Metal Roofing Costs For Home And Business Owners

Metal roofing

Do you want to install a new metal roof on your home or business? If so, it's important to know how much it will cost so you can factor it into your budget. There's a lot that goes into installing a roof, so typically, things like materials, labor costs, and a contractor's warranty are all bundled into one price. The national average for new metal roof installation is $12.50 per square foot. For a conventional 17-square residential roof, this amounts to around $21,250. However, these prices aren't set in stone. They can vary depending on the kind of metal roof you want, the difficulty of the project itself, and where your property is located.

Price Range

At Lifetime Metal & Tile Roofing, we offer multiple different materials for your metal roof such as aluminum, steel, and zinc, as well as varying profiles like metal shingles and standing seam panels. If you're looking into these kinds of things for your metal roof, you can expect the prices per square foot to be between $8.50 and $16.50, which translates to between $14,450 to $28,050 for a typical 17-square roof.

Two of the most important factors that determine the price of a metal roof installation are the real estate market in your area and the overall complexity of your roof. The amount of labor that needs to be done by our contractors is also significant in the price of installation.

Cheaper Options:

If you're budget is a little tighter, you've still got options. Roof systems such as corrugated or ribbed metal paneling can cost between $6.50 to $7.50 per square foot ($650 to $750 per square). These prices can also vary depending on the thickness of the metal, the quality of the paint finish, and your property's location.

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Metal Shingles Vs. Asphalt Shingles

In terms of sloped roofing, metal materials make up about 13% of the market, while asphalt accounts for over 75%. Metal roofing is designed to be more durable than asphalt roofing as well as perform better and last up to three times longer. When it comes to energy efficiency, impact protection, and ice protection, metal roofing outperforms asphalt. Metal roofing materials contain higher SRI (solar reflectance index) than asphalt, making them more energy-efficient and better at keeping your buildings cool.

In geographical locations that are prone to hail, metal roofing provides better protection than asphalt-- in fact, asphalt shingle manufacturers don't offer hail impact warranties for their products because they can't match up to metal shingles. Metal shingles also work great for people who want solar panels on their roofs. Standing seams provide a penetration-free attachment for the solar panels to the seam of the roof itself.

Why Is Labor So Expensive?

Professional labor to install metal roofing is pricey because doing so requires specialized training and skills. Learning to install things like standing seams and interlocking metal shingles is expensive! So the pros must be paid well. Industry-grade equipment and proven experience also contribute to the higher costs of metal roofing installation.

Unlike typical asphalt roofs, metal roof installation has to be done accurately and precisely to function properly. Metal roofing isn't nailed to the roof deck like asphalt shingles, meaning it can take up to three times longer to install. To make sure the new metal roof lasts longer and works its best, installation has to be done with technical know-how, precision, care, and patience. Because it is a tedious and involved process, labor costs for metal roofing are higher.

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Aluminum Roofing

  • A step up from steel roofing, aluminum works great for buildings situated near coastal areas because it offers better protection from corrosion.
  • Aluminum shingles: Including trim, aluminum shingles range from $4.00 to $5.50 per square foot. Average installation costs can start at $9.50 per square foot, without tear-off.
  • Aluminum standing seam: Material costs for aluminum standing seam can range from $4.50 to $6.50 per square foot, with installation costs starting at $12.50 per square foot.

Copper And Zinc

Copper is a high quality metal that has high costs. For just materials, you should plan to pay anywhere from $8.00 to $15.00 per square foot, depending on how large the order is, and not including labor costs.

Paint Finish

These days, you can get your roof finished with pretty much any color you wish, with special coats available like acrylics and high-end Kynar 500. Like with most investments, you should pay more if you want higher-quality products and results. For just a few hundred dollars more, your roof will have a longer-lasting, higher quality finish with a warranty as opposed to paying less for a lower quality product. You can always speak with a Lifetime Metal & Tile Roofing representative to learn more about which options are best for your home.

Color Options

Modern roofing is available in a huge variety of colors that are energy-efficient and CoolRoof rated. You get more color options with standing seam but metal shingles, shakes, and tiles also have a lot of colors to choose from.

Your Geographic Location Can Change Pricing

The price of a new metal roof can differ depending on where in the world you live. Labor costs can also vary in different cities and states. Expensive coastal areas like New York City, Seattle, Miami, or San Francisco will have higher labor costs than in areas with a lower living costs like Memphis, TN or Louisville, KY.

No matter where you are in the country, it's vital to not cut corners on quality in an attempt to save money. Prices aside, you should only trust an experienced installer like Lifetime Metal & Tile Roofing who is dedicated to their craft and giving you great results.

Metal Roofing Is A Prime Investment

Because of its durability and energy efficiency, metal roofing is a very smart investment you can make for your home. With energy efficient metal, you can save money on energy bills over summer, as well as heating in the winter.

Metal roofs are built to last, meaning you likely won't have to replace it any time soon after getting it installed. While asphalt roofing lasts around 17 years, metal roofing is designed to last decades, up to 50 years. Metal roofing is also resistant to wind, hail, ice, and snow. Not to mention, a building protected by a metal roof looks beautiful and can raise your property's value.

For home or business owners that want to be more eco-friendly, metal roofing often contains recycled materials, making up close to 30% of its contents. And, unlike asphalt shingles, metal roofing is recyclable. Metal roofing can also help you save money in more ways than just one! A standing seam metal roof is perfect for integrating solar panels onto it.

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Talk To The Experts For Your Metal Roofing

If you want to install metal roofing on your home or business, call none other than Lifetime Metal & Tile Roofing. We are the roofer you can count on when you want a job well done on your next roofing project, from roof inspections to repairs and replacements. We are experienced, highly skilled, and dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction, every time. Your roof is a vital part of your home or business' protective system, and it should be made of only the best, strongest materials we can offer. Contact us today to learn more about metal roofing costs and how it can be useful to your home or business.


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