2023 Decra Metal Roofing Installation And Costs (2023)

Decra metal roofing is a stone-coated steel roofing brand known for quality and durability.

A Decra roof mimics the look of either asphalt, wood, or tile, without the burden of maintenance and short lifespan.

Decra Roofing is known for their environmental sustainability as well as aesthetic quality of their roofs.

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How Much Does A Decra Metal Roof Cost?

On average, you can install a Decra metal roof for $8.5 – 14 per square foot. On a 1,600 sq.ft. simple ranch style roof, installing a Decra roof costs $13,600 – 22,400

A Decra stone coated steel roof is one of the more expensive roofing material options on the market, but what you pay in initial cost you earn back through the roof’s durability and lifespan.

In terms of material costs, expect to pay between $4 – 5.50 per square foot or $400 and $550 per square (100 square feet), which includes the price of the Decra metal shingles, shakes, or tiles, as well as other costs such as battens and underlayment.

The price of installation will vary significantly, depending on several factors including location and the complexity of the roof.

Professional metal roof installation costs anywhere between $4.5 – 8.5 per square foot or $450 and $850 per square, so be sure to get several estimates for the cost of installation.

You can use our Metal Roofing Calculator to estimate the cost of installing a metal roof on your house.

Cost Of Decra Roofing Materials Per Square Foot

Here is an overview of how much a Deca stone coated steel roof will cost per square (usually 100 square feet, broken down into the necessary materials and their cost per square.

MaterialCost per Square
Roofing panels (stone coated steel shingles, shakes, tiles)$175 – $375
Fasteners$3 – $5
Battens$50 – $75
Soundproofing underlayment$80 – $130
Roof decking (only if replacement is required because of existing damage)$35 – $50

While some of the roofing costs are measured by square, others are measured by linear foot. Here is an overview of costs you will incur per linear foot.

MaterialCost per Linear Foot
Drip edge$0.50 – $1.75
Flashing and fascia$2 – $5
Moisture barrier for rakes, valleys, and eaves$1.50 – $2.75
Stone-coated steel rake, hip, and ridge to match shakes/shingles$6 – $10
Ridge vent (installed on both sides of ridge with open center)$3.50 – $5.50

Decra Roof Installation Cost Based On Roof Size And Complexity

The cost of a Decra roof will vary depending on some important factors, like the complexity of the project as well as the square footage of the roof.

The table below compares the prices of roofs by size and complexity, showing how these factors can change the cost of a Decra roof. The table outlines the costs of different roof types, calculated for every 20 squares of roofing.

House/Roof Type (2,000.sq.ft)Shingles Cost (without battens)Tiles Cost (with battens)
Ranch 4 corners 6/12 pitch$17,000$20,000
Ranch 6+ corners 12/12 pitch$19,000$22,000
Multistory 4 corners 6/12 pitch$21,000$23,500
Multistory 6+ corners 12/12 pitch$22,000$24,500

How Is Decra Stone Coated Steel Roofing Made?

At the core, Decra is made from structured grade steel. This provides the durability of steel roofing. It is then dipped in an aluminum-zinc alloy coating, which protects the steel against corrosion.

Above that is a layer of acrylic coating, which acts as a primer for the layers above it. Next is a paint or resin coat, which acts as a binder and also protects the layers underneath from UV damage and moisture.

On top of the paint or resin is the ceramic-coated stone granules, similar to those on asphalt shingles but smaller and applied densely. This layer protects against impact and harmful UV rays.

Decra Metal Roofing Product Profiles

Here is brief overview of Decra Metal Roof products that can be installed on residential roofs.

Decra Roofing Tiles

Decra metal tile mimics the classic beauty of Mediterranean concrete or clay tile roofing without all the hassle.

While traditional clay tile can be easily damaged by hail, debris, and cracking, a Decra tile roof is protected thoroughly against all of these potential harms. Decra tile is available in eight colors, largely warm hues that are commonly found in Mediterranean style roofs.


