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How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost?

Over time, the roof of even the most beautiful home begins to show signs of wear and tear. Many homeowners have chosen to replace their roofs with metal roofing material. This cost guide will discuss the costs of metal roof installation, as well as some of the pros and cons of its use.

The Costs

Average costs based on a 6,500-square-foot roof:

  • Metal roof minimum: $48,750

  • Metal roof maximum: $65,000

  • Minimum price per square foot: $7.50

  • Maximum price per square foot: $10

Costs of Installation 

The cost of installing a metal roof on a home is going to vary depending on certain factors such as the materials used and the size of the roof. A roof that is approximately 6,500 square feet with a relatively moderate pitch that arises approximately 8 inches for every foot that it runs is going to cost around $7.50 to $10 per square foot. This brings the total price for the roof materials and labor to approximately $49,000 to $65,700 for a 6,500-square-foot roof.

Conversely, a 25-foot by 40-foot roof that is built using galvanized corrugated metals and zinc-coated steel fasteners will cost approximately $17,500 to install. In this example, the primary cost for installation will be the metal panels themselves. These panels come in a traditional steel metal that has a zinc coating or fluoropolymer paint-coated corrugated metal.

Stone-coated steel is an even less-expensive option. A 25-foot by 40-foot roof made with this material will cost approximately $16,000. In the end, the roof will have the appearance of either a clay or wood material. Stone-coated steel is a viable option for someone looking for an attractive yet durable metal roof.

Copper roofing is the most expensive option available. However, it also is considered the most durable metal roofing option. A 25-foot by 40-foot roof built with 20-ounce copper material will cost approximately $31,000 to install. However, the green patina that forms over the copper makes the roof both attractive and durable. Copper roofs have been known to last for more than a century.

The breakdown of the cost of the materials needed for a standing seam metal roof by region are the following:

West Coast:

  • Metal Roofing Materials, including delivery: $34,624 to $37,055

  • Labor and Installation: $13,704 to $27,550

  • Additional Roofing Supplies: $1,725 to $1,860

  • Specialized Equipment Used: $52.50 to $80.00

  • Total Cost per Installation: $50,106 to $66,550

East Coast:

  • Metal Roofing Materials, including delivery: $34,624 to $37,053

  • Labor and Installation: $17,337 to $34,854

  • Additional Roofing Supplies: $1,725 to $1,868

  • Specialized Equipment Used: $52 to $86.25

  • Total Cost per Installation: $53,739 to $73,861


  • Metal Roofing Materials, including delivery: $34,624 to $37,053

  • Labor And Installation: $13,313 to $26,765

  • Additional Roofing Supplies: $1,725 to $1,868

  • Specialized Equipment Used: $52 to $86

  • Total Cost per Installation: $49,715 to $65,772

Different Types of Roofing Materials

Throughout history, different metals have been used for roofing. Each brings with it its own set of pros and cons.

Corrugated galvanized steel is the most popular material used in metal roofing. It is an iron sheet that has a zinc coating and then has been formed into corrugated sheets. The eco-friendly nature of this material has increased its popularity. Another option is an aluminum, steel and zinc blend. This can be colored and used for roofing materials.

Metal tile sheets that have either been painted or that have been stone coated make a great roofing option.

Stainless steel has been valued for its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions and its flexibility to be sculpted into different designs.

Copper metal roofs provide many benefits including durability, resistance to corrosion, low maintenance and protection from light. Lead is often used as a roofing material on churches. Tin is the least durable and rarely used as a roofing material.

The Advantages of Metal Roofing

Metal roofs have a life between 50 to 100 years or more. The durability of metal is part of the reason why it has been used as a roofing material in some of the most iconic buildings and revered churches around the world. Unlike other materials that are combustible, metal is fire resistant. Therefore, metal roofs keep homes safer in the event of a fire. While asphalt shingles absorb heat, metal reflects it. This means that the interior of a home is cool during the summer, which reduces the need for excessive air conditioning. 

Once a metal roof has lived out its life, it can be recycled. Often times, a metal roof will outlive the house that it is built on. When this happens, the entire roof can be recycled, so no materials are being dumped in landfills that will harm the environment. This is not the case with asphalt.

Metal roofs offer an attractive option in comparison to asphalt roofs. They improve the curb appeal of a home, and it can be a major factor in increasing the assessment value of the home. Many modern metal roofing systems are designed to easily allow the integration of solar panels. This will not only provide the homeowner with tax benefits, but it will also reduce their energy costs.

Overall, metal roofs are a great investment that provide beauty, increase property value and durability.

The Disadvantages of Metal Roofing

The number one con for metal roofing is its cost. Installing a metal roof can cost as much as three times more than installing an asphalt roof. This figure rises dramatically when considering the installation of a copper or zinc roof.

People are accustomed to seeing metal roofs on commercial and agricultural buildings. For some, having a metal roof installed in a residential area can appear to be harsh and detract from the beauty of the neighborhood. Metal will expand and contract with the temperature. Some critics of metal roofs claim that this minimizes the roof's ability to maintain water tightness.

In years past, metal roofs had the reputation of rusting and becoming corroded in 10 years. This was especially true in areas that were near the sea where saltwater affected the roof. Now, thanks to specialized paint and applications and the use of different metal alloys, corrosion is no longer an issue.

For many homeowners, the benefits of metal roofing far outweigh the negatives. They see the roof's durability, beauty and ability to resist damage as a reason to choose metal roofs over asphalt ones.

Last updated on Jul 21, 2014

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