How Much Does Painting a Metal Roof Cost?

Robert Corbito
Written by Robert Corbito
Updated December 11, 2020
Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Brian C. of Wood

Painting a metal roof costs an average of $2,354. Most jobs costs range between $1,146 and $3,654.

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If the roof's structural integrity remains in good shape, it costs less to repaint it than to replace it. Repainting a metal roof costs about $2 to $3 per square foot, while replacing one costs $5 to $10 per square foot. Painted metal roof prices are initially higher than asphalt shingles, but keeping a metal roof clean and free of debris will help keep the paint finish intact and extend the life of the roof. You’ll want to keep your roof in good condition since homeowners recoup an average of 85.9% of costs nationally and up to 95.5% for homes in the eastern United States. Since many metal roof manufacturers guarantee their product for 30 to 50 years, customers should check their warranty prior to repainting. 

Proper surface preparation is required in painting a metal roof. It is best practice to thoroughly power wash and apply primer prior to painting. You'll want to repaint with a product that's specifically engineered for metal roofs because metal expands and contracts. If you don't use a product that contracts and expands, it's going to crack and peel very quickly. It is recommended to use 100% latex acrylic paint. Most brand-name paint stores offer specialty metal roof paint, although hiring a painting company with experience in repainting metal surfaces can save you stress and time. 

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