Pricing Guide: How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

A new roof costs between $8,008 and $21,278, for an average cost of $14,643.

Many new roof projects will include tearing off and replacing old shingles, but what about new construction? How much should you expect to spend on building an entire roofing system for a new house, with structural components and all? Most homeowners nationally pay between $8,008 and $21,278, for an average cost of $14,643.

When pricing a roofing project, pros will charge by the square, which is a 100-square-foot area of roof. Common rates range from $263 to $1,769 per square. The national average is $1,016 per square

How much does a new roof cost?

  • National average cost: $14,643
  • Typical price range: $8,008 – $21,278
  • Extreme low end: $3,000
  • Extreme high end: $75,000

When building a roof for a new construction home, the roofer has to start from scratch. They create the structure, lay the decking, install shingles, and everything else. So, even though you don’t have to pay for old roof removal, your costs for new construction will usually be higher than for a roof replacement. 

For average-sized homes around the country, a new roof will cost between $8,008 and $21,278. If you have a smaller home and use less-expensive materials, you might be able to build your roof for around $3,000.

A large roof made with a heavy material like clay tile might cost as much as $75,000 for all the materials and the labor from professional roofers. 

Cost of a New Roof by Home Size

aerial view of a house roof
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To figure out how much you’ll spend on the roof of your new construction home, you need to know the size of the roof you’ll need. A roof’s square footage will usually be about one and a half times the home’s total square footage. Use this formula to estimate the size of your roof:

Roof Size (square feet) = 1.5 x Home Size (square feet)

Once you’ve calculated approximate roof size, you’ll know how many roofing squares the project will take. One square covers 100 square feet of roof. Depending on your roofing material and your contractor’s labor rates, you could pay from $263 to $1,769 per square. That comes out to an average price of $1,016 per square

We used this average rate to calculate the approximate cost of a new roof for homes of different sizes. 

Home
Square
Footage
Roof
Square
Footage
Number
of Squares
Total
Cost
1,0001,50015$15,240
1,5002,25023$23,368
2,0003,00030$30,480
2,5003,75038$38,608
3,0004,50045$45,720
3,5005,25053$53,848
4,0006,00060$60,960
4,5006,75068$69,088
5,0007,50075$76,200

Cost of a New Roof by Roofing Material

aerial view of various types of roofs in a populated area
Photo Credit: Leonardo Rizzi / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

The type of roof you choose will determine how much you pay for labor and materials. Heavy materials like tile and slate are more expensive than typical shingles, and they’re more difficult to install, which means the job will take more hours to complete.

Including supplies and installation, the most affordable roofing material is usually asphalt shingles. That’s why they’re the most popular choice in the U.S.: They have the perfect balance of affordability and durability. Some homes with flat roofs might have the option of a single-ply or built-up flat roof membrane, which can be as cost-effective as shingles.

Some roof types, such as green roofs, metal, or tile, may require a specialty installer. For these, labor rates will probably be higher. Talk to your roofing company about the pros and cons of each roof type and which best suits your new home. 

Roofing
Material
Average cost
per square
* Includes labor
and materials
Asphalt shingle roof$200 – $483
Flat roof membrane$250 – $767
Metal roof$650 – $1,300
Wood shake
/ shingle roof
$700 – $935
Concrete tile roof$1,067 – $1,733
Clay tile roof$1,150 – $2,250
Solar roof$1,200 – $2,500
Slate roof$1,250 – $2,750
Green roof$1,000 – $3,000

Labor Costs for a New Roof

Group of people on a roof and look to be putting down asphalt tiles
Photo credit: Knight Foundation / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

The cost of hiring a professional roofer will make up about 60% of the total budget for most roofing projects. Labor rates usually run about $150 to $322 per square.

The lower end of that range covers simpler roofs made with commonplace materials like asphalt shingles. On the higher end, you’re paying for a roof that’s harder to build, like one with heavy materials or steep pitch. 

Other Cost Factors

Size, material, and labor are the biggest influences on the cost of a new roof, but they aren’t the only ones. Your roof’s shape and design can affect the cost of the roof itself, and installing extra features will increase the price of the project. 

Roof pitch and design

Partially finished roof with a steep slope
Photo Credit: Mark Levisay / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Some roofs are easier to install than others based on their design. While it’s hard to guess exactly how design will affect your cost without knowing the specifics of your roof, you can assume as a general rule that the steeper the pitch and the more planes your roof features, the more difficult it will be for the roofers to build and the more you’ll pay for it.

Each style of roof falls in a typical range of pitches. Again, your specific roof could differ in any number of ways, but here are the common pitch levels of some popular roof styles:

  • Flat roof: less than 3/12
  • Gable roof: 4/12 – 7/12
  • Hipped roof: 4/12 – 7/12
  • Butterfly roof: 4/12 – 6/12
  • Mansard roof: Changes in pitch in different parts of the roof
  • A-frame roof: 9/12 – 12/12

You can also measure the complexity of a roof’s construction based on how many planes it has. A plane is a flat surface of the roof with four separate edges, and it can sit pitched or at an angle. Typical homes have around six planes. The simplest flat roofs have fewer than six, and roofs are considered especially complex when they have 12 or more planes. 