● Panels per square: 20 per 100 sq. ft.
● Panels per pallet: 350
● Pallet weight: 2,121 lbs.
● Squares per pallet: 17.5
● Installed weight: 150 lbs. per 100 sq. ft.
● Installed exposure: 14.5” x 50”
● Installation method: Installed over battens
● Product size: 16.5” x 62”

Decra Villa Tile

Decra Villa Tile roofing is a step up in aesthetics from the classic Decra Tile. Villa Tile masterfully replicates old – world Italian clay roof tile, giving homes a timeless grandeur and beauty.

While clay tile is prone to cracking and damage from hail and debris, Decra Villa Tile is designed to withstand the tests of time and the most severe weather. Decra Villa Tile is offered in six warm colors.


● Panels per square: 25.2 per 100 sq. ft.
● Panels per pallet: 350
● Pallet weight: 2,104 lbs.
● Squares per pallet: 13.8
● Installed weight: 160 lbs. per 100 sq. ft.
● Installed exposure: 14.5” x 39.5”
● Installation method: Installed direct to deck
● Product size: 17” x 44.5”

Decra Shingle XD

Decra Shingle XD is best suited for styles that mirror wooden shingles, with its deep shadow lines and thick-cut edges.

If you love the look of high-end architectural shingles but want a more durable longer lasting roof, Decra Shingle XD is the perfect option.

Decra Shingle is designed with the thick-cut edges and deep, distinctive shadow lines of premium architectural shingles such as GAF shingles at half the weight. Decra Shingle XD is offered in five colors, all dark-toned.


● Panels per square: 25.2 per 100 sq. ft.
● Panels per pallet: 350
● Pallet weight: 2,104 lbs.
● Squares per pallet: 13.8
● Installed weight: 160 lbs. per 100 sq. ft.
● Installed exposure: 14.5” x 39.5”
● Installation method: Installed direct to deck
● Product size: 17” x 44.5”

Decra Shake

Decra shakes provide the look of cedar shakes without the hassle and maintenance.

While traditional wood cedar shakes require regular upkeep and are prone to moisture damage, Decra Shakes are built to last and can withstand moisture and extreme weather conditions. Decra Shakes come in five colors.


● Panels per square: 22.4 per 100 sq. ft.
● Panels per pallet: 300
● Pallet weight: 1,665 lbs.
● Squares per pallet: 13.4
● Installed weight: 150 lbs. per 100 sq. ft.
● Installed exposure: 12.625” x 51”
● Installation method: Installed over battens
● Product size: 14.625” x 53”

Decra Shake XD

Decra Shake XD is a step up in curb appeal from the original Decra Shake. The premium XD version has the distinctive appeal of thick, hand-split wood shakes with added durability and ease of maintenance.

With Decra Shake XD you will never have to worry about such issues as cupping, splitting, loosening around the fasteners, fungus, and bacteria which plague even the highest grade natural cedar shake roofs. Shake XD is available in 4 beautiful colors which replicate the look of real cedar wood.


● Panels per square: 23.4 per 100 sq. ft.
● Panels per pallet: 280
● Pallet weight: 1,719 lbs.
● Squares per pallet: 12
● Installed weight: 150 lbs. per 100 sq. ft.
● Installed exposure: 12.375” x 49.875”
● Installation method: Installed direct to deck
● Product size: 14.125” x 52.125”

Decra Roof Performance Features

Decra is known for undergoing independently-run intense testing and meticulous testing for all aspects of the roof.

Below is an outline of thirteen features that Decra tests all of their roofs for in order to ensure the highest quality and safety.

