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How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost to Install?

Average cost: $9,545 - $16,582

Low End
$9,545
Average
$13,064
High End
$16,582

A metal roof costs more to install than basic asphalt shingle roof installation, but comes with many advantages. Homeowners can expect metal roof prices to range from $5 to $14 per square foot depending on type of metal material installed. Metal roof installation on an average size home would cost around $15,850 in total. In comparison, the price of asphalt shingles are much cheaper at $1 to $4.25 per square foot and around $10,572 for installation cost.

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Metal Roofing Costs by Material
Metal Roof Material Cost per Sq. ft Cost per Square (100 sq. ft)
Aluminum Roofs $3.25 - $5.75 $325 - $575
Copper Roofs $14 - $22 $1,400 - $2,200
Corrugated Metal Roofs $1.80 - $2.50 $180 - $250
Standing Seam Metal Roof $4 - $12 $40 - $120
Steel Metal Roofs $3.35 - $4.50 $335 - $450
Tin Roofs $3.25 - $14.65 $325 - $1465
Zinc Metal Roof $5.65 - $11 $565 - $1100

Metal Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles

When comparing metal roofing to asphalt shingles there are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration such as price, durability, roofing style preference, overall maintenance, and lifespan of each roof type.

Life Expectancy:

While the initial material and installation cost of a metal roof type is higher than asphalt shingle roofs, their longevity is far superior lasting 40 to 80 years depending on metal type. Metal roofs last two to three times longer than a typical asphalt shingle roof, which sometimes only lasts 7 to 14 years.

Return on Investment:

Metal roofing can also increase the resale value of your home. Homeowners who invest in metal roofing get an average return on investment of 85.9% on their home’s resale value. Metal roofing can also lower your insurance rates and save you money because of its fire resistance, especially in states like Texas and California that are vulnerable to wildfires. Metal roofs boast a contemporary style, extensive warranties (30 to 50 years), and are very durable even in extreme elements such as heavy snow, hail, and even fire. It is best to find metal roof installers near you to help with any roof installation projects you want to complete. It takes an advanced knowledge to properly install metal roofs and it’s best left up to the roofing professionals in your area.

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Types of Metal Roofing

Here are the most common types of metal roofing on the market:

    • Aluminum Roofs
    • Copper Roofing
    • Corrugated Metal Roof
    • Metal Tile Roofs
    • Metal Slate Roofs
    • Standing Seam Metal Roofs
    • Steel Roofs
    • Tin Roofing
    • Zinc Metal Roof
    • See all metal roof types and benefits below

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Metal Roof Prices by Type

It’s important to understand that “metal roofing” is a broad term covering a range of materials with a large disparity in price. Metal roofing will generally run you anywhere from $5.00 to $12.00 per square foot, depending on which kind of metal roof you choose to install. There are more affordable metal roofing options, like steel panels, which usually cost you slightly less, as well as high-end materials, like copper roofing, which tend to average out on the pricier side and could cost up to $48,000 to install. See our chart below of the most common metal roof types and the average costs to install each.

Metal Roof TypesInstallation CostsCost per Square FootCost per Square (100 sq.ft.)
Metal Shingles$5,000 to $15,000$5.25 to $12.50$525 to $1,250
Aluminum Shingles$15,500 to $28,000$3.15$315
Copper Roofing$23,000 to $48,000$14 to $22$1,400 to $2,200
Corrugated Steel $10,500 to $19,500$1.80$180
Standing Seam Metal$23,000 to $30,000$3.50 to $6.80$350 to $680
Steel Shingles$15,000 to $25,000$3.35$335

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Corrugated Steel Metal Roof Costs

  • Corrugated steel panel roofs are the least expensive type of metal roofing, costing about $1.20 to $5.00 per square foot comparable to the price of asphalt shingle roofing. Average costs to install a corrugated steel roof would be from $10,500 to $19,500.

Corrugated steel roofing panels are thin and lightweight, which means it can be installed over an existing roofing. This cuts down on the costs of removing old roofing. However, the quality tends to match the price, as these metal panels are vulnerable to leaks and rust.

corrugated roof


Standing Seam Metal Roof Costs

  • Standing seam metal roofs will cost you about $4.00 to $6.50 per square foot. The average cost to install a standing seam metal roof on the average size home can range from $23,000 to $30,000 in total.

