Residential Metal Roofing Prices – Materials & Labor Costs

Green Standing Seam Roof Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular with many savvy homeowners, and it is not hard to see why; compared to more traditional approaches, metal roofing offers many significant advantages over asphalt, including a very long lifespan, low maintenance, excellent durability, along with superior solar reflectance (helps to reduce your cooling costs by reflecting solar radiant heat) and thermal emissivity (helps your roof to cool off quickly after the sunset. — This is not at all the case with a composition shingle roof, which normally takes much longer to cool off at night during the summer.) properties that help lower your AC energy expenditures and boost your home’s energy efficiency.


It is a well known fact that metal roofs have always been somewhat expensive compared to the far more widespread composition (asphalt) shingle roofs. — This is mostly due to a much higher base cost of both materials and labor, with an often tedious installation process requiring a high degree of precision, and hence well-trained installers, with specialized tools and equipment. The difference in cost can also be partly attributed to a simple supply and demand. But, as many more homeowners start viewing metal as a viable alternative to asphalt shingles, it is common and appropriate to ask how much it might cost.


The answer can be anywhere from $1.50 per square foot, plus the cost of installation for a low-end G-60 (galvanized 29 gauge steel) corrugated metal panels (with exposed fasteners), finished with a lower-grade (cheaper) acrylic paint, to about $5.00 per square foot of metal panel, plus the installation cost for the high-end aluminum or galvalume steel standing seam roof featuring concealed fasteners and lifetime warranty.

corrugated metal roof on a ranch house

A mid-range, G-90 galvanized steel shingles roofing system, appropriate for most homes, will cost about double the cost of asphalt shingles, installed. The cost of materials alone would be about $3.50 per square foot, plus the cost of underlayment (about $40 per roll). Fully installed, such a system may cost anywhere from $7.00 to $11.00 per square foot for an average roof.

steel shingles roof

Then there are the “more-exotic” systems such as stainless steel millennium tiles that will cost you about $10.00 per square foot, or $16 to $20 fully installed. – This is comparable to the cost of premium copper and zinc tiles.

Making Sense of the Confusion

Steel Shingles Installed The main thing to realize with metal roofing, is that your price will depend a great deal on the exact type of a roof you want. “Metal roofing” is a rather broad term that encompasses many different materials and systems ranging from a basic G-60 corrugated steel and G-90 galvanized steel, to better quality galvalume steel, aluminum, zinc, copper, titanium, and stainless steel. It is helpful to know that G-60 corrugated steel is by far one of the least expensive options, while zinc, copper, titanium, and stainless steel are at a significantly higher end of the spectrum. However, the precise nature and overall complexity of the installation will also make a significant difference to the final cost.

metal roof on a house With a true abundance of metal roofing materials and systems, most homeowners will opt for either metal shingles, or standing seam roof. Metal Shingles can be made from either G-90 (galvanized) steel, or aluminum, while standing seam panels can be roll formed from galvalume steel, or aluminum. Either of the systems would usually be painted with a high-end paint finish, such as Kynar 500/Hylar 5000, or better. Most metal shingle roofs will cost anywhere from $700.00 per square (100 sq. feet) and up for materials and labor, while standing seam metal roofs can easily cost more than $1000.00 per square due to a higher cost of materials, and often a more involved installation process.

System Installation Difficulty and Labor Costs Considerations

As a homeowner, it is vital that you look at the total cost of the installation rather than just the price of the raw materials. Labor costs can easily make up a larger percentage of the total cost than the metal itself. This is not to say that metal roofs are expensive to install. On the contrary, if you decide to install a new metal roofing system over the existing roof, the costs can be quite manageable. However, a more thorough job that involves stripping off the old roof completely, will definitely tip the scales towards a more costly direction. Note that taking a big-picture look at the costs also means thinking about the overall longevity and energy efficiency of a newly installed roofing system.

Cost Over Time



Like many modifications to a home, metal roofing must be seen as an investment. Although the initial cost may seem quite high, it is important to remember that these roofs can easily last for many decades. The better materials and design such as standing seam may well last as long as the house itself. It is also important to take into account the extra energy efficiency a metal roof provides. Since less heat can escape in cold weather and less can get inside the house during the summer, your heating and air conditioning bills are going to end up being less costly and far more reasonable. Over the next 10 to 20 years, this by itself may easily help recoup the cost of the initial expenditure, while also increasing the value and greatly enhancing the curb appeal of your home.

In Conclusion:


As we have explained, it is hard to hone in on an exact cost without knowing about your specific situation and plans. While making sense of metal roofing prices can seem daunting at first, simply narrowing down your options can clarify things in no time. Even if you opt to go for an expensive solution such as stripping your existing roof and replacing it with aluminum or another high-quality material, you stand to gain a great deal in terms of having a low roof maintenance, high energy-efficiency, and confidence of knowing that your home is protected by a durable and long-lasting roofing system that is also kind to the environment, and will likely last for as long as the property it protects.

9 thoughts on “Residential Metal Roofing Prices – Materials & Labor Costs

  1. Melinda M.


    My husband and I consider buying a Cape house on a beach on Cape Cod. The current roof is cedar shingles and needs to be replaced soon. My husband wants to get a standing seam metal roof installed to replace the existing roof. Can you please tell me how much a typical standing seam metal roof will cost to install on Cape-styled home?

    Thank you!


