Pricing Guide: How Much Do Roofing Shingles Cost?

Most homeowners pay between $128 to $190 per square, or $1280 and $5700 for roofing shingles, based on roof size.

Many homeowners are excited to choose a new shingle style for their home, but they often wonder if their style choices are too rich for their wallet. The most popular roofing shingles are asphalt three-tab shingles, which cost an average of $159 per square (100 square feet) but range from $128 – $190 per square on average.

On the low end, you may pay as little as $96 per square on average for roofing shingles or, on the higher end, as much as $208 per square on average.

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How Much Do Roofing Shingles Cost?

Note: The averages below are for asphalt three-tab shingles only (no installation). If you’re interested in another type of shingle, we cover the costs for those under the section “Other Factors that Affect Costs.” 

Note: One square is equal to 100 square feet.

National average cost: $159 per square
Typical price range: $128 – $190 per square
Extreme low end: $96 (on average)
Extreme high end: $208 (on average)

Prices for shingles are often given per square (meaning 100 square feet) or per bundle, which is about ⅓ of a square. 

Cost Estimator By Size

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Below we’ve calculated the costs for asphalt roofing shingles according to roof size. We’ve used our $128 – $190 per square average range for this example.

  • Small – 1,000 sq. ft.: $1,280 – $1,900
  • Medium – 1,500 sq. ft.: $1,920 – $2,850
  • Large – 3,000 sq. ft: $3,840 – $5,700

Other Factors That Affect Cost

If you’re choosing a shingle roof, you have a plethora of material options at your fingertips, each with a different price tag.

Something you may not have thought of: You also will want to consider costs for removing and disposing of the old shingles.

Finally, consider the slope of your roof, as this will affect the number of shingles you’ll need.

Materials

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Although asphalt shingle roofs are the most popular roofing type, many other materials are worth your consideration.

Shingle costs vary by material. Remember, these are prices for the shingles only. Costs for underlayment, roof deck repair or replacement, flashing, nails, caulk, ridge vent, etc. are not included.

Labor

Most roofing jobs require professional installation. Therefore, you’ll need to factor in labor costs on top of your material costs.

Plan to pay between $1.75 – $2.75 per square foot for installation of your roofing shingles.

Remove and Dispose

Most roofing companies will tear off and dispose of the old roof as part of the roofing job. Plan to pay from $55 – $142 per square for your local contractor to remove the old shingles and $21 – $27.50 per square in disposal fees.

Some contractors will bring a dumpster, but others may use their own equipment and make trips to the landfill as needed.

Slope

If your roof has between a 4/12 and 8/12 slope, relax. Your roof has a standard slope. If you roof has a slope of 3/12 or less, you may need fewer shingles.

If you think your roof may be too flat for shingles, you may be correct. Flat roofs, or roofs with a 1/12 or 2/12 pitch, will require a non-shingled roof.

If your roof has a slope of 9/12 or more, you may need more shingles due to the increased surface area.

Note: A 3-pitch roof has a very low slope as well, so asphalt shingles may not be appropriate for this pitch in some climates.

Bottom line: Ask your roofer about the best shingle options for the slope of your roof.

Extra Services

Your home’s roof may work best if you install gutters — and keep them cleaned out, have your trees trimmed, and/or have professionals remove any pests.

Here’s why: Clogged gutters filled with debris and water can sag, falling tree limbs can damage your roof, and routine pest control can keep away any unwanted critters.

Gutter Replacement and Cleaning

Many roofing companies offer gutter installation since both the roof and gutters work together to protect your home’s exterior.

If you are interested in new sectional gutters, homeowners spend an average of $1,275 for the job. If you want to install a seamless guttering system, plan to spend slightly more, around $1,524

If your gutters are still going strong but need a good cleaning, budget an average of $183.25 for this service. The average price for gutter cleaning ranges from $120 to $203.33.