Keep price in mind when making design decisions about your new home’s roof. If you’re looking for ways to save money on construction without compromising quality, you could consider a flatter and simpler style of roof. 

Gutters

A loose gutter hanging from the edge of a roof
Photo Credit: Bart Everson / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

When you build a new roof, you’ll need to install gutters, too. Gutters catch the rainwater running off your roof to protect your home’s foundation and any landscaping close to the house. You pay for gutters by the linear foot, so the cost they’ll add to your project depends on the size of your home. 

Common gutters are made of vinyl or aluminum. Vinyl is the more affordable option, while aluminum tends to be more durable. You may also want to consider gutter guards to save you the trouble of cleaning them every year. 

Gutter
Material
Average cost
per linear foot
* includes labor
and materials
Vinyl$3 – $6
Aluminum$5 – $11
Gutter guards$4 – $13

Skylights and chimneys

aerial view of an opened skylight window
Photo Credit: Leonardo Rizzi / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

You may choose to add other features to your new roof, such as a chimney or skylight. A chimney is a somewhat complicated installation, since it has to connect to a fireplace inside your home. A skylight is a little simpler since it’s essentially just a window in the roof instead of the wall. 

Roof
Feature
Average Cost
To Install
* includes labor
and materials
Skylight$753 – $2,624
Chimney$3,500 – $11,500

New roof installation isn’t the end of the line. Over the years, you’ll need related maintenance services to prolong the roof’s lifespan.

If you live in the same home for 15 years or more, you’ll eventually have to replace the entire roof. We’ll go over some roof maintenance costs to help give you a good idea of what your new roof will cost you in the long run. 

Roof replacement

2 workers on a roof replacing the shingles
Photo Credit: Brian Robinson / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

The most expensive part of roof maintenance is a roof replacement, also known as a re-roof. Depending on the material, your roof may last for 15 to 20, or even up to 100 years. So, re-roofing isn’t a frequent expense. You’ll probably only have to replace a roof once or twice in your lifetime. 

Replacing a roof costs almost as much as building a new one. In most cases, roofers will have to tear off the existing roof and install new shingles, metal, tile, or whatever material your roof is made of. They may even have to replace the underlayment if your roof suffers significant damage.

A typical roof replacement costs about $5,706 to $11,185. Just like with a new roof, the cost of replacing a roof depends on home size, roofing material, and roof pitch.

Roof repair

Roof in need to tile repair
Photo Credit: Mike Steele / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Roof repairs are far more frequent than full replacements. It isn’t unusual for a well-kept roof to need a minor repair every few years, especially if you live in an area that regularly suffers from severe weather. 

Roof repair costs can vary as widely as the repairs themselves. You might spend a few hundred dollars to replace a section of shingles or a few thousand dollars to replace structural elements like underlayment and roof trusses that suffer from water damage. Most roof repairs will cost between $348 and $1,186

Roof inspection

Another common expense is a roof inspection. It’s a good idea to have your roof inspected by a professional at least once a year to make sure you catch any issues before they become too large to solve. The national average price of a professional roof inspection falls between $100 and $450

Cost of a New Roof by Location

Consider the huge difference in cost of living between a small Midwestern town and a huge city on the coast like New York or Los Angeles, and you’ll understand why roofing costs can vary so significantly by location.

In cities with high costs of living, the construction materials and roofer’s labor rates will be much more expensive than the national averages covered in this pricing guide. 

If you want to understand the typical cost of a new roof in your area, you’ll need to get quotes from local roofing contractors. To make sure you get the best price, contact at least three pros. 

FAQ About Roofs

1. How long does a roof last?

Asphalt shingle roofs, the most popular type for homes in the U.S., usually last about 15 to 20 years. Other roofing materials lasts longer or shorter time frames. Metal roofing, clay or concrete tile, and slate roofing can sometimes last up to 100 years. 

2. What is the cheapest roof to build for a new home?

Asphalt shingles will usually be the cheapest roofing material, which is why they’re so popular. A flatter and simpler roof will also be cheaper to build than a more complex one. 

3. What type of roofing material can you get on a production home?

Production homes have limited personalization for most of their features, and that includes roofing options. Most production homes come with asphalt shingle roofs, and the homeowner may get to choose the color. Upgrades to other roofing materials usually aren’t available. 

Conclusion

New roof costs are different from roof replacement costs, even if the two jobs seem similar. They both involve installing new roofing materials, but a new roof for a new construction home also needs all the structural elements involved, such as trusses, decking, and support beams.

When building a new home, the roof will usually cost between $8,008 and $21,278 for supplies and professional installation.

Your new roof cost will depend on the roof’s size, and you can calculate an estimate using the average rate of $1,016 per square. Typical costs range from $263 per square on the low end and $1,769 per square on the high end. 

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Jordan Ardoin

Jordan Ardoin

Jordan Ardoin is a writer and indoor plant enthusiast hailing from Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys chasing her two cats around the house and trying to keep her houseplants alive.