A sturdy and safe roof above your head is very important if you want to have a warm, cozy, and leak-free home. Moreover, a great-looking roof is a crucial part of your home’s value, curb appeal, and proper function. Roofs are like the crown of your home — giving it a complete and beautiful appearance. And protect your house by keeping elements such as snow, wind, rain, or hail out. Therefore, it’s imperative that you keep your roof in tip-top shape. So, how much does a roof replacement cost a homeowner?

This article is a complete guide on everything you’d ever want to know about warning signs of any potential roof damage or danger, roof replacement cost, and its maintenance.

If you notice the roof shingles breaking down, cracking, curling, or developing other issues such as leaks, wood rot, molds, and mildews — your roof is getting older and beginning to deteriorate. (We will talk about such warning signs towards the end of this article.) 

It’s time to get yourself a new roof! 

When it comes to roof replacement, we all want to get the best possible deal. One, because it’s a major renovation project and two because we are spending our hard earned money after all. 

So, how much does a roof replacement cost? 

Roof replacementProgress, by Brian Robinson on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

The typical range of a roof replacement is between $5,200 to $10,140. The average cost of a new roof is around $7,700. Do note that this amount is for an average house size in America, i.e., roughly 2,000 square feet. Smaller ones are 1,500 to 1,700 square feet while newer, larger homes may be 2,400 to 2,600 square feet.

Your costs may vary depending on your geographic location, the type of roof and shingles you choose, roof size, materials, the complexity of the work, the pitch of your roof, and the labor cost in your area.

While there are many different types of roofs, the most common one is an asphalt shingle roof. The average cost of these shingles on a 1,500 square foot roof is around $6,800. Or, $4.50 per square foot. 

For realistic installation rates, it’s best to always get quotes from at least three to four roofing professionals so that you get an accurate range (within the margin of $2,000 to $3,000). 

Hiring a roof inspector costs $100 to $300 and can really help you in making important decisions. If you don’t need a complete roof replacement but just minor repairs or construction work, a qualified handyman will be enough for you. 

Read more: How to Find a Roof Leak Like a Pro?

What is the average cost to tear off and replace a roof?

Replacing a roofRoof repair, replacement, by Cindy Shebley on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

The removal of an old, dilapidated roof may cost you $1 to $5 per square foot approximately. That translates to $1,000 to $1,500. Add to that the cost of hiring a roofing contractor, which may run from $40 to $80 per hour. 

Also, depending on what sort of repair or reinforcement your roof requires, you can expect to pay an extra $1,000 to $10,000.

The hardest part of a roof replacement, whether you’re a contractor or a DIYer, is indeed removing the old shingles. While you can save around $1,000 if you choose to do it yourself, we strongly recommend hiring professionals. They will be able to do the job safely and efficiently — saving you all the hassles.

What are the most important roof replacement cost factors?

Roof installation costPhoto by Ben Kerckx on Pixabay [CC0]

As mentioned earlier, the total cost of replacing your roof depends on a lot of factors. Let’s explore some of the most important deciding factors. 

1. Type of roof

There are different types of roofs in terms of shapes and sizes which make a house stand out from the next one. They have different associated costs as well.

Type of roof Cost
Flat $6000
Gable $6750
A-frame $9000
Hipped $9000
Butterfly $9000
Mansard $10,000

2. Roofing material cost

In addition to different shapes and styles, roofs are available in a variety of materials. Your particular choice will have a huge impact on the total cost of your roof installation. Moreover, some heavy roofs may require reinforcement of the deck while others may need special labor — costing you extra bucks. 

Roofing materials alone cost anywhere from $100 to $1,000 per square, depending on the kind you choose. The following are some of your options:

Material Cost Advantages
Asphalt $6,750
  • Many choices available
  • Easy installation
  • Lifespan:15-18 years
Architectural shingles $10,000
  • May resist impact and UV rays
  • Durable
  • Lifespan: 24-30 years
Composite $7000
  • Strong
  • Durable
  • Lifespan: 35-50 years
Clay Tiles $20,000-$35,000
  • Durable
  • Available in various shapes and styles
Standing seam $6,700
  • Durable, lightweight, contemporary-looking
  • Lifespan: 30-45 years
PVC $7,000
  • Longer lasting
  • Lifespan: 15-20 years
Bitumen $6000
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy installation on flat roofs
  • Lifespan: 10-16 years
Metal Tiles $15,000-$28,000
  • Long-lasting
  • Can mimic other tiles and materials
  • Lifespan: 30-45 years
Slate $15,000-$20,000
  • Durable
  • Looks beautiful
  • Lifespan: upwards of 100 years
TPO $7,000
  • Easy to install
  • Reflects UV rays
  • Lifespan: 15-20 years
EPDM Rubber $8,000 to $14,000
  • Easy to install
  • Not expensive
  • Lifespan: 10-16 years
Wood Shingles $14,000 to $25,000
  • Traditionally beautiful
  • Lifespan: up to 30 years
Concrete Tiles $20,000 to $40,000
  • Sturdy
  • Lifespan: 35 to 50 years

3. Labor Cost

Roof replacement labor costRoof Truss Repair, by Alex K on flickr – www.homeevolution.net [CC BY 2.0]

Apart from the expenditure on material and style of your roof, labor also plays a big role in your total costs.