FeatureCharacteristic DescriptionStandard & Method
Humidity Resistance (at 100% humidity)ASTM D2247
HardnessFully walkable surface; Class 4 hail impact resistanceCAN/CGSB-93.3 Section 6.7.1 | Test per ASTM D3363
FlexibilityCapable of bending for complicated roof geometry, towers, and cupolasCAN/CGSB-93.3 Section 6.8
Coating ThicknessSufficient thickness for thermal performance and weather resilienceCAN/CGSB-93.3 Section 6.2 | Thickness measured per ASTM D1005
Coating Quality55% Aluminum-zinc alloy quality for weather resilience and thermal performanceCAN/CGSB-93.3 Section 6.2
Material ThicknessShear strength and impact resistanceMicrometer or Vernier Caliper measurement
Film AdhesionNo granular lossCAN/CGSB-93.3 Section 6.5.1
`Salt Spray ResistanceResists metal corrosion from salty ocean sprayASTM B117
Aluminum-zinc Alloy ThicknessFlexibility, anti-currosion, and durabilityASTM A653
Loss of Adhesion TestPrevents wearing and loss of stone coating (common in asphalt roofs)ASTM D4977
Traffic LoadEnhanced impact resistance, resistant to deflection for walkable roofsASTM E661
Uniform Load (performance rating for flooring and structural panels)Load testing for bearing weight with snow and walkable roofsAPA Test S-2 in American Plywood Association PRP-108

Is A Decra Metal Roof Energy Efficient?

Metal is one of the most energy efficient roof material choices on the market. A metal roof can save homeowners up to 40% on their energy bills, which helps the homeowner as well as the environment. Metal roofs are so good for energy efficiency because of three features that make them unique: solar reflectivity, thermal resistance, and emissivity.

Metal reflects solar rays away from the home, unlike asphalt or other materials that absorb the energy and transfer the heat to the house. In the summer, an asphalt roof absorbs so much heat it can reach temperatures as high as 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

A metal roof, on the other hand, prevents the heat from entering the home and reflects it back into the environment, keeping the home at a comfortable temperature.

Thermal resistance is a measurement of how well a material or object resists heat flow. A Decra metal roof has outstanding thermal resistance: a 2019 study found that a Decra roof increases thermal performance by up to 218% percent compared to asphalt shingles, a remarkable difference.

Emissivity is how well a surface pushes heat back into the environment rather than absorbing it.

A Decra roof can return up to 90% percent of solar heat away from the house and back into the environment. This prevents heat from building up in the home.

These features all work together in a Decra roof to create excellent energy efficiency, lowering the amount of money you have to spend on temperature control while also reducing harmful emissions.

Is A Decra Roof Heavy?

While some may think of metal as a heavy building material, a Decra roof is one of the lightest roofs found in the industry. Per square foot, a Decra roof weighs 1.4 – 1.6 pounds, and weighs around 4,500 on an entire roof (varying, of course, by square footage).

In comparison, an asphalt roof weighs around 12,000 pounds, and a clay tile roof weighs a whopping 45,000 pounds. Even wooden shingles, known for their lightweight, weigh around 6,000 pounds.

What Kind of Warranty Does Decra Roofing Offer?

A Decra roof is protected by a lifetime limited warranty, compared with other roofing brands that limit the length of the warranty to only ten or twenty years.

You do not have to pay any more for the lifetime warranty, as all Decra roofs are automatically covered. This is especially good for regions prone to extreme weather patterns like heavy snowfall, storms, and hurricanes.

Even better, a Decra roof warranty can be transferred to a new homeowner if you sell your home. However, the warranty can only be transferred within the first twenty years after the roof was installed; otherwise, the warranty ends at the transfer.

Decra Metal Roof vs Other Stone Coated Metal Roofs

While other stone-coated metal roofing manufacturers tend to simply satisfy the bare minimum of safety and durability requirements required by the U.S. building codes.

In contrast, Decra meets the stricter building code requirements of Canada, and a Decra roof is built to withstand the harshest Candian winters. Frequently testing focuses only on fire resistance and ability to withstand wind, unlike the plethora of factors that Decra considers.

