Stainless Steel Roofs

Metal roofing has recently become popular for residential use, and a stainless steel roof is no exception. Stainless steel roofing is one of the strongest and most durable types of metal roofs that money can buy. You can expect a stainless steel roof to last for an entire century. This long-lasting roof will not come cheap. Stainless steel is an extremely expensive material, and it takes longer to install which can drive up your costs.

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“Stainless steel may be an expensive material choice, but its durability is impossible to beat. If you live in an extreme or harsh location, you should give stainless steel roofing a serious consideration. If you live in the average suburban neighborhood, a stainless steel roof is probably an aesthetic decision, as well as a long term one.”

Basics Of A Stainless Steel Roof

If you need an extremely durable roof that can withstand just about anything, stainless steel is a perfect choice. The stainless steel gets coated and finished with a material to prevent it from rusting or corroding. The coating is a Terne coating that has a grey matte finish.

Cost Of A Stainless Steel Roof

Stainless Steel Shingles: $6.00 – $8.00 psf
$600 to $800 per square

Stainless Steel Panels: $10.00 – $12.00 psf
$1000 to $1200 per square

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Long Term Durability
Stainless roofing can easily last at least 50 years or more, depending on the environment. It will not rot or mildew, and is practically impervious to all kinds of weather conditions as well as fire. A stainless steel roof can withstand high speed wind, heavy rain and snow, and other weather conditions.

Thick But Lightweight
Stainless steel is thick and durable, but the sheets are still fairly lightweight. A typical sheet of stainless steel roofing is under 150 pounds. It is time consuming to install, but not too difficult.

High Energy Efficiency
Metals have a strong r-value, which is a rating of energy efficiency. Materials with higher r-values do a better job of keeping the heating and cooling inside your home, and the unwanted temperatures out. If you really want to increase the energy efficiency of the roofing, you can add air space in between the stainless steel and the roof deck, because the air will help to insulate it further.

Lots of Finish And Coating Options
Believe it or not, you still have a variety of finishes to choose from when you choose to have a metal roof made of stainless steel. You can choose from many different finishes and coatings to get the exact look that you want.


Stainless steel may be extremely strong and durable, but those benefits come with a cost, literally. Stainless steel is not a cheap material, so installing an entire roof made of stainless steel gets to be very expensive. Not only is the material cost large, but stainless steel is expensive to install as well.

Very Expensive
You have to weigh the high initial investment to the benefits that a stainless roof will bring you over time to decide whether or not it is a viable option for you. Like any metal roof, it is low maintenance and will last a lifetime. But the cost is still much higher than other types of roofing, including other types of metal roofing.

Can Be Noisy
Another minor fact to consider is that stainless steel roofs can produce a lot of noise, when it is raining or when animals are crawling on your roof. If you make good use of insulating materials that can provide energy efficiency as well as block acoustics, you can practically eliminate this problem.

Not Completely Dent Proof
Stainless steel roofs and other metal roofs are also easily dented. If you have large hail, or heavy tree branches fall on your roof, it might get seriously dented. Check with your warranty, because many metal roofing companies will offer you a no denting guarantee.