Estimating roofing shingles installation cost


How much does it cost to install roofing shingles?

Cost of roof shingles installation will depend on number of factors and total expenses primary determined by shingles prices per square and labor cost to complete the work. While calculating gross expenditures for replacing or installing roof shingles number of additional factors should be taken into account. A roofing contractor will calculate the cost after roof inspection, getting detailed measurements and analyzing work complexity. Itemized estimate will reflect all charges and fees associated with the installation, but materials cost will be added as a separate expense.

Calculating roofing shingles installation cost

Roofing shingles prices comparison materials-prices

There are different roofing materials from wood to cooper can be produced in the form of shingles and defined as wood shingles copper shingles or slate shingles, but only asphalt shingles from traditional fiberglass to laminated architectural is what commonly known as roofing shingles.

Asphalt shingles is one of the cheapest roofing materials available on the market. Even though they have lower lifespan and much more susceptible to damages by strong wind or hail compare to slate, metal, and clay tile roofing, but affordability makes asphalt shingles very attractive option for many homeowners.

Three-tab asphalt fiberglass shingles is a least expensive solution. Dimensional laminate shingles typically sold at 7% - 10% higher price per square but because of higher life-expectancy and better wind and hail resistance purchasing such product will normally paid off in the long term.

While installing shingles always count additional essential materials which have to be purchased for completing the project including roof flashing, underlayment or felt paper, roofing vents and 1 1/4" – 1 3/4" long electro-galvanized roofing nails.

Determining labor cost for roofing shingles installation labor-cost

Cost of man power will depend on a roof pitch, design and overall work complexity. Installation of shingles on a simple gable roof with 4/12 pitch will be estimated at lower labor cost per square comparing to installing same roofing materials on a cross hipped 10/12 or steeper roof with multiple dormers or skylights.

On a new construction extra fees are not common, but while installing shingles on existing roof preparation work is very typical. Replacing rotten wood or tearing off old roofing materials will be calculated as extra charges.

Shopping for new asphalt shingles shopping

Decent selection of roofing shingles is available at bigger local home improvement retailers in variety of colors and styles. Most architectural asphalt shingles sold in bundles which typically contain 21 – 22 shingles for covering about 33 square feet of roof. Very often bigger purchases are subjects to certain discounts. While shopping for a new roofing shingles always check manufacturer’s warranty. It is always a good idea to consult about particular product with a local roofing contractor who can recommend which shingles are better to choose according to the roof design, building codes and climate zone.

Estimating installation time estimating-time

Difficulty of work and size of a project along with labor availability will define the time required to complete the work. With good organization roofing company should be able to complete 35 - 40 squares of asphalt shingles installation on a two story 1,800 – 2,100 sq ft house with a medium slope roof in one day. Exact number of man-hours cannot be estimated with high accuracy before analyzing all the details.

Work complexity work-complexity

Compare to natural or synthetic slate, wood shakes, copper or concrete tile asphalt shingles is one of the simplest roofing materials to work with. But proper installation is essentially important. Very low percent of homeowners are able to manage installation of fiberglass or laminate asphalt shingles as a do it yourself project. Improperly installed roofing shingles will cause leaking and damaging not only home interior, but the whole structure of a house. For such reason it is always better to hire professional roofers who will ensure work quality and adequate roof performance.