How much does an asphalt shingle roof cost?
How much does an asphalt shingle roof cost?
$3 – $5 cost per square foot installed
$5,700 – $12,000 average cost to install asphalt shingles
Asphalt shingle roof cost
An asphalt shingle roof costs $3 to $5 per square foot installed or $5,700 to $12,000 on average. Asphalt shingle prices are $1 to $2 per square foot for materials, plus $2 to $3 per square foot for installation labor. Asphalt roof replacement costs depend on the shingle style, brand, and quality, and roof size.
|Roof square footage||Average cost installed|
|1,000||$3,000 – $5,000|
|1,200||$3,600 – $6,000|
|1,500||$4,500 – $7,500|
|1,700||$5,100 – $8,500|
|2,000||$6,000 – $10,000|
|2,500||$7,500 – $12,500|
|3,000||$9,000 – $15,000|
|3,500||$10,500 – $17,500|
Asphalt shingles are also called composition or fiberglass shingles.
Contractors’ charge by the square for roof installation or replacement. One square is equal to 100 square feet.
Asphalt shingle roof cost calculator
The following table shows the average cost to replace an asphalt shingle roof for an average 1,800 to 2,500 SF house.
|National average cost||$8,800|
|Average range||$5,700 to $12,000|
*Cost data is from research and project costs reported by HomeGuide members.
Asphalt shingles prices per square
Asphalt shingle prices are $80 to $280 per square for materials or $200 to $700 per square installed, depending on the style. Manufacturers sell shingles by the bundle. A bundle of shingles costs $27 to $45 on average and covers 32 to 33 square feet.
|Type||Materials cost per square*||Installed cost per square||Warranty (years)||Lifespan (years)|
|3-tab||$80 – $130||$200 – $500||25 – 30||15 – 20|
|Architectural / dimensional||$100 – $250||$400 – $600||30 – 50||20 – 30|
|Luxury / premium||$150 – $280||$500 – $700||40 – 50 or Lifetime||25 – 40|
*Not including installation.
3-tab shingles cost $200 to $500 per square installed and overlap at the tabs to create a flat, uniform look. 3-tab shingles are less durable and can only handle winds up to 60 mph.
Architectural shingles cost $400 to $600 per square installed and feature multiple layers to create a three-dimensional look. Architectural shingles are thicker, last longer, and can withstand wind gusts of up to 130 mph.
Composite shingles cost $700 to $1,400 per square installed and are made from a mix of synthetic materials like recycled plastic or rubber. Composite shingles should not be confused with asphalt composition shingles, which contain multiple layers of asphalt and fiberglass.
Asphalt shingle prices by brand
Asphalt shingles prices are $80 to $200 per square from popular brands like GAF, CertainTeed, and Owens Corning. Roofing shingles are available through licensed contractors or for purchase at home improvement stores.
|Brand||Price per bundle*||Price per square*|
|GAF||$30 – $54||$90 – $160|
|CertainTeed||$30 – $57||$90 – $170|
|Owens Corning||$27 – $50||$80 – $150|
|Tamko||$27 – $33||$80 – $100|
|IKO||$27 – $33||$80 – $100|
|Malarkey||$27 – $65||$80 – $200|
*Not including installation.
Cost to install asphalt shingles
The cost to install an asphalt shingle roof is $5,700 to $12,000 for an average 1,800 to 2,500 SF roof. In comparison, roof replacement costs as little as $3,200 for rolled roofing or as much as $70,000+ for premium materials like natural slate or copper.
Asphalt roof cost per square foot
An asphalt shingle roof costs $3 to $5 per square foot with installation, depending on the shingle style, brand, and quality. The labor cost to install asphalt shingles is $2 to $3 per square foot, making up approximately 60% to 70% of the total project cost.
|Factor||Cost per square foot|
|Materials and supplies||$1 – $2|
|Labor||$2 – $3|
|Total installation cost||$3 – $5|
New asphalt roof cost by warranty
Asphalt shingle roofs typically come with a 25-year, 30-year, 50-year, or Limited Lifetime warranty. Lifetime and 50-year shingles cost 10% to 20% more than 30-year shingles but are more durable and have an algae-resistant coating.
Roof shingle warranties only cover manufacturer defects that cause premature deterioration. Warranties do not cover damage or normal wear and tear.
Most warranties cover replacement material costs but not roofing labor costs.
An asphalt shingle roof's lifespan is typically less than the warranty length except in mild climates.
Costs to replace an asphalt shingle roof
The following factors affect the cost to replace an asphalt shingle roof:
Labor – Roofers charge $30 to $80 per hour for asphalt shingle roof replacement.
Roof size and shape – Multiple stories, skylights, dormers, chimneys, and complex roof shapes increase the cost.
Roof slope and pitch – Asphalt shingles are suitable for roofs with a pitch of 4:12 or steeper. Installation costs more for roofs with steep pitches due to the extra safety precautions required.
