Roofs are one of the most important parts of a home. They protect the home from outside damage and the elements, which is why homeowners look for the most durable, long-lasting materials. Tin roofs have long been a popular choice and have proven their durability and sturdiness against the elements. Some simpler types of tin roofs provide cost-efficiency, while others add durability and style, making them a popular choice for homeowners.
The national average cost for installing a tin roof on a 1,500 square foot home is between $10,000 and $14,000, with most people paying around $12,000 for a standing seam tin roof with a mid-pitch and a sealant. At the low end of the spectrum, however, you can opt for a flat tin roof for $7,500, while at the high end you can pay up to $18,000 to have a painted standing seam galvanized tin roof installed with underlayment, penetration flashing, insulation, and a sealant.
|Tin Roof Cost|
|National average cost||$12,000|
|Average range||$10,000 - $14,000|
Tin roofs are made of rolled steel coated with chemically bonded tin. It’s made through a process of heating the metal and saturating it with molten tin, so the material that results from this process is quite durable, sturdy, and resistant to cracking. Metal lets the snow slip down from the roof and prevents water from accumulating, so tin roofs are great for areas with frequent rainfall and snowfall. Tin roofing is also an eco-friendly roof type since it’s often made of recycled materials. If it’s installed by a professional and properly maintained, your tin roof can last 40 years, with some old tin roofs being more than 100 years old!
Tin roofs are typically charged per square foot at a rate of $3 to $5 per square foot for labor, and around $2 to $7 per square foot for materials. Typically, roofers charge by square foot instead of an hourly rate, as the time spent on installing the roof and the cost of materials used will depend on the size of it. The typical quotes given for different sized roofs are presented in the table below:
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The cost of tin sheets is between $23 and $42 per sheet, with the most common size ranging between 8 and 12 feet in length, although there are sheets in lengths between 3 and 16 feet. Some roofers may give a tin sheet price and offer a quote based on the number of sheets that will be used. They calculate the time it would take to install the sheets on the whole roof for the labor costs and add the materials cost to give a quote for the whole project. Another benefit of tin sheet roofing is that it’s easy to maintain. If there is ever an issue with any of the sheets, you can replace only that sheet, which minimizes a lot of the maintenance costs common with other roofing types.
Tin roofs come at a cost of $2 to $7 per square foot for the materials only. It should be noted, however, that the material we refer to as “tin” is not actually solid tin. Sometimes referred to as “terne roofs,” the metal sheets 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 and flat-lock. Old tin roofs were made of flat-lock panels, while newer metal roofs are more commonly standing seam. Both are installed over wood sheathing using blind-nailed clips.
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A flat-lock roof is a more affordable option that comes with a price tag of around $2 - $4 per square foot. These 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 thus more expensive. Because they have a more old-fashioned appearance, they do not get as much use or attention as the standing seam.
These roofs are slightly more expensive, with the typical standing seam roof cost per square foot ranging between $4 and $7. This type of tin roofing is made of panels with tall, overlapping edges, which give it its name, as the seams “stand” along the roof in even rows. The panels are designed to lock together at the seams, hiding the fasteners. 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 sometimes be hard to find contractors who know how to install them properly.
The prices of tin roofing are also affected by the style of tin, with the common price usually paid by homeowners ranging between $3 and $8 per square foot installed. Tin roofs are less common than aluminum, copper, or steel roofing, and the type of panel largely drives its style. Both flat-lock and standing seam types are available in a wide range of colors and styles, so you can customize the look of your roof with the rest of your home. However, the style of your tin roof is not only for looks. Different styles of roofing provide varying levels of protection, durability, and resistance, which ultimately affects both the installation time and cost.
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R-panels come at a cost of $3 to $8 per square foot for both labor and installation. It’s a durable and low-maintenance roofing type that provides a high level of protection against the elements. R-panels are used for both exterior applications (roofs) and interior applications (walls, kitchen, etc.) due to their durability and affordability.
Installing a 5V Crimp roof costs between $4 and $7 per square foot, and is one of the most timeless tin roof styles a homeowner can install. Traditionally, 5V roofs were used for barns and sheds, but their cost efficiency has made them popular among homeowners in recent times. 5V roofing requires installation over a solid surface, and they are very easy to maintain and extremely leak-resistant due to their shape. However, because of the sturdy, flat design, 5V Crimp roofs aren’t the best match for rough weather, so they are mostly installed in areas where there are no strong winds or pelting rains.
