2022 Residential Roof Replacement Cost Guide
Updated: Mar 9
Your own current Pacific Northwest Roof Replacement Cost analysis for multiple roof types. Flow Roofing suggests getting at least 5 quotes to get the best information an accuracy for your next project. Don't get stuck with a tailgate warranty from Tommy Tanktop or let designer firms waste your hard earn money. Use this guide to understand where roof replacement costs are currently in 2022
Cost Guide For
Residential Roof Replacement
(Avg. Home 1800 sq. ft.)
A roof replacement shouldn’t be considered as an expense. It is first and foremost an investment in your property’s value. There are numerous variables that can affect how much a roof replacement will cost from the size of your home to the materials you choose and everything in between. Use this guide so you can get a good idea how much money you’ll be looking at before searching for the right contractor.
This guide will walk through each different type of roofing materials someone could choose for their roof replacement. Depending on the materials, your initial investment may be larger than others not willing to see the long term benefits. Use our pricing guide to navigate your roof replacement process for a stress-free path to your brand new roof.
What is the average house roof replacement cost in the U.S.?
We touched on the roof being one of the most significant investments you’ll make to your home over it’s lifespan. Even upholding the property’s value, it will still require a decent chunk of change. To get an accurate roof cost without all the details that go into what makes one roof more expensive than another, we’ll need to go over the considerations we’ve ran into throughout the years. Sometimes, even neighbors with the same style house, similar size can have completely different roofing costs. This guide will use an average sized home (1,800 sq. ft.) at a 4x12 pitch. These roofs with asphalt shingles will cost around $12,000-$15,000.
The most common roofing material in the U.S. is asphalt because of their affordability. They’re uniquely adapt at fitting to almost any home style and generally easy to maintain.
These numbers are just an average estimate. For the best accuracy, it’s crucial to have a reputable contractor perform a thorough inspection for the most accurate quote. In general your roof pricing may vary depending on the following factors:
Current roof condition, size, and slope
The replacement roofing materials you choose
Where you live in the country
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35% of the cost is generally materials
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Roof pricing factors
The following list are the various factors than can raise or lower your total roof replacement cost. We highly recommend you educated yourself on all the various roofing options before starting to call contractors. Read thoroughly as there are many details that add up to the total roof replacement cost.
The most obvious factor is the overall size of your roof replacement. This is a direct correlation to the amount of materials and labor needed for the replacement. Not only will you require more or less materials than your neighbor but there will also be an increase in time needed for completion, thus raising the labor cost. Roof size isn’t the biggest factor, but it is the easiest factor to identify when pricing a roof. Roofs are typically measured in Squares (100 sq. ft.) which can vary depending on how many peaks and valleys the roof has and the roof pitch.
The degree of difficulty your roof has also depends on the roof’s pitch, or slope. Quantity of valleys and slope adds additional time and materials depending on the roof complexity. This also increases the hazard for the installers. As the roof pitch increases, you can expect the roof price will be increased as well especially when the roof isn’t a “walkable” pitch.
Your Existing Roof Condition
To start the roof replacement, the old roof will be torn off to make room for the new one. If the old materials were in good enough shape, the roof decking (aka sheathing or plywood) will be in good shape. If you have leaks or see bubbling inside your home, you may need additional plywood which will increase the replacement cost. In most cases, the new roof can get installed without any hassle. Replacing a roof in poor condition may require additional plywood and delay the process. At Flow Roofing, we and the shingle manufacturers can not provide a warranty over bad decking. The best time to make these repairs is at the time of the new roof installation so the new shingles are both covered under the appropriate warranties, and the roof maintains its integrity. Depending on the condition of your roof at the time of installation, there can be added time, energy, materials, and additional repair costs to the total bill.
Materials You Choose
One of the single biggest factors in a total roof replacement price is the materials. Asphalt shingles are one of the most affordable options compared to premium options like slate, clay, cedar or metal. The same roof can vary by tens of thousands of dollars depending on the materials you choose. Below, we’ll go over the most popular options on the market today and guide you through what you can expect for each.