Decra Roofing is the only stone-coated metal roof manufacturer that meets the tests below and is certified by independent quality testers:

● International Residential Code (IRC) and International Building Code (IBC)
● CAN/CGSB: Canadian General Standards Board (Version 93.3: Prefinished Galvanized and Aluminum-Zinc Alloy Steel Sheet)
● APA PRP-108: American Plywood Association – Engineered Wood Systems ● ASTM: American Society for Testing and Materials International

If you want a cheaper metal roof, you can consider installing metal roof shingles or corrugated metal panels (the cheapest metal roof option).

Decra Roof vs Standing Seam Metal Panels

While Decra roofing and standing seam roofing are both made from metal, Decra roofing has significantly more aesthetic appeal and variety.

Standing seam metal roofing is seen as utilitarian, uniform, and cold, whereas Decra roofing is versatile and mimics other appealing roof materials such as tile and wood.

Decra is made to blend in with the aesthetic of the rest of the property, whereas standing seam metal roofing tends to stand out disagreeably.

Also, standing seam metal panels are susceptible to “oil canning,” waves and ripples that easily occur in standing seam metal roofing. In addition, a standing metal roof has to be installed perfectly to prevent damage from expansion or contraction, whereas Decra roofing is
installed in smaller panels, alleviating those issues.

Material costs for Decra roofing are higher on average and installation costs are the same.

Decra vs Asphalt shingles

Decra and asphalt shingles have similar external appearances but have widely different qualities. For one, a Decra roof lasts two to three times longer than an asphalt roof. While Decra roofing is more pricey, the cost evens out over the course of several decades because asphalt shingles must be replaced frequently.

Furthermore, a Decra roof is more environmentally friendly. Unlike asphalt shingles, which are not made from environmentally sourced material and wind up in landfills, Decra is made from recycled materials and is recyclable after its use.

Here is a closer look at the differences between metal roof vs asphalt shingles.

Decra Roof vs Wood Shakes

Decra can be designed to mimic wood shakes, but the roofing materials are quite different. First, wood is susceptible to fires, whereas the steel makes a Decra roof fire resistant.

Furthermore, wood shakes require regular maintenance and can be easily damaged by moisture and commonly experience mold, mildew, and insect infestations. In contrast, Decra is resistant to these types of maladies.

Decra is two to three times more expensive than wood, but it requires less expensive upkeep and has a longer lifespan.

Decra Roofing vs Clay and Concrete Tile Roof

Decra is around half as expensive as clay and concrete roof tiling tends to be. Decra is slightly more durable, and much lighter than clay and concrete tile, making it less stressful on the building structure and easier to transport and install.

Decra Roofing Pros and Cons

Here is a brief overview of the some of the top benefits and disadvantages you can expect when you choose to install Decra metal roofing.


Decra is known for its durability and long lifespan. Expect a Decra roof to last for over sixty years, as they are strong and resistant to all types of damage, including moisture, impact, and fires. If issues do occur, all Decra roofs come with a lifetime warranty.

Decra is an environmentally friendly choice. For one, it is fully recyclable and made from recycled materials. Also, it has much better energy efficiency than wood or asphalt roofing is better at regulating temperature, reducing costs and emissions required to temperature control your home.

Because of these desirable attributes, Decra has a good return on investment, and boosts the home’s resale cost, making it a smart financial decision for those that may sell homes in the future.


One primary drawback of Decra is the cost. Decra mimics the appearance of other roofing materials, but tends to be more expensive than the original material (the exception is clay and concrete tiles).

While the initial material costs are higher, over the course of fifty years the cost may balance out though, particularly when compared to materials with short lifespans like asphalt shingles.

While Decra does have some variety in style and color, the choices are not as expansive as other roofing options, so if you are looking for a unique color or design, it may be difficult for Decra to meet your needs.

