Today, there are mainly two popular types of metal roofing for homes; metal shingles and standing seam.
Metal shingles form a four way inter-locking design and can last well over 30 years, providing reliable protection and energy savings for your home.
A metal shingle roof is a less expensive option than standing seam, because metal shingles are easier to manufacture, ship, store, and install.
A typical metal shingles roof may range in price from $15,000 to $20,000 for a steel shingles roof fully installed. This assumes a roof surface measuring 2,000 sq.ft. or 20 squares, at a price per square ranging from $750 to $1,000 per square of metal shingles installed.
Note that the cost of aluminum shingles or shakes roof would normally be slightly higher than a similar system made of G-90 heavy gauge (GA 24) galvanized steel.
A copper shingles roof may range in price anywhere from $20,000 to $35,000 and more, depending on the size and complexity of your roof.
A similar roof would cost $18,000 to $25,000 for a 20 square standing seam roof.
Copper Standing Seam
It would cost $30,000 to $40,000 for a 20 square standing seam roof.
The pricing for zinc standing seam would be between $25,000 and $35,000 for a similar-sized roof.
Believe it or not, there was a time when residential metal roofing was pretty much unheard of in the United States. Then, came along the metal roof of Monticello, which was commissioned by our third president, Thomas Jefferson who was inspired during his stay in Paris where many roofs were covered with zinc, which is not only beautiful, but also happens to be a long lasting building material.
Thus, inspired by the idea of a long lasting and durable roof made of metal, Thomas Jefferson had further developed Monticello roof design, and that was how metal roofing became the new statement of high-end residential architecture in the US.
Although, several other people have followed the suit, residential metal roofing didn’t really take off in America (until recently – a couple of decades or so in the “fast-track” lane) the way it did early on Europe.