The cost of a metal roof is influenced by several factors. Materials, style, coating, complexity and labor all of important factors when choosing a metal roof and determining the cost.


There is more than one type of metal roof. The average cost of a metal roof is somewhere between $5.50 and $15.50 a square foot, though many factors go into the true cost of the roof. One of the largest considerations affecting price is the material used. You can use steel, aluminum, stainless steel, and copper. Other materials that will play a critical role is gauge (thickness), underlayment, flashings, and accessories including fasteners, clips, rivets and sealant.

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Exposed fastened metal roofing is the most affordable option. These panels are easy to install and add instant protection and curb appeal.

Pricing Factors

Concealed fastened metal panels — also called standing seam panels — are a great option for commercial applications, where they are commonly used, but are suitable for residential as well. The clean lines of the snap-seam vertical ribs along with the concealed fasteners give any building an upscale look.


Clear-coated steel roofs offer that natural steel look, but the finish tends to wear away after a few years of elemental exposure. High-end metal roof types have a PVDF finish. These are the state of the art coating that one should be looking for in a lifetime aluminum architectural residential metal roof.


There are two significant things to consider when it comes to the configuration of your roof. Very low pitch roofs are a concern and very complex rooflines merit extra consideration.


As far as roof geometry, the more complex the roof is, the more time consuming it will be to install. Metal roofing is surprisingly lightweight. In some cases, you can install it over an existing asphalt roof. This reduces the number of hours of labor needed, which can affect the price. On the other hand, your roofing contractor will factor in the cost of a tear-off if you need the shingles, flashing and underlayment of your old roof removed and disposed.


When you purchase a metal roof, you will receive two options for warranties. One will be from the manufacturer or supplier covering the product and the other will be from your contractor covering the installation workmanship. To learn more about weathertight warranties, read this article:

Overall, metal roofing is one of the most cost-effective material options. It costs less to insure a home with metal roofing. It can make your home more energy-efficient, reducing your energy bills. It can ensure you never have to worry about another roof replacement again. The cost of a metal roof is easily justified when you assess its longevity and durability.


About Metal Sales

Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation is the premier nationwide provider of metal panels for the construction industry. Metal Sales works with architectural specifiers and commercial construction professionals to create inspirational design solutions. With the industry’s largest and most knowledgeable sales and technical support team, Metal Sales has the expertise to address today’s challenges in high-performance, sustainable and Net-Zero building. Metal Sales has outreach around the world. Delivering outstanding roof, wall and fascia metal panels from its 21 facilities throughout the U.S.

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