How Much Does A New Roof Cost Per Square Foot

Question: How much does a new roof cost per square foot?

New Roof Cost Per Square FootWhenever you consult with a roofer, you would get an estimate that will give you the total cost. If you want a breakdown of that cost, then you can get a new roof cost per square which is a hundred square feet. You can do the math backward and get a new roof cost per square foot but you cannot do the calculation based on the cost per square foot to begin with. That is because the new roof cost per square foot multiplied by the total area will not be the total amount. When you consider the base unit and factor in the area, the total cost you would get will be slightly more than what the roof will actually cost you.

Having added that caveat, here is the answer to how much does a new roof cost per square foot, for every popular material.

  • Asphalt shingles are the most common choice for residential roofs. Asphalt can be classified into three categories: cheap or ordinary, medium or midgrade and premium or expensive. Cheap asphalt roof would cost around $2 to $2.5 per square foot. Midgrade asphalt would cost around $3 to $3.5 and premium or the best quality asphalt would cost you around $5 per square foot. Please note that this cost is inclusive of all charges, such as workmanship and accessories among others. However, this cost doesn’t factor in any special coating or insulation that you may want on your roof.
  • Cedar has variants as well. Depending on the quality of cedar shakes, the cost can be anywhere from $4 to $8 per square foot.
  • Rubber has three popular variants: EPDM, TPO and PVC. EPDM is the cheapest and also the most popular. It would cost you around $8 per square foot. It could be $7 if you get a good deal from a roofer. TPO will cost you around $10 per square foot. PVC will cost you around $8 to $9 per square foot.
  • Metal has several choices. The cheapest metal roof will cost you around $4 per square foot. The most expensive will cost you more than $25 per square foot. Paying somewhere around $12 or $14 per square foot will get you a very good metal roof.
  • Clay and concrete tiles cost a tad lower than metal. Slate tiles for a new roof will cost more than the most expensive metal.

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