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Breaking Down The Average Roof Replacement Cost By Material

August 1st, 2021 BY First American Roofing

The first question we get asked from any customer, for just about any job, is how much does the average roof replacement cost?

And that’s not a simple answer, and definitely not an answer we can give without determining the number of factors that play a critical part in the cost of roofing jobs. These details play a role in how much a roofing job is going to cost:

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We are going to be focusing mainly on the difference in roof replacement costs based on the roofing material used. By breaking it down in 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. This might be the factor that most significantly affects the cost of the roof replacement. Everything else may shift slightly and can be more easily estimated without extra details.

Keep in mind, 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 to get 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. The main problem for an asphalt roof is that they don’t last much longer than 15-20 years, but the cost to replace is quite low, so it’s still more affordable than 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, so their price varies greatly from the more premium style metal roofing. 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 making 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 increase 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 very standard installation, for the most part, so the varying in price would definitely be circulating around which material is used. If you have a flat roof, it could very well be worth your wile to look into doing 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 a great 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.

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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, at the end of the day it is important to focus on which factors are most important to you and your home.

If you’re in the market for roofing services for repair or replacement, please give us a call today! We work mainly with asphalt, metal, and rolled or rubber flat roofs and would be happy to work out an estimate for your roofing project for FREE. We look forward to getting you a roof you love at a cost you deserve.

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