Corrugated tin is slightly more expensive than 5V Crimp roofing, with the overall cost to install it ranging between $4 and $8 per square foot. It’s an energy-efficient, fire-resistant, and very durable material, making it great for areas with an increased risk of wildfires. Corrugated tin sheets typically come with a gray finish, and changing the color can be quite challenging, so they don’t leave a lot of space for customization.
Installing a tin roof typically costs between $5 and $12 per square foot for both materials and labor. Because they offer a great balance of price and durability, tin roofs are installed on a wide variety of structures, from single family homes to sheds and mobile homes. Some areas are easier to access than others, which affects the overall cost to install tin roofing on different locations.
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Installing a tin roof cover is typically done by placing tin panels in the areas where it’s needed. As mentioned above, tin panels cost anywhere between $23 and $42 per sheet for a total size of 8-12 feet, which means that if you need a 100 square foot cover, the materials would cost you $500 to $1,200. Tin roof covers are usually installed for outdoor areas or to protect an existing roof, which also affects the overall cost.
Installing a tin roof on a shed with a standard 10’ x 12’ size can cost anywhere between $600 and $1,440. The installation process requires preparing the roof, installing insulation, and edging, after which the tin panels will be installed. If needed, for an additional cost you can place roof ventilation and flashing trim to prevent leaks and water getting to the wooden structure of the shed.
Installing a tin porch roof on your home would typically cost around $5 to $12 per square foot, or $1,200 to $2,880 for a 16’ x 20’ porch. As tin roofs allow you to customize the look, they are perfect for homeowners that want to match the look of their whole house. The process starts by setting a foundation for the porch roof, setting a roofing frame for the design, and then affixing the roof material.
A tin roof for a mobile home around 1,024 square feet costs homeowners around $5,120 to $12,288 in total. The reason why tin roofing is a popular choice for mobile homes is its cost-efficiency. Mobile homes are exposed to the elements, which means they need to have a roof that provides sufficient protection. Tin roofs provide this protection and are also easy to repair and replace, making them perfect for mobile homes.
Installing a tin roof on a house costs between $5 and $12 per square foot for both materials and labor, or $7,500 to $18,000 for a 1,500 sq.ft. roof. The price ultimately depends on the size of the house, the pitch of the roof, the materials that will be used, and how long the installation will take. In short, the installation process involves preparing the flat surface where the tin roof will be, laying the roofing and adding a sealant if needed.
The tin roof installation cost varies depending on the scope of the project, pitch of the roof, and type of panels. Generally, expect to pay between $3 and $5 per square foot for labor, and an additional $2 to $7 per square foot for materials. As most people pay around $4 per square foot for labor and the same amount for materials, they are evenly split in the average cost of a tin roof at $12,000 for a 1,500 sq.ft.
Tin roofs are installed in the same way as any other metal roof. The old material may be removed, or the new may be installed over top. The underlayment 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. Then, the roof 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, and peaks. Roof vents and ridge caps are added as needed.
You do not always need to remove old roofing when installing a metal roof, but if you decide or need to do so, expect to pay an additional $1 per square foot depending on the type and style of old roof. This means that replacing a 1,500 sq.ft. roof would add an additional $1,500 to the average cost of $12,000 for a total of $13,500. If additional cleaning, repairing, or replacement of the underlayment is required, the cost will increase accordingly. The replacement process starts with the roofers removing the old roofing material, placing new underlayment as needed, and then installing the tin roof. This cost also includes disposing of the old roofing material.
You also have the option of installing a tin roof over the old roofing if you want to save on replacement costs, in which case the old roofing would be used as an underlayment. This is typically a cheaper option because you’re skipping the cost of removing the old roofing. Before you decide to roof over an existing roof, make sure to consult your roofer to make sure that you will be able to do it, as some roof structures won’t be able to support another roof over them.
Whether it will be cheaper to install a shingle roof or a tin roof will depend on the material you choose, with the common cost homeowners pay ranging between $2 and $5.50 per square foot for the materials only. While the prices of a shingle roof don’t differ much from tin roofs, installation costs do, so the overall cost is to install these two different roofing types can vary significantly.
