How Much Does a Corrugated Metal Roof Cost?

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Before we answer that question, let’s answer what does corrugated metal roofing means exactly? Corrugated defines anything with a surface that has alternate grooves and ridges. Those grooves and ridges on metal panels are corrugated metal roofing and the panels can interlock with each other.  Where this differs from standing seam metal roof, the panels are constructed of interlocking metal panels that run between the roof ridge and roof eave.

The metal that is used to make corrugated galvanized metal roofing is sheet metal that is put through a roll forming process through form dies that make the desired corrugation. There are several types of metal corrugated:

  • Aluminum
  • Coated carbon steel
  • Copper
  • Stainless steel

What is the cheapest metal roofing?

The cost of corrugated metal roofing can depend on the form and type of metal material used. The average price starts at $75 per square and can cost as much as $1,000 or more per square. In the roofing industry, a square is the standard form of measurement which is 100 square feet.

There are 3 common forms of corrugated metal roofing: Sheet, Shingle, and Standing Seam. They make the shingle form to look like asphalt, slate, tile, or wood shingles. Each of these varieties has profiles that need to be factored into choosing the right one for home or commercial structure.

Sheet Metal Roofing Cost between $75 and $600 per square, making it the least expensive metal roofing.

  • Types within this variety are: 5V Crimp, R Panel, corrugated, and through-fastened
  • Comes either galvanized or galvalume steel
  • It is agriculturally aesthetic
  • Available in gauges of 24 to 30
  • Fasteners are exposed
  • Available either painted or unpainted

Standing Seam costs between $200 to $1,000 per square and comes clip-fastened or through-fastened, galvanized or galvalume steel and with a modern aesthetic, it is the most popular of corrugated metal roofing choices. For residential purposes, it comes in 24 gauge or 26 gauge and for commercial structures in gauges of 18 to 28. All gauges come in 12″ wide to 20″ wide panels and the roofing contractor installing the roofing will cut the panels to size as needed.

Shingle variety costs between $200 to $600 per square and come in resembling profiles of asphalt, slate, tile, or wood shake, often referred to as modular panels or stamped. Available in aluminum or steel in 26 gauge to 18 gauge with a traditional appearance that comes in Kynar coating or stone.

Can you paint corrugated metal roofing

Corrugated metal roofing can have a lifespan of 100 years, and if you don’t mind the rustic look, there isn’t any need to paint it. However, if you do want to paint it, with a little prep work, a lot of attention and time, putting on a fresh coat of paint can make corrugated metal roofing look different, creating a different look for your home or commercial structure.

To prep corrugated metal for painting, you’ll want to scrub it thoroughly then allow it to dry. Next, apply an undercoating of metal primer for galvanized metal. Once that has thoroughly dried, using oil-based alkyd paint, put on an even coat, then use acrylic latex paint as a topcoat.

How much does a corrugated metal roof cost?

To install a corrugated metal roofing on an average home, the cost can be between $8,000 and $19,500 on the average. Depending on the install of corrugated metal roofing, and the type of metal roof affects the cost.  The roof pitch, size, and slope will affect the cost of having a corrugated metal roofing installed.

How do you install corrugated metal roofing?

We always recommend it is always to have a professional roofing contractor install your corrugated metal roofing, but if you want to try it yourself, perhaps starting with a garden shed, these are the basic steps using a few simple tools.

  1. Cut the panels to the needed length
  2. Pre-drill holes for the screws on the ridge. 
  3. Install the cut panels. 
  4. Screw the panels down. 
  5. Repeat process on the other side

Some corrugated metal roofing with concealed fasteners instead of screws. Your local big box home improvement store can advise you which to use.

How do I cut corrugated sheet metal roofing panels?

On a flat surface, place the corrugated sheet metal that needs to be cut. Measure and mark when the cut needs to be and draw a line either the length or the width with a pencil. Always, measure twice (or more) and cut once.  This will save you from cutting wrong, creating a wasted piece.

silver corrugated metal roof close up

What is the best tool for cutting metal roofing?

Corrugated metal can be cut parallel to the ridges or across the ridges using tin snips. These are easy to control as you cut and are commonly used to cut galvanized or stainless steel, even plastic flashing.

Corrugated metal roofing is a popular choice today amount commercial property owners and residential homeowners.  The durability of the product and the price point have made it popular. Once it is installed, a homeowner won’t have any need to replace the roofing for many years. Interested in corrugated metal roofing in Asheville, NC? Dial 828-808-5955 today to have an expert from Quantum Roofing get started!