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.

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 $3.50 to $8.00 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 $8.00 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.

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 $4.50 per square foot, or $300 to $450 per square (100 sq. ft.).

Total Cost Installed

Based on that, you can expect to pay about $800 to $1,200 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 $13,600 to $20,400 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

Pros and Cons: Metal shingles presents an attractive combination of price to value in terms of its durability, longevity, looks, energy efficiency, and maintenance-free performance.

One disadvantage of metal shingles is that if you were to install PV solar panels over metal shingles, you would need to make penetrations in the metal shingles roof in order to install the mounts, as unlike standing seam, there are no ribs/vertical seams to attach the solar panels to.

Needless to say any penetrations can cause leaks down the road.

Standing Seam

By far, one of the most expensive metal roofing styles, standing seam offers many benefits in exchange for its high initial cost.

On average, standing seam panels cost from $3.50 to $5.50 per square foot for materials alone. Fully installed, standing seam will cost between $1,000 to $1,400 per square installed.

Thus, an average-sized ranch style roof measuring 1,700 square feet or 17 squares will cost anywhere from $17,000 to $23,800 for a standing seam metal roof installed.


Pros and Cons: Other than the high initial cost, standing seam can be more difficult and hence costlier to install compared to metal shingles. But, if you ever want to go the Solar route, standing seam is ready for a seamless integration at your convenience! 😉

Corrugated Steel Panels

Corrugated steel is one of the most basic and least expensive styles of metal roofing that costs about $1.50 to $3.50 per square foot for materials, and about $4.50 to $8.00 per square foot installed, with warranty.

For perspective, an average-sized ranch style house, with a roof measuring 1,700 square feet or 17 squares would cost about $7,600 to $13,600 for a quality corrugated or ribbed metal roof installed.

corrugated metal roof on a residence

Pros and Cons: One disadvantage of this style, despite its relatively low cost, is that corrugated metal panels are secured with exposed fasteners that may become loose after 10 to 15 years, and hence require re-tightening in order to prevent any leaks due to dried out washers or loose screws.

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