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Metal Roof Painting Cost

It's critical to have a basic understanding of what it costs to paint a metal roof before hiring a contractor. Homeowners may be able to reduce their costs by having other work done beforehand or soliciting competing estimates. Use this guide to get a feel for the factors that go into roof repainting work.

National Paint a Metal Roof Costs

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National Paint a Metal Roof Costs
Average reported cost $3,485
Number of Cost Profiles 76 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $300
Maximum reported cost $75,000
Most homeowners spent between: $1,370 to $2,554

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How Bad Are Things Now?

Although the national average for metal roof painting jobs comes in at around $2,525, most homeowners find that the current condition of their roof also affects how much the work costs. Painters use multiple coats of various substances that help preserve the roofing, including primers, sealants and the paint itself. Before a roof is repainted, these old layers must be thoroughly removed, and this process adds to the overall cost.

Roofs that have become heavily weathered or pitted as a result of neglect or exposure may require additional work before paint can be applied. Special anti-rust treatments and fillers may up the final cost even further.

Finally, no roof painting prep is complete without cleaning. Pressure washers are often employed to remove deeply ingrained dirt, debris and common organic growths such as algae. Homeowners may minimize labor costs by having their roofs thoroughly washed before a contractor starts working. These preliminary steps can also ensure that the paint job lasts longer, leading to decreased maintenance and touch-up costs in the long run.

Sizing up the Job

Also remember that roof painters often price a project by the amount of square footage they have to cover. Although the sheer size of each roof plays a big role, the overall design of the home in question is also an important factor. Roofs that are steeper and more dangerous to work on generally cost more to paint. Those that have special kinds of artistic or decorative metal tiling take longer to cover completely, and this can definitely affect the cost of labor. 

Homeowners who only need touch-ups may pay as little as $800, while those who require complete overhauls could spend up to $5,000. The amount of work done plays into pricing, but only having part of a roof repainted could result in additional maintenance expenses down the line. 

It's important to get an estimate. Different contractors charge more for supplies, and some estimates also include warranties. Such guarantees drastically increase the value of a metal roof painting job, so make sure to keep them in mind when choosing a contractor. 

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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