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How much does a metal roof cost?

By Evan Crowther

The national average cost of installing a metal roof ranges from $19,570 to $22,068. This is the price range for a 2,500-square-foot roof. The size of your roof, among other things, will affect the actual price you pay.

On the low end, roof installations range from $17,026-$19,199, while more expensive installations may cost as much as $20,939-$23,612.

Metal roof cost:

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*All figures above reflect the cost of a 2,500-square-foot roof. 

In addition to the size of your roof, factors like slope and location may affect the cost of a metal roof. Consult local roofing contractors to find out how much you should budget for your metal roof. In most cases, the contractors will visit your home for an onsite consultation to give you free estimates. 

Read our comprehensive guide to learn what can impact metal roofing prices so you’ll be prepared during your consultations.

Metal roofing materials cost.

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Different types of metal and materials will impact your roof installation costs. Some materials, like steel or stainless steel, can be more affordable than rarer metals like copper. Aluminum can have a lower installation cost due to its lighter weight compared to other metals. The economy and availability of roofing materials may also drive prices up or down.

white aluminum roof on homes

Aluminum is a lightweight metal. It resists corrosion and rust, making it a good option if you live near the coast. Like all metal roofs, it reflects sunlight well and is an energy-efficient solution that can potentially help you reduce your cooling costs.


copper roof on houseLike aluminum, copper roofs are also impervious to rust and corrosion. Over time, copper roofs will develop their characteristic green patina. Copper’s distinctive color and durability make it a popular, albeit more costly, choice for coastal areas.

Galvanized steel.

galvanized steel roof on houseGalvanized steel contains a zinc coating to help it resist oxidation and rust. Its corrosion resistance makes it a budget-friendly and popular alternative to copper and aluminum. Steel roofs also tend to have a colored finish.


dark tin roof on wooden houseWhen people say “tin roofing,” they’re often referring to “metal roofing.” Although tin is corrosion-resistant, it’s actually pretty rare these days. Over the years, galvanized steel has dethroned tin as the go-to metal roofing material for most homes. 


zinc metal panel roof on houseLike copper, zinc forms a visually appealing patina over time, which naturally fills in scratches. As a recyclable material, zinc is considered to be an eco-friendly roofing material and requires little maintenance.

Metal roofing cost per square.

Metal roofs cost $800-$1,500 per square, depending on which metal you choose. Instead of measuring the amount of material needed per square foot, roofing contractors use squares. In roofing, a “square” is a unit of measurement that helps contractors determine how much material they’ll need. One square is equal to 100 square feet (10 feet by 10 feet) of roof surface. 

To estimate how many squares of material your roof will use, follow these steps:

  • Measure the length and width of each section of your roof.
  • Find the square footage of each section by multiplying the length and width.
  • Add up the square footage of all the sections.
  • Divide the total square footage by 100.

For example, if your roof totals about 2,500 square feet, dividing 2,500 by 100 gives you 25 squares. In this case, the installer would need 25 squares of material to cover the roof. 

Keep in mind that this number will only be a rough estimate. The actual number of squares needed will vary based on your roof’s shape, pitch and slope. 

Metal roofing labor costs.

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The national average price of labor for metal roofing ranges from $13,771-$13,881Labor costs are usually higher than material costs for metal roofing installation projects. The cost of labor typically includes the removal and disposal of the old roof and the installation of the new roof. 

These are some of the factors that can also affect labor costs:

  • How complex the roof design is
  • Height and accessibility of the roof
  • Contractor’s experience, credentials and qualifications
  • Local economy, demand and time of year
  • Whether you get corrugated panels or standing seam

Metal roof cost factors.

In addition to labor and materials, there are other factors that may impact the cost of a metal roof. These considerations include


Your roof’s surface area is one of the most significant factors that may affect the cost of a metal roof. A larger roof will require more materials and labor, increasing the total cost. Large roofs, especially, may also require specialized tools and equipment, which often results in a higher price.

Slope and pitch.

A roof with a steeper pitch generally makes installation more difficult and time-consuming. This kind of roof may require more materials and more skilled workers. As a result, the cost of labor is often more expensive.


The style of your metal roof may also impact the cost. A roof with a complex design poses more of a challenge for installers. Roofs with more curves and angles take more time to seal, and unique features like skylights, solar panels and chimneys require extra detail work. You also need to consider what style of metal roof you purchase. 


Roofers can make metal roofs simulate other materials like wood and stone using special finishes. Finishes can also use special patterns or designs. Getting a custom finish on your metal roof will likely increase the cost.


In addition to a custom finish, you can have installers coat your roof with a variety of materials. A metal roof coating can protect the roof from damage or make it more heat-resistant. This increases the installation cost, but it may help you save money on future repairs and energy.


The location of your home may affect the cost of metal roof installation in a few ways. Your neighborhood may have specific building codes and permitting fees. Different regions also have varying hourly labor rates.


Always ask your local contractor about their warranty options. Many roofing companies provide warranties that cover issues with their installation. In some cases, the manufacturer may also offer a warranty on the materials your contractor uses. 

The cost of your roof installation may include a warranty that lasts a few years. However, a more comprehensive or longer-lasting warranty may cost more.

Cost of DIY vs. hiring a pro to install your metal roof.

When it comes to installing a metal roof, you might consider a DIY approach to save money. While DIY can be a cost-effective option for some projects, it's essential to consider the pros and cons carefully. 

Because of the materials, hazards and labor involved, metal roof installation is often best left to a professional — unless you have extensive experience with roofing. 

