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Tin Roof Installation Cost

Tin Roof Installation Cost

National average
$11,250
(standing seam tin roof installation with moderate pitch)
Low: $5,000

(flat-lock tin roof installation with a single penetration and moderate pitch)

High: $22,500

(standing seam tin roof installation with high pitch, multiple penetrations, and multiple peaks/valleys)

Cost to have tin roofing installed varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from roofers in your city.

The average cost of installing a tin roof is $5,500 - $18,000​.

In this guide

Pros and Cons of Tin Roofing
Types of Tin Roofing
Tin Roofing Styles
Exposed vs Hidden Fastener
Insulation
Installation Process
Labor Costs
Energy Efficiency
Enhancement and Improvement Costs
Additional Considerations
FAQs

How Much Does It Cost to Have Tin Roofing Installed?

Roofing is arguably one of the most important parts of a home’s facade. For this reason, many homeowners looking to replace their roofs often turn to durable, long-lasting materials that have stood the test of time. Tin roofing is one of these materials, a type of metal roof that can last for decades when properly cared for.

Tin roofing comes in a few different styles and, therefore, has a range of associated costs. The average cost range for installing a tin roof on a 1,500 sq.ft roof is $5,500 to $18,000, with most people paying around $11,250 for the job.

Tin Roof Installation Costs

Tin roof costs
National average cost$11,250
Average range$5,000 - $18,000
Minimum cost$5,000
Maximum cost$22,500

Pros and Cons of Tin Roofing

Tin roofs and metal roofs, in general, last much longer than asphalt 1 and other popular roofing materials. Often, 40 years is considered the minimum that you will get from a metal roof, and some old tin roofs are more than 100 years in age. Because of this longevity, adding a metal roof can also increase the value of your home.

There are a few drawbacks, however. Tin roofs are less common than aluminum and other metal roofing materials, and it can be more difficult to find a contractor who is experienced in working with them. Tin roofs also require maintenance to prevent them from rusting or corroding over time. So while they are durable, they are not considered a low-maintenance roofing option. They may also dent, so if you live in an area that sees a lot of hail, a tin roof may not be the best option.

Types of Tin Roofing

The metal roofs today known as “tin” roofs are not actually solid tin. They are often referred to as terne roofs and are made of a stainless steel core that has been coated or clad in a mixture of either zinc and tin or lead and tin.

Like other metal roofs, they come in two standard types - standing seam 2 and flat-lock. Old tin roofs were made of flat-lock panels, while newer metal roofs are more commonly standing seam. Both are installed on wood sheathing using blind-nailed clips.

Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Standing seam metal roofs are made of panels with tall edges that overlap. These edges or seams give the roof its name, as the seams “stand” along the roof in even rows. The panels are designed to lock together at the seam so that the fastener 3 is hidden in the seam. Standing seam roofs have a contemporary look and are the most common metal roofing style today. The only real con associated with them is the fact that it can be hard to find contractors who know how to install them properly. The panels cost around $2.50 a square foot.

Flat-lock Roofs

Flat-lock roofs have wider panels that lock together with flat overlapping seams rather than with high or tall edges. They are often cut on-site, which makes the installation a little more time-consuming, and they have a more old-fashioned appearance, which means they do not get as much use or attention as the standing seam. The more difficult installation can also make them more expensive to install. The panels are a little less costly, however, around $1.50 - $2.00 a square foot.

Tin Roofing Styles

Tin roofing is less common than aluminum, copper, or steel roofing, and the type of panel largely drives its style. Standing seam panels have a more contemporary appearance, while flat-lock panels are more old-fashioned. Both are available in a wide range of colors, however, so you can customize the look of your roof with the rest of your home.

Exposed vs Hidden Fastener

Because tin roofs are made of panels that attach to one another at the seam, there will be a fastener involved in the roof and its installation. This fastener is generally either exposed or hidden, depending on the type and style of roof.

Flat-lock roofs have an exposed fastener system. They give you wider panels with fewer seams and tend to be a little less expensive. However, the fasteners are visible and can be considered a weak spot for the panels.

Standing seam roofs have a hidden fastener system. The panels are smaller with more seams, but you will not see the fasteners, which are attached to the underside of the seam. This makes the seam more watertight and less prone to failure. They cost more, however, and are more difficult to install, meaning harder for DIY jobs and less-experienced contractors.

Insulation

All metal roofs require insulation. This helps to make them less noisy and reduces echoes from rain, hail, and other objects that may impact the roof. Insulation also helps improve the energy usage of the home and, in the case of metal roofs installed in hot climates, helps prevent the attic space from becoming overheated.

The insulation used with a metal roof is generally added into the cost of the project. The type most commonly used is a rigid insulation board, such as extruded polystyrene (XPS) or insulated panel system (IPS) insulation. It is best if the insulation is also designed for moisture management, which can help prolong the life of the roof.

