Copper Roof Cost and Pros & Cons in 2021

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.

Cost

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.

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Zinc: The Dark Horse of Metal Roofing – Zinc Roof Costs 2021

There are not many roofing materials that can match the longevity, durability, malleability, flexibility, resiliency, and cost-effectiveness of Zinc.

Not even aluminum or copper! Zinc roofs are known to last for hundreds of years, even in the most extreme environments.

How Much Does Zinc Roof Cost?

Truly unmatched durability, longevity, and classic beauty — that’s what zinc roofing offers to a homeowner. — At $12.50 to $20.50 per sq. ft. installed, it is the kind of value that is simply unmatched in all other roofing materials.

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Zinc — Most Amazing Building Envelope Material You Never Heard of!

In the US, the whole idea of using Zinc as a roofing or cladding material for a house may sound other-worldly.

Aluminum and steel dominate residential metal roofing market, while asphalt shingles are by far the most popular overall roofing material.

When you also factor in natural slate, clay tiles and cedar/wood roofing options, Zinc barely registers on most people’s radars. Though this trend is changing, slowly.

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Cost & Benefits of Ribbed Metal Roofing: R, 5V Crimp, Pros & Cons

Ribbed metal roofing is in the same family as corrugated metal roofing. It is made in a similar fashion (at a metal mill), attached to the roof in the same way, and installation costs are about the same.

The key difference is in the appearance. Ribbed and 5V crimp metal panels roof can often be mistaken for standing seam, which is in the upper echelon of residential and architectural metal roofing options.

Cost

Based on the price of materials alone, Ribbed metal paneling is certainly in the same ballpark as Corrugated metal paneling.

The pricing does depend a bit on who you are purchasing the materials from, but a price range of $1.50 to $3.50 per square foot is what you’ll routinely find when buying materials from roofing and building materials suppliers. — This assumes you are going with a coated steel (i.e., G-60 or G-90 galvanized steel, or Galvalume), stainless steel or aluminum product.

Note: For residential re-roofing projects, it best to set the minimum material quality bar at the G-90 galvanized steel or better to get the most value from a corrugated or ribbed metal roof.

It may also be a wise choice to only go with metal panels that have a Kynar 500 Paint Finish or better, rather than opting for less durable less-costly options like metal panels with Polyester paint finish that will require repainting sooner than most homeowners would expect from a quality metal roof.

On top of the cost of materials, you will also need to add a minimum of $2.50 to $4.00 per sq. ft. for professional and warrantied installation. Combined with the cost of materials, you’ll get a base rate of $4.00 to $7.50 per sq. ft. of ribbed or corrugated metal paneling installed.

Note: For more complex re-roofing projects, installation costs can be significantly higher than $3.00 per sq. ft. The total average cost of the project, though, should not exceed the $7.00-$9.50 per sq. ft. installed range, which means the cost of the warrantied professional labor could go as high as $4.00 to $6.00 per sq. ft., in some rare cases.

Asphalt Shingles

$8,500
Average Cost
Metal Roof

$15,500
Average Cost
Flat Roof Membrane

$11,500
Average Cost

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