Shingle type, style, and weight – Architectural/dimensional shingles cost more than standard 3-tab shingles but are thicker and more durable.
Brand – Premium shingles from brands like GAF and CertainTeed cost more but last longer.
Climate – Algae- and fungus-resistant shingles typically cost 5% to 15% more but are ideal for homes in climates with high humidity or heavy rainfall.
High-wind regions – Standard 3-tab shingles are rated to withstand up to 60 mph winds, while architectural shingles can withstand up to 130 mph.
Roof over / reroofing – Installing new shingles on top of the old shingles saves on removal costs but reduces the roof's lifespan. Most cities limit roofs to a maximum of two shingle layers.
Underlayment – Roofing underlayment replacement costs $75 to $400 per square, depending on if it is felt or synthetic. Roof replacement estimates typically include new underlayment.
Flashing – Roof flashing is a thin piece of sheet metal installed in areas prone to leaks, such as roof valleys, chimneys, and intersections between two perpendicular roof surfaces. Most installers include new flashing in the estimate.
Rafters or trusses – Roof truss replacement costs $5 to $14 per square foot. Roof replacement may require additional rafters or trusses, depending on the roof's condition and the new roofing material's weight.
Roof decking / sheathing – Replacing the roof decking costs $2 to $5 per square foot and may be required if the existing decking is weak or damaged.
Roof repairs – Minor roof repairs cost $150 to $400 to patch small leaks, while structural repairs to fix a sagging roof cost $1,000 to $3,000.
Pipe boots / Ventilation – Installing a roof vent costs $200 to $700.
Soffits and fascia replacement – Fascia & soffit installation costs $5 to $12 per linear foot, while soffit replacement costs $4 to $22 per linear foot.
Gutter installation/replacement – Installing new gutters costs $5 to $15 per linear foot, while gutter replacement costs $6 to $17 per linear foot.
Drip edge – Adding a drip edge costs $1.50 to $3.00 per linear foot and protects the roof edges.
Permits – Roof replacement permits cost $100 to $500, depending on location.
Faux slate or wood roof – Fiberglass shingles can mimic the look of slate tile or wood shakes. In comparison, slate roof installation costs $1,000 to $3,000 per square, while wood shake roof installation costs $700 to $1,500 per square.
Cost to remove asphalt shingles
The cost to remove asphalt shingles is $1 to $3 per square foot, depending on the number of layers. Shingling over the existing roof reduces installation costs but adds weight, shortens the roof's lifespan, and prevents contractors from inspecting the roof deck for damage before installation.
Frequently asked questions
What are asphalt shingles?
Asphalt shingles feature a base mat of woven fiberglass sealed with an asphalt coating and topped with a layer of ceramic granules to add texture, color, and protection from UV rays. Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material in the U.S. due to their durability and versatility.
Organic asphalt shingles containing a felt base mat instead of fiberglass were discontinued in 2008.
How much does it cost to replace a roof on a 900-square-foot house?
A new roof for a 900-square-foot house costs $3,500 to $5,500, depending on the asphalt shingle style, brand, and quality.
Can you install asphalt shingles in cold weather?
You can install asphalt shingles in cold weather if you take precautions to protect them from damage. Asphalt shingles may become brittle and more prone to crack in temperatures below 40° F. Contractors typically store the shingles in a warm place until immediately before installation.
Installing asphalt shingles in cold weather may require hand-sealing because the self-sealant glue strip only activates with the sun's warmth.
How long does an asphalt roof last?
An asphalt roof lasts 15 to 30 years with proper maintenance. Asphalt shingles require replacing more often in areas with warmer climates or extreme temperature changes.
Roof cleaning services cost $250 to $600. Get the roof cleaned every 1 to 3 years to extend its lifespan.
Getting estimates from asphalt shingle roof installers
Before hiring a roofing companies near you, be sure to:
Get at least three in-person estimates to compare.
Choose an installer certified by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).
Confirm the roofing contractor has experience installing asphalt shingle roofs.
Look at their reviews on HomeGuide and Google.
Choose licensed, insured, and bonded companies with 5+ years of experience.
Get a detailed written estimate, contract, and warranty before work begins.
Avoid companies with the cheapest quotes as quality may suffer.
Don’t pay in full upfront. Follow a payment plan instead.
Questions to ask
How long have you been in business?
Are you licensed, insured, and bonded?
How many asphalt shingle roofs have you installed in the past year?
Can you provide references from past work?
Are you NCRA-certified?
Do you have any shingle manufacturer certifications?
Do you provide a free estimate?
Which brand of shingles do you recommend, and why?
Does the estimate include tearing off the old roof?
How long will the project take?
What will you do in the event of unexpected bad weather?
How will you access my roof? What safety precautions will you take?
Will you obtain any necessary permits?
How long is the warranty, and what does it include?