How Much Does It Cost to Install Metal Roofing?

Average range: $15,000 - $25,000
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There are many reasons that metal roofs are becoming more popular. One of the biggest draws is the fact that metal roofs require little maintenance. They can also be installed over existing roofs, can last for 40 to over 100 years, are very durable, are more energy-efficient, will not be affected by termites, rot, or mildew, and are recyclable. Compared to other roofing materials, metal roofs can be installed in colder climates without worrying about compromising the quality. Metal does not bend or crack, and it doesn't require curing or sealing during installation. Like structural applications, barns and other agricultural buildings are common uses for metal roofing, but their advantages are increasing their popularity for use in residential structures.

The national average range for installing a metal roof is between $15,000 and $25,000, with most people paying around $18,000 to install a new 1,500 square foot standing seam stainless steel roof. At the low end of the spectrum, you can expect to pay around $6,500 for a corrugated metal roof with exposed fasteners. At the high end, you can pay up to $31,500 for copper roofing with a shake pattern.

Cost to Install Metal Roof

Metal roof installation costs
National average cost$18,000
Average range$15,000-$25,000

Metal Roofing Installation Cost by Project Range

1,500 sq.ft. corrugated metal roof with exposed fasteners
Average Cost
Installation of a 1,500 sq.ft. standing seam stainless steel metal roof
1,500 sq.ft. copper roof with a shake pattern

Metal Roof Cost per Square Foot

The average cost of installing a metal roof ranges from $4 to $30 per sq.ft. installed. The total cost of the project differs depending on the size of your roof and the type of metal material you choose. You can expect to pay more for a larger roof than a smaller roof. The chart below outlines the metal roofing cost per linear foot for different roof sizes:

Cost to Install a 1000, 1300, 1500, 1800 or 2000 sq.ft. Metal Roof

Cost to Install a 1000, 1300, 1500, 1800 or 2000 sq.ft. Metal Roof

Roof SizesCost (Installed)
1,000 sq.ft.$4,000 - $30,000
1,300 sq.ft.$5,200 - $39,000
1,500 sq.ft.$6,000 - $45,000
1,800 sq.ft.$7,200 - $54,000
2,000 sq.ft.$8,000 - $60,000

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Metal Roof Cost per Square

You will often find metal roofing tiles sold per square, ranging in cost between $400 and $3,000 per square. Each square is 100 square feet. The total cost of the project differs depending on the size of your roof and the type of material you choose. There are three common forms of materials to choose from: sheets, standing seams, and shingles. Sheets range between $400 and $650 per square, shingles range between $700 and $2,200 per square, and standing seams cost between $700 and $3,000 per square. The larger the roof, the more you can expect to pay.

Metal Roofing Prices per Sheet

Metal sheets are still a very popular choice of metal roofing, ranging in price between $4 and $6.50 per sq.ft. Metal roofing is not charged by the sheet but by the square footage of sheets. Metal sheets typically refer to flat, ribbed, and crimped profiles. Some of the most common types include R Panel, 5V Crimp, corrugated, and through-fastened. Metal sheets are constructed from galvanized or galvalume steel in both unpainted and painted options. There are many colors available. Lengths of sheet metal range from 8 feet to 24 feet long and are 24” and 36” wide. Sheet metal ranges between 24 and 30 in gauge rating.

Cost of Metal Roof Materials

There are many materials available for metal roofing ranging from $4 to $30 per sq.ft. The materials come in many different styles. You will find large sheets of metal roofing as well as metal roofing that is made to look like shingles. Different materials have different characteristics and different costs. The chart below lists the different types of metal roof materials and their respective costs, followed by subsections that explain each.

Cost per Square Foot to Install Metal Roof by Material: Aluminum, Tin, Zinc, Steel, Lead, Stainless Steel, Copper...

Cost per Square Foot to Install Metal Roof by Material: Aluminum, Tin, Zinc, Steel, Lead, Stainless Steel, Copper...

Metal Roof MaterialsCost per Sq.Ft. (Installed)
Aluminum$4 - $11
Tin$5 - $12
Galvalume$5.50 - $9
Zinc$6 - $12
Galvanized Steel$7.50 - $10
Steel$9 - $15
Rusted Metal$9 - $15
Stone Coated$10 - $15
Lead$10 - $15
Stainless Steel$10 - $16
Copper$15 - $30

