How much will it cost to replace a shingle roof?

Answered by Brett ~ June 27, 2010 ~ Comments

My roof is about 2500 square feet. How much will it cost to replace a shingle roof per square feet? I know there are a lot of factors in this. I just need a cost range. Thanks!

Thomas K. ~ Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Brett Kulina

Thomas, I estimate that it could cost between $10,000 and $15,000 to replace a 2,500 square foot roof, which would be approximately $4-$6 a square foot. Obviously, the most accurate estimate for your roofing project may come from a roofing contractor who works in the Pittsfield area and has seen your house. I suggest that you gather a few estimates from local contractors and then compare their labor and material prices. You may also want to familiarize yourself with the needed materials and tasks which are required when replacing a roof, as this may help you make an apples-to-apples comparison with different estimates. Here are some potential costs when replacing roof shingles:

  • Removal of old roof shingles ($90 per square, which is a term used to represent 100 square feet)
  • Install new shingles ($115 per square)
  • Purchase new shingles ($80-$125 per square)
  • Roofing Felt ( $45 for a 4 square roll)
  • Ice and Water Shield ($55 for a 1 1/2 square roll)
  • Drip Edge ($6 for a 10 foot piece)
Keep in mind, that the material costs can go much higher for premium grade shingles, but these often come with longer warranty periods and will usually outlast the less expensive types of shingles. I always encourage homeowners to invest the needed money, because quality roofing shingles which are properly installed can last 40 to 50 years. Good luck with your project!

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