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Asphalt Shingles Cost

Installing asphalt shingles costs about $8,559 on average. Homeowners typically pay between $5,689 and $11,795, depending on the size of their roof. Costs also vary based on the type of shingle material; organic mat based shingles, for example, are less than fiberglass ones.

Asphalt shingles last from 15 to 30 years, with homes in warm areas needing roofing replacement sooner than homes in cooler climates. They are available in two varieties — fiberglass and organic — and come in two different types: three-tab shingles and architectural shingles.

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Typical Range $5,689 - $11,795
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Asphalt Shingles Pricing

Asphalt shingles themselves usually cost between $1 and $1.20 per square foot, not including installation. A bundle of shingles covers about 32 to 33 square feet and ranges from $30 to $60.

Asphalt Roof Costs by Brand

TypeAverage Price Per SquareNotes
Owens Corning Three-Tab$100 - $200
  • Available in many colors: standard grey, black, tan, Spanish red and green.
IKO$200 - $400
  • Environmentally resistant, increased protection against wind, algae growth and hail.
GAF Lifetime Timberline Shingles$100 - $200
  • Installed with Dura Grip for added wind protection.
  • Colors vary by location.

Composite Roofing

On average, installing composite roofing costs $22,060. Depending on the type and size of the roof, costs typically range from $10,100 to $41,850.

Composite shingles and asphalt shingles are often referred to as the same thing, but they are actually different. Asphalt has two layers: a paper or fiberglass mat, then asphalt on top. Composite comes from many different materials, such as wood and laminate.

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Cost to Install Asphalt Shingles

Installing asphalt shingles costs $8,559 for an average-sized roof. Labor costs make up about 70% of the total project price.

Expect to pay more if you need to take down an existing roof. On average, the cost to replace a roof is $7,930. You might want to consider hiring a roof inspector; they’ll tell you the condition of your roof and determine whether repairs or a full replacement is best. Hiring a roof inspector costs between $120 and $300.

Cost of One Square of Asphalt Roof Shingles

One square of asphalt roof shingles covers 100 square feet and ranges in price from $80 to $550 per square (including installation). Prices depend on the type of shingles you choose; three-tab is the least expensive and architectural costs the most.

Cost of Asphalt Shingles Per Square Foot

Most homeowners pay between $3.50 and $5.50 per square foot for asphalt shingle installation. Costs can be as low as $0.80 per square foot for very basic materials.

Cost to Remove Asphalt Shingles

Removing asphalt typically costs between $3 and $5 per square foot. One benefit of asphalt shingles is that they can go directly on top of your old shingles provided the roof deck is in good condition.

If the roof deck is in bad shape, you have two or more shingle layers, or if your current roof is shake-shingled, roofers will need to remove all the old materials and roofing. Ask a roofing specialist near you to include this step in the estimate so you aren't surprised by the added cost later on.

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Cost of a New Asphalt Shingle Roof

A new asphalt shingle roof costs anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 or more, but usually costs most homeowners $7,410. Prices depend on the type of shingles you go with.

Cost to Shingle a Roof by Type

TypeAverage Price Per Square (with installation)Notes
Three-tab$270 - $340
  • Distinguished by cutouts (tabs) made along their long lower edge, giving the effect of three separate pieces.
  • Have been around for a long time and are still the most economical and most popular shingle today.
Architectural$300 - $1,500+
  • No cutouts.
  • Lower portions have an additional asphalt layer for a contoured, dimensional look.
Energy efficient$400+
  • Offered by Owens Corning™, ENERGY STAR®️ rated.
  • Keeps the house cooler and lowers energy bills, works best in warm climates.

Asphalt Roofing Cost Factors

There are several cost factors to keep in mind when installing asphalt roofing:

  • Removal/Disposal of Old Roof: $3-$5 per square foot. Costs can increase depending on location and the difficulty of the removal process.
  • Roof Rafters or Trusses: $1,000-$10,000. Roof rafters or trusses need to support the roof; damaged trusses will need replacing.
  • Shingle Styles. Asphalt shingles can mimic the look of different materials, such as slate, wood shakes or tile, and they come in a wide variety of colors.
  • Algae and Fungus: extra 10%-15% of materials budget. You might want to consider algae-resistant shingles if you live in a location with high humidity or precipitation.
  • Weight. Thicker shingles last longer, meaning they’ll cost you more up front.
  • Steep Pitch. A house with a steep pitch increases the physical risk for anyone installing asphalt shingles on the roof (thus increasing the price as well).

DIY Asphalt Shingle Installation vs. Hiring a Professional

While it costs more to hire a roofing company, the benefits are priceless. You eliminate personal risk by hiring a roofer (a professional is experienced and comes equipped with any necessary harnesses or other materials to perform the job).

Hiring a pro also means you get warranty protection, not to mention expertise that ensures a long-lasting roof. Call a roofing contractor for a quote.

FAQs

How do you install asphalt shingles?

A professional roofer will examine the pitch and overall roof before getting started. They’ll check to see that the roof deck is in good shape and that the roof is secured to the roof trusses. Once you select your materials, the roofer will lay down the drip edge to protect from water damage.

Next, a roofer attaches an ice and water protector over the drip edge, followed by an underlayment for added protection. The roofer will complete valley flashing to prevent leaks before beginning to nail in the shingles.

How much does an asphalt fiberglass shingle roof cost?

Fiberglass shingles cost anywhere from $120 to $400 per square installed. For a basic 1,500 square foot roof, this would cost between $1,800 and $6,000.

What is the labor cost to install a shingle roof?

Labor makes up roughly 70% of the total costs. For a roof that costs $8,559, about $5,190 would go towards labor.

How much does it cost to replace an asphalt shingle roof?

Most homeowners pay between $5,350 and $10,700 to replace their asphalt shingle roof. Costs could be as low as $960 and as high as $45,000, depending on the roof size and type of shingle and/or design.

How much does it cost to replace a roof on a 900-square foot house?

Expect to pay anywhere between $3,500 and $5,500 to replace the roof on a 900-square foot house.

What are the benefits of asphalt shingles?

Asphalt shingles are durable and often the most economical. Depending on where you live, you can expect your asphalt shingle roof to last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Of all the shingle materials, asphalt shingles are also the easiest to install.

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