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How Much Does Standing Seam Metal Roofing Cost?

Standing seam metal roofing is an increasingly affordable premium alternative to asphalt shingles for many homes across the country. It provides durable protection, long-lasting stability and a variety of aesthetic options for homeowners. Standing seam metal roofing has a distinct appearance due to its construction, and it is ideal for humid and high-heat environments because of its protective properties. 

Continue reading to see all the costs that come with standing seam metal roofing and once you’re ready to change your roof, ImproveNet can connect you with a local roofing contractor.

Table of Contents 

  1. Standing Seam Metal Roof Cost
  2. How Much Can A Metal Roof Save Me?
  3. Metal Roofing Prices Vs. Other Roofing Materials
  4. Standing Seam Metal Roofing Materials
  5. Other Metal Roof Considerations
  6. When To Install Metal Roofs
  7. Advantages Of Standing Seam Metal Roofing
  8. Disadvantages Of Standing Seam Metal Roofing
  9. Metal Roofing Facts
  10. DIY Or Hire A Pro?
  11. Find A Pro

Standing Seam Metal Roof Cost

  • Average Minimum Cost: $400 per square ($4.00 per square foot)
  • Average Maximum Cost: $650 per square ($6.50 per square foot)

Because it's a premium alternative and may require specialized tools, many home improvement experts recommend having a professional install standing seam metal roofing. Homeowners with roofing experience may be able to install it on your own if you have the proper tools and know-how for the job. Otherwise, the cost of installing standing seam metal roofing generally ranges between $300 per square and $900 per square, depending on the quality of materials used, the experience of the contractor and the area where the home is located.

Metal Roofing Prices

How Much Can A Metal Roof Save Me?

Before you run away due the to the costs, let’s examine ways in which any metal roof can you save you money in the long run.

First off, metal roofs are known as “cool roofs.” Unlike other kinds of roofs, you can paint metal roofs almost any color you want. Lighter colors mean less solar heat entering your attic or top floor. This means you can reduce your air conditioner and save some money on your energy costs every month. In fact, according to HomeAdvisor, metal roofs can save you up to 40% on your energy bill.

Next, metal roofs are very durable. To no surprise, metal stands up against the elements much better than asphalt or wood. Metal roofs last as least four times as long as asphalt roofs and require much less maintenance over its lifetime.

Speaking of maintenance, roof repairs are not cheap. Luckily, metal roofs do not require nearly as much maintenance as asphalt roofs so you don’t have to worry too often about a $500 repair bill. As such, the lifetime cost of metal roofs is actually cheaper than asphalt or concrete (by as much as 33%).

Metal Roofing Prices Vs. Other Roofing Materials

As you will soon see, there is no shortage of roofing options in America. In addition, even after you choose your material, there are plenty of variations within that material. For example, there are seven different kinds of metal roofs below. The roof materials are listed in alphabetical order, but for a quick overview, roofing felt and asphalt shingles fall on the cheaper spectrum while metal and red cedar land on the other end.

As you review the prices below, just know that three bundles cover one square.

Standing Seam Metal Roof Cost

Standing Seam Metal Roofing Materials

The size of each panel may vary from 12 inches to 19 inches, depending on the manufacturer, as well as the desired appearance.

Materials used in standing seam metal roofing vary. The most common type of material is galvanized steel (G-90), which provides standard protection and durability. Aluminum may also be used in standing seam metal roofing for greater corrosion resistance, though it's not quite as strong and may dent more easily. On the other hand, aluminum may be painted in a wider variety of colors. An alloy known as galvalume offers similar corrosion resistance to aluminum, though it provides the structural strength of steel. However, it is the most expensive option apart from metals like copper or zinc.

The fastening system used for the seams may vary between metal roofing jobs. The most common type is a field-locked standing seam, which requires a special tool to install the seams. Other options may make the process easier for homeowners doing the job themselves. Standing seam shingle panels are installed like metal shingles, and they may not be quite as protective but have a competitive price point. Snap lock standing seam panels offer comparable durability but may be slightly more expensive.

Standing seam metal roofing may come in pre-formed panels or site-formed panels. Site-formed panels are suggested for larger roofs, as large panels may be very difficult to transport. They require special equipment to crimp the sheets from a roll of metal coil. Pre-formed panels may cost less to install but more to transport, so you may need to do the calculations to see which option offers the greatest savings.

Other Metal Roof Considerations

Besides the cost of the raw materials and installation, there are other elements all metal roof prospects must review before signing on that dotted line.

Metal Gauges

All metals were not created equal. Besides the type of metal you buy, the gauge, or thickness of the metal, will affect the bottom line. A 29 gauge is the minimum recommended gauge for homeowners. The smaller the number, the thicker the metal. Overall, the gauge will not change the overall price too much, but it’s something to consider before installing a standing seam metal roof.