Another downside of Decra is the difficulty in finding an experienced contractor who can install Decra roofing. Particularly in some regions of the USA, it might be hard to find a roofer who has experience installing Decra. Be sure to confirm a chosen contractor’s experience with Decra roofing before signing agreements.

Also, because Decra is made from steel, it may amplify sounds such as rain more than other materials. If this is an issue, you may want to consider ways to muffle sounds more or choose a different roof material.

Is A Decra Roof Worth It?

Decra roofs have a strong return on investment. Up to 85% of the original cost of the Decra roof is regained when you sell your house, because a Decra roof can increase the value of your home by up to six percent.

This makes a Decra roof a good choice for those who may consider putting their homes on the market in the near or distant future.


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How much does DECRA metal roofing cost? ›

Here is a quick comparison of the cost of Decra roofing compared to other metal roofing materials (including installation): Corrugated metal: $4-$6 per square foot. Standing seam metal: $9-$13 per square foot. Decra roofing: $8-$13 per square foot.

How long will a DECRA roof last? ›

How long do DECRA roofs last? With proper maintenance, a metal roof can last up to 40 to 70 years, making it well worth the investment.

How much is labor to install standing seam metal roof? ›

Labor Cost

To replace and install a roof, expect to pay between $2 to $6 per square foot, or $3,400 to $10,200 for labor. The contractor you hire can make or break your investment.

Are DECRA roofs good? ›

As mentioned above, DECRA metal roofs have a lifespan that lasts two to three times longer than traditional roofing materials–making for a great investment on that basis alone. But there is an impressive list of other benefits that illustrate the value of a DECRA roof.

What is the minimum pitch for Decra roofing? ›

From low pitch to vertical Decra® tiles can be used on roofs with pitches as low as 10° – and on vertical surfaces - making the system exceptionally versatile.

What is the most cost effective metal roof? ›

Corrugated metal roofing is one of the least expensive metal roofing materials, but it's not as durable as other options. Corrugated metal panels have a wave-like appearance that allows for simple installation because the grooves of each wave fit together seamlessly.

Can you walk on a DECRA roof? ›

Yes, you can walk on Decra Roof provided you step on the right locations. We also provide guideline on recommended step locations for all Decra trained installers for easy reference in avoiding possible dents caused by misstep.

Is rain water from DECRA roof safe for drinking? ›

12. Can you collect drinking water from the roof? Drinking water collection from Decra AHI roofs is approved and certified by the WHO.

What is the longest lasting metal roof? ›

Considered to be the grandfather of metal roofing, copper roofs have been used for centuries around the world. Copper is an extremely long-lasting metal that in ideal environments, can last well over 200+ years.

How much should I charge to install a metal roof? ›

According to data from Roofing Calculator, you should expect to pay between $350 and $400 per square (100 square feet) for installation. A seam roof is more difficult to install and will set you back around $500 for the same area. There are a couple of factors that could make your metal roof installation costs higher.

How much is metal roofing linear foot? ›

The cost of trim varies depending on the type of metal roofing system. Below are the average price ranges for trim for exposed and standing seam systems.
Cost Of Trim/Flashing.
Trim TypeCost Per Linear Foot
Gable trim$5.50- $8.00 per linear foot
Ridge cap$7.00- $10.00 per linear foot
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Is DECRA a Class 4? ›

All DECRA roof panel styles – Shingle XD, Shake XD, Villa Tile, Shake, Tile, and Shingle Plus – meet the Class 4 impact resistance requirements of UL 2218.

What is the most popular metal roof? ›

Steel is the basic metal roofing system and is the most commonly used out of all the three. It boasts an average life span of 50 to 70 years and is notable for its innate sturdiness and resistance to inclement weather. Stainless steel roofs are a variant of the standard steel roof.

What is the strongest roof design? ›

If you're looking for the strongest type of roof, you're looking for a DECRA metal roof. Since 1957, DECRA Metal Roofing has set the industry standard for durability and longevity.