Aluminum Roofing Cost

Aluminum roofing comes in panels or look-alike traditional shingles and averages in cost from $4 to $11 per square foot. Aluminum roofing is made from recycled materials and aluminum, making it a very environmentally-friendly option, lasting as long as 40 to 50 years. It reflects sunlight and emits heat which helps keep your home cooler so that you will notice some reduction in energy costs. Aluminum is a light material, making it easy for installers to use. Its sleek surface allows precipitation to run off easily, reducing snow or ice build-up during the winter months. This roofing material is easy to maintain, only requiring resealing every couple of years. Aluminum is less prone to corrosion and rusting and has a high wind resistance, making it a great choice for roofing in coastal areas. A few disadvantages to aluminum roofing are that it expands and contracts with temperature fluctuations, which can cause fasteners to come loose and compromise their integrity. High winds can lift the edges of aluminum panels or shingles, making them noisy during a windstorm. In the summer months, the surface can become very hot. Aluminum roofs are also prone to denting, and even the slightest leaves or debris can make them very slippery. Finally, aluminum roofs are very difficult to walk on if any repairs are needed.

Tin Roofing Cost

You can expect to pay between $5 and $12 per square foot for tin roofing. Tin roofs are by heating metal and saturating it with molten tin. In most cases, Terne is the most popular tin product for roofing. Terne has a steel core and a zinc and tin or lead and tin coating. Tin is a material that is quite durable, sturdy, and resistant to cracking. It is great for areas that experience a lot of rain and snow as the metal allows it to slip easily off the roof. This type of roofing is also eco-friendly since it is made of recycled materials. Over time, tin will develop a gray patina. It requires maintenance to prevent rust and corrosion and can last upwards of 40 to 70 years. Some roofers may charge per sheet for tin, with the most common size sheet between 8 and 12 feet in length.

Galvalume Roofing Prices

Galvalume metal roofing costs around $5.50 to $9 per square foot. Galvalume is made from steel with a zinc and aluminum coating. This type of roofing typically lasts 60 to 100 years but is subject to fading or developing a chalk-like residue that can change its appearance. Galvalume roofing comes in various colors and designs and can be made to mimic clay, slate, cedar shake, or asphalt shingles. It can resist corrosion, is highly pliable, and recyclable.

Zinc Roofing Cost

Zinc roofing costs approximately $6 to $12 per square foot. It has a long lifespan of 60 to 100 years or up to 150 years in the right climates. Zinc is a naturally occurring, durable material that has a self-healing property that allows it to form a coating to protect and reseal itself if it suffers any scratches or dents. This rare ability eliminates the need for maintenance. Zinc comes in the form of shingles or standing seam styles. Zinc roofing needs to be ventilated properly to prevent corrosion on the underside.

Galvanized Steel Roofing Prices

Galvanized sheet metal roofing prices range between $7.50 to $10 per square foot, installed. These types of roofs last around 50 years and are low maintenance. Two common types of galvanized steel are used in roofing, including G-60, which is used for roofing on sheds and workshops, and G-90, more commonly used in residential. These roofing materials are constructed with a steel core and a zinc coating for rust resistance and preservation. Galvanized roofing isn’t as corrosion resistant compared to others and is a heavier type of material.

Steel Roofing Cost

Steel roofing costs approximately $9 to $15 per square foot. It has a long lifespan of approximately 60 years and requires little maintenance. Like metal roofs, steel roofing is great in areas with a lot of snow because it slides off rather than adds weight to the home. A few disadvantages to steel roofing are its high cost, noise factor, and expansion and contraction of panels over time. Steel roofing comes in both panel and shingle options and can be galvanized or galvalume.

Rusted Metal Roofing Cost

Rusted metal roofing averages in price between $9 and $15 per square foot, installed. It is also commonly referred to and recognized by its brand name, Corten Steel. This type of roofing gives a rustic and weathered look. The rusting process protects the layer of steel underneath. Rusted metal roofing is available in most panel styles. It is not ideal for coastal residences.

Stone Coated Steel Roofing Price

Stone coated steel shingles range in price between $10 to $15 per square foot, installed. They are known to last around 40 to 70 years if installed properly. Stone coated steel roofing has high durability, is energy efficient, and requires low maintenance. While functionality is essential, appearance and beauty are also important factors. Stone coated steel roofing comes in various colors, textures, and designs to complement any style of home. Depending on how the roof is installed, there may be noise from rain or hail.

Roofing Lead Prices

Lead is one of the oldest roofing materials used, averaging $10 to $15 per square foot. It is extremely flexible and can be stretched around difficult areas. Lead has a lifespan of 100 plus years and comes in the form of shingles and panels. It is resistant to corrosion and recyclable. Depending on the temperature, lead roofing expands and contracts. Manufacturers have conducted multiple studies to show that lead roofing material is safe. However, it is a good idea to consult with the installer and your state legislature for any legal restrictions.

