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Cost to repair a roof

All prices and remodeling costs revised and updated for 2014

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How much does it cost to repair a roof?

Roof replacement prices

Accurate estimate for eliminating leaks or partial repair can be issued only after roof inspection. There are no averages or typical charges exist for fixing problems on existing roof except per hour rate determined by a roofer.

Complete replacement of roof covering materials can be calculated based on roof pitch, size and overall work complexity. Cost for standard sloped roof replacement varies from $215 to $930 per square. But customization and complex work performance might result in significant price increase.

Summary of roof replacement prices

Roof replacement costs comparison chart
Type of roof
Average cost for replacement1
Difference in cost2
Asphalt shingles
$280 / Sq.
100%
Wood shingles and shakes roof
$380 / Sq.
+ 36 %
Slate roof tiles
$565 / Sq.
+102 %
Metal sheets roof (standing seam)
$540 / Sq.
+ 93 %
Metal tiles roof
$640 / Sq.
+ 129 %
Concrete roof tiles
$930 / Sq.
+ 232 %
Flat roof
$190 / Sq.
- 32 %
Green roof3
$350 / Sq.
+ 25 %

1 Average cost of roof replacement estimated as a charge per square for demolishing, disposal and new roofing materials installation on a medium slope roof excluding materials expenses. All fees calculated for standard installation. If the roof has complex design cost of replacement will increase.

2 Difference in cost indicates average savings or how much more in percent equivalent you should expect to pay for certain type of roof replacement in comparison to asphalt shingles installation.

3 Cost to replace a green roof calculated as an average charge for labor to demolish existing and installation of new waterproof, drainage and 4” – 6” of soil media layers on a flat roof.

What are additional costs the roofing contractor will charge extra?

Partial roof repair which will include the local elimination of leak will be prices based on hourly rates. In this case expect to pay $45 - $55 per man-hour. Additional roofing prices for roof vent or skylight installation will be determined by the time spent and roof types. Usually expect to pay an extra $45 - $80 for vent installation on sloped roof and $35 - $60 on a flat roof. Cost to install skylight on a sloped roof will vary from $290 to $950 depending on skylight size and a roof pitch. On a flat roof the price will be $250 - $600 each. Tearing off and disposing an additional layer of roofing material will increase the total price for demolishing at 25% - 35%.

Roof replacement cost breakdown

Asphalt shingles
Low slope roof
Medium slope roof
High slope roof
Average prices
Tear off old roof asphalt shingles (including disposal)
$105 - $125 / Sq.
$115 - $135 / Sq.
$125 - $145 / Sq.
$125 / Sq.
New asphalt shingles roof installation
$110 - $140 / Sq.
$140 - $170 / Sq.
$170 - $200 / Sq.
$155 / Sq.
Wood shingles and shakes
Tear off old roof wood shingles and shakes(including disposal)
$140 - $160 / Sq.
$160 - $180 / Sq.
$180 - $200 / Sq.
$160 / Sq.
New wood shingles and shakes roof installation
$190 - $210 / Sq.
$210 - $230 / Sq.
$230 - $250 / Sq.
$220 / Sq.
Slate roof tiles
Tear off old slate roof tiles (including disposal)
$200 - $220 / Sq.
$220 - $240 / Sq.
$240 - $260 / Sq.
$230 / Sq.
New slate roof tiles installation
$290 - $320 / Sq.
$320 - $350 / Sq.
$350 - $380 / Sq.
$335 / Sq.
Metal sheets roof
Tear off old metal sheets roof tiles (including disposal)
$180 - $210 / Sq.
$210 - $240 / Sq.
$240 - $270 / Sq.
$225 / Sq.
New metal sheets roof installation
$270 - $300 / Sq.
$300 - $330 / Sq.
$330 - $360 / Sq.
$315 / Sq.
Metal tiles roof
Tear off old metal tiles roof (including disposal)
$200 - $240 / Sq.
$240 - $280 / Sq.
$280 - $320 / Sq.
$260 / Sq.
New metal tiles roof installation
$320 - $360 / Sq.
$360 - $400 / Sq.
$400 - $440 / Sq.
$380 / Sq.
Concrete roof tiles
Tear off old concrete roof tiles (including disposal)
$330 - $380 / Sq.
$380 - $430 / Sq.
$430 - $480 / Sq.
$405 / Sq.
New concrete tiles roof installation
$450 - $500 / Sq.
$500 - $550 / Sq.
$550 - $600 / Sq.
$525 / Sq.
Additional charges associated with roof replacement
Plywood replacement (including disposal)
$220 / Sq.
$260 / Sq.
$300 / Sq.
$260 / Sq.

All the prices and costs of roof repair and replacement are in square (Sq.) that equals to 100 square feet (Sq. Ft.)

What is included in the prices to repair a roof?

The costs in the chart are for labor to replace a roof. All necessary materials as well as roofing products itself will be added as additional expenses to the overall cost of roof replacement. In the chart of roof repair costs separate price indicates what you should expect to pay for sloped (pitch higher than 1/12) roof replacement depending on the type of roofing materials for basic work complexity.

The numbers in the chart are approximate prices for roofing and you should expect to get the itemized estimate to repair a roof only after detailed roof inspection by a roofing company. In many cases, due to work complications the cost of replacement will rise.

You can easily compare the cost of roof installation using specific roofing products based on estimates provided by a few roofing contractors but always remember – roof replacement is the one of home repair project you don’t want to go for cheap and try to cut the cost on labor.

What is the cost to repair a flat roof?

There are a few types of flat roofing materials and the price of flat roof replacement will vary from $140 to $240 per square. Usually flat roofs are cheaper to repair and install in comparison with roofing materials installation on a sloped roof, but all preparation as well as fixing a roof structure will increase labor cost for roof repair as well.

Does the cost to install gutters included in the total price to install a new roof?

Gutters and downspouts installation is a separate task and a roofer will charge an additional fee for that. But if gutters and downspouts in poor condition it is better and cheaper to do during the roof installation.

How much did you pay for roof repair or replacement?

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* The numbers are a general idea what expect to pay for a particular remodeling project. The data was analyzed based on hundreds of home improvement projects, but on the national scale it is NOT enough to say the accuracy is high. Exact labor cost will be estimated only after contractor or installer inspects the area.