How Much does a new roof cost

How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

Qualities like durability and longevity are the most important factors to keep in mind when replacing a roof for your house. Roof replacement is necessary with the passage of time after about 30 to 75 years, your roof might get really messed up, and you might need to get a whole new one. This can cost you around $6,700 to $80,000, but for a regular-sized house, it’s around $11,500. Here, the question that arises in mind is: Why such a big range in costs? Well, it depends on your choice and the quality of the roof, as cost depends on quality.

Top 2 Factors That Affect Roof Cost

The main things that affect how much it costs to replace your roof are the materials used and how your roof is designed. For example, most roofs are between 1,000 and 3,000 square feet, and you can choose from materials like asphalt shingles, aluminum, clay, or copper for your roof.

Roofing materials are measured in different units or forms, like per square foot, per bundle, or per roofing square (which is like a ten ft. by 10 ft. chunk of materials). The material will not cost you much, but the maximum cost you have to pay to the person who is doing the work for replacement. 

Roofing Costs and Considerations

  • Roofing Cost per Square Foot:

Getting a new roof can cost you anywhere from $4 to $40 per square foot, with the average being around $7 per square foot. This means that for a typical roof, it’s about $400 to $4,000 per roofing square, or roughly $700 if you’re using the most common materials.

Making a final decision regarding the size of your roof can be a bit difficult if you don’t have proper plans. The slope and shape of your roof, like whether it’s hipped, gabled, or flat, determine how many shingles, shakes, or tiles you’ll need. In the end, it’s usually best to ask a professional to come and measure your roof to get the exact size.

  • Labor:

Make sure to hire a professional for roof replacement. They will not only repair or replace your roof, but they will suggest the best designs for your home. Labor cost is approx. $2 and $7 per square foot on average. It may increase or decrease depending on the design of the roof or if the installation is tough, like if the roof is really steep or if it’s hard to reach certain spots. Prices vary from place to place as well. It can cost you more if you are living in a place where everything costs more as compared to other places. Your contractor may charge between $40 and $60 per hour for the work, but flat-rate estimates are more common for large projects like these.

  • Materials:

The other 40% to 50% of total roof replacement costs depends on the material used. The material used for roofing purpose include the following: 

  • Shingles
  • Shakes
  • Tiles etc.

You’ll also contribute to the cost of building supplies such as nails, tools, ladders and other related equipment.

  • Roof Pitch:

The slope of your roof affects square footage as well as the labor cost for roof replacement. For one, the higher the pitch, the larger the area. While most roofs fall between a 3:12 and 6:12 ratio, steeper roofs will require special tools for installation and take longer to install.

Full vs. Partial Roof Replacement Costs

Sometimes, there is no need to replace the whole roof. If just one part got damaged, like in a storm, or if only one section is worn out on a multi-level roof, you can save money by repairing that specific part.

But if your roof is really old and doesn’t meet the rules anymore, or if you want it to look the same all over and stay strong, it’s probably best to replace the whole thing.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Should I repair my roof on my own or hire a professional?

If you think you can do it yourself and you are not afraid of heights, make sure you have proper tools. You can do small roof fixes, like stopping leaks yourself. But try to hire a professional if you are planning to replace the roof. 

What is the best type of roofing material for hot climates?

If you’re living in a place where the weather conditions are too hot, it’s best to have a roof made of metal, clay, or stone. These roofs can handle the heat, and some metal roofs can even bounce the sun’s heat away, which can make your home energy-efficient.

How often should a roof be replaced?

The longevity of a roof depends on the material used as well as the location where you live, and how well you do maintenance. 

  • Roofs made up of asphalt shingles and wooden shakes usually stick around for about 30 years.
  • Roofs made up of metal can last up to 70 years!


Ready to do roof replacement? Choose a material that is durable and ensures longevity, as there are some pros and cons of each type of material. Active Exterior can better help you in selecting the best option for your home. One thing to keep in mind is that the costs can vary based on your location and the type of material you use, but do not worry; we can help you navigate these factors. Take the first step toward a more comfortable and energy-efficient home. Contact Active Exterior today to get started!

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