Metal Roof Cost – Consumer Buying Guide

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.


Metal Shingles

A typical metal shingles roof may range in price from $10,000 to $20,000 for a steel shingles roof. That said, the cost of a typical aluminum shingles or shakes roof would be slightly higher than a similar system made of G-90 steel.

Copper Shingles

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.


Standing Seam

A similar roof would cost $12,000 to $25,000 for a standing-seam metal roof.

Copper Standing Seam

It would cost $25,000 to $40,000 for a copper standing seam roof. The pricing for a zinc standing seam roof would be similar to the cost of copper.

Historical Background:

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.


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