The Costs of Metal Roofing in 2023: Standing Seam & Corrugated Metal Price Per Square Foot


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Welcome to this comprehensive web content, where we tackle the simple question, "What does metal roofing cost?" Navigating today's post-pandemic pricing environment can be challenging, given the rapid market shifts that impact metal roofing costs. So, we've taken the task of breaking down the current market trends for you.

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  1. Understanding Metal Roofing Pricing Shifts
  2. General Costs of Installing a Metal Roof
    1. Breakdown of Costs: Materials
    2. Costs of Exposed Fastener Panels
    3. Trim and Accessories
    4. Installation Costs
  3. Total Costs

Understanding Metal Roofing Pricing Shifts

Metal roofing prices have been generally stable over the past decade. However, the COVID-19 pandemic of 2021 dramatically affected the pricing landscape. Notably, the cost of steel has substantially increased from 2021, a trend projected to persist into 2023. This article aims to give you a rough estimate of what a metal roof might cost if you're in the early stages of planning your project. We recommend contacting a material supplier or roofing contractor for a more precise figure.

General Costs of Installing a Metal Roof

To simplify a complex question: the total installed price of a standing seam roof will range from about $10 to $16 per square foot, while an exposed fastener panel like a corrugated or an R-panel might cost about $7 to $12 per square foot installed.

This article delves into the material costs of a metal roof, the accessories and trim, labour costs, and other factors contributing to the total price.

Breakdown of Costs: Materials

Most standing seam jobs use a 24-gauge thickness in a Kynar paint finish. Depending on the job's size and location, you can expect a ballpark price of $3 to $4 per square foot. Essential factors to consider are the panel's width and colour. For example, the most cost-effective panels we supply are 18 inches wide. Narrower boards will increase the price. Standard Kynar colours like red, white, or brown are more affordable than speciality paint prints designed to look like rusted steel or old copper material. Speciality paints can add $1 to $1.25 per square foot.

Costs of Exposed Fastener Panels

Exposed fastener panels are generally cheaper than standing seam panels. They come in two variations: a lighter gauge with an SP paint finish or a heavier gauge with a Kynar paint finish. For pricing, a 24-gauge Kynar exposed fastener panel will cost $2.50 to $3.50 per square foot, while a 26-gauge panel in an SMP paint finish will run about $1.75 to $2.50 per square foot.

Trim and Accessories

Roofing projects vary, and thus, so do the requirements for trim and flashings. Some roofs might need minimal trim and flashings, while others might need a lot. As a general guideline, any metal roofing that will sit on a solid wood substrate will need underlayment. An excellent synthetic underlayment, like Shark Skin, can cost 20 to 65 cents per square foot, depending on whether it's a non-adhesive or peel-and-stick type.

For a standing seam roof, the cost of trim, flashings, and accessories might be an extra 30% to 40% on top of the panel cost. An exposed fastener panel, it's usually closer to 20% to 25%.

Installation Costs

Labour costs are typically about 60% to 70% of the budget. They can vary significantly, depending on the complexity of the installation and your location. Experienced installers might charge a premium due to the shortage of high-quality installers.

Total Costs

Factoring in materials and installation, the total cost for a standing seam roof is typically $10 to $16 per square foot. On the other hand, exposed fastener panels might cost $7 to $12 per square foot.

Remember, these figures should only serve as a starting point to help you determine whether a metal roof is right for you. Your project will likely be unique, and it's sensible to reach out to a metal roofing supplier or a roofing contractor for a more accurate quote based on your roof's complexity and location.

For step-by-step installation guides and homeowner guides, check out our other articles. Stay informed and get the best value for your project!

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