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Metal Shingles vs. Standing Seam Metal Roof Costs

As it turns out, many homeowners are not aware that there is not one, but three main types of metal roofing systems available for residential properties; metal shingles/shakes/tiles, standing seam, and corrugated and ribbed “R” metal panels.

In other words, there are three distinct styles of metal roof paneling, all with their unique advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the particular style of metal, you can expect to pay between $5.50 to $18.00 per square foot installed.

Why is there such a wide gap in prices?

On the low-end, there are corrugated G-90 (residential grade) steel and ribbed “R” panels with exposed fasteners that tend to cost between $5.50 and $9.50 per sq. ft. installed.

On the high-end, there are architectural metal shingles, stone-coated steel tiles, metal shakes, and standing seam metal roofs. The high-end systems can average between $10.00 and 18.00 per sq. ft. installed, depending on specifics of a project (roof shape and complexity, accessibility, size and scope of the project, etc.) and where your home is located

Price per sq. ft. Vs. Price per Square

Roofs are normally measured and priced by squares. A square equals to 100 square feet of the roof surface. Many single-family residential roofs will measure between 15 and 20 squares.

In terms of squares, you can expect to pay anywhere from $550 to $1,800 per square of metal roofing installed, depending on the type of system being installed and your home’s location.

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 between $4.00 to $5.50 per square foot, or $400 to $550 per square (100 sq. ft.) including trim/flashing details.

Total Cost Installed

With professional installation, you can expect to pay between $1,000 and $1,500 per square for a new metal shingles roof.

For example, an average-sized ranch style roof measuring 1,700 square feet or 17 squares will cost anywhere from $17,000 to $25,500 installed, which is roughly two times 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 Shingles Roofing Cost & System Overview

a red color metal shingles roof on a ranch house

a red color metal shingles roof on a ranch house

If you are a homeowner considering installing a metal roof on your house, but are worried that it will make your house look like a barn, then consider installing an architectural metal shingles roofing system, which can provide the same superior performance as other premium types of residential metal roofing.

A metal shingles roof offers a unique look of conventional roofing materials and systems including slate, cedar shingles, tiles, and more.

With an average cost of $850 per square (100 sq. feet), a metal shingles roof is about 30% less expensive than a comparable quality, architectural standing seam roof, while providing the same level of roof protection, durability and longevity.

If you own a classic colonial type home or a house made of brick, then a metal shingles roof is definitely one of the ways to go, especially if you want to preserve that authentic look, yet, have all the benefits of a metal roof.


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