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A Breakdown Of Standing Seam Metal Roof Costs

Posted on November 8, 2023

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A Breakdown Of Standing Seam Metal Roof Costs

Standing seam metal roofs are not only a durable and aesthetically pleasing choice, but are also a sound investment for homeowners and businesses. As an industry professional, I have worked on numerous projects over the years involving these remarkable roofing systems.

In this blog post, we will provide you with a detailed breakdown of standing seam metal roof costs, covering everything from materials to installation. So, keep reading to find out how much you might pay for a new roof.

An Overview Of Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Before we break down the costs, let’s start with a brief overview of this metal roofing style. Standing seam metal roofs are recognized by their uniform, vertical panels that stand tall against the elements. These roofs are made from durable metals and alloys such as steel, aluminum, tin, or copper. Standing seam metal panels have a sturdy interlocking system, which provides several advantages, including excellent waterproofing, durability, and minimal maintenance requirements.

A Breakdown Of Standing Seam Metal Roofing Costs

Standing Seam Metal Roofing Costs

On average, standing seam metal roofing costs around $14 per square foot with materials and installation. Most people pay around $16,400 for a new standing seam metal roof. However, the total cost can vary based on multiple factors like roof size, quality and type of materials, expertise of your roofing contractor, local market rates, and more. 

#1 Primary Metal Roofing Materials

The primary metal roofing materials are the core components that form the foundation of your standing seam metal roof. These materials are essential for providing durability, weather resistance, and an appealing appearance.

👉 Metal Roofing Underlayment

The underlayment is a crucial layer beneath the metal panels that acts as a barrier against moisture. It costs around $0.15 to $0.65 per square foot, depending on the type and quality you choose.

👉 Metal Panels

These are the stars of the show, forming the visible surface of your roof. The price of standing seam metal roofing panels will vary based on your chosen metal and color of the panels. The cost typically ranges from $5 to $26 per square foot. The price is also based on the thickness of the panels.

Also Read: 7 Best Standing Seam Metal Roof Colors In 2023

👉 Fasteners

Fasteners are the connectors that secure the metal panels to your roof’s structure. They are also used to secure the roof’s flashing and trim. Metal roofing fasteners or screws cost around $0.10 to $0.50 per screw.

👉 Ridge Cap

The ridge cap is used to cover the ridge or peak of your roof, providing protection and a finished look. Ridge caps come in different profiles and cost between $3.50 and $7.50 per linear foot. If you choose copper ridge caps, the price will be higher. Vented ridge caps are more cost effective as they eliminate the need to buy and install ridge vents separately.

👉 Flashing

Flashing is used to secure roof vents, skylights, chimneys, and other areas of the roof where it meets the walls and dormers. These are metal pieces that are cut and shaped on the site by the roofing professionals based on the required specifications. The amount of flashing needed and the material chosen will determine the price. 

👉 Sealants

Sealants are used to ensure a watertight roofing system and prevent leaks. The cost of sealants is relatively low, typically around $5 to $10 per tube.

#2 Additional Roofing Materials

You may need a few additional roof components, like vents and gutters, which will be calculated in the overall standing seam metal roof costs.

👉 Roof Vents

Proper roof and attic ventilation is essential to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient. There are different types of roof vents on the market with varying price ranges. On average a roof vent costs around $20 to $100, depending on the type and quality. Static roof vents have a lower cost than powered vents.

👉 Gutters

If you are also interested in getting new rain gutters for the roof, you have plenty of designs and colors to choose from. Gutters can cost around $5 to $20 per linear foot based on the material, profile, and color you choose.

👉 Rake, Fascia, and Soffit Boards

Rake, fascia and soffit boards cover the exposed ends of roof rafters. They come in various styles, materials and colors that work in conjunction with ridge vents. The cost of these boards falls between $3 and $20 per linear foot, depending on the level of customization.

👉 Decking, Rafters, and Other Structural Components

Rafters, collar beams, and purlins are wooden beams that form the structure of the roof, and the deck boards are installed above them. The deck provides a covering and a smooth surface for the installation of subsequent roofing materials. The cost to replace damaged or rotted roof deck falls around $2 to $5 per square foot. Since rafters and trusses are a part of the roof framing, the materials are cut or ordered by the roofers resulting in a relatively high price.

Now, let’s move on to the labor costs.

#3 Labor Costs To Install Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Professional installation forms a significant portion of the cost. On average, the installation cost of a standing seam metal roof is $2 to $14 per square foot. The labor costs are influenced by a variety of factors, including roof complexity, size, pitch, access, and customization. Additional charges are also applicable for roof reframing and the installation of gutters, skylights, vents, soffit, and fascia. On the plus side, some contractors may offer discounts or offers on additional labor, so it’s wise to choose your roofing accessories during roof replacement or installation.

Remember, you must choose a licensed and reliable metal roofing contractor to install, replace, or repair your metal roof. Don’t choose someone who’s offering the lowest bid, as it can come with compromised roofing materials, untidy work, lousy finishing, or costly repairs in the future. Standing seam metal roofs are a great choice for homes and businesses, due to their modern look, remarkable weatherproofing capabilities, and durability. So when you are investing in this roof, make sure it’s properly installed and maintained.

Also Read: Standing Seam Metal Roof Maintenance: Tips For A Lasting Investment 

If you need a new metal roof in Pittsburgh, PA, our experts are here to help.

Rely On Pittsburgh’s Standing Seam Metal Roof Experts!

At Hepler Contracting, we’re proud of our metal roofing team, which has installed countless standing seam roofs over the years. We prioritize outstanding workmanship and customer service, and we look forward to working with you, too. If you need reliable, pristine, and cost effective metal roof installation service in Pittsburgh, don’t hesitate to contact our experts. Call us at (412) 694-8785 for a free roof consultation and to learn more about metal roofs.

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