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Breaking Down The Average Roof Replacement Cost By Material

January 27th, 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:

We are going to be focusing mainly on the difference in roof replacement costs based on materials 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 materials in homes today and one of the most cost-effective. 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. 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.

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.

Concrete tiles: $6,000-$23,000 total

Clay tiles: $12,000-$32,000 total

Custom tiles: $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 similar installation, for the most part, so the varying in price would definitely be circulating around which material is used.

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 and require minimal maintenance while remaining easy to repair throughout its long lifespan if needed.

Real Wod 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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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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