Tin Roof Installation Cost

How much does it cost to have tin roofing installed?

Roofing is a major issue with any building, and most property owners are looking for durability and a long life span on the materials they use. Most, however, are also considering costs of installation too. This is one of the reasons for the popularity of the tin roof. It is both economical and rugged.

Interestingly enough, there are now many kinds of tin or metal roofs including some formed to look like shingles and others shaped into long "standing seam" varieties that install in lengthy sheets.

For the purpose of this discussion we will explore the costs and materials needed for the installation of a tin roof on the average home. Generally, the current size of the average home is roughly 24'x45' and contains two stories. This translates to 2200 square feet of living space, and around 1500 square feet of roofing. This assumes that the roof is of a moderate pitch of 6/12 (which means that it rises six inches in height approximately every twelve inches up). Additionally, most modern roofs will not have a great many valleys or angles that bump up construction and roofing costs.

Is this a DIY project? While many vendors state that tin roofing can be a DIY project for an experienced homeowner, it is necessary to note that most people use a roofing contractor to install them.

Cost breakdown

The average materials and prices for this project would include:

  • Contractor: the cost of a tin roof installation on the home described above would be $5700. This includes the use of new plywood 1 sheathing but not the removal and disposal of pre-existing materials - which tends to bump up costs around $3 per square foot. The average materials pricing breaks down to $4 per square foot, but the overall average for tin roofing installs will vary according to the region and the materials selected. Generally, a homeowner can realistically expect costs to range from as low as $3 per square foot to as high as $15. The estimated price for a contractor to complete this project would be around $10,200.
  • Insulation: it is vitally important to remember that any tin roof installation must also include adequate insulation materials. The sound of rain and wind across a large expanse of metal can be significant, and appropriate insulation is an absolute must. This is something that must be discussed with the contractor prior to the date of installation. There are some manufacturers offering tin roofing which already contains a layer of soundproofing molded between two sheets of metal.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Upgrade of materials: while many people envision a tin roof as a quaint or environmentally friendlier option, many others use it to make a real statement about personal style. Consider that copper roofing is available in the same format as the tin, though this comes at substantially higher prices. It offers the same longevity and durability, but also gives a remarkable patina 2 and style to a home as well. It averages around $12 per square foot - uninstalled.
  • Roof sealant: applying sealant is a great option for preventing future leaks. This typically costs $850-$1000 for a standard roof.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Underlayment 3 is a waterproofing membrane always recommended to prevent the ingress of moisture and other elements. It also provides weather-proofing until the roof is installed. This can be found at approximately $61 per square or more depeding on its brand and quality. It is required depending on the type of roofing material and slope. Check local codes for requirements. 

Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know. See full cheat sheet.

Plywood: An engineered construction material manufactured from thin slices of wood glued together in alternating grain patterns for strength [+]

Patina: A thin film, usually green or blue in color, that forms over time on certain metals (such as copper, brass, bronze, and aluminum) or wood and stone surfaces due to natural oxidation [+]

Underlayment: Roofing material laid underneath roofing tiles to seal the roof, preventing leaks [+]

Typical costs

$5,700

(24'x45')

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

Alternatives
Cost

Roofing

Related
Cost

$1,000 - $7,000
Flat Roof - Install
$6,000 - $18
$50 - $500
Roof - Clean
$630 - $630
Roof - Repair
$500 - $1,750
Leaks - Repair
$6,000 - $6,000
Roof - Replace

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-39%
Austin, TX
+13%
Beaverton, OR
+15%
Chadbourn, NC
-36%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cocoa, FL
-16%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Conway, NC
-29%
Denver, CO
+1%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Glendale, AZ
-2%
Houston, TX
+24%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kingstree, SC
-42%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Maitland, FL
+3%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Mobile, AL
-8%
Norfolk, VA
-6%
Ogden, UT
-20%
Pensacola, FL
-19%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Augusta, GA
-13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Collins, MS
-44%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Elgin, TX
-22%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Garland, NC
-44%
Holly Hill, SC
-27%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Katy, TX
+63%
Kunkletown, PA
-34%
Lexington, KY
+1%
Malakoff, TX
-38%
Milnor, ND
-40%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Monahans, TX
-1%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Palm Coast, FL
-32%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Pittsburgh, PA
+9%
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