2020 Standing Seam Metal Roof Details: Cost, Colors, and Pros & Cons

Standing seam is a descriptive industry term for vertical sheet metal panels. It’s one of the most popular metal roofing styles for homes, thanks to its beauty, durability, longevity, simplicity, versatility, energy efficiency, and its remarkably clean, bold looks.

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If you like the modern style of raised metal seams and clean lines, then consider installing this system on your home. A standing seam metal roof will not only compliment your home, but it will also give it that contemporary look and feel, along with its unmatched durability, longevity, and energy efficiency. πŸ˜‰

Standing Seam Metal Panels in a Nutshell

Standing seam is a high-end upgrade and an undisputed step up in quality and longevity from the classic corrugated and ribbed style metal roofs. Unlike its predecessor, corrugated steel roofing, which is still being widely used today for many commercial, industrial, and even some residential projects, standing seam has an improved design featuring concealed fasteners.

The ingenious design of standing seam metal roof featuring its characteristic raised seams, with no exposed screws in the roof, helps minimize the chance of a roof leak down the road.

Standing seam roof on a two story house

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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Standing Seam vs. Corrugated Metal

Standing seam roofs are generally made from thicker grades of steel than corrugated steel roofs. While many corrugated steel roofs are made using the thinner 29 gauge steel, a minimum of 26 gauge G-90 galvanized steel or more commonly Galvalume steel (better) is used for manufacturing of standing seam metal panels.

A 24 and 22 gauge steel can also be used for residential and commercial styles including architectural (requiring a roof deck) and structural (requiring a suitable roof frame only) profiles.

A mid-panel stiffening technique is sometimes employed by the sheet metal fabricators, suppliers and manufacturers for a 16 inch and wider standing seam panels in order to prevent “oil canning” of the panels.

A metal coil from which standing seam panels are manufactured is usually factory painted with a high-end Kynar 500 paint finish. — this is unlike its close cousins corrugated and ribbed metal roofs (featuring exposed fasteners) that are often painted with cheaper, acrylic paints.


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Metal Roofing Pros and Cons in 2020 – The Ultimate Guide for Homeowners

Metal aka the “forever roof” can be an excellent choice for residential re-roofing applications, particularly in comparison to the less-durable, temporary roof types such as asphalt shingles. via Anthony Wilder Pros of Metal Extremely Durable and Long-Lasting Compared to the more traditional asphalt shingle, metal is a far more durable and longer-lasting option for residential … Read more

Metal Roofing Cost vs. Asphalt Shingles in 2020 – Metal Roof Prices

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 $5.50 and $15.50 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 $12.50 per square foot installed, while a standing seam roof will cost between $9.50 and $15.50 per square foot installed.

All else being equal, a quote for a new metal roof in an expensive coastal city such as Boston, Washington DC, or Seattle will likely be some 30% to 50% higher than a comparable quote in the middle of the country.

Most contractors measure roofs in squares. One square is equal to 100 sq.ft. Now, assuming the average cost of $10.00 per square foot installed, it will cost about $17,000 to install approximately seventeen squares or 1,700 square feet of metal roofing on a typical house.

A low-end total cost for a steel shingles roof 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 $26,350 at $1,550 per square for a comparable roof.

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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If you opt for a less-costly option such as corrugated or ribbed steel roof, your cost will likely fall within $5.50 to $7.50 per square foot or $550 to $750 per square installed, depending on the metal thickness (gauges for steel or Mils for aluminum) and the quality of paint finish (polyester or 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 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 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 home’s geographic location, and the overall complexity of the roof.

Pricing breakdown by the System Type 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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