Tree Care

If you have trees hanging over your home, your roofer may recommend trimming those back before investing in a new roof. If so, expect to pay  $475 per tree or an average of $315 – $700 per tree.

If your trees are very small or very large, you may pay as little as $85 or as much as $1,267 per tree.

Pest Control

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If your roofing, fascia, or soffit have been chewed through by an unwanted visitor, now is the time to act. 

Listed below are average pest control costs for common roofing ruffians.

Bat Removal$255 – $545; Removing single bats costs less; removing small colonies will cost more (may not include guano removal). Removing large colonies and cleaning the guano costs  $8,000+.
Beehive Removal$354
Mouse and Rat Control$317 – $600
Wasp Control$363 on average; A minor problem may cost as little as $115.
Wildlife Removal$361 – $496; Starting costs begin around $101. Prices vary at the high end due to the wide range and extent of wildlife control situations. 

Cost of a DIY Shingled Roof

Unless you do install or repair roofs from 9-5, you probably want to leave installing roofing shingles to the pros. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Most homeowners have neither the skill nor the inclination to install a roof.
  2. Your roof must be installed by a company that knows how to do a proper installation. If the roof is not installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications, your warranty may be invalid.
  3. Bonus round: If your roofing contractor is a manufacturer-certified installer,  you may get an extended manufacturer warranty. Many companies offer a labor or workmanship warranty as well, which may include lifetime warranty coverage. Look for icons on the company’s website that say “GAF Master Elite Contractor” or “Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor” for the best extended warranty options.

Cost of Shingles By Location

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Where the cost of living is higher, the cost of business is higher (and vice versa). Expect to pay more for roofing shingle materials on the East Coast, West Coast, and in large cities. Rural areas generally pay less.

FAQ About Roofing Shingles

1. What are asphalt shingles made from?

Asphalt shingles are made from processed asphalt, fiberglass, stone granules, and a sealant. 

2. Is a permit required for a roof replacement job?

Whether you will need a permit for a roof replacement will depend on your local building code, but most likely you will. Handling the whole roofing building permit process is one reason to hire a local pro to do the job. Your roofing contractor should be familiar with all local building codes and permit requirements.

3. How will I know when it’s time to replace my roof?

Start checking your roof for signs of wear about three years before your warranty ends.

For example, if your home has a 15-year warranty, start checking it around the 12-year mark for signs it may be time to re-roof. In addition, plan to do a roofing self-inspection at least twice a year and after heavy storms.

When you conduct your twice-yearly roofing self-inspections, check the flashing, shingles, gutters, and any roofing vent pipes for signs of wear.

Here are a few indicators that your roof may need repair:

— Rust or worn caulking around skylights, vents, or chimney flashing.

Shingles that are broken, bent, cracked, or curled.

Wear on the gutters. Look for:
— — Rust or cracks
— —
Missing fasteners
— — Gutters pulling away from the house
or coming apart at the seams

— Water damage, including wear on exterior paint, erosion around the base of the house, and water seeping into basements.

— Damage or wear around roofing vent pipes. Rubber flanges (also called rubber boots or rubber collars) often wear down over time and can be a source of leaks.

Conclusion

Asphalt roofing shingle costs range from $128 to $190 per square while asphalt architectural shingles start at a slightly higher price point, ranging from $178 to $299 per square.

If your roofing shingle style leans more toward a traditional wood shake or tile look, plan to pay from $340 to $475 per square for wood or cedar or $300 – $1,250 per square for tile shingles.

Finally, if metal shingles are just the thing for your roof, plan to pay an average of $283 to $950 per square for this style.

Choosing which shingles best fit your roof and budget is a big decision, but with a little help from this pricing guide, you will be well on your way to a new roof that is a good fit for your home and your budget.

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Sarah Bahr

Sarah Bahr

Sarah is a writer who has previously worked in the lawn care industry. In her spare time, she likes to garden, raise chickens, and mow the grass with her battery-powered lawn mower.