Installation Process

Tin roofs are installed in the same way as any other metal roof. The old material may be removed, or the metal roof may be installed over it. The underlayment 4 and insulation are put down, then the edges of the roof and any openings in the roof for chimneys or skylights are flashed to reduce leaks. 

The panels are trimmed and installed one at a time with the edges overlapping to form whichever type of seam the roof calls for - standing or flat-lock. The panels will be trimmed or cut on-site to help accommodate openings in the roof, such as chimneys, valleys, or peaks. Roof vents and ridge caps are added as needed.

Labor Costs

Labor costs vary depending on the scope of the project, pitch of the roof, and type of panels. Generally, expect to pay between $3 and $7 a square foot for labor, with most people paying around $4 a square foot. This makes the labor for a 1,500 sq.ft. roof around $6,000 of the $11,250 total.

Energy Efficiency

Metal roofs are very energy-efficient. Between their insulation and the fact that the metal reflects solar radiant heat, studies have found that metal roofs can improve a home’s energy efficiency by 10% - 15% or more in many homes. This can be of particular benefit to households located in very hot or cold climates.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Roof Sealant

If you are roofing over an existing roof, consider adding a sealant to the existing roof. This helps prevent leaks and extend the roof’s lifespan.

Old Material Removal

You do not always need to remove old roofing when installing a metal roof. However, if you do decide to do so, expect to pay an additional $1 a square foot. 

Penetration Flashing

Penetration flashing 5 is always installed prior to the roofing material. It helps prevent leaks around chimneys and skylights. If you have more than the average number of penetrations, expect to pay an additional $75 - $100.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Tin roofs require a protective coating to help protect them from the elements. Reapply this every 5 - 7 years to help maintain its appearance. This costs from $200 - $2,000, depending on the type and amount of coating used.
  • New metal roofs may be less expensive to install than a replacement metal roof because a new metal roof can be installed directly over old roofing. Replacements require more work.
  • The pitch or slope of your roof impacts the cost of installation, as well as the materials used. The higher the pitch, the more expensive the installation, and the more limited the options.
  • Tin roofs that do not have a galvanized coating will rust if they are exposed to the elements. Most installers include the coating in the cost of the roof.
  • While metal roofs can get hot in the sun, they can be given a color that helps reflect heat and keeps the roof cooler.
  • Metal roofs do not make your home a lightning rod and can help protect your home from lightning damage and fires.
  • Hail can dent metal roofs. Homes located in areas that see a lot of hail each year may require hail-resistant roofing.
  • Some areas require permits for a new roof while others do not. Always check with your local town or city hall to find out if you need a permit.

FAQs

  • Is a tin roof expensive?

Tin roofs have similar costs with other metal roofs, costing around $750 a square installed.

Ideally, both underlayment 4 and insulation should be used with a tin roof. 

  • How long does a tin roof last?

Tin roofs can last 40 - 70 years on average when taken care of.

  • Are tin roofs noisy?

Newer technologies and the use of insulation mean that tin roofs are no longer considered noisy. ​

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
See full cheat sheet.
glossary term picture Bitumen 1 Asphalt: A viscous, black mixture of hydrocarbons often used for roofing and waterproofing. It is also used in asphalt for paving roads
2 Seam: A fold, line, or groove where two pieces of material join together
3 Fastener: Hardware used to attach two or more objects to each other. A common example is a nail
4 Underlayment: Roofing material laid underneath roofing tiles to seal the roof, preventing leaks
glossary term picture Flashing 5 Flashing: Pieces of sheet metal used on roofs to cover joints, such as where the roof meets the wall, or around a chimney or skylight, to protect them and prevent water leaking through

Cost to have tin roofing installed varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Installed Metal Tin Roof

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Akron, OH
-6%
Allen, TX
+23%
Ashville, OH
-23%
Athens, GA
-9%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Beaumont, TX
+10%
Birmingham, AL
+6%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Bowdoin, ME
-17%
Brewton, AL
-40%
Cedar Rapids, IA
+6%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Columbia, SC
-10%
Concord, NC
-15%
Corpus Christi, TX
+4%
Davenport, IA
-4%
Decatur, IL
0%
Delaware, OH
-1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Wayne, IN
-7%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Greenville, SC
-12%
Houston, TX
+24%
Hutchinson, KS
-33%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jackson, MI
-14%
Jackson, MS
-10%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Lamberton, MN
-30%
Lancaster, CA
+4%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lewiston, ME
-17%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Lowell, MA
+36%
Marshfield, WI
+2%
Melbourne, FL
-16%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Mobile, AL
-8%
Moreno Valley, CA
-6%
Naples, FL
-3%
Nashville, TN
+21%
Orlando, FL
+2%
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