Here are some of the pros and cons of DIY-ing a metal roof installation:


  • Save money on labor. Labor usually makes up the biggest portion of the total cost of a metal roof installation. By installing the roof yourself, you can save on the cost of labor.
  • You have more control over the process. When you install a metal roof yourself, you have more control over the process. This control may appeal to handy homeowners. You can work at your own pace and make sure every detail is correct.
  • Learn new skills. By taking on the project yourself, you can learn more about the installation process. With the skills you learn, you can even save money on future home improvement projects. And if you enjoy DIY-ing your home projects, tackling a metal roof installation may be a rewarding and satisfying experience.


  • It can be dangerous. Installing a roof involves getting up on your roof and using a variety of tools that pose a safety risk. If you’re not comfortable with heights and construction tools, you could hurt yourself.
  • The risk of mistakes is higher — and more expensive. Metal roof installation is a complex process, and mistakes can be costly to fix in the long run.
  • You might spend more on materials. While labor costs may be lower with a DIY approach, the cost of materials may be higher. Contractors often have access to discounted rates on materials, and they can purchase exactly what is needed for the job. 
  • You won’t have a warranty. Professional contractors typically offer warranties on their work, which can provide peace of mind to homeowners. DIY installations do not come with a warranty, and any mistakes made during the installation process will be your responsibility to fix and pay for them.

Related: When to skip DIY and hire a pro instead.

Is it worth putting a metal roof on?

Installing a metal roof is a big investment, but it can offer many benefits that make it worth the cost. While there are many advantages to installing a metal roof, there are some drawbacks. Consider every factor carefully before deciding on a metal roof.

Advantages of installing a metal roof:

  • Durability. Metal roofs are extremely durable and can last up to 40 to 80 years with proper maintenance. They can withstand severe weather (like hail and high winds) and are fire-resistant.
  • Energy efficiency. Metal roofs can help reduce energy costs by reflecting sunlight and reducing heat absorption in the summer. They also insulate well and can keep your home warmer in the winter.
  • Low maintenance. Once you have a metal roof standing on your home, it will require very little maintenance over its lifespan. What little maintenance metal roofs need is usually inexpensive and infrequent. You also don't have to worry about issues like rot or insect damage that can occur with other roofing materials. 
  • Environmentally friendly. Metal roofs are recyclable, making them an eco-friendly choice.
  • Aesthetic appeal. Metal roofs come in a variety of styles and colors, so you can choose a look that complements your home's design. They can also increase your home's curb appeal and potentially increase its resale value. In some cases, the value increase can outweigh the cost of a metal roof installation.
  • Safety. Not only do metal roofs resist impact from severe weather, but they are also fire retardant. According to the Metal Construction Association, a properly grounded metal roof can also reduce the risk of fire from a lightning strike by conducting the current.

Disadvantages of installing a metal roof:

  • Higher upfront cost. Metal roofs can be more expensive than other roofing materials, which can be a barrier for some homeowners. Despite the initial cost, their durability and low maintenance requirements can save you money in the long term.
  • Noise level. Metal roofs can be noisy in heavy rain or hail. However, proper installation and insulation are good ways to reduce extraneous noise.
  • Complex installation. Installing a metal roof can be a challenging project, particularly for those with little experience. This can lead to mistakes or improper installation, which can result in leaks or other issues down the road. Hiring a metal roofing contractor can help mitigate these risks.
  • Expansion and contraction. Metal roofs can expand and contract with changes in temperature, which can lead to fastener panels failing or the roof buckling. 

Get free cost estimates from metal roofing contractors.

If you’re interested in installing a metal roof on your home, get several estimates from local contractors before you hire one. The easiest way to find the right roofing contractor is by using Thumbtack. We take the stress out of finding a metal roof installer with verified reviews of top-rated contractors near you. Download the app today to get started on your project.


What is the cheapest type of metal roof?

The total cost of a metal roof depends on many other factors like size, slope, style and location. 

Can I put a metal roof over shingles?

Installing a metal roof over an existing shingle roof is possible in most cases. Check with a roofing professional to ensure that it’s a viable option for your particular situation. It may be cheaper, but installing a metal roof over asphalt shingles may lead to a buildup of moisture that can cause damage.

Which is cheaper: asphalt or metal roofing?

Asphalt roofing is generally cheaper than metal roofing, but it doesn’t last as long and may require more frequent repairs and replacements. For more information on the two roofing materials, check out our article: Metal roof vs. shingles – which one should you choose?

Do metal roofs leak more than shingles?

Metal roofs don’t inherently leak more than shingle roofs when installed properly. In fact, metal roofs are often more durable and last longer than shingle roofs.

Does a metal roof devalue a house?

No, a metal roof does not typically reduce the value of a house. Some homebuyers may see metal roofs as a desirable feature. A quality metal roof installation with no exposed fasteners may boost your home’s curb appeal.

What are the disadvantages of a metal roof?

The disadvantages of metal roofs often include the following: 

  • Higher initial cost compared to other materials
  • Potential for noise during rain or hailstorms
  • Specialized techniques are needed for the installation

*The project cost estimates provided in this article were provided by Xactware’s pricing data (unless otherwise noted). For more information, visit Xactware’s pricing methodology page.

How do we know these prices?

Millions of people ask Thumbtack for help with their projects every year. We track the estimates they get from local professionals, conduct our own research and then we share those prices with you. The prices reflected in the article above are for informational purposes only and are subject to change at any time. Contact a professional near you to receive a personalized cost estimate for your project.


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