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Guide To Shingle Prices & Average Shingle Roofing Costs

National Average
$8,500
Low End
$3,600
High End
$120,000

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**Costs in grid above based on average size of 30 square of 3,000 square feet.

The average/middle price range to shingle a 3,000 square foot shake roof is between $5,000 and $12,000. Low cost for installation is around $3,600 and high cost is about $120,000. For a single square of roofing (100 sq. ft.), the average price is between $170 and $400.
A shingle is a piece of a roof cover. Shingles are installed in an overlapping fashion to provide complete protection for the plywood, vapor barrier and other materials beneath. This type of roofing is a traditional building material that has been used on residences for hundreds of years. This material is popular because it is effective, attractive and, to some extent, can be repaired in pieces without replacing an entire roof.
Installing shingles is a complex process that can require expert knowledge. As a result, hiring a pro is important for ensuring the job is done right.

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Shingles Prices Per Bundle/Square

Shingles are sold by the bundle and by the square, depending on the needs of the buyer. A square is equal to 100 square feet, and a bundle is around 1/3 of a square. Asphalt is the most common type in the United States. Asphalt costs on average between $100 and $150 per square. Higher end materials like slate may cost much more. For example, the average price per square for natural slate can be as high as $1,600.
Average Price of Shingles
TypePer SquarePer Bundle
Asphalt/Composition$100 - $150$30 - $50
3D/Dimensional$470$160
Cedar/Wood$470$160
Metal$500 - $1,800$170 - $600
Clay Tile$600 - $800$200 - $270
Natural Slate$800 - $1,600$270 - $530
Solar$2,200$730

Asphalt/Composition Architectural

Asphalt architectural shingles cost between $100 and $150 per square, $30 to $50 per bundle.
Asphalt is commonly referred to as composition. Architectural styles have a slightly more sculpted appearance and feature an extra layer of lamination that creates a contoured look. Architectural shingles are slightly more durable but may not be appropriate for shallow roofs because wind cannot flow through them as easily as 3 tab roofs. Asphalt lasts between 15 and 30 years, depending on the climate, material quality and other factors.

Asphalt/Composition 3 Tab

Around $100 per square; $30 per bundle.
Asphalt three tabs are very popular because of their low cost. These shingles feature three separate cut outs on the bottom half. When layered on top of one another, these three tabs create the appearance of being three separate pieces.

3D/Dimensional

Average of $470 per square, $160 per bundle.
3D or dimensional roofing is made from asphalt and fiberglass, like standard composition types. These shingles have a highly sculpted shape, similar to wood shakes, that sets them apart from standard 3 tab and architectural. Dimensional asphalt was developed in the 1970's in response to homeowners who wanted to buy high-end wood roofing that performed like asphalt.

Cedar/Wood Shake Shingles

About $470 per square, $160 per bundle.
This traditional material boasts rustic beauty and a long service life. Shingles made of white cedar and eastern white cedar are both popular. However, wood burns easily and must be maintained to avoid rot. Over time, shingles will develop cracks, grow algae and eventually, unmaintained roofs will deteriorate and develop leaks. To prevent this from happening, moss and algae must be cleaned off periodically, and wood preservative must be applied every 2-5 years depending on the type and brand of preservative.

Metal

Around $500 per panel, $170 per bundle.
This material is highly durable. Unusual metals like copper make for beautiful (albeit expensive) roofs. Some homeowners complain that metal is louder than some other types, but with extra insulation noise can be dampened. Metal comes in a variety of colors. Paint on metal may wear over time, but homeowners who repaint their roof can get additional life out of their old shingles. It's important to work with a contractor who has experience with residential projects, as there can be a big difference between residential and agricultural metal types.

Clay Tiles

Between $600 and $800 per square, $200 to $270 per bundle.
Clay is highly durable, fire-resistant and attractive. This type of building material weighs between 600 and 900 pounds per square (versus 250 pounds for asphalt roofs). Installation may require structural reinforcement for homes that haven't previously supported such a heavy material.

Slate

Between $800 and $1600 per square, $270 to $530 per bundle.
High quality, well-maintained slate can last for hundreds of years and has a distinctive, natural beauty. The coloring and durability of the slate is partly determined by the quality of the original stone.
Slate is very heavy, like clay, and cannot be installed on a home that has not been built or reinforced to support its weight. Slate is also relatively easy to repair one tile at a time, so homeowners who keep up with maintenance can extend its service life for a long time.

Solar

$2,200 per square, or $730 per bundle.
This technology resembles standard roofing material but performs like solar panels, generating power from the sun. This technology can be integrated into a roof that features standard asphalt shingles, so there is a mixture of both types on one surface. Since solar shingles were invented, the technology has greatly improved while the cost has dropped. As a result, this material is becoming a more realistic option for homeowners interested in renewable energy.
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Roof Shingles Calculator

Now that you’re aware of the price differences between shingle materials, you will need to determine the number of squares to purchase for your roof. To do this, measure the total square footage of your roof, and it’s pitch. To learn about measuring pitch and calculating the amount of shingles needed, use our Roof Shingle Estimator.

