Standing Seam Metal Roofing Costs


Standing seam roofs have many advantages over other kinds of roofing. They are energy efficient and environmentally safe, which makes them a popular option for sustainable / green roofing retrofits as well as new construction projects.

Standing seam metal roofs installed right can last well over fifty years with little to no maintenance. Additionally, they are resistant to storm winds, hail and fire.

Most manufacturers offer systems rated for up to 110 mph and greater wind uplift. โ€“ Because of all of these advantages, the higher cost of metal, and a technically involved installation process, standing seam initial costs are often quite a bit higher compared to composition shingle roofs.

metal roof on a house


The price for a standing seam metal roofing materials and labor may vary from supplier to supplier. The price per square foot also depends on the total square footage of materials needed for the project.


For a very small batch order of standing seam panels such as for a porch roof only, you may have to pay as much as a $650.00 for 100 sq. feet of materials.

However, for a larger order such as the entire roof, your materials may only cost between $300.00 to $400.00 per square (100 square feet).

The cost of labor for a standing seam metal roof will generally be quite high due to specialized skills and tools required to install it. You may expect to pay anywhere from $1,000.00 to $1,400.00 per 100 sq. feet or 1 square of standing seam fully installed (materials, installation, permits, warranty).

Getting a cash discount on materials from a metal roofing distributor / supplier

Some roofing and building materials supply companies may offer discounts on purchases that are paid in cash.

While it is true that using credit cards is more convenient for customers, it is more of an inconvenience for the store due to merchant credit card fees and potential charge-backs.

If you are a DIY type and you make it clear that you can pay for the purchase with cash, then the supply store might be more willing to give you a discount.


Should you Consider a Do It yourself Approach?

If you have the time and skills necessary to install standing seam metal roofing on your small garage or shed, then you can save a lot of money by doing installation by yourself or with some help from a friend.

If you do not have the ability nor experience, it is best to leave this job to the professionals. There is a high chance of you making multiple mistakes, especially if you have zero experience with metal roofing. Not to mention that the whole process can be very dangerous.

Buying Materials

If you choose to hire a contractor, make sure that you are involved in choosing your materials for your new roof, as well as asking specific questions to help you better understand benefits and advantages of a particular system.

Learn About Warranties

Before purchasing anything from the store and availing the services of any contractor, you should first ask about the warranties that come along with the standing seam metal roofing and other products, and the contractorโ€™s services.

If a certain option seems a little too expensive, weigh it out with its warranty. It would not be a bad idea to go for a more expensive contractor if a lifetime warranty is being offered on materials and labor.

Although the upfront cost will be relatively high, you will eventually save money on maintenance fees, reduced cooling costs, and not having to re-roof again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Roof Replacement Cost in 2020 – Definitive Guide for Homeowners

The less you know about what goes into a roof repair or total replacement, the more your head starts spinning when bids from different contractors start coming in. ๐Ÿ˜‰


One company is only going to charge you $3,000 for materials, but they include about three weeks worth of labor. Another business gives you a bid for $10,000 and they can be done in just two days!?

A third company comes in telling you that the whole roof, sheathing, fascia, etc. needs replacing and it’s a $20,000 job! And so on and so forth.

Therein lies the importance of two responsibilities from the homeowner:

  • researching a company’s background before asking for a bid
  • getting several bids from pros, perhaps companies from different areas

That being said, what good is getting five different bids if they’re all in cahoots to railroad you? This is why it’s important to know what goes into a roof repair or replacement, what the average costs for each are, and what you should legitimately expect to pay for a quality job. So let’s get into it:

Condition of the Old Roof

About 80% of homes in the U.S are covered in asphalt shingles1. Asphalt roofs have the distinction of not only being the most prevalent, but also the material with the shortest lifespan, so it constitutes a majority of the roofing jobs for contractors in your area. People choose to either replace their current asphalt roof with new shingles or replace them with a metal roof, cedar shakes, tile, etc.

For most homeowners, a new roof is not a pet project like turning a basement into a man cave, it’s a mandatory job, because with a leaky roof, the kitchen is slowly converting into an aquarium. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Some asphalt roofs have supposed lifespans of up to 20-30 years, but the truth is they start showing wear in about 10+.

If the granules have degraded and the shingles are starting to curl, it’s best for a new roof replacement. If only a few shingles have blown off because of a wind storm, they can be replaced in minutes.

If a new roof is needed, you must decide what to do with the old roof. The obvious choice would be to tear it off and start anew, but that adds a lot of labor to the job.

