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The advantages that a metal roof offers has made it one of the most popular roofing styles for residential as well as industrial and commercial roofs on the market today. With those advantages, such as strength, weather resistance and longevity, comes a higher price. Knowing why metal roofing costs more will help you decide the right roof for your home and pocketbook.

Factors That Impact the Cost of Metal Roofing

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New roof cost? To plan and budget for a metal roof, consider the same variables as with any other roofing style. Some costs are non-negotiable, but others can be increased or decreased based on choices and price comparisons.

Geographic Location

Location affects material and installation costs. New England, the West Coast, Hawaii, and Alaska have pricey roofing installation. Midwest and rural southern prices are lower. Since you can’t change your home’s location, it’s wise to acquire many estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

Material Type and Form

Metal roofs vary. Roofing sheets and tiles can be made from a range of materials, and your choice can affect cost. Galvalume might cost $75 to $200 per roofing square. Galvanized steel costs $150 to $350 per square, and aluminum is $150 to $600. Steel, stone-coated steel, zinc, and tin all increase in price, while luxury materials like stainless steel ($400 to $1,200 per square) and copper ($800 to $1,500 per square) round out the high end of material costs. Lead, depending on its core material, costs more than $1,000 per square. Those materials have a longer lifespan and less maintenance and these factors make their higher prices worth it for some projects.

Roofing Style

Metal roofs come in many style configurations. Flat, ribbed, or crimped sheet metal is the most basic style. Material-dependent, sheet metal costs $75 to $600 per roofing square. Standing seam metal roofs are strips or panels of metal whose edges are folded together to produce a ribbed seam. This style’s extra craftsmanship elevates the cost to $200 to $1,000 per roofing square plus the installation cost. Metal roofing strips that look like shingles, shakes, or tiles cost $200 to $600 per roofing square.

Roof Size Slope and Pitch

Roof size determines how much material to order and how long to install. Large roofs with complicated patterns and multiple sides will increase labor costs.

Roof pitch impacts the amount of material you need to order, the method of installation, and the amount of safety equipment technicians will need. Steeper roofs (more than 3-inch rise per foot) cost more in labor since they are more risky, take longer, and require more material. Lower-pitched roofs (less than a 3-inch rise per foot) are walkable and require less safety devices and material. Most expensive roof pitch is curved: These roofs require additional safety equipment since it’s easier to lose one’s balance on a curved surface. Applying panels or shingles to a curved roof without harming the materials is tricky and takes extra time and skill.

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If your installer mounted a metal roof right onto the studs and sheathing of your home, you’d never sleep during a downpour again (and you’d have leaks everywhere). Underlayment between the house and roof muffles sound, insulates, and prevents leaks. If your roof has exposed fasteners, peel-and-stick sticky underlayment can prevent leaks. $4 to $5 per square foot for underlayment is the average cost. This cost may be included in the metal roof material or installation contract.

Labor and Installation

The labor cost for metal roof installation might be three to seven times the cost of the materials. Adding pitched angles, intricate structures, and dimensions can increase labor costs to $10,000 or more. This should contain roof finish items including drip edges, ridge caps, flashing, fasteners, gable edges, ridge caps, and coatings.


Most municipal governments require a building permit for a new roof. The building department will want to ensure the roof’s quality and materials because it’s so important (and assess the property taxes on your home if the roof constitutes an improvement). Check your town’s building department for permit prices. If you reside in a dues-paying homeowners association, you may need additional permits or approval to change the material or color of your roof. Check these at the same time to avoid a fine later..

Painting or Coatings

Zinc or aluminum and zinc coat metal roofing. This protects the roof. Add a polymer coating layer for increased protection, lifespan, and to avoid haze when the metal oxidizes. Some homeowners have a picture of a metal roof that can’t be met with bare metal, so they paint it. The average cost to seal or paint a roof ranges from $300 to $1,500 based on roof size and coating quality.

Cost to Remove an Existing Roof

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When replacing a roof, include the cost of removing the old one and hauling away the debris. Removal will add $1,000 to $1,500 to the project budget. Depending on the type of roof being removed, additional permits may be needed to dispose of the material. A contractor should know this, but check with your municipality to make sure.

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Most new roof installations include gutters and hardware, but if you have skylights or solar panels, you’ll need to add in the cost of replacing or removing and reinstalling them. Your contractor may choose numerous panel layouts for solar arrays or skylights. Custom accessories involve careful design, placement, materials, and labor.

