A quality metal roof protects you, your family, and your valuables from the elements. You already know if you need a new one or want to upgrade your old roof to metal, it’s not going to be cheap. 

That’s why the main question most homeowners like you have is, “How much will it cost me?” Unfortunately, the roofing industry doesn't like to talk about pricing. 

But we aren’t afraid to address the cost of metal roofing like the rest of the industry. Because of this, we’re going to break down the price of a new metal roof. 

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has installed, replaced, and maintained metal roofing in Nashville and surrounding areas since 1990. We provide a rare experience in the industry with an advisory sales process, education, and high-quality workmanship. Once you’re a customer of ours, it’s our job to make you a customer for life. 

By the end of this article, you’ll learn the cost of the 2 types of metal roofing and what impacts the pricing. Don’t forget to stick around until the very end because we’re going to give you a great tool to find the right contractor for you. 

The 2 types of metal roofs

There are two types of metal roofs: a standing seam metal roof and a screw-down metal panel roof. 

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A standing seam metal roof system is a series of panels locked together at the seams or seamed mechanically. This allows for panels to expand and contract freely when the metal heats up.

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A screw-down panel metal roof system (also known as an exposed fastener) is just what it's called; it's screwed down. The screws are screwed through the panel, which leaves no room for expansion and contraction. I would not recommend putting a screw-down panel over a heated space such as your home or office due to its lack of expansion capability.

To learn more about how the two metal roof systems compare, read this article on metal roofs: standing seam vs. screw-down panel

How much does a metal roof cost?

No two roofs are going to be the same price. So, the price for your new metal roof isn't going to be the same as your neighbors. 

With that in mind, it’s impossible to give you an exact price without getting on your metal roof. However, I can give you an idea of how much you’ll have to budget for based on the type of metal roof you choose. 

Disclaimer: These numbers aren’t perfect. The actual price you’ll pay depends on multiple cost factors that are based on your roof and the contractor you hire.

How much does a screw down panel metal roof cost?

A screw down panel metal roof starts around $4.50 per square foot. 

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Remember, I would not recommend putting a screw down metal roof over a heated space such as your home or office due to its lack of expansion capability. This doesn't mean you can’t put this type of metal roof over your home. 

But to get the most out of your metal roof investment, I would recommend going with a standing seam metal roof system. 

How much does a standing seam metal roof cost?

A standing seam metal roof requires a thicker gauge of metal and a skilled craftsman for installation. This makes the labor cost and the material cost go up, which makes a standing seam metal roof almost triple the cost of a screw down metal roof.

For a one-story house with a basic up and over roof with no penetrations and no valleys, you can expect a 24 gauge steel standing seam metal roof to cost around $12.00 per square foot.

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For a one-story house with a mildly complex roof, you can expect to pay around $15.00 per square foot for a 24 gauge steel standing seam metal roof.

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The numbers above might be intimidating, but you need to ask yourself if almost zero maintenance and peace of mind for the next 50 years is worth the extra money. For most homeowners, the answer is yes. 

What impacts the cost of your metal roof?

Remember, no two metal roofs are going to be the same. The price of your metal roof depends on factors that vary from roof to roof. 

To better help you understand where your investment goes when making this purchase, I’ve comprised a list of the factors that directly affect the price of your new metal roof. 

  • The type of roof you choose (metal roofing) 
  • The rest of the roof system’s materials
  • Labor and time
  • Your roof’s accessibility
  • The number of penetrations your roof has
  • Your roof’s size and the complexity of it
  • The amount of decking that may need to be replaced
  • Dump fees
  • Operating costs

This is just a quick rundown of what impacts the cost of your new roof. For a deeper breakdown of these cost factors and what they mean to your metal roof investment, read this article on the 9 factors that impact the cost of your new roof

Find the right roofing contractor for your metal roof

Now you have an idea of how much your new metal roof will cost and the main factors that impact the price. Remember, I recommend a standing seam metal roof for your residential roof. 

But if you’re looking to put a metal roof over a barn or a garage, a screw down panel is a good option. After reading this, what should you do next? 

Your next step is to find a great roofing contractor for your metal roof replacement. That’s why you need a great tool to be able to spot a great roofing contractor from all the options in your area. 

Luckily, your free Checklist of Questions to Ask a Roofing Contractor is waiting for you below. This 16 question checklist gives you the main questions every homeowner needs to ask a roofing contractor and what answers to look for. 

What are you waiting for? Get your free checklist to put the power in your own hands to make the right hiring decision. 

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has proudly provided high-quality metal roofing services in Nashville and surrounding areas since 1990. We take pride in everything we do, and we back it up with our lifetime warranty. If you’re local to the Nashville or Middle Tennessee area, don’t hesitate to contact us so we can take care of your metal roofing needs. 

Here’s your free Checklist of 16 Questions to Ask a Roofing Contractor.

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