If you ever dream about spending thousands of dollars, it’s usually for an exciting vacation or a new car… not a new roof. While new roofs are incredibly important to keep your home and family protected, they aren’t usually the most riveting home improvement project since you can’t enjoy them in the same way you can enjoy a new patio or renovated basement.

Even still, roof replacements and repairs come with the territory when you own a home, and it’s reasonable to want to know the cost commitment so you can feel prepared. Let’s breakdown the following topics:

  • The average roof replacement cost
  • Average costs by materials
  • Tips to lower the cost

Average Roof Replacement Cost

The national average cost to replace a roof is between $8,000 and $11,000.

However, the cost can range from $5,500 on the low end to $30,000+ on the high end. It’s good to have an emergency savings account as a homeowner so you can put aside money for infrequent expenses like car maintenance, new appliances, and roof work.

aerial view of roofer working on a roof replacement

The cost of a roof replacement can be impacted by numerous factors, such as:

  • Labor Costs: Many roofing contractors charge per the size of the project, not per how many hours they worked. You’ll likely see labor charges “per square” on your cost estimate, which refers to 100 square feet. The extent of your damage and the accessibility of your roof can impact the final labor costs.
  • Location: A roof replacement will always cost more in places like San Francisco and Washington DC than in rural Wyoming. The average cost of living in your area will impact the price of home services.
  • Roof Size: It may seem redundant, but a larger roof will cost more than a smaller one. The numbers used in this article refer to an average-sized roof, which is roughly 2,500 square feet.
  • Roof Scope: The pitch/steepness of your roof can impact the final cost as well. Steep roofs require additional safety measures, and they’re more challenging to navigate.
  • Roof Features: If your roof has a skylight, chimney, and numerous vents, a replacement requires more specialized skill, time, and energy, which can ultimately impact your final price.

Cost Breakdown by Material

All of the factors listed above can affect the final price of your roof replacement, but one of the most prominent factors that impacts roof replacement cost is the material you choose. Some materials are more durable than others, but they often come with a price tag to match.

Let’s take a closer look at the average cost of a roof replacement per material.

Asphalt Shingles

The $8,000 to $11,000 number listed as the average cost nationwide refers to asphalt shingle roofs. Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in the country, and for good reason. Homeowners love that they can get a decent lifespan (15 to 25 years) out of an asphalt roof with a low price tag.

Since so many homes have shingle roofs, the materials are frequently manufactured and widely available, so you wouldn’t have to worry about paying an extra cost to import a specialty material. Even if you have a large, complex roof and live in a high cost of living (HCOL) area, an asphalt shingle roof will still be the most affordable option.

Metal Roofing

There are two common types of metal roofing: standing seam and metal shingles. Standing seam metal roofs are a bit more common than metal shingles, and they’re also more affordable. You can expect the average standing seam metal roof to cost around $12 per square foot.

Metal roofing is a fantastic option for a roof replacement because not only are the aesthetics rising in popularity, but metal roofs are incredibly durable for their price, lasting 40-70 years on average!

Plus, if you live in a wildfire-prone region, metal roofing is a great option as it’s fully fire-resistant.

metal standing seam roof

Cedar Shakes

Cedar shakes are a more selective material. They should only be installed for homeowners who are willing to keep up with the required maintenance, and since they’re made from real wood, they should never be installed in a wildfire-prone area.

Cedar shakes can run closer to $14 per square foot, and they last an average of 20 to 30 years.

Clay or Concrete Tiles

Clay and concrete tiles are incredibly durable. Concrete tiles often last more than 50 years, and clay tiles can last up to 100 or more! However, these long-lasting materials are much more expensive than others on this list.

Tiles can cost anywhere between $15 and $25 per square foot. It’s up to you to decide if you’d rather make one large investment that you’ll likely never have to replace again or multiple smaller investments over time.

Natural Slate

Last but not least, we have the “forever roof.” Slate tiles are by far the longest-lasting material in the roofing industry (100-200+ years!). However, slate is uncommon, which makes this already-expensive material even more costly because it isn’t widely available.

You can expect a slate roof to cost anywhere between $15 and $30 per square foot, so you could end up paying at least four times more for a slate roof than an asphalt shingle roof. However, if the low maintenance and impressive longevity are important to you, this material is worth the price.

Tips to Help Lower the Cost

We know that there’s a level of sticker shock that comes with a roof replacement. But reputable roofing contractors in your area should offer flexible financing options to help lessen the financial burden of a new roof. Additionally, there are other things you can do to help lower the final price of a new roof:

Opt for a More Affordable Material

You may really love the way clay tile roofs look, but your bank account may not like them as much. If you’re looking to save as much money as possible, you can’t go wrong with an asphalt shingle roof. They will last you many years, and they’re well-suited for most climates.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Promotions

Some roofing companies will offer promotions or referral discounts throughout the year. If a friend or neighbor refers a company to you, ask about any discounts they may offer. Additionally, many companies will offer promotions in spring or fall when service isn’t as busy.

File an Insurance Claim

If you sustained significant damage after a storm rolled through your area, you shouldn’t be responsible for paying for roof repairs or a replacement out of pocket. If the “sudden and accidental damage” wasn’t your fault, you can file an insurance claim.

Contact a trusted local roofing contractor to perform a free inspection for you. They will be able to clearly outline your damages and let you know if you would potentially be eligible for insurance coverage.

Use their detailed quote when you file a roof claim and see if the insurance adjuster approves it. If they do, your insurance company will cover at least a portion of your roof replacement, and if you’re lucky, they’ll fund the entire project.

woman filing an insurance claim to get an estimated roof replacement cost

Get Multiple Quotes

It’s always a smart idea to get estimates from two or three local roofing companies. This way, you’ll be able to choose the contractor who offers the best deal. Just keep in mind that the cheapest contractor isn’t always the one you want working on your home, so use your best judgment to select someone who is highly reviewed, experienced, and licensed.

Affordable Roof Replacements at Your Fingertips

We know that the cost of a roof replacement can be overwhelming. At the end of the day, it’s vital to work with a roofing contractor that delivers phenomenal results at an appropriate price. At Gouge Quality Roofing, we’re dedicated to providing 5-star roofing service at a price that makes your wallet happy.

Plus, we offer accessible financing and impressive warranties to back up our work and give you peace of mind.

Contact us today for a free price quote!