Coatings

As you have hopefully seen from other roofs, all standing seam metal roofs do not look the same. That’s because they have different coatings. In fact, metal roof coatings protect the roof from “chalking,” a white, ugly haze.

Just like painting a wall, roof painting is not necessarily difficult for the pros, but the paint itself is not cheap and should be considered in your standing seam metal roof cost.

When To Install Metal Roofs

When To Install Metal Roofs

Beyond costs, there are certainly instances where metal roofs are and are not preferred. While most scenarios below are not written in stone, they are highly recommended to follow.

Ideal Situations for Metal Roofs

  • High or Moderately Low Pitch Roofs: Sadly, metal roofs are highly discouraged for flat roofs. As such, given its durability, metal roofs are recommended for pitched roofs.
  • Fire Prone Climates: Metal can hold up to fire better than any other roofing material. As such, if you live in fire prone area, such as California, metal roofs are highly recommended.
  • Hot Areas: As we already touched on, metal roofs are cool, ensuring humid temperatures don’t make their way through your roof. As such, metal roofs are ideal for many states in the South or West Coast.

Ideal Situations for Other Roofs

  • Flat Roofs: You can not install a metal roof on a flat roof.
  • Colder Climates: Just as metal roofs work well for warm climates, they lose some of their purpose in colder climates. That’s why you rarely see metal roofs in the Midwest or on the East Coast.

Advantages Of Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Standing seam metal roofing may be the best choice for homeowners in need of premium roofing solutions. The advantages of standing seam metal roofing include:

Shingles have both horizontal seams and vertical seams. The seams tend to be the weak points in a roofing structure, and if the home is subject to extreme weather, wind and rain may get in underneath the shingles and damage the roof or the rest of the house. Standing seam metal roofing only has the seams between the large panels running unhindered from ridge to eaves. The few seams that this type of roofing does have are protected by the fasteners connecting the metal sheets. This adds an extra layer of durability against the elements, reduces the chances of moisture getting into the house and strengthens the overall structural integrity of the building. 

Metal roofing is considered a "cool roof" material by the United States EPA. No matter what color the roof is, it will reflect solar heat and prevent heat gain in the summer. This is ideal for warm climates as it can reduce the cost of air conditioning. Of course, painting the roof a lighter color will produce a better result. Standing seam metal roofing can withstand a beating from violent winds and rain. It is fireproof and resistant to mold, water damage and other environmental concerns that plague homeowners. It also easily sheds snow and ice. Warranties are generally 50 years to life.

Standing seam metal roofing is generally more expensive than asphalt shingles, but it is less expensive than options, such as copper, while providing many similar benefits. Standing seam roofs give a home a smooth appearance. The straight lines running up and down give it a modern flair ideal for contemporary, country-style and other modern homes. They offer an upscale, "industrial chic" sort of feeling, which is becoming more and more stylish. Asphalt shingles and other forms of roofing tend to have limited color options because of the way they are manufactured, but this is not the case for standing seam metal roofing. Metal roofing comes in many different colors, and you may even be able to find custom colors to perfect a particular vision.

Advantages of Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Disadvantages Of Standing Seam Metal Roofing

The disadvantages of standing seam metal roofing mainly have to do with the cost and the difficulty in finding home improvement contractors who will install it. We touched on the costs above, but unlike other roofing materials, most roofers can not install standing seam metal roofs. The process is much more involved for the contractor and as such, requires unique experience to get the job done right.

Finally, metal roofs are not recommended for flat or low pitch roofs.

Metal Roofing Facts

We have gone over almost all the ins and outs of metal roofs, but sometimes, you just need to see the facts. If you’re still not convinced that metal roofing is your best bet, take a look these seven quick facts for all metal roofs.

  1. Metal roofing can be applied over your existing roof
  2. Metal is the preferred choice for low pitch roofs
  3. Metal roofing is fireproof and resistant to mold and water damage
  4. Metal roofing does not attract lightening
  5. Metal roofing lasts longer than asphalt shingle roofing
  6. Metal roofing is very hard to repair (if needed)
  7. Standing seam metal roofing is generally more expensive than asphalt shingles

Metal Roofing Facts

DIY Or Hire A Pro?

After reading all there is to know about standing seam metal roofing, you can decide if it’s right for you. However, before doing so, you have to determine if you need to hire a professional roofer for the installation.

To no surprise, roof installation is no easy task. It involves a lot of heavy lifting, roofing experience and working from compromised positions. After all, you can’t fall 12 feet while putting up a picture frame or reglazing your bathtub. In addition, since most metal roofs come in 1-2’ panels, they can be heavy for some. Overall, your safety can be compromised if you don’t know what you’re doing. Therefore, we highly recommend you let the pros install your standing seam metal roof.

Find A Pro

New roofs are expensive, but as you read above, a standing seam metal roof comes with plenty of benefits. If those benefits outweigh your cons, consider talking with a local roofing pro to get the most accurate quote.

Last updated on Jan 12, 2017

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