Steel Roofing Costs

Roofing material is that which covers the roof structure and creates the building envelope. 

You will find that the cost to install an average steel roof depends upon material finish choice, surface area, preparation and special requirements, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the corresponding tasks.

Replace roofing: of a 2,500 sq.ft. home with 2,900 sq.ft. roof area; remove asphalt shingles and replace with steel roofing; include miscellaneous material and waste.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
New roofing: install 2,900 sq.ft. of heavy gauge galvanized steel corrugated sheets; includes one dormer, all ridge and valley metal, boots, flashing, nails, fasteners, felt underlayment, and edging.$1.71per sq.ft.2,900$4,945
Upgrade roofing: additional cost to install deluxe ribbed steel roofing in place of galvanized.$1.36per sq.ft.2,900$3,956
Removal:  remove 2,900 sq.ft. of asphalt shingles and felt sheet, strip to roof sheathing.$0.02per sq.ft.2,900$64
Disposal:  transport and non-hazardous dump fees.$45per CY20$900
Fees and Material Cost$3.40per sq.ft.2,900$9,865
+ Labor Cost (remove and dispose)$32per hour32$1,024
+ Labor Cost (roofing)$38per hour74$2,812
Total Cost$4.72per sq.ft.2,900$13,701

Other considerations and costs

  • Roof height is less than 16 feet and so safety rigging is not included.
  • Preparation is limited to an undamaged roof in perfect condition to be replaced.
  • These prices are for service in the immediate service area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.

DIY considerations

  • This project is not highly suitable for DIY due to working at heights and the critical nature of successful and timely completion.
  • Partial DIY is possible by taking on the risky and hard task of remove and dispose, leaving the installation to a professional.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.               

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