Set your budget accurately with pricing clarity around one of the most popular materials: metal.

Metal roofing is not one size fits all, but it can be designed, cut, and installed to work on nearly any roof for homes and businesses. As a versatile material that protects against the elements, metal roofing holds up robustly over time, and looks modern to boot.

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a functional building material that doubles as a design element?

But don’t be fooled by all of the colours and finishes. Metal is one of the most durable materials available today. If you want a roof that is low maintenance and made to last, look no further than metal.

That said, you’ll want to know what you’ll pay for an investment like this, especially if you have never owned a structure with a metal roof. That’s why we put together this helpful guide.

So, let’s get started!

What affects metal roofing costs?

Unless you live in a housing development, it’s hard to find two roofs that are completely the same with identical needs. Even then, the condition of the substructure below can dictate what roof is needed or can (or can’t) be tolerated on the structure.

A professional company should provide you with a complete, custom quote for your exact needs. When they start on this for you, here are the major factors they’ll be considering.

  • Surface area: How much material is needed to completely cover and trim out the roof
  • Complexity: How many cuts, edges, valleys, and design features need to be accommodated
  • Material: Which metal you choose will come with its own cost
  • Condition: Corrosion, decay, and structural damage to the substructure will add costs and time
  • Manpower: How many people will be needed to complete the job in a reasonable timeframe

A closer look at the costs of a metal roof

With these factors in mind, we can talk about the average costs of a roof. Talking about materials alone, the average metal roofing cost will fall between $9,000 to $14,800. Copper, as you’ll see below, is much more expensive, and while we’ve kept the figures on the same scale, few homeowners will use copper for more than an occasional accent. This table applies to the costs of the materials only.

Material Average Cost per Square Metre Cost for Average 185m2 home
Corrugated Steel $50-$60 $9,250-$11,100
Aluminium Zinc $50-$70 $9,250-$12,950
Colorbond $50-$80 $9,250-$14,800
Copper $170-$180 $31,450-$33,300

Keep in mind that these costs likely don’t include the price of installation, which is usually a separate lime item. For that, you can expect to pay between $50-$80 per hour or $40-$60 per square metre, depending on how your installer prefers to quote this out.

If your roof substructure is in disrepair, the installer will want to lay new boards, or sarking, to give the new roof a solid foundation to lay on. Sarking costs between $8-$10 per m2 on average, and its usually best to replace all of the sarking at once so that your entire roof has the same projected lifetime and can benefit from the same warranties.

Unsure what condition your roof is in? Check out the TWO unmissable signs your roof is deteriorating here

One of the best things about a metal roof is that it remains low maintenance throughout its 30-, 50-, even 70-year lifetime. But like anything else chronically exposed to the elements, a roof is bound to become weathered with time. The good news is that maintenance and repair remain affordable and infrequent on the whole.

Material Average Cost
Surface Cleaning $250 to $500 total
Painting $40 to $50/m2
Spot Repair/Patch $200 to $500 total
Metal Sheeting Repair/Replacement $40 to $60/m2
Colorbond Refinishing $50 to $80/m2

Looking for a new metal roof? Read on: How Much Does Re-roofing Cost?

Invest in a quality metal roof designed to last

While tackling a roof renovation project can feel daunting, when you choose a metal roof, you’ll also be choosing one that will last a lifetime. You’ll also get your value, and then some, back in the equity in your home, as metal roofs are known for their durability and longevity with home buyers. So keep in mind that while the average metal roof costs is $9,000 to $14,800, the savings in the long run could be priceless.

Like many home improvement projects, the quality of the roof will be a factor of the quality of the installation itself and the materials you choose. That’s why we provide only top-quality, Australian-made materials backed with high-quality installation services. We’ve been top choice for reliable, experienced services.

If you aren’t sure where to start, that’s no problem. Knowing you are interested in or in need of a new roof is a great starting point. Our experts are more than happy to collaborate with customers to help you choose the right material and design to match your budget. Just call us on 0432 660 047 for a no-obligation quote based on your roof’s measurements and your personal requirements, whether it’s a new roof, repair, replacement or re-roofing.