WHY DOES REPLACING MY ROOF COST SO MUCH?
Learn the TRUE cost of your Roof Replacement
The cost of a new roof is pretty expensive...We get it! If you factor in shingles, nails, felt, any damage to the wood framing and add in actual labor, a new roof can scare the bravest of us away. So let's do a rundown of what you're paying for and why.
Depending on where you live, the cost of replacing a shingle roof may vary from the National average. But based on the National average, the average homeowner could spend about $7,729 to install a new roof, and most spend within a range of $5,213 and $10,259. In the Metro Atlanta area, the average roof replacement is $6,769, with a range of $5,011 and $8,810... a high end cost could be up to $17,600.
Although a Roof Replacement in Metro Atlanta costs an average of $6,769, with most homeowners spending between $5,011 and $8,810, there are other factors that could cause this price to vary. These factors include:
Size (or square footage of the roof)
The Pitch (the incline of the roof)
Products and Supplies (brand of shingles & protective elements)
Skylights, chimneys, plumbing pipes or other features that your roofer may have to cut around and treat so water doesn't penetrate them
When you request an estimate, note that you are going to receive a quote based on a "per square" calculation.
THE FORMULA: 100 Square Feet = 1 Roofing Square
This cost per Roofing Square rate includes:
The price of the shingles
Any protective elements (if you live in cold or hot climates)
Removal of Waste
Roofing materials alone cost anywhere from $100 per square to $1,000 per square, depending on the type you choose. According to the United States Census, the average home size is 2,200 square feet and two stories. Remember our formula... 2,200 square feet = 22 Roofing Squares, which, if you're replacing your roof with 3-tab asphalt shingles, the shingles alone could cost about $2,500.
Tear Off & Replace Your Roof
The removal of an old roof can cost $1 to $5 per square foot. So based on our average home size, the cost to tear off can start at $1,000 to $1,500. Also, if you have rotting decking or need new supports for a heavier material, you can expect to pay an extra $1,000 to $10,000, depending on what sort of repair or reinforcement is required.
Most often, your Roofing Specialist will factor removal into the project quote alongside the Roof Replacement. Note that the rate
fluctuates based on material, location, complexity and workload. Removing the old shingles is the hardest part of the job no matter if you're a contractor or if you plan to DIY it. While doing it yourself can save about $1,000, a Roofing Specialist can do the job safely and efficiently.
Labor for Roof Replacement ranges from $150 to $300 per square or $1.50 to $3 per square
foot, depending on factors like the product you’re installing and the conditions of the structure.