Stainless Steel Roofing Sheet Price

Stainless steel roofing ranges from $10 to $16 per square foot and comes in both tile and sheet form. Stainless steel roofing materials are recyclable and regarded as being able to maintain their appearance for over 100 years. Stainless steel roofing requires minimal maintenance and is resistant to corrosion. The metal doesn’t crack or fade over time. Choose from a variety of corrugated patterns and several finishes.

Copper Roofing Cost

Copper roofing is a premium roofing material ranging from $15 to $30 per square foot. It has a lifespan of 100 plus years and will not rust, corrode, or break down over time. Copper has a beautiful, eye-catching appearance and is low maintenance. Compared to other roofing materials, it is lightweight, and the materials are mostly recyclable. Over time, copper roofing’s appearance will change due to exposure to the sun. The outer layer will develop a patina. This roofing material is difficult to work with and requires professional installation.

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Metal Roofing Cost by Gauge

Metal roofing cost by gauge ranges anywhere between $1.75 to $9 per square foot. A gauge of metal roofing is a measurement of its thickness. The smaller the number, the thicker the shingle or panel of metal will be. For example, a 26 gauge is thicker than a 29 gauge. Thicker metal costs more than thinner ones. The chart below highlights the cost of metal roofing based on different gauges.

Cost per Square Foot of 29, 26, 24 and 22 Gauge Metal Roof Panels

Cost per Square Foot of 29, 26, 24 and 22 Gauge Metal Roof Panels

GaugeCost per Sq.Ft. (Materials Only)Used for
29$1.75 - $3.00Residential construction
26$1.75 - $4.00Modular press formed granular coated products
24$5 - $7High wind areas
22$5 - $9For spans longer than 6 feet

Metal Roofing Types and Cost

The type of metal you select for your roof directly influences the cost ranging from $4 to $30 per square foot. Many different metal roofing types on the market come in a variety of different colors and styles to meet any vision. The chart below highlights the different types of metal roofing and their respective costs, followed by subsections giving a brief explanation of each type.

Cost per Square Foot to Install Metal Roof by Type: Tuff Rib, Corrugated, Shingle, 5V Crimp, Shake, Insulated Panel, Curved...

Cost per Square Foot to Install Metal Roof by Type: Tuff Rib, Corrugated, Shingle, 5V Crimp, Shake, Insulated Panel, Curved...

TypesCost per Sq.Ft. (Installed)
Tuff Rib$4 - $5
Corrugated$4 - $6
Shingles$4 - $6
5V Crimp$4 - $6
Shakes$4.50 - $7
Insulated Panels$5 - $14
Interlocking$5.50 - $8
Curved$15 - $30

Tuff Rib Metal Roofing Prices

Tuff rib metal roofing is one of the most affordable, ranging in price between $4 and $5 per square foot. This roof was originally manufactured for agricultural buildings but has now made its way to residential homes. It can be painted in a variety of colors. It has many “ribs,” which are great for drainage and offers a traditional metal roof look.

Cost of Corrugated Metal Roofing

Corrugated metal roofing is one of the cheapest metal roofing types available, ranging between $4 and $6 per square foot. This metal roofing gives off an old-school appearance. It is often coated with a zinc finish to protect against corrosion. Corrugated roofing can be painted virtually any color. This roof requires more maintenance, especially after around 15 years.

Metal Roofs that Look Like Shingles Cost

You can expect to pay anywhere between $4 and $15 per square foot for metal roofs that look like shingles. For many homeowners, the benefits of a metal roof need to be weighed against the aesthetic appearance of the roof on the rest of the home. Metal roofs that look like shingles provide homeowners with a visually appealing roofing option while including all the benefits of a metal roof. Some homeowners associations do not allow for vertical panels due to aesthetic purposes. In these cases, metal roofs that look like shingles allow a homeowner to comply with the regulations because they have a more traditional look.

5v Crimp Metal Roofing Price

5V Crimp metal roofing panels are one of the oldest and most trusted types in the industry, ranging between $4 and $6 per square foot. Due to its traditional and aesthetic appearance, 5v Crimp is a popular roofing choice for a cost-conscious homeowner. This type of roofing has 5 “V” shaped ridges to each panel when viewed from the side. It resembles standing seam panels, with the key difference that 5V Crimp panels have exposed fasteners.

Metal Shake Roofing Cost

You can expect to pay anywhere between $4.50 and $7 for a metal shake roof. Shakes are a good choice if you are looking for a thick, high-quality roof. They are thicker than a shingle and are long-lasting if maintained properly. In addition to durability, metal shake roofing systems offer a fire-resistant, insect-proof, non-splitting material. As far as installation goes, shakes take a bit more time to install. You can expect to pay a little bit more for shakes than shingles.

