Getting the news that you need a roof replacement can leave you frustrated. After all, roof replacements are costly and can derail your budget.
Buying a new roof includes a lot of decisions that can affect the end price – including roofing materials.
While asphalt roofs are the most popular option, other roofing materials may fit into your budget.
Rescue My Roof has been a leading educator in the roofing industry for over a decade. We’re here to talk about the burning questions other roofing companies don’t want to address – including roof prices.
In this article, we will cover the pricing of different roofing materials. In the end, you’ll be able to make the best material decision for your budget.
Roofing Prices Based on Material
The national average for a roof replacement is approximately $8,000. However, it can range anywhere from $5,500 to $20,000.
When you break this cost down by square footage, you’ll find that many companies will charge around $3.50 – $5.00 per square ft. However, these prices can vary widely depending on many factors like the complexity of your roof, labor, and materials.
Here’s how roofing materials will impact the price of your roof replacement:
The Cost of Asphalt Shingles
If you go with the traditional asphalt shingles (which are available in three styles), you can save a bit on material costs.
As asphalt shingles are most popular for new roofs, here is the breakdown of the prices for 3-Tab, Dimensional, and Luxury asphalt shingles:
3-tab shingles: $1-2 per sq. ft.
3-tab shingles look deceptive, where each shingle looks like three shingles in one. The shingles lay flat and add dimension to your roof. They are also the most susceptible to weather damage and are less long-lasting as their counterparts.
If you are looking for a simple roof upgrade with a little cost, these are the shingles for you.
Dimensional shingles: $2-4 per sq. ft.
Dimensional shingles are a bit more expensive, but they will add a higher-end, modern look to your home.
Because these shingles are thicker and more durable, they are less susceptible to storm damage. If you live in an area where the climate may be a problem or want more curb appeal and are willing to shell out the money- these could be for you.
Luxury shingles: $4-5 per sq. ft.
Luxury shingles are pricey. Many people only consider these a good fit if they live in an extremely expensive area.
While there are benefits to choosing these shingles, as they are long-lasting and durable, the price makes most people shy away.
Metal Roof Pricing
Rescue My Roof does not currently handle metal roofing projects, but you need to have a complete list of available options when looking into the price estimation for your next roof.
A roof with metal shingles is estimated to cost from $9,545- $43,819. This price range you see is influenced by the type of metal roofing you choose.
Broken down by square footage, the price for metal shingles ranges from $10-$25. With such a wide price range and selection of materials, you’ll want to consider all your roof shingle options.
Cedar Shake Roof Cost
Cedar shake is a pretty popular shingle in the U.S. The shingles are made from split logs and give that perfect rustic feel to your home.
Lumber has become a hot commodity in recent years, and prices continue to rise. Due to demand, cedar shake shingles have also become more expensive.
The average for cedar shake shingles ranges from $8.50 per square ft. to $14.50 per square ft. While the shingles are beautiful, the price may be less than worth it.
Slate Roof Prices
You often see slate roofs more prevalent in warmer climates like Arizona or California. They are resistant to fire and can withstand hot temperatures.
They are also lower in price than other premium shingles. The average cost to install a slate roof ranges from $11,000 to $24,000.
Breaking it down by square ft., you can expect to pay $9-$16 per square foot.
Clay Roofing Cost
Clay is also another popular choice for warm climates as it is heat resistant. They also price a more textured look to your roof due to the thickness of the shingles.
Clay shingles come in mission style, interlocking style, French style, and Spanish style, but the price ranges for each fall within $10-18 per square foot.
Find A Certified Roofing Contractor
A new roof can be costly, but depending on your chosen material, you can minimize the material’s impact on your budget.
Once you’ve chosen your material, the next step is finding a contractor certified to install that specific roofing system.
Learn how to find a roofing contractor with “9 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Roofing Contractor.” You can also download our Buyer’s Guide.
If you’re looking for a certified asphalt roofing contractor in Southeastern Wisconsin, Rescue My Roof is here to help.
Get a free roofing estimate by contacting us today.