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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Zinc Roofing Pricing Guide: Costs, Benefits, and ROI in 2020

Cost effective, durable, elegant — That’s what Zinc roofing is all about. Add in its magical, self-healing ability and it could just be the best roofing material. Ever.

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Steel and Aluminum roofing see much more play in the roofing market, thanks to their wide availability, lower costs and mass production. Copper roofing is Zinc’s real competition, and yet Zinc wallops Copper when it comes to pricing.

However, Zinc is no stranger to the residential metal roofing market in the US. Consider the fact that galvanized steel means zinc-coated Steel. It plays a significant role in ensuring Steel doesn’t prematurely rust. In the European roofing market, 70% of all residential roofs utilize Zinc.

How much Does a Zinc Roof Cost?

Cost of Materials

The material costs for Zinc roofing range between $4.50 and $8 per sq. ft., or $450 to $800 per square. The breakdown for material costs is as follows:

  • $4.50 to $6.50 for Zinc Shingles or Tiles
  • $6.00 to $8.50 for Zinc Standing Seam

Note: A roofing square equals 100 square feet. It’s the term professional contractors routinely use when calculating both costs and materials for a roofing project.

A typical two-story home with a roofing surface measuring 2,300 square feet, is referenced as having 23 squares of roofing work to be done.

All roofing jobs will also require appropriate fasteners, underlayment material, flashing, and other misc. material. — These necessary supplies will add around $1.00 per sq. ft. or $100 per square.

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