Copper is the gold of metal roofing. No literally, it is. It’s priced like gold, it’s valued like gold, and its color is gold. Well until it changes. Then it just becomes a thing of beauty for hundreds of years.
Perhaps the only disadvantage of a copper roof is the exuberantly high initial cost up front. It is, by far, the most expensive metal roofing option on the market, bar none.
Yet, when you take into consideration the benefits and value of copper, the cost factor be put into proper perspective.
For residential copper roofing and cladding projects, you can expect to pay in the range of $18.00 to $28.00 per sq. ft. installed.
Regardless of the shape of the copper pieces, the slope or complexity of your roof, and even your location, that range is what you ought to expect to pay.
Even on the low end, that is substantially more expensive than steel and aluminum ($8.50 to $15.50 per sq. ft. installed), though that depends on the roof style and quality of the finished metal.
The higher end of the copper roof cost depends on your location and your roof’s overall complexity and size. — Plan on paying more per sq. ft. when covering a smaller roof, such as a porch or bay window with significantly smaller square footage.