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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.

The Costs 

  • 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 their own if they have the proper tools and know-how for the job. Otherwise, the cost of installing standing seam metal roofing generally ranges between $100 per square and $400 per square, depending on the quality of materials used, the experience of the contractor and the area where the home is located.


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 the homeowner may need to do the calculations to see which option offers the greatest savings.

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 "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 slate and 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 the homeowner may be able to find custom colors to perfect a particular vision.

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. The process is slightly more involved than asphalt roofing, and the homeowner may have to do a little more research to get a good deal from a contractor. Likewise, the cost of the material is significantly higher than that of asphalt shingles.

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 Aug 4, 2016

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