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There are a few kinds of roofing shingles readily available. The most common are the asphalt types that cost around $80 to $100 per square. A square covers approximately one hundred square feet. There are also wood shingles or "shakes" (which are the types cut by hand instead of machine), and BuildDirect.com places the average cost of a square of cedar shingles at $160. There are also tile shingles and metal versions too.
For the purpose of this discussion we will explore the costs and materials needed for two types of roofing shingles projects - the asphalt type and the wooden shingle variety.
First we will illustrate the type of property on which the shingles will be installed. This will be the "average" home which offers 2200 square feet distributed across two stores. The footprint of this home is around 24'x45', and the roof is a very simple design without a lot of valleys or angles. If the roof has a moderate pitch of 6/12 (meaning that the roof rises six inches every 12" it runs), we can assume that the roof will take up approximately 1300 to 1500 square feet.
The average materials and prices for this project would include:
(per square, asphalt)
Medium: $80 - $100 (per square, asphalt)
High: $160 (per square of cedar shingles)
Cost to have roofing shingles installed varies greatly by region. Get free estimates from roofers in your city.