If you’re thinking about putting a new metal roof on top of your home, then you likely have many questions. One stands out above the rest though, and that is just what will a new metal roof cost you? Given that metal is considered a premium material for roofing purposes, you can generally assume that a metal roof will cost double to even triple what a good installation of asphalt shingles would run you.
In general, metal roofing will run you anywhere from $6 to $13 per square foot. That is admittedly a broad range of pricing, but there are more specific breakdowns that can be had. A metal shingle roof is likely to run you $7 to $10 per square foot once installed. On the other hand, a standing seam style metal roof should run from $9 to $12 per square foot.
If you want something cheaper that is still metal, then look at a corrugated steel roof, which is probably going to be as low as $3 per square foot, although as much as twice that. That price will depend on the thickness of the metal, which is measured in gauges for steel materials but done in mils when aluminum is used. The paint finish also comes into play, as acrylic or Kynar can both be used.
In addition to materials, installation is also likely to cost you more than an asphalt shingle installation would run. Metal roofing requires specialized skills, custom equipment, and professional expertise that asphalt shingle crews might not have. Other factors that go into the cost of installing a metal roof include the size of your home, your local labor and contractor market, and the specific complexity your roof features.
In general, it is going to take three times longer for a metal roof to be installed as compared to an asphalt shingle roof, so be prepared to live through the extended work.
The reason you want a metal roof and how long you intend to keep a home also factor into the long-term cost estimates and impact. If you plan on staying in your home for a long time, then metal provides incredible value as it features tremendous durability and little need for upkeep. On the other hand, if you are looking to boost home value for resale, then check with a realty professional about how much a metal roof does for property values in your area and whether or not local home buyers would rather have that than asphalt.
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