When you’re tired of yet another roof leak and looking at unsightly worn-down shingles, you recognize that it’s time. Time for a roof replacement.
After doing some research on the internet or chatting with friends, you keep hearing about this mysterious metal roofing… It’s supposedly far more durable than traditional shingles, fire-resistant, and low-maintenance. But how much does a metal roof cost? And is it all too good to be true?
Let’s find out! We’ll cover:
- The average price range of metal roofs 💰
- How to get the most out of their lifespan ⏳
- How to finance a new roof 🏦
- The benefits of metal roofing 👍
How Much a Metal Roof Costs: Nationwide Average
The average price of a metal roof replacement ranges from $15,000-$30,000.
We won’t beat around the bush here. Metal roofing costs more than traditional asphalt shingles upfront. However, it still costs less than other premium roofing materials like clay or slate tiles. Plus, most homeowners find that the investment pays for itself in the long run because they don’t have to replace their roofs every 15 years. (Metal roofs last 40-70 years!)
While this is the average range, it’s not set in stone. There are a handful of factors that could either increase or decrease this range.
5 Factors That Affect the Final Cost
Roofs are not one-size-fits-all, and no respectable roofing contractor will treat your roof replacement that way. There are numerous details that can affect the total price of a new metal roof. Take a look below to see which factors apply to your specific situation and gain a clearer understanding of how much a metal roof replacement would cost you.
1) Type of Metal
Did you know you can choose from multiple different metal materials? While galvanized steel and aluminum are the most popular options, you can select a more premium (or less premium) metal. Each material has a different cost per square foot.
- Galvanized steel: $8-$14 per sq. ft.
- Aluminum: $4-$12 per sq. ft.
- Corrugated metal: $3-$7 per sq. ft.
- Tin: $3-$5 per sq. ft.
- Copper: $13-$25 per sq. ft.
- Zinc: $10-$23 per sq. ft.
Galvanized steel and aluminum are the most popular choice because they fall right in the middle of the intersection between affordability and longevity.
While corrugated metal and tin are the cheapest, they don’t last as long, aren’t as aesthetically pleasing, and usually aren’t recommended for residential roofs. (You’ll see these materials more commonly on barns, sheds, or other commercial structures.)
And even though copper and zinc are absolutely beautiful and the longest-lasting metal roofing materials out there, their very high upfront price point keeps most homeowners away. Plus, both materials develop a patina over time, and some homeowners don’t like the idea of losing the original color.
2) Material Style
You also have style options when it comes to metal roofing. That’s right; you can find the design choice that best suits your personality and style preferences.
Corrugated (Exposed Fastener) — Cheapest
Corrugated metal roofing panels, also called exposed fastener roofing, is a style most commonly seen on agricultural or commercial properties. The ridges on corrugated panels are thin, and the frequently repeating pattern creates a ripple effect. The “exposed fastener” name stems from the fact that the screws securing the roof in place are visible— sitting on top of the panels.
Standing Seam (Concealed Fastener) — Mid-Range
Standing seam panels are one of the most popular styles of metal roofing. This design boasts the “classic” metal roof look with sleek, wide plank panels. Standing seam panels are also called “concealed fastener” roofing because the screws (fasteners) are hidden underneath a sleek ridge that interlocks between panels.
Metal Shingles or Tiles — Most Expensive
If you’re still on the fence about metal roofing because you prefer the look of more traditional roofing materials, you’re in luck! You can opt for metal shingles or tiles that imitate the look of other roofing materials, such as:
- Slate tiles
- Clay tiles
- Asphalt shingles
These designs are also quite popular; just keep in mind that they’ll cost more upfront than standing seam panels.
3) If You Need New Roof Decking
There are many components of a complete roofing system, and the roof deck is one of them. Roof decking is the plywood base of your roof underneath your ice and water shield and the outer roofing materials.
Roof decking can last for decades, but over time, it can develop rot. Oftentimes, rotten roof decking won’t get noticed until your roofing contractor is already working on your roof replacement.
If your contractor finds rotten roof decking, they’ll need to replace it. (Refusing to do so can result in structural issues that can eventually lead to roof collapse.) This can add a few thousand dollars to your final price tag.
Your geographical location plays a part in the final price of a new metal roof. A metal roof installation in rural Idaho will cost less than one in the heart of Los Angeles.
In general, the closer you live to an urban metropolitan area, the more a roof replacement will cost.
5) Roof Size and Pitch
It may go without saying, but if you have a larger home, your roof replacement will cost more! The average numbers listed above apply to homes in the 2,000-square-foot range.
If your home is 800 square feet, a metal roof will be more affordable. But if your home is 3,000 square feet or more, expect that $30,000 price tag, if not more.
How to Prolong the Lifespan of a Metal Roof
As we mentioned above, metal roofs last an average of 40-70 years! If you’re not planning on selling your home, there’s a good chance you’ll never need another roof replacement again if you opt for metal roofing.
To ensure that result, stay on top of annual roof maintenance responsibilities. While metal roofs are naturally low-maintenance in nature, you should still take care of them by following these tips:
- Schedule roof inspections once every 1-2 years
- Have your roof inspected after any major storm
- Clean your gutters twice a year to prevent clogs
- Trim tree branches that extend over your roof
- Have it professionally washed every 3 years
How to Finance Your New Roof
We completely understand if there’s some sticker shock that comes with the idea of a new metal roof. But the good news is you don’t have to have all of the money in upfront cash in order to get a new roof.
Many reputable roofing companies have financing partners that work directly with homeowners to set up a monthly payment plan. You can explore that option through your roofing company directly or consult with a local bank or credit union to secure a low-interest loan for the project.
Is a Metal Roof Worth It?
So, with a higher upfront cost compared to asphalt shingles, is a metal roof really worth it? Here’s why we think so:
- Since metal roofs last 2-3 times longer than asphalt shingle roofs, you actually save money in the long run by not having to replace your roof multiple times.
- A metal roof can boost the resale value of your home since its longevity is so attractive to potential buyers.
- With impressive weather and fire resistance, you don’t have to make repairs nearly as often as you do with an asphalt shingle roof.
- The sleek aesthetics of both metal shingles and standing seam panels boost your curb appeal.
- Compared to other long-lasting roofing materials, metal roofing is incredibly affordable.
Ready to Make the Switch? Reach Out to Roof Troopers Today!
It’s no secret that metal roofing is well-loved in the roofing industry. With so many incredible benefits, it’s hard to stay quiet about metal roofs! If you’re ready to learn more about getting a new metal roof for your home, reach out to the roofing pros at Roof Troopers today.
Request a free quote now, and be sure to ask us about our flexible financing options!