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?
The national average cost to install a new metal roof is $12.50 per sq.ft. including materials, professional installation, and a contractor’s workmanship warranty. This amounts to a total average cost of $21,250 for a typical 17-square residential roof.
Prices can can vary greatly, depending on the type of metal roofing you want to install (whether it be standing seam or metal shingles and shakes), overall project difficulty, and your home’s location.
Possible range of prices: Because metal roofs come in different materials (aluminum, steel, zinc, etc.) and profiles like metal shingles or standing seam panels, you can expect a price range between $8.50 and $16.50 per square foot of metal roofing installed, depending on the material type and profile, project complexity, and location. This translates to a total replacement cost ranging from $14,450 to $28,050 for a typical 17-square roof (1,700 sq.ft.).
Did you know? In fire-prone areas in California, Oregon, and Washington state, standing seam metal roofs were averaging $18.00 per square foot installed in the summer of 2020. Metal shingle roofs, meanwhile, were selling for between $12.50 and $15.00 per square foot installed in the same markets.
Most contractors measure roofs in squares. One square is equal to 100 sq.ft. A typical single-family house has a roof size of 17 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 residential metal roofing. Note that the total amount of professional labor required (which is tied to the overall complexity of the roof) to install a new metal roof is by far the most significant cost factor.
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Less-costly Metal Roofs
If you opt for a less-costly system such as corrugated or ribbed metal panels, 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 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 Type: Metal Shingles, Standing Seam, Materials & Installation:
- What to Expect
- Metal vs. Asphalt Shingles
- Understanding the High Cost of Labor to Install a Metal Roof
- Steel Shingles, Standing Seam, and Stone-Coated Steel Roofs
- Aluminum Shingles and Standing Seam
- Copper and Zinc
- Paint Finish Quality
- Metal Roof Colors
- Effects of Location on Price
- 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 works 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.
Currently, metal roofing commands approximately 13% share of the sloped roofing market, while asphalt shingles account for over 75% of all sloped roofs in the US. In terms of the expected durability, longevity, and performance, residential metal roofs are built to last two to three times longer than mid-range asphalt shingles.
Metal roofs will generally outperform asphalt roofs in imporant areas like energy efficiency, hail impact protection, and ice dam prevention. CoolRoof rated metal roofs are more energy-efficient than asphalt shingles including CoolRoof rated asphalt shingles because metal profiles tend to have higher SRI (solar reflectance index) ratings from Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) than asphalt shingle products.
In areas that are subject to severe hailstorms, metal roofs will provide better far protection against large hail stones than asphalt shingles. In fact, there is not a single asphalt shingle manufacturer that offers any hail impact damage warranty coverage for their asphalt shingle products. On the other hand, manufacturers of stone coated Galvalume steel tiles like DECRA or Boral Steel offer comprehensive hail impact damage warranty including replacement.
For homeowners interested in installing solar panels on their rooftop, a high-end system like standing seam offers a penetration-free attachment (no need to drill any holes in the roof) of the solar panels to the raised seam of a metal roof.
Fun Fact: As far as the frequently-mentioned myth that metal roofs are noisy compared to asphalt, the actual level of noise from raindrops hitting the surface of a metal roof is only 52 decibels vs. 46 decibels for asphalt shingles. With solid wood roof decks and insulated attics for most homes, this level of noise is a virtual non-factor. The difference between metal and asphalt is almost negligible. For context, the noise level that humans find annoying starts at 70 decibels or higher.
However, the superior performance of metal comes at a higher upfront cost. On average, metal roofs will cost two to three times higher than asphalt shingles. For example, a typical mid-range architectural asphalt shingle roof may cost approximately $9,350 for a 17 square roof replacement job at $550 per square, compared to $21,250 for a standing seam metal roof installed at $1,250 per square.
The difference is due to the more expensive materials and a far more tedious/technical, and hence more costly installation. More on this in the next section below.
One of the main reasons for the higher upfront cost of metal roofing is the high cost of skilled labor required for professional installation. Installing high-end metal roofs like standing seam and interlocking metal shingles requires specialized skills (expensive training), proven experience, and equipment.
Unlike conventional asphalt shingle roofs, the installation of a metal roof must always be carried out in highly accurate and precise manner.
A metal roof is not simply nailed to the roof deck like its distant cousin, asphalt roofing. 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 a proper technical know-how, precision, care, and patience.
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 base-level price to install a high-end standing seam metal roof on a house starts at around $10.50 to $12.50 per square foot or $1,050.00 to $1,250.00 per square installed. This figure does not include the cost of removing and disposing of the old roof, which typically runs between $1.50 and $2.50 per sq.ft, depending on the number of layers and overall size of the project.
The installation typically does include a premium breathable synthetic roof underlayment, ice-and-water shield (in areas with snow and ice), along with any necessary pipe boots, roof vents, snow-guards, and metal flashing details.
A breathable synthetic underlayment will typically 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.
As a rule of thumb, the greater the overall square footage of the roof, the less you can expect to pay on a per square foot basis for your choice of material, especially if you opt for standing seam panels. Order size matters.
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!
Now, let’s take a look at the prices you can expect to pay for various types of metal roofing profiles including different metal alloys and popular profiles like standing seam, metal shingles and shakes, stone-coated steel tiles.
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 applications such as sheds, garages, some homes in rural areas, and lower-end industrial and agricultural applications) kind of residential metal roofing material offering a solid value to price performance.