The Region, State, and Climate You Live In
It doesn’t take a scientist to know different states have different climates for roof installations. With that comes challenges that some other regions may not deal with. Some regions face hurricanes and rainy seasons with harsher Winters that shrink the window for roof installations which result in increased labor costs. Some states are subject to taxes and material costs which can increase the same size and style roof in different states. A particular roof in Florida may have a vary different price than that same roof in Washington.
The Contractor You Choose
Finding the right contractor is the single most important factor going into a roof replacement. All to often, homeowners trying to do a budget roof find themselves with more headaches than were necessary if they’d started with someone trustworthy and professional from the start. The labor cost for a roof can vary depending on the team size, expertise, and the type of roof they’re installing. Always be wary of the cheapest quotes as these contractors typically cut corners not disclosed to the homeowner and sometimes result in complete system failure, out of warranty installation practices, and no liability to solve the problem. Most labor costs range form $1.50- $3.75 per square foot baseline and increased based on the project details and materials being installed.
Roofing Materials Costs and the benefits
Time for the juicy part- what to expect from each roofing material and the cost. The most premium the product, the more you pay upfront, but the benefits of premium material often outweigh the high costs. The following prices below are intended to help you find the best roofing material for you and your budget.
There are roughly 3 pieces of plywood per square (100 sq. ft.) of roofing. Plywood has recently be priced similar to gold due to the pandemic, but has since gone back down to normal(ish) prices. You can expect your contractor to charge if plywood needs to be replaced due to water damaged or delamination. Make sure to ask for pictures if this situation happens to you. If you’re changing your roof from a tile or cedar to asphalt, standing seam metal, or synthetic you will most likely want to be prepared for a “Full Resheet”. To understand this additional cost take the total squares of your roof and multiply by 3 sheets. It’s also important to factor (5-15%) waste into these calculations because most roofs have angles that create unusable materials.
3 tab Asphalt Shingles:
$5,000 to $12,500
Harder to find, unless shopping at a home depot, these asphalt shingles have the lowest roof lifespan and utilize the least amount of asphalt in typically asphalt shingles. These are useful for a DIY project or replacing older 3 tab shingles, but the drawbacks outweigh the savings.
Easy to get from big box stores
Easy to repair or replace
Lasts up to 20 years
Comes in a wide array of color and style options
Blow off easily
Typically bad protection against algae
$12,000 to $16,000
The next step up from 3 tab shingles, architectural asphalt shingles are one of the most popular options in the United States. The difference between the 3 tab and the architectural is their design for added beauty and protection over your home.
Durable all-weather material
Increased material engineering
Lasts up to 30 years
Slight increased cost
Presidential/Saw Tooth Style
Designer Asphalt Shingles:
$16,000 to $24,000
Designer asphalt shingles differ from architectural in two key ways. One, they typically come in double or triple laminate options, and two, because of this they have a significantly longer lifespan. These shingles also add depth to the roof in their attempt to mimic natural materials like cedar.
Warrantied for 40-50 years
Beautiful depth in roof design
Premium color options
Significant increased cost due to added material and labor
Longer installation process
$13,000 to $18,000
A metal roof doesn’t have to be long panels. Homeowners now can choose to have metal panels that look like basic shingles but perform with a premium durability and beautiful aesthetic.
Long Lasting (50+ Years)
Sleek look to boost curb appeal
Very strong against high winds and hail damage
Easily recycled or repurposed at the end of its lifespan
Non petroleum product (eco friendly)
Loud if not installed correctly or isolation is added
Not as easy to repair asphalt
$15,000 to $20,000
Rubber shingles, or composite shingles, are shingles made of a combination of recycled, organic, and inorganic materials to form a strong shingle that looks like premium materials (slate, clay, etc.) but at a much lower price tag. Benefits include:
Great for low-pitch roofs
Less likely to crack than asphalt shingles
Increased initial investment