Architectural Shingles Vs. Standing Seam Metal Roof Cost

The most popular residential roofing material in America vs. the most popular type of metal roofing. A bit like comparing apples and oranges. There are several common criteria where Architectural Asphalt shingles and Standing Seam are worth comparing and contrasting side by side. Let’s explore!

Cost of Asphalt Roofing vs. Metal

All roofs have a hefty price tag. There’s the cost of the materials and supplies itself, plus labor, building permits and warranty provided by professional contractor. Roofers always price materials and labor by the square.

Note: 100 square feet equals to 1 (roofing) square.

On average, professional roofers charge between $350 and $600 per square for common roof applications such as 3-tab (low-end), architectural and premium shingles. — That’s quite a gap, but the price varies by geographic location, experience of the roofer, familiarity with the product and competition among roofers in your area.

Architectural and Premium Shingles: The cost to install architectural shingles (labor and material included) comes in around $350 to $600 per square installed.

Standing seam Kynar-500 coated Aluminum or Steel: both field-locked and snap-locked panels, the overall installation cost is $950 to $1,550 per square.

Cost of Materials Comparison:

The average cost for typical architectural shingles from manufacturers such CertainTeed, GAF, Owens Corning, and Tamko, range between $100 to $160 per square.

Most Kynar 500 coated standing seam panels start at around $250 per square, but generally range in price from $300 to $500 for 100 sq. ft. of materials and trim. The smaller the order size the higher the price per sq. ft.

For material alone, standing seam is roughly two to three times higher than the cost of architectural shingles.

Installation costs are almost double for standing seam compared to architectural shingles. The cost of labor for standing seam may also depend how the metal panels are fastened.

Snap-locked panels require less effort and tools, than the alternative method of field-locked panels. A pro will always prefer to go with field-lock standing seaming installation because it is inherently more reliable.

Bottom line:

On cost alone, architectural shingles are an obvious winner. Yet, there is far more to a roof than the price you pay to install it.

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New Roof Cost in 2021 – How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

Most homeowners looking to install a new roof typically consider asphalt shingles as the primary roof replacement option and the cost to install it plays an important role.

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In this guide we focus on the cost to install three different types of asphalt shingles on a per sq. ft. basis. We also provide examples of the total project costs to expect.

Lastly, we cover top brands of asphalt shingles, their pros and cons, warranty details, and alternative roofing options such as metal, cedar shingles/shakes, slate, and tiles.

How Much Does a New Asphalt Shingle Roof Cost?

Asphalt shingles are made in 3 grades:

  • Basic (three-tab shingles): $3.00 to $4.50 per square foot
  • Better (mid-range 30-year 3D dimensional/architectural shingles): $3.50 to $5.50 per square foot
  • Best (luxury dimensional/architectural): $5.50 to $7.50 per square foot
  • Tear-off: If two or more old layers of shingles must be torn off, add $0.85 to $1.50 per square foot

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