Metal Roof Tiles Prices

Metal roof tiles average in cost between $6 and $15 per square foot. Metal tiles are made to look like concrete or clay tiles. There are many styles, profiles, and color options. These tiles are light and durable, making installation quite easy. Metal tiles interlock and overlap, which helps to keep out elements. They have the added bonus of being a recyclable material with fire-resistant properties.

Insulated Metal Roof Panels Price

The average cost for insulated roof panels ranges between $5 and $14 per square foot. Insulated roof panels consist of metal panels with steel skins and an insulating foam core. The foam core adds a layer of insulation to the roofing, increasing energy efficiency. Insulated panels are known for their design flexibility, quick installation, and thermal properties. A bonus is their curb appearance. Insulated panels protect from wind, rain, and moisture.

Interlock Metal Roofing Cost

Interlocking metal roofing averages around $5.50 to $8 per square foot. Interlocking metal shingles slide and lock into place. They are placed in a staggered pattern and secured with nail clips. These types of metal roofs ensure stability and resistance to maximum winds. They are very popular in hurricane and storm-prone areas.

Curved Metal Roof Cost

The average cost of a curved metal roof ranges between $15 and $30 per square foot, depending on the height of the curve, size of the roof, and roof pitch. Curved roofs are a specialty type of roof and are expensive as there are limited contractors with expertise in these types of roofs. This roof is essentially a roof that has a curved style shape. Curved metal roofing was initially used on commercial buildings but gradually found its way on residential properties.

Labor Cost to Install Metal Roof

Installing a metal roof costs between $15,000 and $25,000, with most people paying around $18,000 to install a new 1,500 square foot standing seam stainless steel roof. Typically, the labor costs make up 60% of the total cost, $9,000 to $15,000. The materials make up the remaining 40%, $6,000 to $10,000. You can expect professionals to charge $50 to $150 per hour. All necessary materials should be included in the estimate from your roofing contractor so that your final bill does not have any surprises.

It is very beneficial to hire an experienced professional to install a metal roof, even if DIY metal roofing installation costs may be lower. Professionals have the training to install a new metal roof efficiently and correctly. Metal roofs are not cheap, and it is best to have the job done right rather than have problems arise because of poor installation. An average metal roof can be installed in a few days by experienced professionals.

This total cost depends on many factors, including roofing materials fire rating, the roof pitch, and location. Metal roofing materials with a class A fire rating can boost the cost, whereas lesser class C rating materials are often cheaper. Some metal roofing materials are offered in either class A or C. The complexity of the roof has the greatest impact on the cost of the project. For example, if you have a single-story home with a low pitch, installation is quite easy and affordable. If you have a multi-story home with many corners and a steep pitch, it can take double the time to install a roof and increase the cost due to difficulty. Finally, where you live affects the overall cost of the roof installation project. The cost of living varies considerably across the country, with higher pricing in Hawaii, Alaska, New England, and on the West coast. Prices tend to be lowest in the Midwest and South rural areas and everything else in between.

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Cost to Install Metal Roof Over Shingles

It costs an average of $4 to $30 per square foot to install a metal roof over shingles. In many cases, metal roofing can be installed over existing shingles, making metal roofs a popular choice. Their installation does not require completely tearing off the existing roof, which can be a time-consuming and expensive job. Metal, although very strong, weighs less than most shingles. So, it doesn’t increase the weight load for the home’s structure to bear. Before pursuing this project, it is important to note that most regulations won’t allow for more than two layers of roofing and that installation will still require an underlayment.

Metal Roof Replacement Cost

A new metal roof will cost an average of $4 to $8 per sq.ft for metal tiles or corrugated metal roofing sheets versus the $4 to $14 rate of a replacement. This is more expensive than installing a new roof as many issues are corrected during replacement and may require the removal of the pre-existing roof or individual shingles. While this can be a costly process, there are many benefits of replacing to consider. The most common roof repairs are to fix and stop leaks. These issues are normally fixed by removing and replacing only the affected shingles or flashing. Roof replacements allow you to upgrade your shingles and improve your home’s curb appeal. Replacing your roof can be a good investment, especially if you are looking to sell an older home. Regardless of the type of roof, the process for replacement is very similar. The process involves stripping down the existing materials, including the shingles, flashing, and underlayment. The deck is then examined and, if required, repaired or replaced. A new layer of underlayment is spread out, and new shingles are installed.

