The Average Cost of a Roof Replacement

June 12, 2015

Roofs perform such a vital function in providing appropriate shelter.  They keep the rain off your head and prevent the outside elements from destroying your home.  Deciding to spend money on a new roof could be the best way to maintain your investment.  The overall price of a roof replacement will vary depending on several factors.

House Size and Roof Square Footage

Not surprisingly, more money will be spent on materials and labor for a larger home than for a small one.  After a roofing contractor does the initial measurements of your roof’s size, which is measured in square footage (10-by-10 foot area), they can give you an overall estimate of the project’s cost.  If you happen to have multiple floors, it is likely they will base their estimation off of the largest floor and not the total square footage of all the floors.


Roof Height and Pitch

The pitch of your roof is a measurement of the roof’s height versus its length.  The steeper the pitch the more labor it will require to complete the project.  Because more labor is required for a steeply pitched roof, the overall replacement cost will increase as well.


Roofing Materials

After roof size is determined, roofing material is the most significant component in factoring the price of your roof replacement.  Below are figures for the average costs of roof replacement.

  • Asphalt: $700 – $3,700
  • Wood Shingles or Shake: $7,000 – $20,000
  • Slate: $17,000 – $84,000
  • Concrete Tile: $8,000 – $21,000
  • Ceramic Clay Tile: $12,000 – $21,000
  • Metal: $5,000 – $22,000 for steel; $12,000 – $24,000 for aluminum; $25,000 – $40,000 for copper


Removal of Old Roof

The removal of an old roof will definitely factor into the cost of replacement.  The more layers of material that need to be removed, the higher the cost of labor.


As you can see, there are many things that go into estimating the cost of a roof replacement.  For this reason, it is important to consult with a professional roofing contractor you can trust.  The experts at The Happy Roof Company are dedicated to helping you decide what roof replacement will best suit your home.  Call us today for a free estimate!

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