How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost?

Coming up with a price tag for metal roofing in Massachusetts involves the input from many factors, such as the scope of the project, the size of your home, the type of metal you choose, and the incorporation of solar.

How much does a metal roof installation cost?

We encourage you to call our experienced Greater Boston contractors for a more accurate breakdown of prices after your custom consultation.

Many factors will go into your final price tag, so it’s impossible to provide a blanket statement of how much your metal roof would cost.

Today, though, we can provide a general overview of costs for metal roofs in this area so you can best determine how much your project will cost.

Metal Roofing exterior of home.

Average general costs for metal roofs

On average for 2024, metal roof installation costs between $7,100 and $110,000. Other estimates tighten that range up to between $8,500 and $68,000 including materials and labor for an average-sized roof. Your cost will depend greatly on the type of metal you choose, whether steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper or zinc, with materials ranging from $5 to $40 per square foot.

Metal roofing will cost you more compared with other materials, such as asphalt, which on average costs between $5,000 and $18,000. However, you enjoy a much longer lifespan with metal than with asphalt (75 years with good care, as compared to 25 years, respectively). This long lifespan is what makes a metal roof investment a wise one indeed.

The final price tag for your metal roofing, like all other types of home exterior renovations, will depend on a variety of factors, such as:

  • Size, scope and location of project (mid-range vs. upscale)
  • Quality and type of materials used (low quality vs. high end, steel vs. copper)
  • Incorporation of solar roofing
  • Timeline
  • Extras and add-ons by the homeowner
  • Season and contractor availability

You’ll also want to consider your ROI, or return on investment. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2024 Cost vs. Value Report, the average job cost of a metal roof replacement is $49,928, with a resale value of $24,034 and a recouped cost of 48 percent. 

Going green

Another consideration is your intention of going green by incorporating solar roofing panels.

In Massachusetts, you need to install a 9.94 kW solar panel system to cover the average electric bill, costing you about $23,349 after the federal tax credit (ITC).

Prices for solar panels in MA range from $28,350 to $38,360, which drops by 30 percent with the tax credit. The state also has some great local incentives to sweeten the deal (MA Residential Energy Credit, SMART, etc.).

In the end, the only surefire way to know how much your particular metal roofing project in Greater Boston will cost is to call Golden Group Roofing for a free estimate and consultation. Once we visit your home and find out what you need, we can create a detailed estimate to help you budget for the cost of your MA metal roofing system.

Major factors: The cost of metal roofs

While the material and size of your roof are the most significant cost factors when it comes to metal roofing systems, other factors play a role too – from roof style to pitch.

1. Type of metal

The material you choose will be the first decision you make. There are many to choose from and each comes with its own price point, says Architectural Digest:

  • Aluminum ($4 to $11): This material is the most common and affordable, plus it’s energy-efficient, long-lasting (45 years on average), low maintenance, and recyclable.
  • Copper ($15 to $30): This is the most expensive metal but can last 100 years. It’s easy to maintain, is rust-resistant, and will develop a patina over time.
  • Lead ($10 to $15): Lead lasts 100 years. It is considered safe for roofs because homeowners don’t touch it or breathe in fumes.
  • Steel ($6 to $16): There are three types of steel roofs: galvalume, galvanized, and stainless. Stainless steel will cost you the most, but it’s rust resistant and durable. Galvalume and galvanized steel don’t need as much maintenance and they are the more cost-effective choice.
  • Zinc ($6 to $12): Zinc can last 100 years with proper care. 

2. Roof slope and pitch

A roof’s slope or pitch can increase material costs and increase the difficulty level of installation. Steep slopes have a larger total area, requiring more materials. Plus, they pose a danger to work on, which leads to increased labor rates and fees for special safety equipment. 

3. Style

From metal shingles and metal panels to corrugated panels and standing seams, the style you choose will affect price. Metal shingles are small and versatile for detailed areas. Metal panels are larger and better suited to straightforward roof designs.

Corrugated panels have a wavy pattern and feature exposed fasteners for easy installation. On the other hand, standing-seam roofs feature wide, vertical, and flat panels with hidden fasteners for a sleeker appearance. 

4. Labor

Materials are one thing; labor is yet another. In 2024, it costs $4 to $8 per square foot for labor alone to install a metal roof, with roofers charging between $30 and $100 per hour. Summer projects may increase installation costs because demand is highest at this time. Complicated roof designs will increase your price as well because it takes more time to work around features such as chimneys, skylights and vents.

5. Miscellaneous factors

Other expenses can affect the total cost of your metal roof. This includes expenses such as installation of an underlayment, addition of protective metal roof coatings, special colors for energy savings, permits from the city and state, and more. 

Get a FREE estimate on metal roofing today

Here at Golden Group Roofing, we make the cost of metal roofing affordable and accessible to Massachusetts homeowners. Start things off by scheduling your free appointment online or calling us at 508-873-1884. We can set up a consultation so you can get a better idea of price and start budgeting!