Metal Shingles vs. Standing Seam Metal Roof Costs 2018

Turns out, many homeowners are not even aware that there is not one, but three main types of metal roofing systems available for residential properties; metal shingles, standing seam, and corrugated or ribbed metal panels.

Thus, there are three distinct styles of metal paneling, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the particular style of metal, you can expect to pay between $4.00 to $12.00 per square foot installed.

Why is there such a wide gap in prices?

On the low-end, there are corrugated steel and ribbed metal roofs with exposed fasteners that cost about $3.00 to $6.00 per sq. ft. installed.

On the high-end, there are metal shingles, stone-coated steel, metal shakes, and standing seam metal roofs. These high-end systems average between $7.00 and 12.00 per sq. ft. installed.

Price per sq. ft. Vs. Price per Square

Roofs are typically measured and priced by squares. A square equals to 100 square feet of the roof surface.

In terms of squares, you can expect to pay anywhere from $400 to $1,200 per square of metal roofing installed.

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Metal Shingles, Shakes, and Tiles

Although, many homeowners are not aware of the existence of metal shingles, it’s a compelling alternative to the traditional composition shingles.

All in all, metal shingles cost about double the cost of asphalt shingles installed.

The Cost of Materials for Metal Shingles, Shakes, and Tiles

Metal shingles/tiles and/or metal shakes materials average $3.00 to $4.00 per square foot, or $300 to $400 per square (100 sq. ft.).

Total Cost Installed

Based on that, you can expect to pay about $800 to $900 per square for a metal shingles roof installed. Thus, an average-sized ranch style roof measuring 1,700 square feet or 17 squares will cost anywhere from $13,000 to $16,500 installed, which is roughly twice as much as you would normally pay for an asphalt shingles roof.

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How to Get the Best Deal on a Metal Roof in 2018

If you have your heart set on a metal roof for your home, but you cringe at the thought of how much it will cost, the good news is that there are ways to save even on such a premium product as metal roofing.

Having some insight into different metal roofing materials and styles, as well as better understanding ways roofing contractors operate can help you save thousands of dollars on the cost of materials and installation. Check out these tips and make your dream of owning a metal roof a reality!

Go for Steel as your material of choice

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It goes without saying that metal roofs can be made out of different types of metal, but what many homeowners don’t know is how greatly the price for these different metals may vary. The cheapest (but also lowest quality) Galvanized corrugated steel starts at $175 per square.

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The next BIG step up in quality is Architectural steel, which starts at $300 per roof square (100 sq. ft.) for metal shingles and $350 per roof square. for standing seam.

The next upgrade is aluminum, costing, $350+ per roof square for metal shingles and $425+ per roof square for standing seam.

Aluminum Shingle Roof

Premium metals, such as copper and zinc are outrageously expensive: $900-1400 per roof sq. The smartest financial move is to go for a steel shingle roof, because it offers architectural quality and style at a cost close to corrugated metal panels. – You can read more about it here.

Avoid Seasonal Material Price Increases

In the roofing industry, most roofing material suppliers hike up their prices during busy roofing seasons, which are typically during the spring and early fall in most states across the US. You can avoid these seasonal price increases and save money by scheduling your installation at a different time of the year, convenient for you (summer or winter).

Save Big with Metal Roofing Shingles

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While you may have initially fallen in love with the clean, contemporary look of standing seam metal roofing panels, the reality is that this style is about 25% more expensive than its more classic counterpart: metal roofing shingles. — Metal shingles can offer a wide variety of style and color options, imitating traditional materials such as slate, clay tile and asphalt shingles.

When it comes to longevity, durability, weather protection and energy efficiency, metal shingles will preform just as well as standing seam. So why do they cost less? The reasons are simple:

1. Metal roofing shingles are easier to install than standing seam panels, so contractors will generally charge you less for the installation. For example, installing steel shingles costs around $750 per roof sq. (without tear-off), while installing steel standing seam panels costs around $1,000 per roof sq. (without tear-off).

A similar price difference holds true for aluminum: shingles installation costs $900 per roof sq. (without tear-off), while standing seam installation can easily costs $1,200 per roof square (without tear-off). Overall, it costs about 20 to 25% less to install metal roofing shingles than standing seam.

2. Metal shingles are manufactured from a thinner metal than standing seam, and as a result they cost less. As you can see in the prices for different metals referenced above, regardless of the material, shingles cost as much as as 30% less as standing seam.

