Figuring the costs of a new roof

September 17, 2023 by

If you’re in the market for a new roof, you’re probably wondering how much it’s going to cost. The answer to that question can vary quite a bit, depending on the factors involved.

It’s like the old riddle about how many balls of string it would take to reach the moon: Could be you might only need one, if it were big enough!

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the things that can affect the price of a new roof and some options. So whether you’re just doing your research or are actually ready to get started on a new roofing replacement (or even roof repair), read on for some helpful information!

The cost factors

Aerial view of asphalt shingles on home

CertainTeed Belmont Luxury asphalt shingles

Type of roofing material

One of the main factors that affect new roof cost is the type of material you choose. Roofs can be made from metal, asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, clay tiles, and more. Each of these materials has its own pros and cons when it comes to cost and lifespan. Asphalt shingles are typically one of the most affordable options, but tile roofs and metal roofs can last longer and require less maintenance in some cases.

Aerial view of tile roof on home

Brava Spanish tile

Size of your project

The roof size and shape will also play a part in how much it costs to install. Generally speaking, larger or oddly shaped roofs may require additional labor or roofing materials to complete the job correctly. You should weigh any special considerations regarding the size, roof pitch, and shape of your roof.

Location matters

The geographic location of your home is also important when it comes to the cost of a new roof. Different areas may have different local building codes or requirements that can affect the price. If you live in an area that requires special materials or installation methods, you should factor this into your budget.

Added features

Finally, any additional features you choose to add to your roof will also add to the overall cost. For instance, skylights, solar panels, ventilation systems, and other extras all come with their own costs and should be included in your budget as well.

Your exact costs will depend on many factors, including the size and shape of your roof, the material you choose, any additional features you want, and local regulations.

For Gunner’s tri-state service areas, building ordinances are pretty similar, and we’re up to date on them … plus we’re happy to take care of all the permitting for your roofing project.

Be sure to consider all these factors to help get an accurate quote for your budget. (By the way, get estimates from a few roofing contractors so you can compare and contrast.)

Average costs for roofing types

All in all, the cost of a new roof can range from a few thousand dollars for basic materials up to tens of thousands of dollars for more complex projects.

Generally speaking, though, roof replacement cost can range anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 or much more for materials and professional installation. Using those loose parameters, you can figure the average roof will run about $12,000. Here are some common roofing materials:

Asphalt shingles cost

If you are looking for an affordable option that still provides good protection against bad weather, then asphalt shingles are a great choice. Asphalt shingles typically cost around $2-$4 per square foot depending on the quality of the material used.


Aerial view of gray asphalt shingles on home

GAF Slateline Luxury asphalt shingles


overhead view of asphalt shingles on home

GAF asphalt shingles

Wood shingles cost

Wood tile is a popular choice due to its aesthetic appeal and durability. However, this option can also come with a hefty price tag. The average cost of wood tile roofing is usually between $5 and $10 per square foot at the low end, all the way up to $15 and beyond for premium stuff.

Aerial view of cedar roof on home

Cedar roof

Clay tiles/slate roof tiles cost

If you are looking for something more long-lasting, then clay tiles or slate is the way to go. Clay tiles and slate roofing materials can last up to 100 years and cost around $7 to $10 per square foot. On top of that, they also look great and provide a very classic look to any home.

Aerial view of slate roof on home

Slate roof

Metal roof cost

Metal can average around $9 per square foot on the low end to the upper $20s and $30s for zinc and copper. Metal roofs have unique benefits including being fireproof, durable, and energy efficient.

It is important to remember that the cost of a new roof doesn’t just include the material itself, but also additional services such as removal and disposal of an old roof, installation costs, professional inspections, and warranties.

These services can increase the total cost by 10 percent to 15 percent. (As an aside, a reputable roofing company like Gunner will have those costs baked into the estimate they provide you.)

Aerial view of metal and wood roof on home

Metal and wood roof

A sound investment

Beyond an obvious need like the discovery of major leaks or structural damage, there are many beneficial reasons to install a new roof.

A new roof can add curb appeal to your home and make it look more attractive. It also upgrades the structure of your home for protection against damage due to rain, snow, wind, or other environmental factors.

New roofing materials can also be more energy-efficient than older ones, which could help save you money on your utility bills. Additionally, a new roof can increase the value of your property should you decide to sell in the future. That means you likely will recoup some of that investment (sometimes north of 50 percent) in new roofing when it’s time to sell, so it can pay dividends for years to come.

A reliable contractor (like Gunner) will be able to guide you through the entire process, from selecting the right material for your area’s climate and aesthetic preferences to expert installation. If done correctly, a new roof should last at least 20 years and offer hundreds of dollars in savings over its lifetime due to increased energy efficiency.

Wrapping it up

In summary, the average cost of an entire roof depends on several factors including size and type of roofing material used, labor costs, and any additional services.

Asphalt shingles are the most affordable option, costing around $2 to $4 per square foot for materials and professional installation. If you want something more long-lasting, then clay tiles or slate cost around $7-$10 per square foot plus any additional services that may add 10 percent to 15 percent to the total cost.

Regardless of what type of roof you choose, remember, it is important to get a few estimates from different roofing contractors before making your decision so that you can ensure you get the best bang for your buck.

With a little bit of research and planning, you should be able to find a great new roof that won’t break the bank!