Modern Metal Roof Installed over Vintage Stone Wall

Metal Roof Seam

Metal roof seam is one of the most popular metal roof installation methods. Each panel is connected to create a solid tight seal. The seams are usually the weakest point in a roof. Raising them helps better protect the roof. One of the most remarkable things about standing seam roofs is that the fastener is concealed. No holes on the roofing panels create a very smooth appearance. Snap-loc panels are a popular choice for a standing seam roof. This panel roofing system uses a concealed clip system that allows for thermal movement. The panels can be purchased with Cool Roof-rated finishes and are also great at shedding water and draining effectively. A standing seam metal roof costs about $18,000.

Metal Roof Fasteners

Each roofing system requires specific fasteners. The fastener type affects the price and efficiency. Standing seam roofs use hidden fasteners, which makes them more weather-tight and require less maintenance. However, the cost for installation is higher and requires skilled craftsmen. Expect to pay around $18,000 for a standing seam roof. The other choice is using a roofing system that uses exposed fasteners. Exposed fasteners are more economical than hidden fasteners. These systems require less labor and are cheaper and easier to install. Since the fastener is exposed to the elements, it increases the risk of leaking. Most installers will remove the existing material and use a peel and stick underlayment to prevent this from happening. Expect to pay between $6,500 and $15,000 for hidden fastener metal roofing. The type of fastener will ultimately depend on your chosen material.

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Metal Roof Underlayment

Roofing underlayment is a water-resistant or waterproof barrier laid just underneath the metal roof. This layer is very important. It is a secondary line of defense against weather, protects the roof decking during construction, and is required to adhere to a warranty. Each metal roofing system will have different requirements for the underlayment type. Referencing the manufacturer’s instructions is very important. It is important not to cut corners on the underlayment, as it has to last as long as the roof, and metal roofs last a long time.

Many homeowners now choose synthetic underlayments, as these are lighter than felt and offer better protection. Woven, polypropylene synthetic underlayment fabric is a popular choice. This material stays cooler than felt, is recyclable, and has a longer UV exposure window. The cost is approximately $86 for a 66-foot roll. Felt underlayment, often known as “felt paper,” has been the traditional material used for decades. The felt is saturated with asphalt to protect the roof deck. The cost is approximately $15 for a 72-foot roll. Self-adhering membrane underlayment has been used for many years, particularly on roofs with a steep slope. They are useful in cold climates, as they prevent water entry at the eaves of the roof. These membranes keep water from collecting under the surface since they stick to the roof decking. The cost is approximately $85 for a 65-foot roll.

Breathable and non-breathable membranes prevent water from getting underneath and are resistant to rain and snow. However, a breathable membrane allows moisture to escape through it and out of the building. Non-breathable membranes are not air permeable. The installer needs to make a decision based on the recommendations of the roofing materials’ manufacturer and consider the current roof ventilation.

Metal Roof Colors

Metal roofing comes in various colors and finishes so that a homeowner can choose the perfect fit for their home. Some of the most popular colors include dark bronze, matte black, medium bronze, aged copper, patina green, and an antique bronze metal roof. When selecting a metal roof color, energy efficiency and location should be considered. The color you select influences the energy of your home, so careful selection can save you some money on energy bills. Light colors, compared to dark, are better at reflecting the sun’s heat rather than absorbing it. Light metal roofing colors are often referred to as cool metal roofing colors. Several colors are energy star certified, which can earn you the benefit of a tax credit on top of energy savings. The roofing color should complement the home. Choosing neutral colors helps your home blend in with surrounding residences. If you want to stick out, then a darker color would be the best option. Some locations may have stringent color guides for residences in urban or suburban areas. While all metal roofing exhibits some color change on exposure to weather and elements, the color variation may be barely noticeable in some and more in others. Some manufacturers offer a warranty for the metal color for up to 15 years, which means you will not have to worry about fading.

Metal Roof Finishes

Many metal roof options come with special finishes. Some finishes protect the metal. Some do a better job of reflecting the sun and keeping cooling costs down. And others allow the roofing material to look like other materials such as wood shakes or tile shingles. Special colors and patterns can also be applied during or after installation. For the house to fit in with its surroundings, most metal roof colors are available in both fall and winter options. The cost to paint or apply a special finish to a metal roof averages between $1.50 and $2.50 per square foot.

Red Tuff-Rib Metal Roof

Metal Roof Cleaning Cost

A roof's constant exposure to the elements and open air can cause a build up of debris and dirt over time, along with stains, mold, and moss. Accumulation of dirt and debris can lead to serious damage. This is why professional scheduled cleaning is essential to keeping your roof in good condition. Due to their strong durability, metal roofs can withstand a high-power pressure wash. This rids your roof of any dirt and debris. The frequency of cleaning depends on your climate. A local roofing professional can help you determine the best cleaning schedule. The average cost for this kind of metal roof cleaning is between $0.20 and $0.70 per square foot.

