How Much Does Roofing Cost?

When it comes time to replace your old worn out shingles or you may have had a storm damage your shingles the first question that always comes to mind is… how much is this going to cost me?

Roofing Costs

It is a fair question and it is important to all of us. Most of us just want a good job for a reasonable price. First of all, not all roofs are the same as far as roofing products and installation difficulty are concerned. And not all roof installer charge the same price. There are two factors involved in the cost of roof replacement, the cost of the roofing material, and the cost of labor.

In figuring your roof replacement the price generally includes the removal of the old shingles, roofing underlayment, dumping fees and the replacement of new underlayment and similar new replacement shingles. This may also include metal flashing, ice and water shield, starter shingles and metal drip edge. You may expect to pay more for a 30 year asphalt dimensional shingle than a 25 year 3-tab asphalt shingle. You can also expect to pay more for roof replacements in coastal cities due to stricter code regulations and in housing developments with high end specialty roofs.

Replacing roofs with roofing products such as slate, wood shingles, clay tile, concrete tile, and metal will cost you more to replace than the commonly used asphalt shingles would. Asphalt shingles make up about seventy percent of all roofs in the United States. Some other things to consider when calculating the cost of a roofing job should be the type of shingle being replaced, geographical location of the home or business, local codes and regulations, pitch and roof difficulty, and roof design and roof style.

Just the cost of installation alone, not counting the cost of material, will vary from state to state. Roofers who have been in business longer with a proven track record may be able to charge more. Some roofers may charge more according to additional services they offer such as extended labor guarantees and repair warranties. Some companies may charge more because of their nationally known name recognition. Others may charge more because of their advertising, advanced roofing equipment, and well-staffed offices.

The cost of replacing roofs can vary greatly and it cannot be assumed that one price fits all.  According to, who provides cost guides, comparisons, and term cheat sheets for hundreds of remodeling, installation and repair projects, calculates the average cost to replace a 1500 square foot roof using architectural shingles in the United States is $9,000.00. That is an average cost of $6,000 to $14,000.

But the bottom line to the question “how much does roofing cost” will be something you have to research on your own, in your own city or town by shopping costs with several roofing companies. Get several bids from reputable roofing companies to get the feel of what the going price is for your location.