How Much Should A New Roof Cost Per Square Foot

How much does new roof cost per square foot?

New Roof Cost Per Square FootThere is no, and can never be any, one answer to how much should a new roof cost per square foot. Too many factors will influence the cost of a new roof. And it is almost impossible to generalize all these factors. Even if there was an algorithm, which is not the case, the factors and various aspects of a project could not have been preempted. From personal preferences to where exactly you are based, the exact type of roof you want, to the complexities of the project depending on many factors, there are just too many elements to be accounted for and it is not possible to conduct any permutation or combination.

Hence, instead of answering definitively which is not practical, here is a general overview or how much should a new roof cost per square foot. Please bear in mind that these costs are just for the roof and not inclusive of all charges such as labor or workmanship and any additional coatings or insulations that you may want.

  • Let us begin with asphalt shingles. The cheapest you are looking at would be around $0.75. If you are spending around $1.20 or $1.40 per square foot then it is a relatively better quality asphalt roof. If you are spending $2 per square foot then you are certainly opting for a good roof.
  • If you are opting for laminated asphalt or any such coatings which will make your roof even better, then you are looking at a cost of about $2.5 per square foot.
  • Metal roofs usually cost anywhere from $2.5 to $5 per square foot. But if you choose the best metals then the cost will easily be around $8 or more.
  • Rubber roofs will cost you about $4 to $6 per square foot.
  • Clay tiles will cost around $8 per square foot but the best quality clay tiles will cost more.
  • Concrete tiles will cost around $3 to $6.
  • Slate tiles can cost you around $20. Faux pas slate will cost you less. Faux pas slate can be as cheap as metal in some cases but they would not be as good as metal.
  • Wood shingles or cedar shingles will cost you about $4 to $5 per square foot.

Each material has plenty of variants and thus you must not consider this average to be applicable for all qualities.

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