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Metal Roof Maintenance Cost

It is a good idea to inspect your roof at least two times every year, as well as after a major storm. Keep in mind, though, that your roof will need more attention the more extreme the weather is in your location. Regular maintenance involves clearing off any debris, trimming back any low-hanging branches, and checking the state of the sealant (if it has been used) on your roof. If the sealant shows signs of breaking down, such as flaking, peeling, or discoloration, the roof may need to be resealed. The cost for cleaning off a roof and resealing it is about $1,000 for a 1,500 square foot roof.

If there is hail damage or other problems on the roof that need professional repairs, expect to pay between $450 to $6,000 to fix it. Choosing a good coating protects your new metal roof. There are many options, so you should talk to your roofing professional about the best choice for your particular roof. One favorite is a self-plasticizing acrylic that is epoxy and rubber fortified.

Pros and Cons of a Metal Roof

Many things must be considered when thinking about installing a metal roof. Each home and situation is different. It is helpful to be aware of all the pros and cons before deciding if it is the right choice for you. A metal roof has many advantages, including easy maintenance, a long lifespan, energy efficiency, durability, easily recyclable and environmentally friendly, can be installed over an old roof, light weight, and resistant to fire, insects, rot, and damage. Like any other roofing type, slate has its share of disadvantages. These include complex installation, high upfront cost compared to other roofing choices, noisier than other roofs in the rain, wind, and hail, can be damaged by severe hail, and repairs will need to be handled by a specialist.

Metal Roof Energy Efficiency

Metal roofs are one of the most energy-efficient roofing materials available. A metal roof is more energy efficient compared to asphalt shingles. Not only does a metal roof provide great insulation during the cold season, but metal also reflects sunlight, keeping energy costs down during the warmer months. Studies have shown that metal roof finishes reflect solar radiant. Expect to see a savings of 25% to -40% in your air conditioning bills. Although the initial costs of metal roofing are quite high, homeowners find that the energy savings make up for the high initial investment.

Metal Roof Life Expectancy

While metal roofing costs more upfront, this cost is offset by its longer life expectancy--40 to over 100 years with little to no maintenance required. As you can expect, the number of years your roof will last depends on many factors, some of which are under your control and others that aren’t. Some of these factors include climate and precipitation, roof color, sun exposure, roof pitch, and roof ventilation. Extreme weather conditions or precipitation affect the lifespan of a roof. Strong winds are known to cause loosening of tiles or shingles, and heavy rainfalls pose great risks of leaking over time. Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can shorten the life of a roof. The UV rays cause the expansion and contraction of roofing materials. Roofs with higher pitches last longer than flatter sloped roofs as they deflect heavy rainfalls and precipitation. A well-ventilated roof can help prolong its life as it creates a balance between air intake and output.

Steel Roof Painted in Red

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Corrugated Metal Roof vs Standing Seam Cost

Corrugated metal roofs and standing seam remain the two most common types of metal roofs. While both are a great option for roofing, a few key differences should be considered when selecting your type of metal roofing. A corrugated metal roof consists of a formed metal sheet with alternating curved and U-shaped ribs. The edges of each panel overlap and are fastened down using exposed fasteners that penetrate the panel. A standing seam roof consists of a formed metal sheet with vertical ribs at the edges. They are installed by lapping and interlocking the edges of adjacent panels. Standing seam panels are attached using concealed fasteners, which means the fasteners do not penetrate the panel.

When comparing both types, the most noticeable advantage of corrugated metal roofing is the price. Generally, its price is half that of standing seam. Installing a corrugated metal roof requires less of a skillset and is usually easier, meaning the installation is less expensive. The installation of standing seam costs about 50% more than corrugated since it is a much more complex job. Although metal roofing does not necessarily require maintenance, corrugated panels require more maintenance than standing seam. Since the fasteners are exposed, they need to be checked and tightened to avoid possible leaks. There is a much lower chance of leaks with standing seam due to their concealed fasteners. If you have a low slope roof, you are better off selecting a standing seam roof. Corrugated roofing requires a minimum slope of 3-12” and is not suited for low sloped roofs. Standing seam panels are suitable for roof pitches of 1-12” or greater. Corrugated panels are usually made from 29 to 26 gauge metal, whereas standing seam is usually made from 22 to 24 gauge metal. This means that corrugated panels are thinner compared to standing seam. Finally, although it is based on personal preference, standing seam brings an advantage in performance and appearance over corrugated. Standing seam is the more attractive metal roofing type that gives you a more streamlined look.