Warranties

It's typical for roofing materials to come with a manufacturer's warranty. These warranties vary by product, because the service life of each can vary. Fifty, 40, 30 and 20-year shingle warranties are all common, depending on the material. Warranties often come with the product and do not need to be purchased at an extra cost.
Product defects are somewhat rare, and product warranties typically do not cover the cost of installation, only the cost to replace the product. Workmanship problems are a common reason that new installations fail. Working with a contractor who warranties workmanship can help ensure that the roof is fully warrantied.

Calculating Prices Per Brand

There are a variety of shingle brands. Many of them can be purchased at your local home improvement centers, hardware stores or roofing supply companies.
Average Cost of Shingle By Brand
BrandPer SquarePer Bundle
Certainteed$200$70
Landmark$80 - $150$30 - $50
Tamko$200$70
Owens Corning$80 - $120$30 - $40
Timberline$80 - $120$30 - $40
GAF$80 - $120$30 - $40
Bitumen$270$70
Gambral$400$130

New Shingle Roof Installation Costs

Labor charges for installation can range between $30 and $80 per hour. Prices can vary depending on the level of the roofer's experience, area where the roof is being installed, its pitch, type of material, and quality of workmanship.
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Re-shingling & Replacement

In addition to the labor required to install new and remove old, other factors to consider when re-shingling include:
  • Rafter reinforcement or replacement - If the old rafters are rotted or simply not strong enough to support the weight of the new material, rafters may need to be reinforced or replaced. Cost: $1,000-$2,000 for a single rafter, about $10,000 for an entire house.
  • Pitch - A steeply pitched roof brings an extra level of risk and requires special safety equipment. This can increase the per hour charge and may require use of special materials that can increase the total price of the project.
  • Flashing - This is the protective liner installed around the base of objects that protrude from the roof (like the chimney and vents). Flashing can be made of metal or rubber and can rust or crack overtime. Often flashing must be replaced while a new roof is installed. Cost: $5 per square foot, or $10 to $20 per piece for vent-shaped flashing.
Hiring a pro for this job is important. Re-shingling is dangerous work for an untrained professional, and homeowners who re-shingle their own home put themselves at personal risk. In addition, many homeowners don't know the local codes or regulations to install new shingling. Hiring a pro will ensure that proper building codes are followed.

Removing Shingles

Before the new roof can be installed, the old one must be safely removed and hauled away. The hourly rate for removal may be the same as the installation costs. Although it's important to hire a professional, some homeowners choose to handle removal on their own to save money. Homeowners who need tips on this process may need to do research on how to safely remove the roofing and its price to prepare.

FAQ

How Many Shingles Do I Need to Cover a Roof?

The number of bundles or squares you need will depend on the surface area of your roof, and its pitch or slope. For example, a 2,000-square foot roof will require 20 squares or 60 bundles. A professional will likely purchase slightly more materials than necessary to ensure there is extra material if needed.
For an accurate account of the number of square you need, use our Roof Shingles Calculator.

Are Architectural Shingles Worth the Extra Cost?

Architectural shingles last longer, but may not be an appropriate choice for shallow-pitch roofs. Architectural styles are about two or three times as thick as 3-tab types, and may last two or three times as long. Their durability can make them an excellent investment for homeowners. If you're a homeowner thinking about installing 3D roofing, talk to your contractor.

Which Should I Use to Re-shingle a Hip/Steep Roof?

Wood or slate are the preferred material for steep rooftops. However, when re-shingling a hip/steep one, consider the type of shingles that were used previously. Using a material of comparable weight and quality can help ensure that the structure is designed to support the new weight. If heavier ones must be used, then the home may need to be reinforced before the project can proceed.

How Long Does a Shingle Roof Last?

These roofs may last 20 to 200 years or more depending on the type of material being used. While you’re talking to the manufacturer, find out how long the warranty will last. Warranties often depend on proper installation and regular maintenance (like cleaning and inspections) in order to remain in effect.
  • Asphalt: 15-30 years
  • Cedar/Wood: 30 years
  • Metal: 50 years or more
  • Slate: 125 to 200 years
  • Clay: 75 years or longer
Not all materials are created equal. Quality can vary, and harsh climates like extreme heat, freeze/thaw cycles and frequent high-wind storms can wear out shingles more quickly. To find out how long your material of choice will last, check with the manufacturer and the product warranty.

Do I need a permit to install or replace my roof?

Typically, yes. Check with your local building codes department to find out for sure, but most municipalities will require a building permit for a new roof. The particulars of who can pull a permit and where will vary by state, so contact your local government to find out more. The average cost for a building permit is about $1,200. Failure to get a permit may result in work being stopped before the roof can be completed. If the project continues to the end, you may have difficulty when it's time to sell the house because an inspector or appraiser will likely notice and flag the work.
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DIY or Hire a Pro

Shingling a roof is complicated task. Many homeowners, even homeowners with some construction background, do not have the skills or training to properly install shingles. A DIYer without proper safety equipment or experience can get injured during installation or maintenance. In addition, improper installation can lead to leaks, invalidation of the warranty and structural damage.
The best way to re-shingle is by hiring a roofing professional for the job. When seeking a pro, do a thorough check of his or her credentials. Read online reviews and testimonial. Check for a license, bond, insurance, and warranty of work. Meet with him or her in person to discuss your roof. If possible, hire a roofer with experience installing your preferred material. Finally, get a contract. Having a contract in place will help reduce the risk of miscommunications and will also help ensure that your experience with the pro is a positive one.
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