Flashings Vents and Chimneys

A roof keeps water and high temperatures out of a home and allows HVAC and plumbing to run. Plumbing vent stacks, air conditioning and laundry vents, and boiler chimneys may exit via the roof. This requires expert installation. If a house is older, replacing the chimneys and vents may be an added cost. Flashing around windows, skylights, dormer windows, and roof valleys adds material and labor costs.

Metal Roof Prices by Type

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How is Metal Roofing Priced?

Metal and other roofing costs are per square.

Metal roof pricing for cost per square is calculated per square foot and then added up into the cost per square. This is something to pay attention to and understand when pricing out a new metal roof or talking to metal roofing contractors or roofing companies about installing a new metal roof.

Metal roofing is an investment in the roof over your head, as well as the heads of your family, employees, and customers.

Metal Roofing Materials Cost

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Average Material Cost

  • Steel (Galvalume/ Galvanized) $1.50- $3.50 Per Square Foot
  • Steel (Painted) $2.00- $4.00 Per Square Foot
  • Aluminum $3.50- $6.50 Per Square Foot
  • Copper $13-$25 Per Square Foot
  • Zinc $13-$25.00 Per Square Foot

Steel Roofing Prices

Stone-coated steel shingles and tiles cost $3.50 to $4.25 per square foot, installed. Stone-coated steel shingles come in tiles, slate, shake, and shingle profiles and a variety of colors. Acrylic-bonded, ceramic-coated.

Stainless Steel Panels cost $10 to $16 per square foot and start at $15.50 per square foot installed. Stainless steel roofing materials can maintain its beauty for almost 60 years due to their resilience to corrosion and the fact that the metal doesn’t split, become brittle, or expand and contract as the seasons change.

Galvalume Metal Roofing Prices

Installed galvalume costs $0.75 to $2.50 per square foot. Galvalume is a steel-aluminum-zinc-silicon alloy. Available in several options.

Galvalume metal roof panels normally last roughly 60 years, however they disintegrate when in touch with other metals like copper or iron, or construction materials like concrete, brick, or treated deck wood. Unless coated with KJynar, galvalume’s finish can fade or acquire a chalky residue and oil canning, which affects the metal’s appearance.

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Galvanized Steel Shingles Roof Cost

Interlocking galvanized steel shingles start at $7.50 per square foot installed. G-60 is a low-end product used for garden sheds or workshops and G-90 for residential roofing. The metal is coated with zinc oxide (to resist corrosion) and painted with Kynar 500 to retain the finish.

Aluminum Roofing Cost

Aluminum sheets cost $2 to $5.75 per square foot installed, whereas aluminum shingles start at $9 per square foot. Installed aluminum standing seam costs $5 to $7 per square foot.

Aluminum panels are created mostly from recycled aluminum and are recyclable after use. Aluminum is a light material, thus aluminum roofing panels are easy for installers to deal with. They still have the strength and durability needed for roofing. Aluminum’s hue isn’t popular, and it ages and dents rapidly. It expands and compresses almost twice as much as stainless steel and could dent from installers walking on the roof or large branches falling on it.

Copper Roofing Cost

Copper roofing costs $15 to $30 per square foot, and the average homeowner spends $21 per square foot installed. This premium roofing material is rarely utilized for residential roofing.

As it oxidizes, its outer layer changes from a sparkling new pennies to a green/blue patina. It’s lightweight, more malleable than other metal roofing materials, and can be welded to produce a waterproof roof that can last over 100 years. The materials are generally recyclable

Tin Roof Cost Terne

A tin roof costs $4 to $12 per square foot before installation. Popular tin roofing product Terne employs tin as a covering around a steel core. Tin roofing resists rusting.

Zinc Roofing

Zinc roofing costs $6 to $9 per square foot, or $12 per square foot installed. Another strong player in terms of durability and lifespan, zinc must be sealed and ventilated to prevent corrosion on the underside of roofing materials.

In the correct climate, a zinc metal roof can endure up to 150 years. Zinc’s self-healing property removes maintenance, and unlike copper, staining runoff won’t damage the building below.

Corrugated Metal Roofing

A 48SF galvalume panel costs $50 per square, or $5.50 per square foot installed. Corrugated metal roof panels have a wave-like appearance and have been used on farms for more than 100 years, but rib panels are becoming more popular on modern homes. The wave shape allows for one groove overlap during installation. It’s commonly galvanized steel or galvalume with exposed fasteners.

How much does a screw down panel metal roof cost?

A screw down metal roof is $4.50 per square foot at the low end.

