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How Much Does A New Roof Cost?


How Much Does A New Roof Cost?

Cost of RoofingOne of the questions we are asked frequently from homeowners is “how much does a new roof cost?”  As with most home improvement cost questions, this one can be difficult to answer, but this article should offer some insight into how much it will cost to replace your roof in 2012.

Tip #1 – Most online roof calculators are completely inaccurate.  Use the table below for a general idea of residential roofing costs. But keep in mind the only true way to know is by getting a roofing quote.

Cost of Installing Asphalt Roofing

This table should give you a general idea of the cost to install new asphalt roofing.  The factors listed below this table may also affect the price. Note: These costs do not necessarily include the cost or permitting or garbage removal which can vary based on the project.

Pitch & Height of Roof / Complexity of Installation

Low-Pitch / Basic Install

Medium-Pitch / Average Install

High-Pitch / Complex Install


$3,500 - $5,500 $4,500 - $6,500 $5,500 - $7,500+*


$5,500 - $7,500 $6,500 - $8,500 $7,500 - $9,500+*


$7,500 - $9,500 $8,500 - $10,500 $9,500 - $11,500+*


$9,500 - $12,500 $10,500 - $13,500 $11,500 -$14,500+*

Extra Large

$12,500 - $17,000 $16,000 - $19,000 $17,000 - $25,000+*

Cost of Different Roofing Materials

This pricing spectrum gives a general idea of the cost difference between the various types of roofing materials including the cost of installation.  These cost differences can vary based on location, present cost of asphalt, aluminum, and other prducts, and more factors highlighted in the section below.

Roofing Prices

By far the most commonly installed roofing material is asphalt shingles which are available in 3-tab, Architectural, and Designer Architectural (or sometimes called Lifetime Architectural Shingles).  There are however, other roofing materials available in most parts of the United States including: Slate, Inter-Locking Metal, Wood Shingle, Standing Seam Metal, and more.


*The cost of a roof can always be more with the additions of specialty items like copper flashing, special ventilation, skylights, etc.

Tip #2 – Most people aren't aware that some asphalt shingles actually come with a limited lifetime warranty which is far more than you'll receive on a slate, metal, or wood shingle roof and usually for less than half the cost.

Factors in Determining the Cost of a New Roof

There are many factors that go into determining the cost of a new roof.  Here is a list of some of the most important ones:

  • Type of roofing material being installed
  • Square footage
  • Pitch of roof
  • Complexity (How many cuts, angles, and planes)
  • Need for sheathing or rot replacement
  • Need for adding specialty ventilation
  • Height of roof from the ground
  • Ease of access to all areas
  • Type of roofing material being removed
  • Layers of material being removed
  • Type of underlayment, flashing, fasteners, starter strip, etc.
  • Type of flashing

There are many more factors that are necessary on a case by case basis, but these are the most common items a professional roofing contractor will discuss with you before quoting your project.

Tip#3—If you have to request details in writing from your roofing contractor, then chances are they are NOT going to actually do those details without your strict supervision. Find a contractor that insists on providing painstaking details and has a track record of delivering.



Good list. While research roofing cost myself also found this page useful
Posted @ Friday, November 23, 2012 9:29 PM by Alex
Thank you for your graph on roofing costs. I was just wondering what would constitue a large roof. My roof is 34 square with a 45 degree pitch. Would this be under large ?
Posted @ Thursday, May 09, 2013 9:51 PM by Lorne
34 squares would be considered a large to extra-large roof, and at a 45 degree pitch (12/12) it would be considered medium to high pitch. Hope that helps!
Posted @ Friday, May 10, 2013 7:48 AM by Peter Martino
Thank you it does help. I was given a price of apx 16.000 to redo my roof with shingles and total removal of old ones and thought the price was very high.
Posted @ Sunday, May 12, 2013 4:42 PM by Lorne
That doesn't sound out of the ballpark, but it's hard to say because there are so many other factors that can influence the cost of roof replacement, as listed above.
Posted @ Monday, May 13, 2013 7:58 AM by Peter Martino
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