Metal Roof Cost vs Shingle Roof Cost

When choosing between a metal roof and asphalt shingles, you should compare them side-by-side to find the best fit for your home and situation. Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular types of shingles among homeowners due to their affordable prices. Asphalt shingles will last 15 to 25 years and come in several colors for easy customization. They are easier and faster to install than most shingles and very versatile. Unfortunately, they are prone to color loss/cracks and damage over time. Due to the heavy weight of the shingles, the previous roof needs to be removed first. Asphalt shingles are less durable than most and tend to absorb heat from the sun. Another con of asphalt shingles is that they are not recyclable and are made from petroleum.

Compared to asphalt shingles, metal roofing is more expensive up front. However, a metal roof will last at least four times longer than asphalt, needing little to no maintenance. A metal roof is much lighter and can be installed directly over the existing roof. Additional advantages to metal roofs are that they are energy-efficient, recyclable, and have longer warranties. The cons to metal roofing include their cost, difficult installation, and repair, and you need proper insulation to avoid loud noise on the roof.

Cost to Install Asphalt Shingle or Metal Roof

Cost to Install Asphalt Shingle or Metal Roof

Type of RoofCost (Installed)
Asphalt Shingles$3 - $9
Metal$2 - $30

Metal vs Tile Roof

Tile roofing comes in a variety of different styles and material options. It is a beautiful and highly durable roofing option and comes in many shapes, including curved, flat, fluted, or interlocking. Tile roofing is quite expensive, but that is expected for a roofing material that can last up to 100 years. This roofing is a great choice for homes that experience warm weather or exposure to salt and are common in the Southwest. They are ideal for rainy climates as they are excellent at shedding water from its surface. Tile roofing is fire-resistant and energy-efficient, which also makes them a great roofing option. It is important to be aware that these roofs are very heavy and require a very strong structural frame to support the weight. A few other disadvantages of tile roofing are that installation is difficult and time consuming. They are fragile, need frequent repairs, require sealing, and cannot be installed over other roofing materials.

Compared to tile roofing, metal roofing is less expensive and more lightweight. A metal roof is much lighter and can be installed directly over the existing roof. They come in a variety of colors and types and require little maintenance. Additional advantages to metal roofs are that they are energy-efficient, recyclable, and have longer warranties. The cons to metal roofing include their cost, difficult installation and repair, and the need for proper insulation to avoid loud noise on the roof.

Cost to Install Metal or Tile Roof

Cost to Install Metal or Tile Roof

Type of RoofCost (Installed)
Metal$2 - $30
Tile$7 - $41

Mobile Home Metal Roof Cost

Many mobile homeowners are opting for metal roofs for their homes, ranging between $1,000 and $6,000, depending on the size of the roof. Metal roofs are a popular option due to their improved look and function. Adding a metal roof increases your mobile home's energy efficiency and reduces sound, making your climate control easier to maintain all year round. The material is extremely durable and can be installed on many different roof slopes and types. The installation process is fairly easy and takes between one and two days.

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Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Metal Roof Sealant

Some metal roofs require a sealant and, even if they do not, sealants can help protect a roof and make sure it lasts longer. If the sealant shows signs of breaking down, such as flaking, peeling, or discoloration, the roof may need to be re-sealed. One gallon of sealant covers about 100 square feet. Make sure to consult your roof professional to ensure your estimate includes this service. Sealing a roof adds about $1,000 to the cost of roof installation.

Metal Roof Venting

The underside of a metal roof gets very hot. Hot air rises and needs good ventilation to allow the hot air to escape. Intake vents are installed in the soffit. Gable venting can be used, especially if the attic is unfinished. Ridge venting is necessary for finished attics. If ventilation needs to be added during the roofing job, expect to pay $300 to $500 for a new gable or ridge vent.

Cost to Paint Metal Roof

Hiring a professional to paint your metal roof costs between $1.50 and $2.50 per square foot. Some factors affect the cost of painting your metal roof. The steeper the roof, the more it will cost due to the safety precautions needed for the painters. The color of paint you choose also affects the cost as some colors cost more than others. Some paints require more than one coat which will also increase the cost of the project. The roof's surface needs to be free of mold, dirt, and debris before painting. The need for roof cleaning and power washing increases the cost. Finally, the larger the roof, the more it will cost to paint.