G-90 steel coil or sheet steel is coated with a thin layer of zinc oxide, which provides a reasonable degree of corrosion resistance and protection from the elements
G-90 steel panels are normally finished with Kynar-500, a paint finish known for high quality and longevity.
The following systems are usually made with G-90 Steel:
Interlocking Steel Shingles:
Materials including trim will cost around $3.00 to $4.00 per square foot or $300.00 to $400.00 per square (100 sq. ft.) of zinc-coated steel shingles finished with Kynar 500 paint.
The average cost to install steel shingles starts at $8.50 per sq. ft. or $850.00 per square installed, not including the cost of tear-off.
Stone-Coated Steel Shingles and Tiles:
Stone-Coated steel roofing products are available in a wide variety of styles and profiles including tiles, slates, shakes, and shingles.
Material costs for stone-coated steel shingles and tiles range from $3.50 to $4.50 per square foot or $350.00 to $450.00 per square including trim.
With a professional installation, expect the starting cost of $10.00 per square foot or $1,000.00 per square for stone-coated steel shingles installed, not including the tear off and disposal of 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 offers longer-lasting protection against rusting and corrosion from exposure to elements. Note that most higher-end, residential standing seam steel panels can be manufactured from either Galvalume steel or galvanized (G-90 steel). The difference in price between the two options shouldn’t be too significant.
Kynar 500 coated Steel Standing Seam: Material prices start at around $4.50 to $5.50 per square foot of standing seam steel panels (including trim) fabricated and cut to order at a local sheet metal shop, such as Beacon Supply or ABC Supply.
The average cost to install steel standing seam roof on a typical house starts at $12.00 per square foot or $1,200.00 per square installed, not including the cost of removing and disposing of old roof.
Aluminum is a step up in quality and longevity from steel. Aluminum is a more appropriate metal for homes based in or near the coastal areas. Aluminum provides longer-lasting protection from corrosion compared to steel.
Aluminum Shingles: Materials range in price from $4.00 to $5.50 per square foot or $400.00 to $550.00 per square of aluminum shingles including trim.
The average cost to install aluminum shingles starts at $9.50 per square foot or $950.00 per square installed for a basic residential roof, without the tear-off.
Aluminum Standing Seam:
Depending on the profile and size of the order, material costs can range from $4.50 to $6.50 per square foot or $450 to $650.00 per square of aluminum standing seam panels fabricated and cut to order at your local building supply warehouse.
To install an aluminum standing seam roof on typical residence, expect a starting cost of $12.50 per square foot or $1,250.00 per square installed, without the removal and disposal of old roof.
Copper is a premium quality metal and comes with a hefty price tag. For materials alone, you can expect to pay anywhere from $8.00 to $15.00 per square foot or $800.00 to $1,500.00 per square of copper shingles or standing seam panels, depending on the profile and order size, not including the cost of installation.
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 the 16oz. or 20oz. copper pans.
Today, you can get a metal roof in almost any color finish, with special paint coatings available in different grades ranging from low-end acrylic paints to high-end Kynar 500 premium finishes.
It is often best to pay more upfront 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 or equivalent paint finish.
Ultimately, it will be a difference of only several hundred dollars, but you will have a longer-lasting, high-quality paint finish that comes with a lifetime transferable warranty, instead of getting stuck with a low-end non-warrantied paint finish.
To make an informed decision, make sure your contractor discusses a full range of paint finish grades and metal thickness gauges available, and suggests the one that would be the best option for your home.
Most modern residential metal roofs are available in a wide array of energy efficient, CoolRoof rated colors.
The array of color choices is greater with standing seam, but metal shingles, tiles, and shakes do offer a wide selection of standard colors, as well.
Examples of Steel Shingle Colors
Examples of Standard Standing Seam Colors
The actual price of a new metal roof can vary quite a bit depending on your home’s geographic location. The cost of labor can vary greatly in different cities and states across the US.
If you happen to live in an expensive coastal area such as Boston, New York City, Washington DC, Seattle, Miami, or San Francisco, the cost of labor for a roofing contractor will be a lot higher than in areas with a lower cost of living, such as Memphis, TN or Louisville, KY.
No matter where you live, it is critical to not cut any corners on quality by trying to save money on the cost of installation. Regardless of the price, you should only trust the job to an experienced and conscientious installer who takes pride in their work.
Durability and longevity of a new metal roof are largely a factor of its proper installation. So, it is best to hire the most-experienced installer to get the job done right the first time, rather than having to spend a lot of money on costly repairs down the road.
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% are common for CoolRoof rated metal roofs during the peak AC usage months. Over the years, these savings 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 of curb appeal and beyond, a home protected by a metal roof not only looks beautiful, but the value of a metal roof will maintain for many decades to come.
A typical value recouped at resale for a metal roof hovers at around 85.9% for metal shingles and standing seam that were installed at about $10.00 per sq.ft. For metal roofs that were installed at $15.00 per sq.ft. or higher, the value recouped at resale ranges between 60% and 70%. Unlike asphalt shingles, the value recouped doesn’t change much with the age of the roof, as metal roofing can maintain its value for many decades, making it a solid long-term investment.
Meanwhile, a homeowner gets to enjoy the classic beauty of metal and substantial energy savings (with CRRC rated colors), while also potentially benefiting form reduced homeowners 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-ready
Thanks to the raised seams on the standing seam metal roof, PV solar panels can be mounted over the raised seams with the help of the special S-5 holding brackets attached to the seams. Because of the raised seams used for attachment of the solar panels, there is no need to drill any holes in the roof.
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