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Tin roofing material prices are slightly more economical than roof shingles, with the typical cost ranging between $2 and $5 per square foot. However, the labor cost to install tin roofs is slightly higher, coming in around $3 to $7 per square foot because of the additional work this roofing requires, so the overall cost is higher than installing shingles.
The advantage tin roofs have over shingles is their longevity. While shingles last between 20 and 60 years, the lifespan of a tin roof starts at 40 years and can go as high as 100 years if properly maintained. Because of this, the value of your home increases more if you add a tin roof instead of a shingle roof.
Shingles can cost anywhere from $1 to $25 per sq.ft., although most homeowners pay around $3.50 to $5.50 per sq.ft. for materials only. Installation costs for shingles are only $1 to $1.50 per square foot. The cost of installing a shingle roof depends on the material you use, the pitch of your roof, any enhancements you desire, and how much work will be needed to install it.
The lifespan of a shingle roof is typically 20 to 60 years, although with proper maintenance they can last even longer. Their lifespan will depend on the type of shingle as well, with the shortest, 20-year shingles, being 3-tab shingles, while metal shingles last the longest, around 60 years.
All metal roofs require insulation, which ultimately affects the price of tin roofing. 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 efficiency 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 to 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.
Tin roofs, and metal roofs in general, last much longer than 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 old. 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 other roofing materials in many areas of the country, and it can be more difficult to find a contractor who is experienced in working with them. Tin roofs also require particular 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.
Installing a standing seam tin roof costs between $7 and $14 per square foot due to the more complicated installation process, while exposed fastener systems cost $6 to $11 per square foot with installation included. Tin roofs are made of panels that attach to one another at a seam, so there will be a fastener required for its installation. This fastener is generally either exposed or hidden, depending on the type and style of roof (flat-lock or standing seam).
Flat-lock roofs have an exposed fastener system. They give you wider panels with fewer seams and tend to be a little less expensive, but the fasteners are visible and can be considered a weak spot for the panels. On the other hand, 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.
Tin roofs require a protective coating to help protect them from the elements. Adding a coat of sealant on a tin roof costs around $0.60 to $0.80 per square foot. If you are roofing over an existing roof, consider adding a sealant to the existing roof, which will help prevent leaks and extend the roof’s lifespan. To properly seal your tin roof, make sure to power-wash it before applying the sealant and let it dry for 24 hours after applying. Reapply this every 5 - 7 years to help maintain its appearance.
Installing gutters costs from $3 to $30 per linear foot installed, with the average cost being around $7 per linear foot. They help direct the water away from your home’s foundation, which would otherwise cause damage and soil erosion. Gutters are typically installed in the areas where rainwater needs to be directed away from your foundation, so the exact number of gutters you will need depends on your home and the area where you live.
Installing penetration flashing adds an additional $20 - $100 to the overall tin roofing cost. It’s always installed prior to the roofing material to help prevent leaks around chimneys and skylights. If you have more than the average number of penetrations, expect to pay around $75 to $100 for penetration flashing.
If you want your tin roof to be in a color different than standard gray, you can have it repainted by a professional for around $1 to $2.50 per square foot. Before it can be painted, the roof needs to be pressure washed to remove any old and flaking paint and clean the roof of any grime or debris that may have accumulated. This costs an additional $0.20 to $0.70 per square foot.
Installing a tin roof can cost anywhere between $7,500 and $18,000, although the average cost of tin roofs most homeowners pay is $12,000 for a 1,500 square foot home.
The materials for tin roofs are cheaper than shingles at $2 to $5 per square foot for tin roofs and $3.50 to $5.50 per square foot for shingle roofs. However, installation costs for tin roofs are higher, so the overall cost to install a tin roof is higher than installing a shingle roof.
Tin roofs can be installed on mobile homes to improve energy efficiency and provide a long-lasting way to protect the mobile home. Installing tin roofing on mobile homes typically costs $5 to $12 per square foot.
All types of tin roofs can be repainted, although it’s advisable that tin roofs aren’t repainted or changed for the first six months after installation.
Most roofers buy tin roofs from a contractor they cooperate with. You can also reach out to these companies if you want a specific type or quality of tin, such as Menards Premium Pro-Snap or other brands.
Tin roofs have a very long lifespan of 40 to 70 years, but if they are maintained properly, their lifespan can be up to or even beyond 100 years.