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How much do roofers charge per square foot?

Jul 11

One of the most common questions people ask about a new roof is how much does it cost. On average, most roofers will charge between $3.50 and $5.50 per square foot for new roofing or $350 to $550 per square, which is 100 square feet for a traditional asphalt shingle roof.

The cost of a new residential roof, however, varies wildly depending on the material used and where you live.

Here are some things to consider when comparing prices. Where in the US do roofs cost the most? And how do you pick a trustworthy roofer? Read on to find out.

What is the cost of a new residential roof?

Roofing companies calculate the price of a new roof based on the square footage of the property when calculating cost for the installation of a new roof. One square equals 100 square feet.

Depending on the materials used and the size of the roof, a basic roof can cost from $6,750 to $11,000 for a roof area of about 2,000 square feet. Thirty-year architectural shingles are usually priced between $4.50 and $5.00 per square foot when installed by a professional.

The exact cost of a roof replacement can vary greatly, depending on the type of materials, complexity of the roof, company chosen, location, and negotiating skills.

Where in the USA are roofs most expensive?

Depending on the type of roof and its location, roofing costs can vary by 18%. For example, a 1,650 square foot, five-pitch ranch house can cost $1,200 for a new roof. This project will include GAF Timberline shingles, all manufacturer-required accessories, and chimney flashing with lead.

The most expensive states for new roofs are located in the Pacific and West Coast regions. Roofing costs in these areas are 18% higher than in the national average.

Asphalt roofing is the most popular type of roof in North America. Asphalt shingles cost about six cents per square foot. They are cheap to install and last for about 20 years and sometimes longer.

What roof materials cost the most?

As already stated, prices can go up or down depending on what material you choose. Slate roofs are one of the most expensive types of roofs, but they have a long lifespan - up to 150 years. Slate shingles are fireproof and almost indestructible. However, you should be very careful when installing slate roofs, as the tiles can crack if you aren't cautious.

While asphalt shingles are the most popular option, other types are available as well, including metal clay, slate, and wood shingles. Most of these materials can come in a variety of colors, thicknesses, and other properties, which further sways costs.

How to choose a trustworthy roofer

The first step in hiring a roofer is assessing the contract. A reliable roofer will state in the contract all the necessary information and abide by the building department and state guidelines. Check the business' contact information and confirm that they are licensed, bonded, and insured.

Another important factor is the reputation of the company. A reliable roofer will have a website, as well as previous projects and a portfolio.

Another important aspect to consider when choosing a roofer is testimonials. Asking for references is an easy way to find out if a contractor is reliable and up to the task. Some roofers even provide video testimonials from satisfied clients. 

One of the best tips in hiring a roofer, is talking with three or four contractors to get an idea of their professionalism and pricing. In case you are not satisfied with the first estimate, you should seek a second opinion.