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Breaking Down How Much A New Roof Costs

Home Exterior

Doing a total home remodel is a huge investment—and it isn’t cheap. If you want to stick to a budget, you need to learn how much a new roof costs.

From materials to labor, there’s a lot to consider. The good news is that budgeting for a new roof isn’t all that complicated. We’re here to help break down the cost of a new roof.

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How Much Does a New Roof Cost?: A Realistic Breakdown

Whether we like it or not, there won’t be a defined cost. Each roof is different. Materials and labor aren’t the only factors to consider. The best you can do is get an average price point.

A reasonable average is around $20,000 for a 2,000-square-foot home.

Contact a roofing contractor or an exterior home improvement specialist to get a specific quote. In the meantime, here’s what you could expect to pay for when installing a new roof.

Roof Inspection Costs

Roofers need to personally inspect your home to ensure there aren’t underlying issues that can cause problems when replacing a roof. Expect to pay between $200-$1000, depending on the size of your home.


The location of your property affects both material and labor costs. Roofers consider climate, building codes, how accessible your home is, local labor costs, and regional taxation fees.


Labor costs depend on how complex the roof is, local labor fees, and the size of your roof. Data from Angi suggest that labor fees for roof installations can cost $1.50 – $3.00 per square foot.

In most cases, labor costs for a new roof installation are around 60% of the total project cost. That means a $20,000 roof installation can cost $12,000 on labor alone

Type of Roof

Is your roof steep? Complicated roof pitches, steep inclines, and hazardous factors can add an extra $1000 – $3000 in labor fees. Most American homes have a roof pitch of 3:12 and 6:12.

Going above a 6:12 pitch is already considered hazardous. If a roof is 12:12, you have a 45-degree angle roof, requiring extra safety equipment.

Roof Height

A home with more stories requires extra time, labor, and equipment. Think of all the spare time and effort to carry the materials and ensure safety harnesses are in place. If your home is three stories or taller, expect to pay extra.

Demolition and Dumping Fees

Remodeling requires you to remove the existing roof to replace a new one. That’s going to cost extra. According to Forbes, roof removal can cost between $1 to $5 per square foot. You could also expect hauling fees as well.

When getting a quote, ask if demolition and dumping are included in a package. The last thing we want to get is another set of fees on top of the installation.

Materials Costs For New Roof Installations

Material needs a cost breakdown of their own. You can use different types of materials on your new roof. Let’s look into the cost of the most popular roofing materials on the market:

Shingle Roofs

Shingles are the most affordable roofing materials you can get. Expect to pay around $80 to $2,500 per square foot, depending on the type of shingles.

Here are your options:

  • Asphalt 3-tab shingle: $80 – $130
  • Architectural shingle: $100 – $250
  • Composite shingle: $300 – $700
  • Metal shingle: $300 – $600
  • Solar shingle: $1,000 – $2,500

Metal Roof

Metal roofs have a much longer lifespan than shingle roofs, need minimal repairs, and are less susceptible to damage from external elements.

However, only some homes have the foundation to handle metal roofing. So, check with your roofing contractor before committing to it.

Here’s a price breakdown for metal roofs per square:

  • Aluminum roof: $300 – $900
  • Galvanized steel: $100 – $500
  • Metal slate roof: $300 – $500
  • Stone-coated steel roof: $350 – $600
  • Zinc roof: $500 – $1,000
  • Stainless steel roof: $550 – $1,300
  • Copper roof: $900 – $2,000

Wood Shake/Cedar Roof

Wood shakes or cedar are among the most wind-resistant roofing materials you can buy. The downside is that it’s more expensive than asphalt shingles because of how it’s manufactured.

However, going for composite shakes means an easier installation, which could get you discounts on labor costs.

Here’s what you could expect to pay for wood shake/cedar:

  • Cedar shingles: $200 – $375
  • Cedar wood shakes: $300 – $700
  • Composite shakes: $400 – $900

Tile Roof

Tile roofs are great options for a long-lasting roof with superb protection against the elements. Plus, it’s more affordable and easier to install than most metal roof options.

Expect to pay:

  • Concrete tile roof cost: $300 – $500
  • Clay tile roof cost: $300 – $110
  • Terracotta tile roof cost: $40 – $130
  • Solar roof cost: $100 – $250
  • Slate roof cost: $60 – $160


Additional Roofing Costs

Aside from the main roofing materials, homeowners looking to get a new roof should also consider the additional costs of the following:

  • Underlayment: $0.10 – $0.80 per square foot
  • Decking: $0.30 – $2.60 per square foot
  • Nails/fasteners: $0.03 – $0.40 per square foot
  • Truss/rafters: $60 – $700 per truss
  • Flashing: $1.00 – $2.00 per linear foot
  • Ridge vent: $2.00 – $3.00 per linear foot
  • Drip edge: $0.50 – $1.00 per linear foot

These materials are essential for adding an important layer of protection between your roofing materials and your roof decking. Note: this is only the cost of materials. Labor isn’t included.

Planning for a New Roof

Installing a new roof should account for a large chunk of your remodeling budget. A new roof installation can cost around $10,000 – $20,00 for an average-sized home.

Here’s a breakdown of what you’re going to pay for:

  • Inspection costs
  • Roofing materials
  • Demolition and Dumping fees
  • Installation/Labor fees

Several factors should be considered when looking at the cost of a roof installation. Contacting local, experienced, and vetted professionals is always recommended if you plan on remodeling or installing a new roof.

That’s where Dynamic Home Remodeling comes in! Get a free roof estimate today!

Phil DiMarco

Phil DiMarco - Owner​

Phil has worked in all facets of exterior renovations over the past 20 years from Labor and installation to Sales and project management. His knowledge includes Shingles and Flat roofing systems, Vinyl, wood and fiber cement siding. And many popular brands of windows and doors. He will give honest feedback on all of your exterior renovation questions.

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