Many homeowners are surprised that their roof tear-off can take 3-4 days when installing a new one is done in an afternoon. They’ve also never had a single old shingle crumble into about 19 pieces when you’re trying to carry it off, nor have they known the joy of pulling up 20,000 nails. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It is possible to shingle over top of the old materials, but you may be putting lipstick on a pig, so to speak, just to save some money. This may be an especially poor course of action, if the plywood sheathing underneath is rotted and failing, thus leading to an early demise of your new roof.

Understanding Roofing Squares

Roofing measurements are hard to understand simply because they couldn’t think of a term besides square to define the dimensions. Most people understand a square to be a square foot, the standard measurement for home living area blocked out in 12โ€ X 12โ€ increments.

A roofing square however is a 10′ X 10′ block. Therefore your roof’s surface might be 2,200 square feet, but will only need 22 square of roofing materials.

Understanding roofing square is important because that’s how contractors charge for materials and labor, even for tearing off the old roof. Contractors might charge up to $200 per square to remove a few layers of old shingles, depending on whether there are 2-3 layers underneath that were roofed over, and if the roof pitch is very steep.

The number of roofing squares represents the first line item to get in your quote โ€“ how much per square to tear off?

More than Just Top Roofing Surface

No matter what type of roof you’re sourcing to have put on (asphalt, slate, clay, wood, metal), understand that the surface price is only a fraction of the total cost of materials. — This is because there are many layers and features underneath that help make the roof a properly-ventilated, waterproof, cohesive unit.

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Metal vs. Shingles: How a Metal Roof Compares to Asphalt Shingles

Why should you even consider metal in the first place?

By far, one of the major problems with asphalt/composition roofing shingles is that asphalt is a petroleum based product, which means that it is inherently ecologically and environmentally-unfriendly choice.


There is no easy and effective way to dispose off all the asphalt shingle roofs that require replacement every ten to twenty years, other than to tear off the old shingles, and send it into the landfill where it will be buried in the ground, and left there to decompose for many decades to come.

Petroleum-based Products should be Eliminated as much as possible, not recycled.

One does not need to be a hardcore environmentalist to see how detrimental composition shingles roofing products are to the nature and the environment.

So, the big question comes up then, “what is an environmentally friendly and practical alternative to an asphalt shingle roof?”.

The answer is simple; for the last few decades metal roofing has been steadily gaining market share and popularity as a green roofing material of choice.

Metal roofing can last much longer than an asphalt shingles, which only averages 10 to 20 years of service life.

A metal roof, on the other hand, can last well over 35-50 years when properly installed. The key to a long lasting metal roof is a strict adherence to your system’s manufacturer installation guidelines.


Metal vs. Shingles Installation Video:

Installing metal roofing correctly involves a thorough preparation of the roof deck, proper application of roofing underlayment, and a correct installation of a steel, aluminum, or copper shingles roofing system.

Whether you hire a professional installer, or choose to go do it yourself route, be sure to follow all the installation instructions thoroughly. — This way your new metal roof will actually perform as it should, lasting for many decades, while providing energy savings, maintenance free roof protection, and a durable and long lasting beauty.


Here are a few more reasons to consider a metal roof for your home:

Metal roofing is reliable and long lasting green building material, which means that you can earn green building credits for the installation of an energy efficient metal roof that is rated by a Cool-Roof rating council and Energy Star for its solar reflective properties.

A metal roof can also help lower your homeownerโ€™s insurance by as much as 35%. Metal roofs are fire retardant, which means they do not support fire, which can be a significant factor if you live in a heavily wooded area.

Metal roofs can withstand powerful storms and category four hurricane winds. This may be very helpful if you live in a hurricane prone area.

Metal roofs provide excellent protection in the cold climates. Coated with specialty coatings, metal roofs shed snow and ice, which may help you prevent ice dams from forming on your roof.

As far as aesthetics go, modern metal roofs may add a unique touch of style and either modern or traditional (depending on your choice of a system) architectural touch to your home.

You can choose from a wide array of traditional metal shingles and shake profiles available in many beautiful colors, to the vertically-oriented lines of standing-seam panels that can easily be enhanced with roof-integrated PV solar panels. — This combination will make your house not only energy efficient, but also capable of generating its own electricity from the ever-abundant solar energy.

Do not let the initially higher cost of metal to deter you from choosing this energy efficient, durable, and long lasting roofing option for your home. Remember that metal roofing will help you lower your cooling costs, appraise the value of your property, and provide many years of reliable and worry free service to you.