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 $12.00 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 $7.00 to $10.00 per square foot installed, while a standing seam metal roof will cost between $9.00 to $12.00 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 roof would be around $14,500 for the same roof, while the high-end cost of aluminum standing seam would be about $19,500 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 $3.00 to $6.00 per square foot installed, 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.
Important Points to Keep in Mind:
When it comes to residential metal roofing, you are not only paying more for a higher quality material than asphalt shingle, but you are also paying for a 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 your particular 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!
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.
2. Why The cost of Labor to Install Metal Roofing is Inherently High Compared to Asphalt
One of the main reasons for the high cost of residential metal roofing is the high cost of labor required for professional installation. That’s right, installing a metal roof is a technically involved process requiring special skills, training, experience and equipment. Unlike conventional asphalt shingle roofing, the installation of a metal roof must be carried out in a very accurately-measured and precise manner. A metal roof is not simply nailed to the roof deck like its “ugly” cousin, asphalt shingles. 😉 To install a typical metal roof, it can take up to two to three times longer than installing a comparable asphalt shingles roof. To ensure the longevity of a new metal roof, the entire installation process must be carried out with proper technical know-how, precision, care and patience.
The base price includes installation of premium breathable synthetic roof underlayment, along with basic, necessary pipe boots and roof vents. A breathable underlayment will add an extra $30 to $40 to the cost of materials on a per square (100 square feet) basis. All the necessary trim and per-fabricated roof flashing is included in the cost of materials. One square equals to 100 square feet of the actual roof surface.
For instance, If you plan to install a standing seam roof, be prepared to pay more for the cost of labor, because standing seam installation can be quite technical and tedious compared to other types of metal roofing. A typical installation price for a residential standing seam metal roof starts at around $9.00 to $10.00 per square foot or $900.00 to $1,000.00 per square installed. This figure does not include the cost of removing and disposing of the old roof.
Now, let’s take a look at the prices you can expect to pay for various types of metals and profiles including standing seam, steel shingles, metal tiles, stone-coated steel shingles, and their installation costs.
G-90 – Galvanized Steel: Hot-dip galvanized steel is the most affordable (after G-60 steel, which is used primarily in low-grade/low-end corrugated sheet metal panels that are commonly used for low-end roofing coverage of sheds, garages, some homes in rural areas, and lower-end industrial and agricultural applications.) kind of residential metal roofing material. It’s steel coil or sheet steel coated with with a thin layer of zinc oxide, which provides a reasonable degree of corrosion resistance and protection from the elements.
The following systems are usually made with G-90 Steel:
Interlocking Steel Shingles:
Materials will cost around $3.00 to $3.50 per square foot or $300.00 to $350.00 per square (100 sq. ft.) of painted steel shingles including trim. The base total cost installed starts at about $7.50 per sq. ft. or $750.00 per square, not including the tear-off.
Stone-Coated Steel Shingles and Tiles:
Stone-Coated steel roofing products are available in a wide variety of styles and profiles including Tile, Slate, Shake, and Shingle. Materials costs for steel coated shingles and tiles range from $3.50 to $4.25 per square foot or $350.00 to $425.00 per square including trim (based on http://www.newenglandmetalroof.com/research-metal-roofing-prices.html). With a professional installation, you would be looking at a total base price of about $10.00 per square foot or $1,000.00 per square, not including the tear off and disposal of the old roof.
Galvalume Steel – A measurable improvement over G-90 steel, galvalume steel has a coating of corrosion resistant aluminum-zinc alloy applied by a continuous hot dip process. Galvalume steel offers longer-lasting protection against rusting and corrosion from exposure to elements. — It’s for this reason most higher-end, residential standing seam steel panels are manufactured from galvalume steel, not galvanized (G-90 steel).
Steel Standing Seam: Prices start at around $4.00 to $4.50 per square foot of standing seam steel panels fabricated and cut to order at a local sheet metal shop such as the ones available at Beacon Supply or ABC Supply. To have a standing seam steel roof installed on a residence, your would be looking at a total cost of $10.00 per square foot or $1,000.00 per square, not including the cost of removing the old roof.
Aluminum is a step up in quality and longevity from steel. Aluminum is a more appropriate metal for homes based in near coastal areas. Aluminum provides longer-lasting protection from corrosion compared to steel.
Aluminum Shingles: Materials range in price from $3.75 to $5.50 per square foot or $375.00 to $550.00 per square of aluminum shingles including the trim. The total cost installed for aluminum shingles starts at around $9.00 per square foot or $900.00 per square for a basic residential roof, without the tear-off.