    1. Alexander Post author

      Hello Melinda,

      Congratulations on your decision to buy a house on the Cape! I would estimate that a typical standing seam metal roof, with tear off (necessary to remove the old cedar shingles.) will cost about $15,000 to $20,000 depending on how big and laborious your roof is. Here are some things to keep in mind when you consider installing a metal roof on a property that is located on coast or in close proximity to a salt spray environment, such as most beach houses on the Cape; it’s a good idea to spend a bit more and have an aluminum roof installed to prevent corrosion and rusting in the future.

      Good Luck!

    2. Leo B

      Hi Melinda

      We work in your market, and on average a standing seam roof is about $12-14 / sq. ft. for Aluminum architectural standing seam. With the tear off of wood shingles it would be another $1/ft.

      No matter what company you choose to go with, make sure that you do not get a steel roof – on the cape, steel will rust very fast, becuase of all the salt in the air.

      Also, get a company that specializes in metal roofing – most roofers don’t understand metal. Trust me, you don’t want your roof to be their training grounds!


  2. William Shields

    I would like to get a standing seam metal roof for our two-story house in West Haven, CT. There are three sections to the house; the main roof is a simple gable roof with one chimney on one side, while the other side has a valley that connects the main roof to the adjacent section. I.e. Gable and Hip combination roof – The main roof measures 30 by 40 feet in ground measurements not including the over-hangs.

    The adjacent section, which is the hip roof that forms two valleys on each side of the hip is a single story section of the house that ends as a simple gable. It measures 25 by 22 feet on the ground, not including the overhangs. There is also a garage addition that measures 20 by 30 feet on the ground, it is connected to the main section of the house as an end-wall section. – It is a gable roof with two sky-lights on each side of the simple gable.

    I am interested in pricing for a new standing seam metal roof (materials plus labor) and a metal shingles roof for the pricing comparison purposes. No tear off is needed, as we only have one layer of shingle on the house, and I was told that you can install a metal roof over shingles, without having to remove the existing asphalt shingle roof.


    Bill Shields.

    1. Alexander Post author

      Hello Bill,

      Based on the information about your house and dimensions you provided for the roof sections I am estimating that your actual roof will require about 30 to 35 squares of metal roofing installed, which would likely be priced in the following range: $27,000 to $35,000 for metal shingles, and $30,000 to $40,000 for a standing seam metal roof installed. I am assuming a medium level of difficultly, and a medium roof pitch for these figures. It could possibly cost more or less depending on your actual roof pitch and roof coverage, as it’s hard to tell with a fair degree of precision, without first seeing some pictures of the roof.

      Please note that any quotes you may get will vary in price, to some degree, depending on the contractor’s pricing structure for the jobs they sell and the type of reputation they have. You should also pay attention to the system itself as an aluminum roof will generally cost more than steel, as an example.



  3. Teresa Heinz

    We are thinking about having a metal roof put on our home it is a double wide has a regular roof on it now. Would like to know how much it would cost us to have this done. Our home is 24 wide by 66 long. Do you have a payment plan that we could do?

    1. Alexander

      Hi Teresa, I would say that based on the information you’ve provided it would cost your anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000 for a new metal roof, with lifetime warranty. The price will also depend on whether or not there is a need to perform a tear off and removal of the old roof. The system choice would also affect the price. Where are you located?

  4. Jennifer

    Hi — hope you might have some advice for me! We own an historic, Greek Revival home in south-central NC. It was built in 1850 and I am unable to find original photographs of the home. We will soon be trying to replace the roof, and I would like very much to restore it as close to original as possible. Best I can determine from searching, it was likely a flat-lock tin or terne-coated steel roof. It currently has a standing seam metal roof on some areas, membrane on others. (No idea when this roof was installed!). All of it appears to have been Cool-Sealed multiple times, so it is white. At this point, I am considering either an aluminum or zinc roof, thinking it would have originally been the natural metal. So — current standing seam panels look awfully “modern” to me, so what would you recommend?? Metal shingles? Flat panels? Recommendation on aluminum vs. zinc? While I want to preserve the historical integrity of the home, I am also trying to be as cost-effective as possible, as it is a large, 6,000 sq. ft. home. Thanks so much!

    1. Alexander

      Hello Jennifer,

      In terms of being cost effective either zinc or tin-plated stainless steel such as roofinox will probably cost twice as much (if not more) as aluminum or bare-metal galvalume steel. — You may want to get in touch with the sales team at Roofinox to learn more about the cost of materials first, as that is one of the metals frequently used for historical restorations on homes and mansions such as yours. 😉

      Should you choose to go with the more expensive Roofinox or a similar system, I would recommend hiring a skilled craftsman specializing in either copper, zinc, or tin-plated steel panels to install it. Either flat seam or standing seam with low-ribs should be fine, although if you choose to go with standing seam, it will make your home look quite modern, even after the patina sets in.

      Given the size of your home, it will probably end up being a rather expensive renovation project to say the least. 😉 I realize you are located in North Carolina not Massachusetts, but look for a company similar to this one, with expertise in either copper or zinc roofing to do the installation. In fact, once you find a few suitable installers, talk to them first to see what their recommendation in terms of materials would be.

      You may also want to try to find the traditional craftsman specializing in the hand-crafted tin roofs. I’m pretty sure there are some traditional tin roof installers in South Carolina.

      Good Luck!


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