The first question we get asked by almost every customer for almost any job is how much does the average roof replacement cost?
Unfortunately, that’s not a simple answer and definitely not an answer we can give without assessing a number of factors that play a critical part in the cost of roofing jobs. These details play a role in how much a roof replacement costs:
- The type of roof you have. More complex designs and shapes can push installation costs up as more people, materials, and tools are required to complete the job.
- The size and scope of the job. Obviously, the bigger the roof, the more time and materials are needed to complete the repair or replacement. If we know your square footage, we can give you an excellent off-the-cuff estimate to start.
- Additional structures like skylights and chimneys we need to work around. These areas need special attention to install flashing and ensure the joints are sealed for leaks. The more of these on your roof, the more time we must spend installing, which in turn ups the cost of labor and materials.
- Where you live. Different areas require different permits and codes to meet guidelines and ensure your roof is safe and up to code.
- If you have existing damage. If your roof had recent storm damage and it causes other structural issues, this can add a lot more time to the project. If we get up on the roof and find rot or other structural issues that need replacing, that must be done first, or your roof will not hold up the way it needs to. Getting a proper inspection first can eliminate any surprises during installation.
- And last but not least, the materials used on your roof can drastically change the project’s cost. Many people do not realize that even small upgrades in the material can greatly increase the cost of both the material itself and the labor if premium products require special installation.
We will focus mainly on the difference in roof replacement costs based on the roofing material used. By breaking it down this way, customers can get a much better idea of what kind of price they’re looking at when they come to us or any contractor for their roof replacement.
Roof Replacement Cost by Roofing Material
Replacing a roof of any kind can be a significant investment, so it’s no surprise that the first question homeowners ask is always about the cost. Between asphalt shingles, raised-seam metal roofs, and clay, concrete, or slate tiles, there is no set answer for how much your roof replacement will run you. However, we can give you a pretty accurate estimate thanks to our roofing experience.
Keep in mind that a lot of these ranges are standard industry estimates and should only be used to give you an idea of what to expect. But you should always discuss the details of your roof replacement cost with your contractors before you begin. They may have special deals with the manufacturer or other distributors that can get you a lower cost on certain materials.
Our ballpark estimates are based on an average 2,500-square-foot home, so please contact your local contractor for more specific costs.
Asphalt Shingles Cost
Asphalt shingles are the most commonly installed roofing material in homes today and one of the most cost-effective. Asphalt roofs are ever-popular due to their decent durability and ease of installation. The main problem for asphalt roofs is that they don’t last much longer than 15-20 years, even with the most stringent care and maintenance, but the cost to replace an asphalt roof is relatively low, so it’s often still more affordable than installing more premium options.
- Asphalt shingles: $4.00 – $5.50 /sqft
- Total estimated cost of asphalt shingle roof replacement: $5,000 – $15,000
Metal Roof Cost
There are a few different types of metal roofing: shingles, standing seam panels, and corrugated steel panels with exposed fasteners.
Exposed fasteners are sometimes less aesthetically pleasing for homeowners but make them that much more affordable, and this is often a popular choice for people’s sheds, barns, or standalone garages.
The more premium metal roofing styles can have a higher initial cost, but it’s still worth the investment due to their extreme durability and impressive lifespan. The main drawbacks of metal roofing are that it may dent easily or make a lot of noise during hail storms.
Depending on the type of roofing, the installation cost will likely be more than the traditional asphalt roof. Here’s how they differ:
- Metal Shingles: $8.00 – $11.50 per square foot
- Metal Standing Seam: $10.00 – $13.00 per square foot
- Corrugated Steel (with exposed fasteners): $5.00 – $6.00 per square foot
- Total estimated cost of metal roof replacement: $8,000-$24,000
Solar Roof Cost
The popularity of solar roofs continues to grow year by year as more people become concerned with the environment and finding sustainable ways to live while also saving money in the long run.
Despite high installation costs upfront, solar tiles and panels pay off in the long run. Many people even make their money back over time with cost savings on their electricity bills. Install costs vary greatly depending on wattage and the square footage of your roof.
One thing to consider is that depending on the type of solar roof, you may not need to buy and install a traditional asphalt shingle roof (or any other material) underneath. The new Tesla solar roof tiles actually act as both an incredibly strong shingle while also providing solar harnessing capabilities. Here is what a new roof with solar tiles would cost you.
