The Cost of a Standing Seam Metal Roof, Plus Pros & Cons 2017

Here in 2017, Standing Seam remains the premier choice for metal roofing. It is also the most expensive; around two to three times the cost of Corrugated Metal Panels (and asphalt shingles), and about 20% to 30% above Metal Shingles. Standing Seam offers unbeatable value that is hard to match in really all other roofing materials. So, let’s explore this in further detail:

Costs and Value Of Standing Seam

G-90 Galvanized Steel is the most popular or most-often used option for residential standing seam roofs. The “G” here refers to the amount of the zinc plating, as in .90oz per square foot. While technically, aluminum is more expensive than steel, the reality is the costs aren’t noticeably different when considering what is being sold to homeowners by quality contractors. If the materials were not coated and not finished with factory painting, then perhaps the higher cost of aluminum would be something of note. In the current market, they are virtually the same cost.

Cost of Materials and Important Nuances on Pre-Cut vs. Custom-Fabricated Metal Panels

The material itself will cost between $4.00 and $5.50 per sq. ft. for custom or made-to-order (custom fabricated) standing seam metal panels. If you just want to get some basic standing seam panels for your project, then Home Depot does offer some basic, pre-cut (not made to order) panels that are 8, 12 and 16 feet in length, available at about $1.75 per sq. ft. These are a snap-locking variety, which means they are easier to install than field-locked panels, but they do come in limited color choices. They are available as 26 gauge Galvanized steel, which does provide some good value. — Though, it does leave one important factor up in the air — who will install it? Also, in terms of metal quality and thickness a 26 or 24 gauge Galvalume steel would be a better and a longer lasting option compared to G-90 galvanized steel.

Total Cost of Standing Seam Installed by a Pro

A qualified contractor will likely have real metal samples, a brochure or catalog to show off all the possibilities for what’s available. They’ll provide all the information that backs up their work. And, if going with the national average, their prices will normally fall in the range of $9.00 to $12.00 per sq. ft. to install the system on a typical house.

At 150points, we plugged in the installation of Standing Seam on a 40 by 40 sq. ft. or 1,600 sq. ft. roof, using a licensed and insured contractor, and (in our zip code) the low price came to roughly $19,000, while the high end cost was $27,000. Sometimes roofers will reference the project by “squares” instead, which is 100 sq. ft. So, the 1,600 sq. ft. roof is the same as 16 squares. The cost doesn’t change, just the way the installer may reference it. Some contractors prefer to quote their rate per square, rather than per sq. ft.

How to Find a Trusted Metal Roofer

Depending on your location, it can be tough to find a specialist roofing contractor that installs Standing Seam, but even more challenging is finding a pro that does it well. Installation costs do take into account a number of factors, such as: how exactly will the panels be connected, what are some of the existing roof needs to address (i.e. attic insulation and ventilation, the tear off and disposal of the old roof, etc.), what are the options in terms of metals/alloys, colors and gauge or thickness of the material, whether the installer is properly insured, and whether or not any meaningful labor warranties are being offered.

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