Pole Barn Metal Roof
Written by Deborah Hawkins

How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost?


How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost? That is the question I get asked all the time by clients when looking to install a new roof on their home. When it comes to roof materials, there are many different types. For example, roofs are commonly made with composite or asphalt shingles, rolled roofing material, and slate shingles. There are even green roofs, which have moss or plants growing on top of them. However, one of the most interesting and trendy roof materials in the modern market is metal.


metal roofing on the post office cabin


Benefits of Metal Roofs

Metal roofs provide a classy, strong look that makes a building look durable, yet upscale. Metal roofs are also fire resistant. This gives them a distinct advantage over other types of roofing materials. Considering that there are roughly 358,300 home structure fires in the United States, this is quite significant.


Another great benefit of metal roofs is that they are not appealing to termites, carpenter ants, or other insects that use wood and certain similar materials for food. This means that metal roofs will never receive termite or carpenter ant damage. This is a major advantage.


Metal roofs also have a high degree of longevity. Typically, they can last 40-70 years. Asphalt roofs often only last for 12-20 years. This means that if you decide to go with metal roofing that it can last up to 4 to 5 times longer than an asphalt-based alternative. Finally, metal roofs are also environmentally friendly. This is because they are often made with 25-95 % recycled material. Further, they are typically completely recyclable after they are taken off the structure.


Costs of Metal Roofs


The cost of metal roofs is usually about 2-3 times as expensive as other options such as asphalt shingle roofs. For example, asphalt shingles typically cost $3 - $4 per square foot. However, metal roofs often cost $5.50 to $12.00 per square foot. So, if you are going to purchase a metal roof vs. an asphalt shingle one, it can be a significantly larger investment.


The exact cost per square foot to have a metal roof installed depends on which type of metal roof you would like to have installed. For example, a metal shingle roof is typically cheaper than a standing seam metal roof.


However, even though metal roofs are usually more expensive, there are some metal options that are comparable to asphalt shingles in terms of price. For example, corrugated metal, and ribbed steel roofs cost less than other types of metal roofs. Corrugated and ribbed steel roofs usually cost between $3 - $6 per square foot.


So, if you opt for a corrugated metal or a ribbed steel roof, then you can face installation costs that are comparable to asphalt shingles. In some cases, the costs may be slightly higher, but these are still good options for metal roofs. They will be very durable and last for many years.




Metal roofing may be a bit more expensive in many cases than alternatives. However, if you plan to stay in your home for a long time, then the metal roof cost can be well worth it. This is because a metal roof will have to be replaced significantly fewer times than roofs made with other materials such as asphalt shingles.

metal roofing on the bedford cabin

So, if you are going for cheap and non-long lasting, then asphalt shingles may be your best option. However, if you are going for longevity, durability, protection for insects, and fire resistance, then metal roofs are the better option. Metal roofs also provide a very nice modern feel to your home or office building. This can be important when it comes time to sell your building in the future. Unless you are planning to keep your structure in your family indefinitely, resale value is a variable that should definitely be considered.

Overhead photo of the metal roof
Written by Spear Builders

5 Reasons Metal Roofs Last Longer Than Asphalt Shingles

Your dream home needs a new roof, and has needed one for a while. As the weather gets warmer, and winter snowstorms are followed by spring windstorms, and summer thunderstorms, a little problem today is going to cost exponentially more the longer you wait. If you’re going to invest your money and time in getting a new roof, it’s imperative you get the best roof for your house. For decades many thought metal roofs are now perfect for residential homes too!. Here are five reasons that your house will be better off all around if it has a metal roof.

  • Metal roofs last longer: On average, asphalt shingles are meant to last a maximum of 25 years. Because of how they are manufactured, they will begin deteriorating almost immediately. The shingle is made of paper, fiberglass, and oil. This is not a durable combination. Metal roofs have been shown to last for at least forty years, and often fifty or longer. When you buy a metal roof, you are investing in the long-term value of your house.


  • Price: At first glance, metal roofs are far more expensive than traditional asphalt or wood shingles. In some cases, metal roofs are two to three times as expensive as their asphalt counterparts. However, this price is significantly offset by two factors. The sheer durability of metal roofs means that you will pay for asphalt replacements two or three times before you even need to consider replacing metal shingles. Metal roofs may also lower your home owner’s insurance payment, in some cases up to 30%. This means your roof will pay for itself over time.


  • Aesthetic: When most people think of a metal roof, they picture warehouses with hot, ugly sheets of metal on top. This is no longer the case, as metal shingles can be designed in dozens of different styles and colors. You no longer need to sacrifice good looks for durability. With a metal roof, you can have both. There are so many benefits for choosing a metal roof over shingles.


  • Environmental impact: Once a shingle is off of the roof, it can’t be used for anything else. Tons of shingles end up in landfills every year, waiting for the asphalt and fiberglass to decompose. Metal roofs reduce waste both in the manufacturing process, and by outlasting their traditional shingle counterparts.
Log Home Slanted Metal Roof

This log home has a slanted L shaped metal roof traditional to the homes of its era.

Maintenance: Metal roofs are the ultimate example of low maintenance home improvement. There’s no need to replace split tiles, as would be necessary if you had wood shingles. There is no need to replace the shingles that fall apart, as would be necessary with asphalt. The only concern is mixing metals. If you have a roof with mixed metal shingles, there may be corrosion. This is fixed by keeping the same type of metal throughout the roof. Metal shingles go up, and stay up. With nothing to adjust, or replace, your house will continue to be looking good for decades to come. Here is a link to a some of the pro and cons of owning a home with a metal roof instead of asphalt shingles.