Updated on January 11th, 2021
Installing a metal shingle roof on a residential home will cost, on average, between $8.50 and $14.50 per sq. ft. In this guide, we’ll explain all the important factors that determine the total cost of a metal shingles, along with pros and cons. We’ll also cover material costs of various metal shingle options and draw some comparisons to other popular roofing materials.
It’s perhaps most important to realize that of the three primary options for metal roofing (the others being Standing Seam at the high-end, and Corrugated and Ribbed Metal Panels at the low-end), metal shingles and tiles are in the middle of the pack in terms of costs.
Understanding Your Options
At first mention, metal shingles sound bland, or perhaps too risky of an option in an area where they would clearly be outside the norm (i.e. all your neighbors have asphalt shingle roofs).
Yet, when researching metal shingles styles and options for residential homes, you might be surprised to pull up some images that look a lot like asphalt shingles. 😉
Why would that be? Because the reality of metal shingles today, is that these are really metal tiles that are intended to mimic just about all other possible roofing styles designed for sloped roofs; slate tiles, ceramic tiles, asphalt shingles, cedar shakes and say redwood shingle are all materials that metal shingles can mimic.
From the curbside view, it would be hard to tell the difference between the metal material and its usual counterparts. That’s how diverse the metal roofing industry has gotten.
Add to this the idea that metal itself can have a pleasing appearance, as is the case with copper, zinc, painted aluminum and steel tiles. Gone are the days when metal shingles would only have a silver/gray, metallic appearance.
Key Fact: There are really two basic types of metal shingles, or metal tiles: galvanized steel coated with a protective metallic finish, often finished in a factory-applied Kynar 500 paint, and the second type finished with stone granules referred to as stone-coated steel tiles.
It’s the stone-coated variation that opens the door to having metal shingles that look nearly identical to asphalt shingles, because like asphalt shingles, they are coated with granules. Metal shingles are also available in aluminum, zinc, and copper.
So, it’s not just color, but texture that allows metal shingles to obtain a great diversity in product options.
With texture as an additional option, slate, wood, and ceramic are all possible appearances for metal roofing.
Then there is the shingle shape, which varies a bit by manufacturer, but for the most part is rectangular, or diamond shaped.
How it’s installed: Metal shingle installation typically relies on an interlocking system that makes for a quicker installation and ability to hide fasteners.
Some manufacturers still go the route of having panels of say 4 tiles (per panel) that are adhered to the roof deck.
Panels are usually 4 feet long and are often installed over existing roofing (i.e. metal shingles can be installed on top of asphalt shingles).
Did you know? Interlocking tiles are now the second most popular type of metal roofing for residential homes after standing seam.
The other consideration for shingle options is the material, or type of metal itself, but we’ll cover that in the next section.