Roof Installation Cost

Roof installation cost varies based on several factors, the material being the main pricing component. The general range is $2 to $8 per square foot. Shingles are tyically the least expensive and slate and metal some of the most expensive.

Roof Installation Cost Basics

Price Range: $2 – $8 per square foot for installation

Generally, the removal or tear off of existing roofing will account for $2 per square foot of the install price. Nearly a third of the install price is the worker’s compensation insurance. The rest is the labor cost and profit for the company itself. Complicated layout patterns will add 10% to the price and any structural work should as reinforcing the roofing frame will add to the cost as well. It is important for the existing sheathing to be in decent shape (no delamination issues or in poor condition). If sections are in a state of disrepair, they must be replaced or repaired prior to the new roofing install to insure that no moisture or water is able to get underneath and cause serious problems.


Roof Installation Cost

Asphalt Shingles: $2.00 – $4.00 psf

Homeowners should expect the asphalt shingle installation to range from $2.00 – $4.00 per sq. ft. These are relatively easy to install and many times new shingles can be installed over the existing shingles. Pricing varies by roof size and slope, asphalt thickness, install pattern and tear off.
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Roof Installation Cost On Clay Tiles

Install Price: $2.50 to $5.00 psf

Clay tile installation will range from $2.50 – $5.00 per sq. ft. This is equal to $250 to $500 each square. The pricing will be more expensive with the following conditions; the smaller project (higher psf charge), the steeper the roof (more labor intensive and difficult), an intricate or custom install tile pattern and extensive removal requirements for existing materials.

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Roof Installation Cost On Metal Roofs

Install Prices: $3.00 to $8.00 psf

Expect installation to run a large gamut that typically will range from $3.00 – $8.00 psf. Pricing is higher for slate and metal roofs due to their difficulty, the experience of roofing contractors that perform the work and certainly worker’s compensation.

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