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How Much Does Metal Roof Cost?

Author: Brian Eckert

Metal Roof Prices

Metal roofing, popular in the early 20th century, saw its market share dwindle with the introduction of cheaper materials such as asphalt shingles. In recent years, however, metal roofs have experienced resurgence in popularity as homeowners have begun to come around to the fact that metal is a superior building material. To learn more about metal roofing and metal roof costs, continue reading this buying guide.

Types of Metal Roofs

When choosing a metal roof, consider the following options:

  • Materials: Steel and aluminum are the most common metal roofing materials, but copper and zinc are also popular. Aluminum tends to cost more than steel, but steel roofing that is coated for improved corrosion-resistance costs about the same as aluminum. Zinc and copper are the most expensive materials.
  • Style and Finish: After deciding on a material for your metal roof, it’s time to think about the style and finish. Metal roofing can be made to look like other materials, including asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, clay tiles, and slate. You can also opt for the sleek, minimalist look of vertical metal roof panels available in a variety of colors. If you choose one of these “standing seam” roofs consider whether you want a concealed fastener system—which generally costs more—or an exposed fastener system.

Benefits of Metal Roofing Installation

Metal roof installation costs approximately three times as much as new asphalt shingles, but metal is a much better overall value for reasons that include the following:

  • Lifespan: Virtually maintenance free metal roofing typically comes with a warranty of 30 to 50 years and many last as long as 75 years or more.
  • Protection: When it comes to withstanding the elements—whether strong winds, rain, snow, insects, or fire—strong, durable metal roofing is up to the challenge.
  • Savings: To properly evaluate metal roofing prices, it’s necessary to look at more than just the initial investment. The reflective qualities of metal allow it to deflect sunlight and save you up to 40% on your cooling costs compared to asphalt shingles. And unlike asphalt, which needs to be repaired and eventually replaced, metal should last for the life of your home without upkeep. A metal roof can also add value to your home and in some areas, reduce your homeowner’s insurance.
  • Earthy-Friendly: Metal roofing is considered a green building material due to its energy efficiency, recyclability, and durability.

Metal Roofing Average Costs

The actual cost of a metal roof may vary depending on the materials used, your location, the complexity of the installation (i.e. a steep roof or tall home), and other factors.

  • Metal roofs cost anywhere from $3 per square foot to $20 per square foot or more (or $4,500 to $30,000 for a 1,500 square foot roof).
    • Aluminum roofing costs $6 to $12 per square foot ($9,000 to $18,000).
    • Steel roofing costs $3 to $10 per square foot ($4,500 to $15,000).
    • Zinc roofing costs $10 to $15 per square foot ($15,000 to $22,500).
    • Copper roofing costs $15 to $20 per square foot ($22,500 to $30,000).
  • Although metal roofing can usually be installed directly over an existing surface, if it’s necessary to remove and dispose of the old roof, this could add an additional $1 to $4 per square foot ($1,500 to $6,000) to the total metal roofing cost.

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