Metal Roofing Installation Cost

How much does it cost to have metal roofing installed?

Although most consumers are very familiar with tin roofing, there are other metals used to craft panels to serve as the primary material in a roof. Today, builders can offer aluminum and steel roofing too. Metal roofing can also be formed to look like shingles or shaped into long "standing seam" varieties that install as large sheets.

For the purpose of this discussion we will explore the costs and materials needed for the installation of a metal roof on the average home. According to the United States Census, the current size of the average home is roughly 24'x45' and contains two full-sized stories. This is equal to 2200 square feet of which 1700 square feet is roofing. The average roof is also of a moderate pitch of 6/12 (which indicates that it will rise six inches in height approximately every twelve inches). Additionally, most modern roofs are very simple and streamlined, meaning that they will not have a great many angles that bump up overall costs.

Can this be considered a DIY project? There are websites and even roofing vendors that insist metal roofing can be a DIY project for an "experienced homeowner", but it is not a simple or short term project and most homeowners hire a roofing contractor to install them.

Cost breakout

The average prices for this project would include:

  • Hiring a Contractor - according to the ImproveNet.com website, the cost of a standing seem metal roof installation for the house described above would be $6700. This includes new plywood sheathing as well as the removal and disposal of pre-existing roofing. This estimate breaks down to $4 per square foot, but it is necessary to note that the the overall average for metal roofing installations will vary according to the region and the materials selected. A homeowner can expect costs to range from as low as $3 per square foot to as high as $15; and
  • New Insulation - it is important to remember that any metal roof installation will always also include updated insulation too. There are some manufacturers offering metal roofing which already contains a layer of soundproofing molded between the two sheets of metal, and this helps to greatly reduce outdoor sounds such as rain falling on the roof, or wind passing across the large expanse of metal sheeting. This is something that must be discussed with the contractor prior to the date of installation.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Upgrade of materials - while many people envision a metal roof as an environmentally friendlier option with a long lifespan, many others use metal roofing to express their designer or personal style. Consider that steel roofing is available in the same styles as the aluminum, and can be corrugated, painted, flat or even zinc plated. Choosing this upgrade does come at higher prices, however. While it does provide the exact same longevity and wear, it will also cost at least twice the price for materials, bumping the steel roof to $8 per square foot installed.