How Much Does A New Roof Cost? (2012)

One of the questions we are asked frequently from homeowners is “how much does a new roof cost?”  As with most home improvement cost questions, this one can be difficult to answer, but this article should offer some insight into how much it will cost to replace your roof in 2012. With the rise of home improvement material costs regularly, it’ll be very important to speak with your trusted roofer for the most accurate prices.

Tip #1 – Most online roof calculators are completely inaccurate.  Use the table below for a general idea of residential roofing costs. But keep in mind the only true way to know is by getting a roofing quote.

Cost of Installing Asphalt Roofing

This table should give you a general idea of the cost to install new asphalt roofing.  The factors listed below this table may also affect the price. Note: These costs do not necessarily include the cost of permitting or garbage removal which can vary based on the project.

Pitch & Height of Roof / Complexity of Installation

Low-Pitch / Basic Install

Medium-Pitch / Average Install

High-Pitch / Complex Install


$3,500 – $5,500$4,500 – $6,500$5,500 – $7,500+*


$5,500 – $7,500$6,500 – $8,500$7,500 – $9,500+*


$7,500 – $9,500$8,500 – $10,500$9,500 – $11,500+*


$9,500 – $12,500$10,500 – $13,500$11,500 -$14,500+*

Extra Large

$12,500 – $17,000$16,000 – $19,000$17,000 – $25,000+*

Cost of Different Roofing Materials

This pricing spectrum gives a general idea of the cost difference between the various types of roofing materials including the cost of installation.  These cost differences can vary based on location, present cost of asphalt, aluminum, and other products, and more factors highlighted in the section below.

Roofing Prices

By far the most commonly installed roofing material is asphalt shingles which are available in 3-tab, Architectural, and Designer Architectural (or sometimes called Lifetime Architectural Shingles).  There are, however, other roofing materials available in most parts of the United States including: Slate, Inter-Locking Metal, Wood Shingle, Standing Seam Metal, and more.

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