Metal Roofing Costs – Consumer Guide

standing seam roof with metallic finish Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular with many savvy homeowners, and it is not hard to see why; compared to more traditional approaches, metal roofing offers many advantages including a very long lifespan, low maintenance, excellent durability, along with superb solar reflectance (help to reduce your cooling costs by reflecting solar radiant heat) and thermal emissivity (helps your roof to cool off quickly after sunset. – This is not at all the case with an asphalt shingle roof, which takes many hours to cool off during the night in the summer.) properties that help lower your energy bills, and more.

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It is a well known fact that metal roofs have always been somewhat expensive compared to the far more widespread composition (asphalt) shingle roofs. – This is mostly due to a much higher base cost of metal roofing materials and installation, and partly due to a simple supply and demand. As more homeowners start viewing metal roofing as a viable alternative to asphalt shingles, it is common and appropriate to ask how much it might cost.

The answer can be anywhere from $1.50 per square foot, plus installation for a low-end G-60 (galvanized 29 gauge steel) corrugated steel roofing (with exposed fasteners) finished with a lower-grade (cheaper) acrylic paint, to about $5.00 per square foot, plus installation cost for a high-end aluminum standing seam metal roof with concealed fasteners and lifetime warranty.

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Metal Shingles vs. Standing Seam Metal Roof Costs

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.

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Thus, there are three distinct styles of metal paneling, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. On average metal roofing costs range from $1.50 to $5.50 per square foot for materials alone, and from $4.50 to $11.00 per square foot installed.

Since roofs are typically measured and priced by squares or 100 square feet of the roof surface, you can expect to pay anywhere from $450 to $1,100 per square of metal roofing installed.

Install Roof Shingles

$7,500
Average price
Install Metal Roof

$14,500
Average price
Install Flat Roof

$8,225
Average price

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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.

Tamko Metalworks - metal shingles roof on a ranch
Tamko Metalworks – metal shingles roof on a ranch

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Metal Roof vs. Asphalt Shingles – Buyer’s Guide

The roof is your home’s first line of defense against the harsh weather elements. With a traditional asphalt shingle roof your home’s weather and thermal protection is often inadequate, especially if you happen to live in a harsher climate. For example, in desert-like climates such as parts of Texas, California, Nevada, and Arizona that have a lot of direct sunlight and rapidly changing temperatures, asphalt shingles can often develop all sorts of chips and cracks leading to premature roof failure. Even in temperate climatic zones asphalt shingle roofs average only 12 to 17 years of service life, according to New England Metal Roof. With a modern metal roof you can have a system that can easily last two to three times longer than asphalt, while also providing superior energy efficiency, durability, reliability, and often significant energy savings.

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