Zinc Roof Cost & Prices 2024

Expect to pay between £350 – £400 per m² for a zinc roof cost. However, this can vary considerably depending on a number of factors, including material and labour costs. Zinc roofs will cost more per m² than your average roof cost. 

Zinc Roofing Prices Per m²

We worked with a qualified quantity surveyor to build out the rates for a zinc roof. The rates below are for South East/Outer London regions given in m².

ItemLabour cost / m²Materials cost / m²Cost per / m²
Plasterboard ceiling - 12.5 thick on battens £40
Plywood - 18 thick
Structural - 150 x 50 timber joists @ 400 centres, wall plates, other supporting timbers etc £23£23£46
Slab Insulation - 120 thick Celotex £6£22£28
Tyvek Breather membrane £3£3£6
Vapour Barrier £4£2£6
Timber battens / slats to support zinc
Standing seam zinc
Total £208£155£363

There may then be additional items that increase the cost. These are as follows:

ItemCost per / m
Steel Gutters
Zinc Box Gutter
Steel Downpipes
£25 - 40 (dependent on width)

Factors Affecting Costs

Size of Roof

This affects the amount of zinc needed. The above rates would apply to a small domestic roof of 10m2 or less; however, if you were to have a 100 m2 zinc roof these rates would reduce.

Zinc Price Fluctuations

Because zinc is a commodity, it is prone to price changes on a regular basis. Generally, it is affected by both US and Chinese demand, Chinese supply and the price of oil, gas and electric.

Quality of Zinc

The quality of zinc used affects the price. High-quality zinc costs can be upwards of £200/m2

Structure or Design of Project

The above material costs are all fairly standard, but architects and contractors could all design a zinc roof slightly differently, with some designs cheaper than others.

Flat Roof vs Pitched Roof

Flat roofs tend to be significantly cheaper than pitched roofs to install.

Sloped roofs are more dangerous than flat roofs. Furthermore, larger homes may have complex roofs, with sections sloped and sections flat.

Installing a zinc roof on top of a sloped structure costs more than a flat roof installation.


The rates above are for the South East/Outer London Area. The prices in these areas may be a little higher compared to the rest of the UK.


Low Maintenance

If you install zinc roofing then you can almost forget about any maintenance costs. Zinc is highly durable and is able to resist continuous corrosion.

When exposed to moisture or carbon dioxide in the air, it forms a protective coating. Even if it is scratched, it can recover given enough time. This isn’t the case for steel. If its coating layer is scratched, the base material rusts over time unless a protective layer is applied.

Even in harsh climates with lots of exposure to rain and wind, you won’t need to worry about ongoing maintenance.


The melting point for zinc is around 420°C. This might sound like a lot, but it’s far lower than steel (1370°C), copper (1085°C) and aluminium (630°C). This means it uses far less energy for production.

It’s also 100% recyclable and roughly 30% of all zinc produced is from recycled sources – and this number is only going to get higher.

Zinc roofs can easily be produced from zinc derived from re-roofed or demolished builds.

Long Lifespan

Zinc is naturally resistant to corrosion, meaning it can withstand all weather extremes including extreme heat, wind and rain. It also has a much longer lifespan expectancy than a standing seam steel roof.

Properly installed zinc can last over 100 years compared to just 25 to 50 for steel roofs.

Zinc roofs will not rot, split, warp, or leak, unlike many other common roofing materials and aren’t susceptible to pest infestation.

Choosing the Right Contractor

Be sure to do your research when hiring a roofing contractor. Some of the questions you can ask include:

  • Look at their website and check photos or recent case studies
  • Ask for testimonials or recommendations from people you trust
  • Check their professional credentials: these include SPRA or NFRC
  • Ask whether rubbish removal is included. If not, you’ll need to arrange this yourself, or pay a contractor to sort it out.
  • Check that the roofing contractor has insurance, including public liability. This will protect you if someone claims for an injury that occurred during the installation.
  • Get a written quote and ensure everything is included within.

Why You Can Trust This Data

We worked directly with a Quantity Surveyor of 7+ years involved in £600M capital expenditure works for a large hotel chain to develop these costs that break down the specific components of each roof.

This data is the original source of various zinc roof cost data articles you see online. Similar websites will show roof sizes of 1m², 10m², 50m² and give general prices. These were taken from our initial article at our sister site Price This Please before we updated prices back in 2022 to account for the increase in labour and material costs (and are therefore, outdated). 

If you see similar cost values and breakdowns on other websites, then you can probably assume they have taken them from our original source.

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