Due to its lack of expansion, pros don’t recommend putting a screw-down metal roof over a heated home or office. This doesn’t imply you can’t put this type of metal roof on your home.

Most professionals recommend a standing seam metal roof system to maximize your metal roof investment.

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Standing Seam Metal Roof Cost

Standing seam metal roof materials cost $4 to $4.50 per square foot, with installation costing roughly $10 per square foot. Standing seam roofing uses raised seams to provide a weathertight barrier between metal roof panels.

Each standing seam is produced in the factory, and a seam-locking tool is utilized to link panels onsite. All fasteners are on the underside of the roofing material, so there are no exterior holes.  Comparing standing seam to metal shingles, the standing seam roof has a greater ability to withstand heavy winds.

Metal Panel Profile Options

The type of profile affects price owing to panel quality and installation difficulty.

Metal roofing has two types:

  • Corrugated metal roofing with exposed fasteners
  • Standing seam metal roofing with concealed fasteners

Exposed fastener panels cost half as much as standing seam panels.

A standing seam metal roof and a corrugated metal roof have more differences than price.

How Much Does A Metal Roof Cost Vs Shingles?

$7,858 – $14,412

Metal roofing costs $6 to $12 per square foot installed against $3 to $7 for asphalt shingles. Average cost for a new metal roof is $11,000, although most homeowners pay between $7,858 and $14,412 depending on size, slope, and materials.

Metal Roof vs Asphalt Shingles Repair Costs

Most asphalt shingle roof repairs cost $250–$500 per 100 square feet, but metal roof repairs cost $300–$930.

Asphalt shingle repairs cost $500 versus $930 for metal roof replacement panels. Between $300 and $500 will repair leaks, tighten or replace fasteners, and caulk a metal roof.

Metal Roof Installation Cost Factors

Metal roof installation costs are similar to metal panels or shingles. Aluminum roof shingles cost $4.60 per square foot and $10 per square foot installed, while galvanized steel roof panels cost $3.35 per square foot and $7.75 per square foot installed. Your new roof’s cost depends on many factors.

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What Factors Affect the Cost of a Metal ReRoof project?

Geographic region, eave height, and roof complexity (hips/dormers, valleys, etc.) affect the cost of roof replacement. Beyond that, product selection, aesthetics, and installation costs are major factors.

Product Type: The type of product picked and the family of products within that category affect the cost of any roofing project. First-tier decisions include metal or shingles; second-tier decisions include product thickness and style/type.

Hidden fastener and exposed fastener panels are two types of metal roofing. Both types have different product and installation costs. Exposed fastener panels on straight gable roofs with low eave heights (like ranches) may be comparable to asphalt shingles, while a concealed fastener system on a two-story house with a complex roof plan may be more expensive.

Aesthetics is another pricing element. Metal roofs have many styles and finishes. You can choose a metal roof that looks like slate, shakes, or tile. As Todd Miller points out in this article, these types can “immediately enhance a home through increased beauty and the “high end” value connotation of an affluent home.”

The coating or paint system factory applied to metal roof panels also influences long-term performance and attractiveness. PVDF (Kynar 500®) paint solutions offer the finest fade and chalk resistance. If fade and chalk resistance are high for your home’s curb appeal, choose Kynar 500®/(PDVF) paint.

Many companies still provide lower-grade paint solutions like Silicone Modified Polyester (SMP) for residential applications. Most homeowners are ready to pay a few hundred dollars more for Kynar 500® coatings once they grasp the differences.

Installation costs are another aspect in comparing shingle and metal roofing prices. Different products require different skill sets. Installing shingles is easy. Ease lowers labor costs. Metal demands expertise, finesse, and training. Per hour labor charges are normally greater for a qualified metal roof installer than a shingle contractor.

Cities have greater labor rates than rural areas. The number of metal roof roofs in the area can also matter. Suppose you have only one qualified installer. In such case, your installation costs will likely be greater than someone with the same house may spend in a highly competitive market with numerous installers.

Top Benefits of Metal Roofing Compared to Shingles

Metal roofing is durable and routinely lasts 2-4 times longer than shingles.

  • Metal roofing is sturdy and lasts 2-4 times longer than shingles.
  • Homeowners prefer buying one more roof vs several.
  • In hail and other harsh weather, metal roofing surpasses shingles.
  • Reflective metal roofing can save 20-40% on energy expenditures.
  • High recycled content in metal roofing reduces landfill pressure, unlike asphalt shingles.
  • Metal roofing looks excellent and boosts resale value.
  • Given the rise in market share, it appears that more homeowners are prioritizing performance over price.