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.
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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.
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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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!
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!