Generally, labor for such roofing projects ranges from $150 to $300 per square or $1.50 to $3 per square foot.

Please note that the costs of your labor can vary depending on the material, pitch, and shape of the roof. The more difficult the task, the more you should be prepared to pay. 

For instance, slates, wood shakes, and tile roofs are difficult to install. Roofs including very steep pitches, curves, or angles often require more and sometimes special material. Also, reroofing takes more time.

In most roof renovations, labor cost accounts for about 60% of the total cost. For instance, if you have a 1,500 square foot roof covered in asphalt shingles, the labor will be roughly $4,000. The shingles, felt underlayment, fasteners, and adhesives typically make up the remaining 40%. 

Read more: Roof Leak Detection: Complete Lowdown by an Expert

4. Other enhancements costs

Gutter cleaning

If you don’t want your blocked gutters to force water beneath your shingles — thereby deteriorating them and causing leaks — you need to get them cleaned once or twice in a year. Cleaning will cost you around $150.

Flashing replacement

Sometimes the flashing surrounding your chimney or skylight may be damaged. The cost to replace flashing can vary from $100 to $400, depending on the complexity of repair work.

Framing repair

If the frame of your roof needs repair, you will have to shell out $300 to $800. This generally happens when you are switching to a heavier shingle. For instance, a slate, tile, or metal roof may require reinforcement of the frame. 

Roof inspection

In case you are buying a house and need to know the actual condition of its roof, a roof inspection is a must. It gives you a clear idea of whether or not your roof will need replacement in the near future. A typical inspection costs approximately $450.

Soffit repair

Your roof’s soffit (covering of the underside of your roof) provides ventilation for the attic and lends your house a finished look. If you see any water damage to your roof, the soffit may be damaged. 

The cost of a new soffit depends on the material you choose. It could range from aluminum, wood to vinyl and fiber cement. On average, the cost is around $20 per linear foot installed, or around $800.

5. Additional costs

  • A new roof may require a permit. Permits cost around $430 on average.
  • Costs and tariffs of licensed and insured roofers depend on the region. Your costs may be higher or lower than the national average, depending on your location.
  • If you are on a tight budget, instead of asking your contractor to procure materials for you, you can save more money by buying them yourself. 
  • It’s best to get your roof replaced during good weather. Delays (or the need to remove snow from the roof) could increase your costs.
  • Proper roof maintenance can help you delay or prevent the need for a roof replacement.

Signs that tell you that you need a new roof 

Roof replacement workPhoto by Andrew Fresh on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

A damaged roof is a nightmare for homeowners. Therefore, it’s important to check your roof at least twice a year to look for any signs of damage or potential danger. If you are vigilant enough, you may find damages early. It can save you a lot of trouble and a lot of money in the long run.

Here are a few warning signs that tell you that your old roof needs to go:

  • Your roof is more than 20 years old or your roofing material has lived past its lifespan. 
  • The roof is sagging (this could happen due to frequent exposure to moisture, faulty roofing materials, and installation that are improper).
  • You notice water damage on your ceiling (the tiniest of watermarks and mold could mean a water leakage, or that your roof has a crack).
  • The shingles are curling, cupping, clawing, or cracking. All are signs of weathering and indicate potential leaks.
  • You have a weak roof with missing or damaged tiles. This is potentially dangerous. Your roof could cave in on you – so act quickly.
  • If you spot mold and moss growing outside your roof.
  • You find granules in the gutter — it could be a sign that your shingles are deteriorating.
  • You can see sunlight from your attic. The light coming in from your roof indicate cracks and holes in your roof – a situation that should be treated as soon as possible. 

Steps to control roof damage

Once you have realized that your roof actually needs replacing. You go ahead and renovate it. But, how do you ensure that your new roof will last you well?

While roofs can simply age and lose some of their integrity through time, most of the damage done to your roof will be caused by external factors such as rain, wind, tree limbs, inadequate attic insulation, moss, excessive moisture, etc.

You can prevent some of this damage with your timely inspections and repairs. Here are some ways to save yourself from emergency roof repairs:

  • Repair or replace damaged sections immediately so water does not infiltrate.
  • Cut down dead tree limbs around your house.
  • Keep your roof cool with proper attic ventilation.
  • Install attic insulation — preventing ice dams.
  • Timely remove snow and ice from your roof.
  • Remove any moss immediately to avoid trapped moisture.
  • Clean your gutters regularly.


We hope our complete guide on roof renovation — right from roof replacement cost to warning signs, and how to avoid roof damage — helps you in your remodeling. If you plan it properly, you may even successfully lower your home renovation cost

Roof Replacement Cost and Signs That Tell You Need a New Roof was last modified: May 26th, 2020 by Ramona Sinha