square foot will depend on the material type and profile, project complexity, and location. This wider price range translates to a total replacement cost ranging from $17,000 to $41,000 for a typical 20-squares or 2,000 sq.ft. roof.

Less-costly Metal Roofs: Corrugated Steel and Ribbed Panels

If you opt for a less-costly system such as corrugated or ribbed metal panels, your cost will likely fall within $6.50 to $10.50 per square foot or $650 to $1,050 per square installed, depending on the metal thickness (gauges for steel or mils for aluminum) and the quality of paint finish (polyester or acrylic paint vs. Kynar 500 or Hylar 5000) for the system being installed, as well as your home’s geographic location.

Important Points to Keep in Mind:

When considering the price of metal vs. asphalt, it’s important to keep in mind that with metal, you are not only paying more for a premium product and a longer-lasting material than asphalt, but you are also paying for a specialized, often tedious and involved (and hence costly) professional installation that requires special skills and expertise from the installer, as well as appropriate tools and equipment.

Keep in mind there are several 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 home’s geographic location, and the overall complexity of the roof.

Pricing breakdown by the System Material and Type: Metal Shingles, Standing Seam, Materials & Installation:

  1. What to Expect
  2. Metal vs. Asphalt Shingles
  3. Understanding the High Cost of Labor to Install a Metal Roof
  4. Steel Shingles, Standing Seam, and Stone-Coated Steel Roofs
  5. Aluminum Shingles and Standing Seam
  6. Copper and Zinc
  7. Paint Finish Quality
  8. Metal Roof Colors
  9. Effects of a Home’s Location on Price
  10. Why Metal Roofing?

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1. What to Expect from This In-depth Guide

Our pricing guide will walk you through all the main factors determining the cost of a new metal roof. For your convenience, we provide a simple breakdown of costs for different types of materials and installation.

A beautiful cabin with combination standing seam metal roof

Once you understand how the pricing works and decide on the type of system you want to install, you can then request free no-obligation quotes and confidently negotiate with any contractor so you can get the best possible deal in your area, without sacrificing on quality.

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Corrugated Metal vs. Standing Seam: Corrugation Myth Busters

Who Invented the Original, Corrugated Iron / Steel Roofing Style?

Henry Robinson Palmer learned his civil engineering under Scotsman Thomas Telford, the greatest builder of roads, canals, and bridges in the British Empire in the early 19th century.

Standing seam vertical sheet metal panels

In 1821 Palmer applied for a patent for a single elevated rail supported by pillars spaced ten feet apart that sported wheeled carriages hanging down from either side that would roll along the rail when pulled by a horse. Henry Robinson Palmer had invented the world’s first monorail.

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If you research Palmer’s life today, every source details the creation of the monorail. For most thumbnail sketches of Palmer’s life that is the end of the story, but Palmer himself did not concern himself much with the monorail after building the first one in 1825, about one mile long, in Cheshunt, a town twelve miles from London.

Two years later the 32-year-old Palmer landed a job as resident engineer for the London Dock Company. It was his responsibility to construct the walls along the Thames River to keep the world’s busiest port humming.

The aging wooden docks were in constant need of upgrade. To keep up Palmer patented a lightweight metal building panel that was self-supporting due to a series of waves or folds molded into the sheets.

Palmer’s manufacturing process consisted of pushing his sheet metal across fluted rollers to create the ridges that gave the metal strength. He called this “corrugation”, from the Latin word for “wrinkled.” It remains a common method for manufacturing corrugated metal today.

Palmer erected the world’s first corrugated building on the Thames River docks in 1829 and he continued to patent improvements in the construction of arches and roofs.

It is ironic that today Henry Robinson Palmer is remembered for the invention of the monorail, which is rarely encountered outside of amusement parks, airports, and a classic Simpsons episode. He is scarcely recognized for the development of corrugation, which became so ubiquitous in the 19th century for cheap shelter that most people – and historians – assumed it had been with us since antiquity.

Historical Significance of Corrugation

Corrugated metal roof-on a single-story house

Without corrugated metal there would have been no rapid development of the United States frontier, a less frantic California gold rush, much slower settling of farmland on the Great Plains and much harsher living conditions on the battlefield.

The strength to materials imparted by corrugation extended beyond the sheet metal shop to other industries; it was critical to the development of the cardboard, for instance.

Metal Roof Construction

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By stiffening the metal sheets, corrugation permits a greater span across a lighter framework, ideal for the balloon construction techniques that became widespread in the 19th century.

However, metal for roofing has been used for centuries, although it was rare in early America. Thomas Jefferson was a metal roof fanboy and installed tin-plate iron on the roof of his beloved Monticello in rural Virginia.

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