- Tesla Solar Tiles: Approx. $20 per square foot
- Total estimated cost of solar roof installation: $15,000-$45,000
Various Tile Roofing Costs
Like metal roofing, there are a few common types of tile roofing materials that can vary in cost from quite affordable to very expensive. But with the increase in cost, there is also a higher lifespan and level of durability. Another benefit is that tiles can be easily replaced, which increases the longevity of your roof. It is also important to consider that installation costs are typically higher in comparison to asphalt shingles.
- Concrete tile: $6,000-$23,000 total
- Clay tile: $12,000-$32,000 total
- Custom tile: $30,000-$50,000+ total
- The average estimated cost of a tile roof replacement: $7,000-$18,000
Slate Roof Cost
Slate is one of the roofing materials that last the longest. Slate shingles have been given the name “the forever roof” because their hardy, natural stone material can make your roof last for 100 or more years with very little maintenance.
- Slate shingles: $18,000-$70,000+ total
- Synthetic slate shingles: $10,000-$30,000 total
- The average estimated cost of a slate roof replacement: $18,000-$45,000
Flat Roofing Costs
Flat roofs have a very standard installation, for the most part, so the price variance would be circulating around which material is used for the flat roof itself. If you want a flat roof, it could very well be worthwhile to look into installing it yourself. While it is not easy work and will take some time, it could save you some money.
- Rolled membrane: $6.50 – $8.00 per square foot
- Rubber: $7.50 – $9.50 per square foot
- Green roof: $10.00 – $30.00 per square foot, but can go up to $50+ per square foot
- The average estimated cost of a green roof installation: $12,000 – $40,000+
Cedar Shake Roof Costs
Cedar shakes are an excellent option for anyone looking for a unique look that will age gracefully, require minimal maintenance, and is easy to repair throughout its long lifespan if needed.
- Real Wood Cedar shakes: $10,000-$20,000 total
- Rubber or plastic wood shakes: $10,000 to $18,000 total
- High-end synthetics: $20,000+ total
Which Roofing Material Is Best For You?
All of the roofing materials we discussed today have their pros and cons. While this decision can be daunting, it is essential to focus on which factors are most important to you and your home, like style, energy efficiency, durability, maintenance requirements, and, of course, cost and lifespan.
Let’s take a deeper look at the factors we listed above to give you a better understanding of everything that should be considered before choosing your new roofing material:
Where your home is located will play a considerable role in determining which roofing material is best for you. For example, metal roofing might be more susceptible to denting and damage during hailstorms or high winds, so it’s unsuitable for climates where these weather events are expected. Alternatively, a ceramic tile roof might be right for you simply because it’s the standard aesthetic around your Southwestern neighborhood.
How big of a roof you have will also make a difference when deciding on your roofing material. Slate and tile roofing can be heavy and cumbersome, requiring extra hands during installation and maybe even additional support underneath your roof’s surface to handle the weight. Not all homes are equipped to handle materials that heavy, so asphalt shingles or metal panels might be a better plan for you.
As we already mentioned, many homeowners go with one roofing material over another simply based on aesthetics or how they look. The different regions throughout the United States might also determine what you choose, as metal roofing is popular in places like Colorado and California, where wildfires are common, and ceramic tile is a staple in the Southwest.
Another thing to think about when it comes to your roof replacement is the energy efficiency of each material. Although metal and slate might be more costly to install upfront, these high-performance materials might be a better investment down the line due to the savings you’ll see on monthly energy bills. The same can be said for solar panels, which might be an option you consider.
Durability & Lifespan
Replacing your roof is a big undertaking as it is, so the last thing you want is a roofing system that fails in just a few years. Look for roofing materials that have an impressive lifespan or manufacturer’s warranty to ensure that your home will be protected from the elements for years to come.
Many homeowners are too busy in their day-to-day lives to worry about roofing maintenance. If that sounds like you, then you should consider roofing materials requiring minimal maintenance to maintain their power and performance.
Finally, you’ll obviously be thinking about the cost of a roof replacement as well. Asphalt is always a smart option if you’re looking for something that’s budget-friendly and won’t break the bank when it’s time for repairs. If you’re prepared to invest more in a new roof, metal and slate roofing have higher price points but longer lifespans, so you won’t have to worry about spending any more money once they’re installed.
Looking for an Affordable Roof Replacement?
If you’re in the market for roofing services for repair or replacement, give us a call today! We work mainly with asphalt, metal, and rubber flat roofs and would be happy to work out an estimate for your roofing project for FREE. We look forward to giving you a durable new roof that you love, all at the cost you deserve.