On average, you can expect to spend between $5-15 per square foot for an installed metal roof depending on a range of variables. Due to the wide range of materials, installation, profiles, and finishes, metal roofing can range dramatically in pricing.
Currently, the pricing of metal panels continues to change almost weekly just like other building materials. The market is extremely volatile right now, making it hard to even estimate "general" prices without exact specifications. The following information is based around general prices and shouldn't be considered to be exact, as your project's specifications will drastically change the final amount needed to complete your project.
A roof is one of the most important components of any building. A metal roofing system is expected to provide a weather-tight seal against the elements, securing the internal areas of a structure. Until recently, the cost versus the performance of a roof were the primary factors in determining which type of roofing material to use. Recently, factors like aesthetic appeal and responsible building practices have been increasingly important in determining materials.
The following table highlights a number of (estimated) costs for completing a 1,500 sq.ft. metal roofing system. Installation costs will vary greatly by region and experience:
|ITEM||EST. COST PER SQFT||QTY NEEDED||TOTAL COST|
|24ga. Standing Seam - PVDF||$ 3.60||1500||$ 5,400|
|Roofing Trim (Complete)||$ 6.50/lineal ft||-||$ 3,000|
|Exceptional Installation||-||-||$ 8,000|
|Perf. Underlayment||$ 0.50||1500||$ 750|
|Total Cost||$ 17,150|
|ITEM||EST. COST PER SQFT||QTY NEEDED||TOTAL COST|
|29ga. Exposed Fastener - SMP||$ 1.08||1500||$ 1,620|
|Roofing Trim (Minimal)||$4.90/lineal ft||-||$ 1,000|
|DIY Installation Tools||-||-||$ 250|
|Underlayment||$ 0.35||1500||$ 525|
|Total Cost||$ 3,650|
A metal roof has a number of components that go into completing the roofing system. The following are the different sections, starting from the top of the system, and working down towards the framing:
Metal roofing has a range of panel types to choose from, each with different coverage and pricing considerations:
Depending on the type of panel you are looking to use, the price can range dramatically. As an example, a 1,500 sq.ft. roof would require a different number of panels, trim and fasteners dependent on the coverage area of the panel. While a hidden fastener standing seam panel might have a coverage width of 12”, an exposed fastener Tuff Rib panel has a coverage width of 36”, drastically reducing the number of panels needed to cover the surface of that roof.
Another factor to consider when understanding the cost of a metal panel system is the base materials available. It is important to remember that all metals are bought and sold as a commodity around the world, creating an ever-changing base price (similar to oil, silver or gold).
Metal roofing is commonly installed in the following materials, each with a different price based on current market values:
There are a few other factors to remember when pricing out a metal roof including panel gauges, finish quality and trim components.
Gauges (thickness) refers to the thickness of the steel itself, and can greatly affect the price of the metal panel. When looking at steel gauges, the lower the number is, the thicker the steel is. Standard gauges for steel products vary by region, but in general can be understood as the following:
In addition to gauges, choosing a paint system to match your needs will help determine your final pricing. There are (2) primary types of metal paint systems:
The last factor to consider with a metal panel system is the trim pieces needed to completely protect the envelope. While the panel protect the majority of your roofs surface area, the trim protects the perimeter edge of the roof. Some examples of important trim pieces include:
Metal roofing can be done by DIYers or require professional installation depending on the type of panel being used. Certain panel types require a strong level of experience to adequately install, while panels like 3’ Tuff Rib or Nail Strip can be installed relatively easy by an enthusiastic homeowner with a basic understanding of building and construction.
While installing a roofing system yourself may save up to 50% of the cost of a completed metal roof, a poor installation can result in terrible consequences. For this reason, installing a roof without professional assistance should be carefully considered before moving forward.
Panel types with easier installation include the following:
In certain cases, it is more affordable and faster to install a new metal roof directly over an existing roof. Often, this is done with old asphalt roofing, or with an older metal roof. Some panels are specifically designed to retrofit directly over older panel styles. In order to determine if this option is right for you, please contact a professional installer. Retrofits can save money, but require a strong understanding of installation knowledge and should not be attempted without first consulting with a professional.