How Much Does It Cost To Install Roofing?


(2,900 sq.ft. of cedar wood roofing)
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Roofing Costs

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Roofing material is the exterior face of the building envelope that must withstand the harshest climate exposure.

The cost to install average roofing depends upon type, material and finish grade, covered area, preparation and special needs, and the labor rate.

Material and cost summary

In the following table the Cost figure is based on average roofing for a 2,500 sq.ft. home; and includes transport, material, equipment, and waste.

Material Pros Cons Cost
PVC sheet Lowest cost Limited climate $7,979
Asphalt shingle Lower cost 20 year rating $8,759
    Plain appearance  
Steel sheet Highly durable Plain appearance $12,612
  No paint    
  Moderate cost    
Wood shingle Classic Higher cost $15,742
  Long life    
Slate shingle Stately Special skills $38,548
  Long life Costly  
  No maintenance    
Copper sheet Majestic Special skills $44,144
  Long life Most costly  
  No maintenance Tarnishes  

Other considerations and costs

  • The roofing installation influences curb appeal directly and flaws are glaring ones.
  • Typical upgrades and accessories are reviewed in the related Cost Guide.
  • These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • During contractor inspection the homeowner should be informed of any repair concerns like rot, and any cost to adapt the existing structure.
  • There may be local or national subsidy for energy efficiency improvements.

Check out our guide if you need a loan for your home improvement project.

DIY considerations

  • This project is not highly suitable for DIY due to working at heights and the critical nature of successful and timely completion.
  • Partial DIY is possible by taking on the task of remove and dispose, leaving the installation to a professional.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.​
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Cost by city

(2,900 sq.ft. of cedar wood roofing)
  • New York, NY$25,287
  • Bronx, NY$20,780
  • Brooklyn, NY$17,319
  • Philadelphia, PA$21,606
  • Washington, DC$18,748
  • Atlanta, GA$16,962
  • Miami, FL$15,427
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$16,160
  • Minneapolis, MN$18,958
  • Chicago, IL$22,088
  • Houston, TX$22,782
  • San Antonio, TX$15,293
  • Austin, TX$17,317
  • Denver, CO$14,631
  • Phoenix, AZ$15,436
  • Las Vegas, NV$16,942
  • Los Angeles, CA$19,090
  • San Diego, CA$17,323
  • San Jose, CA$20,925
  • Seattle, WA$15,319

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