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How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost?


moneyThis is probably the most common question we hear. And, of course, it's the most difficult to answer because there are so many variables. It's a little like asking, "How much does a car cost?" But here goes.

It's not uncommon to see an advertisement for a metal roofing material priced at say, $2 a square foot. To the casual observer, it would seem a simple task to measure the square footage of a given roof (say it totals 1000 square feet, which is 10 squares), multiply by 2 and conclude that a price of $2000 should be expected. But there's a bit more to it. Here's the general idea:

Material price per square + waste percentage including details + shipping + labor = total cost of roof

Let's break this down a bit. While it's true that you may be able to purchase basic metal roof material for the $2/sq ft price, the vast majority of roofs (of all types - not just metal) cannot be installed without some degree of waste in the process (similar to installing flooring in a series of rooms). It's usual to approximate waste factors of 5-7% at the lower end up to 20% plus at the higher end (depending on the complexity of the roof in question). Add to this waste factor details like drip edges, gable edges, ridge caps, valleys, fasteners, pipe flashings, freight, sales tax, crating and handling charges, and other possible options PLUS the labor to install the metal roof and it's quite easy for that $2 a square foot roof to cost the end user $5-10 a square foot for the finished project. So much for a $2000 expectation.

Keeping in mind that any approximation is just an educated guess (emphasis on guess), I think it's fair to say that a low end metal material package (including the matching accessories) can be had for about $2 a square foot, a medium quality package for $3-$5, and a high end material package (copper or zinc, for example) might cost $10-$15 a square foot (more or less). If you want to include the (many possible) variables of hired roof installers, the range for that might be as little as $.50 a square foot up to as much as $10-$15 a square foot on top of the material. You can see that there is an enormous range of prices - just as there exists an enormous range of roofs styles, shapes, complexities, and slopes.  Every one of these variables, plus the capabilities and competency of the installer, will affect the final number.

If you need something more definitive as an answer to your question, then give us a call or drop us a line. Just be prepared for this question:  Can you send along a picture or drawing of your house? The thousand words it will represent will allow us to give you a ball-park price that will be a lot less obscure!

We offer a free re-roofing booklet that explores this topic further, which a more comprehensive formula to help you guesstimate the cost a new roof for a variety of materials. Download it, read it, then call and set up a free estimate. That'll take the guess-work out of that burning question, "How much does a metal roof cost?"!

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Looks like you know what your talking about. I been into home improvements for over 20 years I haven't done no metal roofs. I want to get into it but also I want to do the job the right way. I've been doing a lot of studying on metal of course I know the best way is hands on. I'm hoping to not to lose to much on my first job. Do you have anything that will help me from start to finish ALL the between. Anything will be appreciated
Posted @ Monday, February 11, 2013 7:41 PM by Ronnie Griffin Sr
Great article. I like the fact that you pointed out about price being affected by the complexity of the roof due to waste and also additional man hours. Roofs that have dormers and hips tend to take longer and will have more waste, which will affect the price. 
Totally true, and again, great post.
Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 11:12 AM by Joel Schrock
That's a great way to break metal roofing prices down the way you did here. Good explanation!
Posted @ Wednesday, April 03, 2013 2:30 PM by Doug Oliver Development
I'm looking for a nice looking metal/tile shingle in the $5/sf to $6/sf range is it available? What do you recommend. Or I live in the houston, Tx area subject to hurricanes. I want something better than the asphalt shingles I have now. 
Bob Sowell
Posted @ Sunday, June 09, 2013 4:05 PM by Robert Sowell
About how mutch can i expect to pay to have my tin roof replaced if i bout the meyerial its aproxemetly 65 x 16 with 1 vally and aprity steep roof with 2 storys 
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 6:06 PM by andy
Great blog about metal roofs.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:20 PM by Orlando Roofer
Very informative post.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 05, 2014 1:14 AM by Jehan
Great post.
Posted @ Friday, April 18, 2014 12:21 AM by Mack
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