Aluminum Standing Seam:
Prices start at around $5.00 per square foot or $500.00 per square of aluminum standing seam panels fabricated and cut to order at your local building supply warehouse. To have an aluminum standing seam roof installed on typical residence, you would be looking at a total starting base cost of about $11.00 per square foot or $1,100.00 per square, without the removal and disposal of the old roof.
5. Copper and Zinc
Copper is a premium quality metal and comes with a hefty price tag. You can expect to pay anywhere from $9.00 to $14.00 per square foot or $900.00 to $1,400.00 per square of copper shingles or standing seam materials, not including the cost of labor. The cost of materials will range depending on the thickness and weight of copper shingles or copper standing seam pans. The cost of installation will also be significant, especially if you choose to go with copper standing seam panels requiring soldering of 16oz. or 20oz. copper pans. The cost of a zinc roof would be roughly on par with copper.
6. Paint Finish Quality Considerations
Today, you can get your metal roof system in any color finish, with special paint coatings available in different grades ranging from low to premium quality. It is best to pay more and step up to a premium grade. If this is for a home you want to be proud of, then aim for a Kynar-500 paint finish. It will be a difference of only a few hundred dollars, but you will have a longer-lasting, high-quality paint that comes with a lifetime transferable warranty, instead of getting stuck with a low-end non-warrantied paint finish.
In order to make an informed decision, make sure your contractor discusses a full range of paint grades and metal gauges available, and suggests the one that would be the best option for your home.
7. Metal Roof Colors
Most modern residential metal roofs are available in a wide array of energy-efficient, CoolRoof rated colors. Generally speaking, the array of color choices is greater with standing seam, but metal shingles, tiles, and metal shake roofs do offer a wide selection of standard colors, as well.
Examples of Steel Shingle Colors
Examples of Standard Standing Seam Colors
8. Did you know? Your Total Cost May Vary Greatly with Geographic Location
The actual price for a metal roof can vary quite a bit depending on your home’s geographic location. The cost of labor varies greatly in different states across the US. If you live in an expensive area such as New York City or San Francisco, the cost of labor for a roofing contractor will be a lot higher than in cities with a lower-cost of living, such as Memphis or Louisville. Knowing this, it is critical to try not to cut corners by saving on the cost of installation and trusting the job to an inexperienced roofing contractor who may be willing to give you a lower price.
Durability and longevity of a new metal roof is largely determined by its proper installation. So, it is best to hire the most-experienced installer in order to get it right the first time, rather than having to spend a lot of money on costly repairs down the road.
9. Why a Metal Roof is a Smart Investment in your Home and Environment
Thanks to its superior durability, longevity, and energy efficiency, a metal roof can be a smart investment in your home. With an energy efficient metal roof, you can save a good chunk of “change” on you air conditioning costs over the summer. Electricity savings of 20% to 30% are common for CoolRoof rated metal roofs during the peak AC usage months. Over the years, these savings will add up.
Durability, Longevity, ROI and Recouped Value
Another benefit of metal roofing is its superior durability and longevity. Metal roofs are built to last. While an average lifespan of an asphalt roof is about 17 years, a properly installed metal roof will easily last 35 to 50 years.
Have you ever seen what a hurricane can do to an asphalt roof? It can literally rip off all the shingles from the roof deck! 😉 A properly installed metal roof will withstand most hurricane-grade winds, hail, snow and ice build-up.
In terms curb of appeal and beyond, a home protected by a metal roof not only looks beautiful, but its value increases and maintains for many decades to come. A recouped value of a metal roof at resale hovers at around 90%. Meanwhile, a homeowner gets to enjoy the classic beauty of metal, along with substantial energy savings and often reduced home insurance premiums.
Green, Fully-Recyclable Material
For environmentally-conscious homeowners, a metal roof will often contain over 30% of post-consumer, recycled metal content, and unlike its “ugly cousin” asphalt shingles, a metal roof is fully recyclable. Every year, billions of pounds of asphalt end-up in our landfills.
Standing Seam Means Solar!
A metal roof can help you save money in more than one way. For instance, a standing seam metal roof is ready for a seamless PV solar system integration. Thanks to its raised seams, PV solar panels can be mounted over the raised seams with the help of special S-5 holding brackets attached to the seams. In other words you don’t need to drill any holes in your shiny roof. Try doing that with asphalt! 😉
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