How much does it cost to replace an asphalt shingled roof?

Answered by Jeffrey Anderson ~ April 10, 2012 ~ Comments

My 1200 sq.ft. home needs a new roof. How much might it cost to hire a contractor to tear off the old shingles and install new asphalt shingles? Thank you.

Jeffrey Anderson

Unfortunately, pricing a roof replacement isn't quite as simple as knowing the square footage of the home and the type of roofing materials you plan on having installed -- although, that information may be able to get you a very approximate cost. However, there are quite a few variables that can affect the total job cost and many of them can make the price go higher. Just a few that roofing contractors often figure into their estimates are the pitch of the roof, accessibility to the home, the quality of the asphalt shingles, and how high the roof is off the ground. Whether the roof can be stocked by a boom truck or the shingles must be manually stocked can also be a big factor in your roofing costs.

The best method for determining the potential roofing costs involved with your roof replacement is to meet with several reputable contractors and get estimates for your project. You should choose a particular manufacturer and style and weight of asphalt shingles so that all of the contractors are pricing the same materials. If they do a job-site visit and price the same roofing materials, you can be fairly confident that the lowest price is actually the lowest price instead of one of the job variables being missed or lesser quality shingles being priced for the job by one of the contractors.

You should also ensure that all of your estimates include the roof prep work required before the shingles are installed and cleanup when the job is complete. A very rough price for your roof replacement that can be used for budgeting purposes would be about $800 to have the old roofing taken off and about $2,200 for the new installation. As I mentioned, these figures are very approximate and can be affected by the job-site variables, the asphalt shingles you choose, and labor rates in your area.

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