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Metal Roofing Costs – Benefits, Myths, and Pros & Cons

Metal roofing is a far superior, energy efficient and environmentally safe roofing alternative to conventional asphalt roofs.

Naturally, many homeowners who become aware of the many great benefits that metal roofs have to offer, will consider installing metal roofing on their property. This rightfully brings up the question: how come not everybody has metal roofs on their homes?

Aside from the general lack of awareness and perpetuation of the old myths and untruths about metal roofs being noisy in the rain, not that good looking, and easily susceptible to corrosion, it is the fact that on average, a metal roof has a higher initial cost of investment compared to the ubiquitous asphalt shingles.

Generally speaking, metal roofing costs approximately double of what you would normally pay for asphalt shingles installation by a professional contractor in good standing, who has their licenses and insurances in check.

Standing Seam Metal Roof on a residence

Pricing Overview

Metal shingles, the basic kind of a metal roofing system, cost about $250 to $300 per square for galvanized steel shingles, $350 to $450 per square for aluminum shingles, and $1,100 per square for copper shingles.

Standing seam sheet metal panels cost about $450 per square for the materials, plus trim (This does not include the cost of labor). Prices provided here include all the necessary trim and metal flashing.

Install Roof Shingles

$7,500
Average price
Install Metal Roof

$15,000
Average price
Install Flat Roof

$9,000
Average price

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Note: If you are planning to take on the installation of a new metal roof by yourself, then be sure you understand the fundamental principles of installing the particular system that you choose.

Prices provided here are meant as a general guideline only, and will vary depending on your location, contractor, and the difficulty of your roof.

Steel Shingles

Steel shingle roofs cost around $800 per square fully installed including materials and warranty on professional installation. Steel shingle roofs are protected by a layer of zinc and aluminum to prevent corrosion, which should give you about 50 years of service life under normal conditions.

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Aluminum Shingles

If you live near coastal area where the air contains a higher concentration of salt, you should choose aluminum as a metal roofing material, rather than steel. Installing aluminum shingles metal roofing will cost you about $1,000 per square for materials and labor.

Standing Seam

On the higher end of metal roofing products for residential homes you may choose to install standing seam, which will run you about $1,100 per square for materials and labor.

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Standing Seam Metal Roof Installation Basics

Standing seam is the most popular style of metal roofing – both in residential and commercial building industries. It has also been the longest installed type of metal roof, dating back to when all metal roofing was hand-made from sheet metal – usually copper or tin. standing seam roof Today, standing seam roofs are commercially manufactured by tens if not hundreds of big manufacturers, and thousands of smaller roofing outfits with their own sheet metal shops and standing seam roll-forming machines.

We’ve recently added a complete installation guide that walks you through preparing a roof deck and installing roofing underlayment, installing eave, first metal roof panel with gable / rake trim, field panels, sidewall flashing, valley flashing and installation of hip & ridge caps, and includes a hands-on installation video.

Most standing seam metal roofs installed today are 24 gauge steel or .032 aluminum panels with high quality Kynar 500 paint coating, baked-on in seven layers (including primer) in a controlled factory environment when the metal coil is manufactured.

After the coil is slit to the right size, it is delivered to the “manufacturer” of metal roofs, and is roll-formed into pre-measured length panels, which can take place on a job site or in a metal shop, and then delivered to the job site, where they are installed on the roof.

Standing Seam

Most common profiles of standing seam roofs are 16″ panels; they are either snap-lock or mechanical lock profiles.

Snap lock standing seam allows installers to quickly install a metal roof by snapping one panel into a receiving lock of the previous panel.

Snap lock panels can be installed from left-to-right and vice-versa, and even from a center starter panel in either direction.

Install Roof Shingles

$7,500
Average price
Install Metal Roof

$15,000
Average price
Install Flat Roof

$9,000
Average price

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Standing Seam Metal Roofing Costs

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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. – 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

Prices

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.

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For a small order of standing seam panels such as for a porch roof only, you may have to pay as much as a $700.00 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 $800.00 to $1400.00 per 100 sq. feet for a typical standing seam metal roof fully installed (materials plus labor).

Install Roof Shingles

$7,500
Average price
Install Metal Roof

$14,500
Average price
Install Flat Roof

$8,225
Average price

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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.

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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 contractor’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. 😉

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