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!
One of the main reasons for the high cost of residential metal roofing is the high cost of skilled 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 roofs, the installation of a metal roof must always be carried out in an accurately-measured and highly 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-grade standing seam starts at around $9.50 to $10.50 per square foot or $950.00 to $1,050.00 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 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 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 $3.50 per square foot or $300.00 to $350.00 per square (100 sq. ft.) of zinc-coated steel shingles finished with Kynar 500 paint. The average base cost installed starts at about $7.50 per sq. ft. or $750.00 per square, 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, you would be looking at a total base price of about $10.00 per square foot or $1,000.00 per square of stone-coated steel shingles roofing installed, 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 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.
To have a standing seam steel roof installed on a residence, you can expect an average base cost of $11.00 per square foot or $1,100.00 per square, not including the cost of removing and disposing of 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 trim.
The average cost installed for aluminum shingles starts at around $8.50 per square foot or $850.00 per square 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 $400 to $650.00 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 $12.00 per square foot or $1,200.00 per square, without the removal and disposal of the 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 $10.00 to $18.00 per square foot or $1,000.00 to $1,800.00 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.
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.
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
The actual price of a new metal roof can vary quite a bit depending on your home’s geographic location. The cost of labor varies 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 (LCV), such as Memphis, TN or Louisville, TN.
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% 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 the value of a metal roof will maintain for many decades to come.
A typical 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-ready
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 the raised seams on the standing seam metal roof, 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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