Find yourself needing to replace your roof? You may be feeling overwhelmed with options, or you’ve done your research and have discovered the immense benefits a metal roof can offer. But how much does it cost to replace a metal roof in 2021? Let’s find out!
What are the Biggest Benefits of a Metal Roof?
If you are upgrading from asphalt shingles to a metal roof, you will find numerous added benefits your new roof will have compared to your old one, such as:
- A much longer life expectancy. While asphalt shingles last around 15-20 years, a metal roof can last from 30-50 years.
- Asphalt shingles are relatively durable but metal is resistant to fire, insects, mold, and rot.
- The shed snow and rain easily. The dark surface absorbs sun rays and easily melts the snow, allowing it to slough off.
- Metal roofs conduct heat. During the summer months, with the reflective surface not absorbing the sun, you don’t have to crank the air conditioning to keep your house cool.
The Average Cost to Install a Metal Roof
The cost of a metal roof really depends on many factors, which we’ll get into, such as brand, color, type, where you live, the complexity of your installation/roof, and availability. But, we have a few average costs that are fairly common in the industry and can give a rough estimate of what to expect.
Again, depending on some essential factors, you can typically expect to spend anywhere from $750 to $1,000 per 100 sqft for metal roofing. You’ll find that corrugated metal is one of the most affordable materials at around $7.50 cost per square foot. This is because it has exposed fasteners which may be unbecoming for a home, but can work reasonably well for a lean-to or shed. We recommend avoiding these materials because they are susceptible to leaks and require replacement screws every 7-10 years with bigger screws to fill the exposed holes.
You’ll find that metal roofs are incredibly popular in more rural areas, especially in the midwest. More advanced materials can cost more than the average price if it’s a higher gauge. If you were to get it with a custom color, the cost could be $1,100 or more per sqft. However, new construction can take off roughly $100 per 100 sqft because there’s no removal of an old roof.
Factors that Contribute to a Higher or Lower Cost
Type of Metal & Design
Metal roofing can come in a variety of materials and designs. Some common metals used, in order from least expensive to most expensive include, copper, zinc, aluminum, stainless steel, galvanized steel, and stone coated steel.
They also come as shingles, panels, sheets. And the fasteners also majorly affect the cost—concealed fasteners are ideal and thus more expensive, but exposed fasteners can be after to install and if one doesn’t care about aesthetics can save quite a bit of money.
The durability of the Product
Metal roofs last so much longer than other materials, and also are incredibly low-maintenance, thus don’t require much repair or replacement, if ever in their lifetimes. So, with fewer installs, it drives the cost up. However, the high cost of the initial install pays off big time with energy cost savings, low maintenance fees, and increasing the resale value of your home. Metal roofs have one of the biggest ROIs for any roof.
Style and Finish
The more customizations with style, design, layout, and finish will ramp up the costs. Some common colors are used for metal roofs but can cost more if not carried by the manufacturer. People often use charcoal grey, matte black, forest green, brick red, unfinished aluminum, etc.
The pitch of the roof and any eaves, valleys, or other complexities in your roof can up the cost because of custom cuts, sizing, and the complicated manner of the install.
Contractor Installation Costs
Different contractors will charge different amounts for metal roofing installation. There is a high level of skill required to install metal, and oftentimes a contractor may not have a large enough team of certified installers for that type of roof. With a smaller team, they may need to spend money hiring some contractors of their own or take longer on the project. These roadblocks can boost the cost of installation. Overall, it is also a far more complicated process and the cost reflects that to ensure proper installation.
How to Get Started Installing Your New Metal Roof
If you’re ready to install the best roof you’ll ever have, contact First American Roofing right away. We use best-in-class materials to give you an incredibly durable roof that will last for decades to come. Contact us for a FREE estimate, today.