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Be sure to get at least 3 roofing estimates

To ensure that you are getting the best possible deal, contact at least 3 reputable metal roofing contractors in your area for an estimate. Typically, you will get these estimates for free. Your prospective contractors should at the very least be licensed and insured.

When picking a contractor, it is crucial to not only consider their price quotes, but also their reputation.

Well-established, mid-size roofing contractors, with many years in the business under the belt, as well as great references will not give you rock bottom prices, because there is no profit in it for them.

On the other hand, you should be very weary of “too-good-to-be-true” offers from contractors with mediocre references, because there is a high chance they will not do a very good job on the installation, which will ultimately mean that you will need to spend thousands of dollars to fix their mistakes.

Always compare references based on job specs; these include material type, gauge (thickness), manufacturer, underlayment, tear-off, ventilation, roofing substrate and snow guards. Your best bet is to go with a small roofing contractor that specializes only in metal roofing and has excellent references, because they are the most likely to give you a reasonable middle-of-the-road price along with top-notch service.

Schedule your installation during the Slow Season

As I mentioned earlier, material prices increase during the busy roofing season, and it turns out that installation prices go up as well! This is especially true for good roofers who are in high demand, and when the season gets busy, they can raise their prices by as much as 15%.

Again, the busy season is typically spring and early fall (especially in the northern states where people start to prepare their homes for the cold winter season). The downside of doing your installation then is not only a higher price, but also a much longer wait time for the contractor to get started on your project.

However, during the slow season, which is in the summer and in the winter (which is more of a dead season), roofing contractors are in desperate need of new work, so they are willing to be a lot more flexible with the installation prices.

Plus, you get the advantage of getting your project started and completed quickly, without the contractor trying to cut corners.

If you are wondering if it is possible to install a new metal roof in the winter, the answer is a resounding Yes! In fact, metal roofing is best installed during cooler months, because metal may sometimes get a bit too hot handle in the summer, so winter is a great time to outfit your home with a brand new metal roof.

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Metal Roofing Panels at Home Depot and Lowe’s: Prices, Colors, Options

Metal continues to be a trending material for home roofs. It offers great variety in style and colors. Styles can include paneling (the most popular option), tiles, shingles/slate, and shake.


Whatever other materials can do in terms of style for a roof (i.e. wood shake or ceramic tiles), metal can mimic it. Here are a few reasons why metal is gaining in popularity:

– the material is recyclable, thus inherently Eco-friendly

– metal tends to be higher in terms of energy efficiency, plus with cool roofs, it can emit UV energy away from a home

– color options up the wazoo

– metal is by nature fire resistant, properly installed metal roofs are fairly wind resistant, and it doesn’t break apart

– more durable than other materials (i.e. asphalt), yet lighter than the other options

– metal panels can be used for other purposes besides a roof

Like all things roofing, a professional contractor is your best bet for installation of metal roof. This article, however, is taking a different approach as we focus on products you can obtain through Home Depot and/or Lowe’s.

A local carpenter or professional roofer may still be how the product gets installed, but depending on the home remodeling project and your needs, the DIY approach is within reach for many metal roofing applications.

There are a few caveats to consider if going through Home Depot or Lowe’s as the middlemen in purchasing products. Color options will be limited quite a bit.

For the average consumer, metal tiles, metal shingles and metal shake are not readily attainable from these stores. With that in mind, we will focus on the metal panels that are offered and available, plus make note of the other materials needed for installation, all of which are available from these stores.

While metal roofing comes in a variety of metals, this article will stick mainly to steel as that is what the two retail outlets primarily offer. This may vary a bit by region as aluminum is a material known to handle ocean spray/saltwater better than steel.

For most areas, galvanized steel is the primary offering for metal roofs. Galvanized steel does a few things, and one of those is making it easier to add coats of paint for further protection and increased aesthetic value.

When it comes to consumer purchasing metal sheets, stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot will offer a quality, durable product. Though less durable than what a pro would probably purchase from their wholesale suppliers.

Steel thickness is measured traditionally with a gauge from 8 to 33, particularly for galvanized steel.

The higher the gauge, the thinner (not thicker) the panel. Unless specially ordered, plan on Home Depot and Lowe’s to provide steel with gauges between 26 and 33, and most likely in range of 29 to 31.

Because the manufacturers that supply product to these stores will market products for residential home owners, we will spend a brief time on what else you might obtain from them directly.

But our goal is to help you in product selection from the two stores, provide helpful tips in working with metal panels and convey (mid 2017) cost information to help with overall planning of your home remodeling projects.

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