Metal Roof Cost Per Square

Metal Roof Cost Per Square

I would like to get a standing seam metal roof for our two-story house in West Haven, CT. There are three sections to the house; the main roof is a simple gable roof with one chimney on one side, while the other side has a valley that connects the main roof to the adjacent section. I.e. Gable and Hip combination roof – The main roof measures 30 by 40 feet in ground measurements not including the over-hangs. The adjacent section, which is the hip roof that forms two valleys on each side of the hip is a single story section of the house that ends as a simple gable. It measures 25 by 22 feet on the ground, not including the overhangs. There is also a garage addition that measures 20 by 30 feet on the ground, it is connected to the main section of the house as an end-wall section. – It is a gable roof with two sky-lights on each side of the simple gable. I am interested in pricing for a new standing seam metal roof (materials plus labor) and a metal shingles roof for the pricing comparison purposes. No tear off is needed, as we only have one layer of shingle on the house, and I was told that you can install a metal roof over shingles, without having to remove the existing asphalt shingle roof. Thanks, Bill Shields.
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Metal Roof Cost Per Square

With almost as many variables as there are metal options, it can be very challenging to prepare a budget for installing a roof. In the case of a re-roof project, preparing the existing roof for the new metal can involve creating access, removing the existing roof covering, repairing damaged structure and carpentry, and then finally installing the new metal roof. Choice of installer will impact the final price significantly as well. From doing it yourself to hiring a full-service, well-equipped roof contractor the installation prices can range from nothing to over $15 a square foot.
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Metal Roof Cost Per Square

One of the main reasons for the high cost of residential metal roofing is the high cost of labor required for professional installation. That’s right, installing a metal roof is a technically involved process requiring special skills, training, experience and equipment. Unlike conventional asphalt shingle roofing, the installation of a metal roof must be carried out in a very accurately-measured and precise manner. A metal roof is not simply nailed to the roof deck like its “ugly” cousin, asphalt shingles.

Metal Roof Cost Per Square

Hi — hope you might have some advice for me! We own an historic, Greek Revival home in south-central NC. It was built in 1850 and I am unable to find original photographs of the home. We will soon be trying to replace the roof, and I would like very much to restore it as close to original as possible. Best I can determine from searching, it was likely a flat-lock tin or terne-coated steel roof. It currently has a standing seam metal roof on some areas, membrane on others. (No idea when this roof was installed!). All of it appears to have been Cool-Sealed multiple times, so it is white. At this point, I am considering either an aluminum or zinc roof, thinking it would have originally been the natural metal. So — current standing seam panels look awfully “modern” to me, so what would you recommend?? Metal shingles? Flat panels? Recommendation on aluminum vs. zinc? While I want to preserve the historical integrity of the home, I am also trying to be as cost-effective as possible, as it is a large, 6,000 sq. ft. home. Thanks so much!
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Metal Roof Cost Per Square

The gauge of the metal is a measurement of how thick it is. The smaller the number, the thicker the metal. 24 gauge metal (sometimes written “24ga”) is thicker than 29 gauge, which is the minimum recommended gauge for residential construction. Some roofs, such as Modular Press Formed Granular Coated roof, are only available in certain gauges (26 gauge in this case). 24 gauge is the recommended gauge for high wind areas. The gauge of the roof doesn’t affect the overall price much. The difference is usually a matter of around $100 per square. (A “square” in roofing is a 100 square foot area.)
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Metal Roof Cost Per Square

I would like to get a standing seam metal roof for our two-story house in West Haven, CT. There are three sections to the house; the main roof is a simple gable roof with one chimney on one side, while the other side has a valley that connects the main roof to the adjacent section. I.e. Gable and Hip combination roof – The main roof measures 30 by 40 feet in ground measurements not including the over-hangs.
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Metal Roof Cost Per Square

According to the 2014 US Census, the average square footage of the average American roof is 1700 square feet. Calculating the cost of a metal roof isn’t as simple as just knowing your square footage, however. The price of metal is subject to fluctuation. Sometimes it can be pretty volatile. (In 2007, steel had a very wild period in which quotes for steel prices were good only for one hour!)
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Metal Roof Cost Per Square

I am interested in pricing for a new standing seam metal roof (materials plus labor) and a metal shingles roof for the pricing comparison purposes. No tear off is needed, as we only have one layer of shingle on the house, and I was told that you can install a metal roof over shingles, without having to remove the existing asphalt shingle roof.
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As an experienced licensed home improvement contractor, I know first hand what it should cost for various levels — from Basic, Better, and of course the best. This Standing Seam Metal Roof cost estimator will provide you with up to date pricing for your area. Simply enter your zip code and the square footage, next click update and you will see a breakdown on what it should cost to have a Standing Seam Metal Roof installed onto your home.
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The 29, 26, and 24 metal roofing gauge is a measurement of the thickness of the metal, but it’s important to remember that the metal increases in thickness as the gauge numbers decrease. Union offers several gauge options for metal roofing. Listed in order from thinnest to thickest, they are: Utility metal roofing Econ 29 gauge metal roofing 29 gauge metal roofing 26 gauge metal roofing 24 gauge metal roofing
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As a homeowner, it is vital that you look at the total cost of the installation rather than just the price of the raw materials. Labor costs can easily make up a larger percentage of the total cost than the metal itself. This is not to say that metal roofs are expensive to install. On the contrary, if you decide to install a new metal roofing system over the existing roof, the costs can be quite manageable. However, a more thorough job that involves stripping off the old roof completely, will definitely tip the scales towards a more costly direction. Note that taking a big-picture look at the costs also means thinking about the overall longevity and energy efficiency of a newly installed roofing system.
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When it comes to residential metal roofing, you are not only paying more for a higher quality material than asphalt shingle, but you are also paying for a more costly, professional installation that requires specialized skills, expertise, and equipment. Keep in mind that there are a number of factors that may influence your final price for a new metal roof. These include the type of metal and the roof style you choose, your geographic location, and the overall complexity of your particular roof.
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Metal roofing is considered a “cool roof” material by the United States EPA. No matter what color the roof is, it will reflect solar heat and prevent heat gain in the summer. This is ideal for warm climates as it can reduce the cost of air conditioning. Of course, painting the roof a lighter color will produce a better result. Standing seam metal roofing can withstand a beating from violent winds and rain. It is fireproof and resistant to mold, water damage and other environmental concerns that plague homeowners. It also easily sheds snow and ice. Warranties are generally 50 years to life.

Nice article, a fairly neutral take on the cost factors of metal roofing. The elephant in the room that you ignored, was explaining the benefits of metal roofing, and why in many cases it ends up being the better value long-term — triple the lifespan of asphalt, energy savings, fire & impact resistance (which can lower insurance rates) and even weather-tight warranties that traditional roofing cannot offer. For the environment, traditional roofing is filling acres of landfill each year; metal is 100% recyclable, and therefore environmentally friendly. Metal roofs are about a third of the weight of traditional roofs. The benefits go on and on. It comes down to higher up-front costs, but much better cost-value across the life of the roof.
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As a general rule of thumb, the greater the square footage of your roof, the less you can expect to pay on a per square foot basis for your choice of metal roofing material, especially if you opt for standing seam panels. Did you know? Small-size orders requiring less than 300 sq. ft. or three squares of custom-sized sheet metal panels can be surprisingly expensive!