Standing seam roofs are the most common metal roof design due to its availability all over the U.S. to roofing installers and easy access to metal materials. The design features vertical panels that are joined by interlocking seams as seen below.

standing seam metal roof


Steel and Aluminum Roofing Costs

Steel & Aluminum roofing costs run from $3.00 to $9.00 per square foot. Steel shingle roofing on a standard size home would cost around $15,000 to $25,000 to install. Aluminum metal roofing comes in the form of tiles and shingles instead of metal panels. Aluminum shingles costs anywhere from $15,500 to $28,000 to install. Though metal shingles aren’t as affordable as corrugated metal roofing panels, they are a better deal overall. Aluminum shingles typically last 40 years or more and are much more resistant to leaks and rust than corrugated metal roofing panels.

steel roof


Copper Roofing Costs

  • Copper roofs cost between $4.00 to $15.00 per square foot, and is considered one of the highest quality metal roofing types you can install. The average cost to install a new copper roof can range from $23,00 to $48,000. Copper roofing can last up to 80 years if well maintained.

copper roofing costs


Stone Coated Steel Roofing Costs

  • Stone coated steel roofing costs can range from $5 to $12 per square foot of roofing material. The total cost for installation on a 2,400 square foot home would average to be around $21,000.

Stone coated metal roof types allow for aesthetic diversity by offering the benefits of metal roofing with the look of more traditional clay or slate shingles at a fraction of the cost. Stone coated metal roofing is very durable and will offer a long lasting roofing option.


Metal Roof Underlayment Costs

When installing a new metal roof, you’ll want to keep in mind that roofing underlayment and the other accessories needed for a successful metal roof installation can cost between $4.00 to $5.00 per square foot, which you will want to factor into the total installation price. Your roofing contractor will usually have this cost factor already integrated into your metal roofing installation estimate.


Metal Roofing Maintenance

From the factory, your metal roof products will be coated with either zinc (galvanized) or a mixture of aluminum and zinc (galvalume or zincalume). Of those options, galvalume is the longest lasting. All coatings are available in varying levels of thicknesses. Thicker coatings will absolutely last longer, but will also cost more initially. No matter which coating you select though, at some point, long term exposure to the elements will deteriorate the protective finish and you’ll need to recoat. A simple recoat with a polymer coating (Kynar is the most popular) will restore your metal roof to like-new conditions. To wash, use simple soap and water–a hose or a pressure washer can be used, but avoid abrasive tools like wire brushes or steel wool that can scratch your roof. If you do scratch your roof, the scratched area can be wiped down with mineral spirits and touch up paint can be applied with a paintbrush. The long-life of your metal roof can be enhanced with proper maintenance.


Metal Roofing Energy Efficiency

A house with metal roofing.

Traditional roofing products contribute an estimated 20 billion pounds of waste to U.S. landfills on an annual basis. Metal roofing systems are more eco-friendly options as they are made from 30-60% recycled material (and is 100% recyclable) and can be installed over an existing roof, eliminating the out-of-pocket cost, as well as the environmental impact of taking off and disposing an old roof.

Most metal roofing products make use of reflective pigment technology, making your home more energy efficient and decreasing your monthly utility bills by up to 40%. Reflective pigment technology comes in the form of a simple coating that enables metal roofs to reflect heat in the summer, while providing superior insulation in the winter. Metal roof systems provides long-term energy savings, while decreasing your overall environmental impact.


Things to Consider with Metal Roofs

If you are unfamiliar with metal roofs, you may have concerns about the potential for rust, noise from rain and wind, and denting, but rest assured that modern engineering addresses these concerns. Additionally, some believe that metal roofing will increase your likelihood of a lightning strike. While metal does conduct electricity, electricity is not drawn to it. In fact, because metal roofing is fire resistant, if your home is struck by lightening, your risk of fire is actually decreased with a metal roof. Finally, a metal roof will not make your home colder in the winter. As long as your attic is properly insulated, your home will stay just as toasty as any other home in the winter.

Metal Roof Installation

Though you may be tempted to skim a little off the price by hiring less expensive labor, you’re going to want nothing but a highly qualified licensed and experienced contractor installing your roof. It’s a demanding job that requires a technical knowledge base. Additionally, the old roof may need to be ripped off, which requires extra time and transportation of the used materials.

Labor will cost you anywhere from $2.30 to $5.80 per square foot. Keep in mind that roofing contractors have many expenses and generally make a 25% profit from their labor.

Overview

The average cost of metal roofing is $6000. You can save up to 40% in cooling costs with reflective metal roofing. You can also raise the resale value of your home. You will very likely see a return on your investment in these ways, but make sure to calculate your unique roofing costs before deciding whether a metal roof is right for your home.

Metal Roofing Maintenance

From the factory, your metal roof products will be coated with either zinc (galvanized) or a mixture of aluminum and zinc (galvalume or zincalume). Of those options, galvalume is the longest lasting. All coatings are available in varying levels of thicknesses. Thicker coatings will absolutely last longer, but will also cost more initially. No matter which coating you select though, at some point, long term exposure to the elements will deteriorate the protective finish and you’ll need to recoat. A simple recoat with a polymer coating (Kynar is the most popular) will restore your metal roof to like-new conditions. To wash, use simple soap and water–a hose or a pressure washer can be used, but avoid abrasive tools like wire brushes or steel wool that can scratch your roof. If you do scratch your roof, the scratched area can be wiped down with mineral spirits and touch up paint can be applied with a paintbrush. The long-life of your metal roof can be enhanced with proper maintenance.

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