What is the cheapest roof style to build? ›

The cheapest roof design is a roof with just hips, which are the sloping part, while the gable is the triangular bit on the end of the roof. A lot of subdivisions require a roof with hips and gables (rather than just a hip roof) so that is the most common form of roof construction.

Is a 1 12 roof pitch OK for metal roof? ›

For metal panel roof systems with nonsoldered seams with applied lap sealant, IBC 2018 prescribes a 1/2:12 minimum roof slope. For standing-seam metal roof panel systems, a 1/4:12 minimum roof slope is prescribed.

Is a 20 degree roof pitch OK? ›

Traditionally, a minimum pitch of 20° was recommended, modern roofing products have made it possible to create equally performing roofs with angles as low as 12.5°. Anything less than 12.5° is considered a flat roof.

How much does a metal roof cost 2023? ›

Again, depending on some essential factors, you can typically expect to spend anywhere from $750 to $1,000 per 100 sq ft for metal roofing. You'll find that corrugated metal is one of the most affordable materials at around $7.50 per square foot.

What is the biggest problem with metal roofs? ›

Disadvantages of metal roofs
  • Affordability. Metal roofs can be as much as two or three times more expensive than other roofing materials. ...
  • Noisiness. ...
  • Expansion, contraction and fasteners. ...
  • Inconsistency of color match. ...
  • Performance.

What color metal roof is best? ›

Light vs dark colors

Metal roofing in a lighter color will reflect the heat of the sun much better than a darker colored metal roof. Lighter colored roofs will help safeguard your roof from intense heat and even can decrease your energy bill.

How much does it cost to replace a Decramastic roof? ›

If you remove old decramastic roof tiles and replace them with new metal tiles, the costs start from around $55 per square metre. The larger the structure, the higher the price, and the longer the job will typically take to achieve.

What type of roof should you not walk on? ›

These tiles are rigid, meaning they don't bend, they simply splinter and crack, and when they crack, they lose their ability to protect your home. Walking on a clay tile roof is an easy way to cause an immense amount of damage that can be costly to repair.

How far can metal roof overhang without support? ›

3: The panels at the eave side of the roof should overhang into the gutters 1 to 1-1/2 inches. If installing metal on a non gutter application you can overhang the panel up to 3 inches.

What type of roof is best for heavy rain? ›

As it turns out, a hipped-style roof is also the best choice when it comes to dealing with heavy rains. Due to the roof having four sides, there is nowhere for the rain to stay sitting on the roof, allowing it to continually flow to the ground.

What is a Decra roof made of? ›

DECRA uses a state-of-the-art acrylic resin coating applied on both sides of the aluminum-zinc alloy hot-dip steel coils. The brown-tint or clear resin coating is specially formulated to resist fingerprints and scuffing during product handling.

How do you clean DECRA shingles? ›

Avoid Harsh Water Pressures

For soft wash roof cleaning, do not use water pressure above 500 pound-force per square inch (PSI). Instead, carefully spray water as a soft rinse procedure rather than a removal method for algae, lichen, mildew, moss and more. A garden hose will also do.

Is it cheaper to get a metal roof or shingles? ›

Not only do the metal panels themselves cost more than asphalt shingles, but a metal roof also requires more skill and labor to install. You can actually expect the cost of a metal roof to be more than double or triple the cost of an asphalt shingle roof.

Is a metal shed roof cheaper than shingles? ›

Higher One-Time Cost – It's true, metal roofing is more expensive than shingle roofing as a one-time cost. In addition to the higher cost of materials, there also could be a higher price point for labor and the equipment needed to complete the job; however, it's dependent on the installation company.

Can you walk on a decra roof? ›

Yes, you can walk on Decra Roof provided you step on the right locations. We also provide guideline on recommended step locations for all Decra trained installers for easy reference in avoiding possible dents caused by misstep.


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