Metal Gutters Cost

Installing your roof is also a good time to install gutters. Your gutters help protect your home and foundation by directing rainwater. Gutters are also a good indicator of the health of your roof. Homeowners have a wide range of materials to choose from when installing gutters. Some common materials include copper, aluminum, galvanized, and zinc. Copper gutters are durable, attractive, and can stand up to most weather conditions. They cost between $2,800 and $3,600. Aluminum gutters are less expensive than other metals. They offer a good combination of cost and durability and are a popular choice among homeowners, costing between $1,100 and $2,000. Galvanized steel gutters are one of the strongest and most durable materials of them all, ranging from $900 to $1,950. Finally, zinc gutters are gaining popularity in the U.S. due to their beauty, quality, and longevity. Their cost ranges from $2,000 to $5,000.

Mounting Solar Panels on Metal Roof

Solar panels make electricity by using the sun’s energy. Sunlight shines onto the panels, and the cells within the panels convert the light into usable energy. The energy is then sent to an inverter, which converts it into electricity. Solar panel installation varies in size, cost, and placement, depending on where you live, how much sun you get, and your energy needs. Sunny locations can often use fewer panels, while areas that do not see as much sun may require more. This creates a wide range of costs for the average homeowner. If you are interested in installing solar panels on your roof, it is recommended to be done at the same time as metal roof installation. Once solar panels are installed, it can make working on a roof much more difficult for the contractors. The national average cost of installing solar panels on your home is between $15,000 and $21,000.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Permits and licenses. A roofing permit is required to install a new metal roof. In most states, either the owner or the contractor can apply for a roofing permit. Be sure to check the requirements in your state. Often, an inspector needs to come out and look at the work when it is finished. The cost for a permit is around $400 to >$1,000 for a residential roof up to 2,000 square feet. Also, make sure that the roofing company you choose is licensed and insured.
  • DIY. A DIY metal roof cost would save you a bit of money, but it is recommended to hire a professional. Professionals have the experience to install a metal roof efficiently and correctly to avoid leaks or problems down the road.
  • Warranty. Most metal roofing materials come with a 20-year warranty. Most roofing companies offer a 20-year watertight warranty. If a company is unwilling to do this, it might be a good idea to look at other companies before making a decision. The warranties should be transferable if you sell the house, but be sure to ask about terms before hiring someone or choosing material.
  • Insurance savings. It should be cheaper to insure a home with a metal roof. Just keep in mind that the roof is not the only thing that affects the cost of homeowners insurance. Other things like multi-policy discounts and a professionally installed security system can also reduce rates.
  • Metal barn and shed roofs. Choosing a metal roof for a barn or shed is a great choice because they are easy to install, protect the building from the elements, and require minimal maintenance.
  • Additional roofing materials. Keep in mind that roofing projects need to budget for extra materials because of waste and overage. Expect to budget in an extra 5 to 7% of your roof’s size.
  • ROI. Metal roofs are energy-efficient, long-lasting, and weather-resistant, all of which are draws for buyers. It can raise the resale value and have a high return on investment.
  • Environment friendly. Metal roofing is 100% recyclable. In fact, particularly with aluminum, it will even have a high scrap value when it is removed.


  • How much does it cost to put a metal roof on a 2,000 sq.ft. house?

The disadvantages to metal roofing include complex installation, high upfront costs compared to other roofing choices, noisier than other roofs in the rain, wind, and hail, and can be damaged by severe hail. Repairs need to be handled by a specialist.

  • Is it cheaper to get a metal roof or shingles?

Shingle roofs are cheaper up front compared to metal roofs.

  • How much does it cost to install metal roofing per square?

Metal roofing ranges between $500 and $3,000 per square.

  • What are the disadvantages of a metal roof?

The disadvantages to metal roofing include complex installation, high upfront costs compared to other roofing choices, noisier than other roofs in the rain, wind, and hail, and can be damaged by severe hail. Repairs need to be handled by a specialist.

  • Can you install a metal roof over shingles?

Yes. In most instances, metal roofs can be installed over one layer of shingles. Some states even allow for two layers.

  • What is the best underlayment for a metal roof?

Although felt was the norm for many years, most roofing contractors now turn to synthetic underlayment for superior protection.

  • Can you install metal roofing directly to plywood?

Yes, as long as the plywood is first covered with an underlayment material.

  • Do you need to vent a metal roof?

Yes. Intake vents and ridge or gable vents are necessary.

  • Do you need sheathing under a metal roof?

Not necessarily. Sheathing under a metal roof is the norm, but there are other options, such as water-resistant membranes.

  • Is there a tax credit for installing a metal roof?

Until recently, there was a federal tax credit for Energy Star-certified metal roofs. This credit has expired, however, but some states may still offer a tax credit.

  • Do metal roofs attract lightning?

No, a metal roof will not attract lightning. In fact, if lightning strikes your home, the metal roof will diffuse the electricity away and make your home less likely to catch fire.

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

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