Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular with many savvy homeowners and it’s not hard to see why; compared to the more traditional approaches like asphalt shingles and cedar shingles and shakes, metal offers many important advantages including a significantly longer lifespan, low maintenance, excellent durability, and superior energy efficiency.
On average, you can expect to pay between $8.50 to $15.50 per square foot to install a metal roofing system on a typical residential house. For example, an average-sized single story house with a fairly simple roof shape measuring about 2,000 sq. ft. or 20 squares could cost anywhere from $17,000 to $31,000 for the installation of a high-end metal roofing system such as stamped metal tiles and standing seam metal roofs.
Note: We have received numerous reports from homeowners in California and other high cost of living coastal areas that high-end residential standing seam metal roofing systems were selling for $18.00 to $20.00 per sq.ft., especially in the fire-prone areas in California during past summer. This would be above the national average price range stated in this guide.
The price range provided in this guide contains an 80% range of all residential metal roofs installed on homes nationally. That said, there will be outliers to the national average, especially in the high cost of living coastal areas such as part of Southern and Northern California, Oregon, and parts of the greater Seattle, WA.
Note on the wider pricing range for different metal roofing profiles:
Given a wide range of various different metal roofing systems such as corrugated metal panels, stamped and stone-coated metal tiles, and standing seam, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5.50 to $25.50 per sq. ft. to install a new metal roof on your home or commercial property. This is a rather wide pricing range, so here is a more detailed breakdown:
- Corrugated Steel and Ribbed “R” Metal Panels with Exposed Fasteners (G-60 and G-90 steel): $5.50 to $7.50 per sq. ft. or $550 to $750 per square (100 square feet) fully installed.
- Metal Shingles and Shakes (G-90 steel or aluminum): $8.50 to $14.50 per sq. ft. or $850 to $1,450 per square (100 square feet) fully installed.
- Stone-coated Steel Shingles and Tiles (Galvalume or G-90 steel): $8.50 to $14.50 per sq. ft. or $850 to $1,450 per square (100 square feet) fully installed.
- Standing Seam (Galvalume, G-90 steel, or aluminum): $10.00 to $15.50 per sq. ft. or $1,000 to $1,550 per square (100 square feet) fully installed.
- Zinc Shingles and Zinc Standing Seam: $11.50 to $18.50 per sq. ft. or $1,150 to $1,850 per square (100 square feet) fully installed.
- Copper Shingles and Copper Standing Seam: $15.50 to $25.50 per sq. ft. or $1,550 to $2,550 per square (100 square feet) fully installed.
Thus, the very low-end of the above pricing range is appropriate for most low-end, G-60 corrugated and ribbed metal roofs with exposed fasteners, while the higher cost is typically associated with metal shingles and stone-coated steel tiles, and standing seam metal roofs. — The prices tend to increase in that order.
Note: A metal shingles roof is one of the most common residential metal roofing profiles, second only to a slightly pricier standing seam. Most metal shingles profiles are available as ether G-90 galvanized steel shingles or aluminum shingles. Companies like Tamko Metal Works, EDCO, Future Roof, PermaLock, and Classic are some of the most prominent residential metal shingles, shakes, and tiles manufacturers on the market.
Installation cost factors: Your home’s location, roof pitch, number of stories, and overall complexity of the job, including any roof pitch or level changes, dormers, chimneys and skylights, number of layers of old shingles to be removed, and contractor choice will also have a major effect on your total cost installed.
Note: most contractors price their roofs on a per square basis, where one square is a 10 by 10 feet area or 100 square feet. Thus, the cost in square terms could range from $550 to $1,550 per square of metal roofing installed across the US, based on the 80% range of all residential jobs.
Did you know? Standing seam is by far the most popular and expensive metal roofing option, costing an average of $10.00 to $18.50 per sq. ft. or $1,000 to $1,850 per square (100 sq. ft.) installed. Standing seam panels are available in Kynar 500 coated painted aluminum, G-90 galvanized steel, Galvalume steel, zinc, copper, and stainless steel.
For comparison: most asphalt shingle roofs will cost anywhere from $4.00 to $5.50 per sq. ft. or $400 to $550 per square (100 sq. ft.) installed, depending on the material choice, roof complexity, installer’s credentials, your geographic area, time of the year, and so forth.
Did you know? A roof designed to reflect solar radiant heat can help drastically reduce your cooling costs and HVAC demand load during peak hours in the summer.
Metal Roof vs. Asphalt Shingles:
It’s 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 both, materials and labor.
The cost of labor is a major factor affecting the cost of metal roofing, with an often tedious installation process that requires a high degree of precision, and hence well-trained installers, with specialized tools and equipment. The difference in cost can also be partially attributed to a simple supply and demand.
The Cost of Materials
The answer can be anywhere from $1.50 per square foot, plus the cost of installation for a low-end G-60 (galvanized 29 gauge steel) corrugated metal panels (with exposed fasteners), finished with a lower-grade (cheaper) acrylic paint, to about $5.50 per square foot of metal panel, plus the installation cost for the high-end aluminum or Galvalume steel standing seam roof featuring concealed fasteners and lifetime warranty.