Metal Roof Types and Cost Options

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Metal roofing can be an excellent choice for your commercial building, especially if you have a lot of square feet to cover. At Action 1 Roofing, this is something we have years of experience helping our customers with. We work with experienced roofers who are licensed, insured, and committed to providing excellent customer service with metal roofing installations and repairs. If this is something you need help with, give us a call and we’ll find the local roofing company that’s the right fit for you.

Types of Metal Roofing

While you might know that you want a metal roof, you may not know what type you want. It’s important to look at each of your options, as the one you choose can impact the appearance and functionality of your roof. If you’re not sure what the different options are, then take a look at the most popular below. You might be surprised to find that you have more choices than you thought.

  • Metal
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Corrugated Steel
  • Standing Seam Metal
  • Steel Shingles

Cost of Metal Roofing

The type of metal you choose to have installed will impact the overall price that you pay. Whether you’re on a budget or you can spend more freely, it’s important to look at the numbers before committing. At Action 1 Roofing, we know how important it is to anticipate costs, which is why we’ve shared the information below. This pricing information can help you get a better idea of which metal roofing material is right for you.

  • Steel Shingles: $3-$4 per square foot; average installation $15,000 to $25,000.
  • Standing Seam Metal: $3.50-$7 per square foot; average installation $23,000 to $30,000
  • Corrugated Steel: $1.80-$2.50 per square foot; average installation $10,500 to $20,000.
  • Copper: $14-$22 per square foot; average installation $23,000 to $48,000.
  • Aluminum Shingles: $3.15-$4 per square foot; average installation $15,500 to $30,000.
  • Metal Shingles: $5.25-$12.50 per square foot; average installation $10,000 to $20,000.

The prices of each of these materials can vary due to many different factors. These can include difficulty accessing the roof, necessary repairs, size of roof, pitch, and slope of roof. Your roofing contractor will give you an accurate price based on these factors after seeing your roof in person. At Action 1 Roofing, we work with affordable and hard-working roofing companies, so you can trust the estimate you receive is fair.

Color Options and Life Expectancy

The color of metal roof you choose can ultimately give your home more curb appeal. Fortunately, there are more color options available today than ever before, so you’ll be able to find something that complements the color of your home and the style that you like the best. If you’re not sure, look at a color chart and it will be easier to visualize colors that work together the best.

The specific colors you can choose from will depend on the metal that you decide to install. This can range from white to black, although colors such as blue, red, and green are also extremely popular in varying shades. Talk to your roofer about what look you’re trying to achieve and they can help you decide what will work best. Their advice can give you peace of mind knowing you’re making the right decision.

Metal roofing has better longevity than many other roofing materials that are on the market today. However, longevity can depend on many different factors, including the climate you live in and how often you have maintenance done. Specific longevity information on different types of metal roofing includes:

  • Metal: 40-70 years
  • Aluminum: 50 years
  • Copper: 100 years+
  • Corrugated Steel: 60 years
  • Standing Seam Metal: 50 years
  • Steel Shingles: 40-70 years

Pros and Cons of Metal Roofs

Every roofing material has benefits and drawbacks that are important to consider before making your choice. You can learn more about those that are specific to metal roofs below.

Pros of Metal Roofs:

Environmentally Friendly

Metal roofing is made with recycled materials and can be recycled when they reach the end of their life, making it more eco-friendly than most other roofing materials available.

Metal roofing can last anywhere from 40-70 years or longer, so it’s an excellent choice for a material that you can count on for years to come. This is especially true if you compare it to asphalt roofing, which only lasts 20 years with regular maintenance and repairs.

You won’t have to worry about a lightning storm or bad weather causing a spark on your roof. metal will not cause a spark nor will it catch on fire, so it’s a safe choice for any size of building.


Metal roofs can withstand extreme weather conditions, including high winds, hail, rain, and snow. Fortunately, it will not break down or crack when exposed to these weather conditions over time.

Energy Efficient

Instead of the sun penetrating through the roof, metal will reflect the heat. This can help reduce your energy bills during the summer by keeping it cooler inside the building.

Cons of Metal Roofs:


When it rains or hails outside, it can cause a lot of noise inside the building. Fortunately, you can resolve this issue by having insulation installed to soften the noise.


The price of metal roofing can be double or even triple the cost of traditional roofing. While it’s worth it for the benefits that metal has to offer, it can be difficult to afford out of pocket.

Color Matching

If repairs need to be done in the future, it can be difficult to color match the existing material to the rest of the roof.

Hire an Expert Team for Metal Roofing

Hiring a professional roofer can give you peace of mind knowing your metal roof has been installed by a knowledgeable expert. However, finding a good roofer isn’t always easy. To help simplify the process, our team at Action 1 Roofing is here to help. We partner with the best roofing companies in the area to provide you with affordable and high-quality service.

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A roofing inspection is an important first step in having your new roof installed. When your contractor comes to do this, they will look at your existing roofing material, the ceiling inside your home, and the condition of your roof. The companies we partner with provide thorough inspections because they prioritize the best service possible for customers.

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If repairs have to be done to restore the integrity of the roof, your contractor will let you know. These may be simple but they can also be more complex if your roof is older and has experienced a lot of damage over time. Repairs will ensure your new roof has a solid foundation and can perform beautifully for years to come.

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Replacement and Re-Roof

Re-roofing may be an option if you don’t have a lot of damage to your roof. However, if you want a new metal roof installed, then a replacement will be necessary. With this, your roofer and their team will completely remove all existing materials and prepare the deck for the new material. After this, the metal of your choice will be installed and you can enjoy the new look of your building.

Action 1 Roofing is your partner in finding the roofer you need to install a metal roof and maintain it over time. We thoroughly vet each company we partner with and hold them to the highest of standards in every step. Give us a call and we’ll be glad to help you get the metal roof you desire.

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