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Install Roof Shingles Cost

Install Roof Shingles Cost

National average
(1,500 square feet of architectural asphalt shingles)
Low: $3,150

(1,500 square feet of standard asphalt shingles)

High: $20,000

(1,500 square feet of slate shingles)

Cost to have roofing shingles installed varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from roofers in your city.

The average cost of installing roof shingles is $9,000.

In this guide

Types of Roofing Shingles
Installation Process
Labor Costs
Enhancement and Improvement Costs
Additional Considerations

​how Much Does It Cost to Have Roofing Shingles Installed?

While there are many different styles and ways to clad a roof, shingles 1 are by far the most popular. Shingles come in several different materials and styles from the classic asphalt 2 shingle to slate 3, metal, and wood. Each material has its own characteristics and price point, which can impact the cost of the roof. But each helps protect your home and complete its curb appeal for years. The average homeowner installing architectural asphalt shingles on a 1,500-square-foot roof will pay between $6,000 and $14,000 on average, depending on the pitch and shape of the roof, with most homeowners spending around $9,000.

Roof Shingles Installation Costs

Roof shingles costs
National average cost$9,000
Average range$6,000 - $14,000

Minimum cost

Maximum cost$20,000​

Types of Roofing Shingles

Many different materials can make up a roofing shingle, and each has its own costs, lifespan, style, and characteristics.

Asphalt Shingles

Several different types of asphalt shingles exist. The most common is made with a fiberglass mat that has asphalt and a layer of stone granules on top. Originally, the mat was made of organic material - layers of felt paper - but these are very difficult to find today, as fiberglass 4 has better durability and a better fire rating. They come in a range of colors and are fast and easy to install. They last roughly 20 to 30 years.

Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles are asphalt shingles that have been laminated to give them a thicker profile. They have more dimension to them and are better able to withstand impacts from hail without cracking. They last roughly 50 years.


Tile roofs are not really shingles but are frequently compared with shingle roofs because they are made out of individual pieces. Tile roofs are traditionally made out of clay but are more commonly being made out of other materials like composites and metal. They come in a wide range of colors and styles and can last up to 100 years with the correct care.

Wood Shingles

Sometimes called a shake roof, wood shingles are generally made out of cedar that has been treated for fire resistance. Cedar roofs often require a lot of maintenance to keep them looking their best, and the wood ages and darkens over time. They can last up to 30 years if maintained properly.

Metal Shingles

When most people think of a metal roof, they envision a standing seam roof, but there are metal shingles as well. These durable roofs are generally designed to look more like tile or slate roofs than typical shingle roofs and are very durable, lasting up to 100 years when taken care of.


Slate roofs are made up of individual shingles or pieces of slate layered on top of one another. They have a distinctive appearance and are extremely heavy, so the roof must be reinforced to hold them. They can last for well over 100 years when properly maintained, however, and some roofs with original slate shingles are more than 200 years old.

Type of shingleProsCons





Can be installed over existing shingles

Does not last long

May crack or leak after a hail storm

Limited styles



More durable than asphalt

Can hold up well to storms and hail


Cannot be layered over existing shingles

More expensive than traditional asphalt



Beautiful and distinctive


Requires chemicals to make flame-retardant

Requires a lot of maintenance




Lots of styles and materials

Very durable

Cannot be layered over existing shingles

Can be heavy

Can be expensive



Lots of styles to choose from

Available in a few different materials


Some materials can be very high-maintenance

Prone to cracking

Expensive to install



Extremely long-lasting

Very durable

Distinctive appearance

Very expensive

Very heavy and will require reinforcement


grey Roof with Blue Sky Background, House Roof Near Sea in Morning Time

Asphalt shingles7 are the most common form of a shingle roof, and they have a distinctive appearance. They come in what is called a 3-tab style, which looks like three shingles in one. They lie flat on the roof and appear to be laid out in rows. Some newer types appear to overlap one another slightly for more dimension.

Architectural shingles, which are built up and laminated, have much more dimension to them. They cast shadows, making them look more like a tile or another thicker, more substantial roof. Both types of shingles come in a wide range of colors from white to black with many shades of gray, tan, and brown as well as blue and red.

Wood shingles are also distinctive and often have a rustic appearance. They come in only one color, however, which darkens as it ages.

Metal shingles often take on the appearance of either tile or slate, which can provide a more distinctive appearance. Metal shingles also come in several colors, allowing you to coordinate with your home’s siding.

Slate shingles have a slightly rustic or old-world look to them, as well as a natural variation in color that comes with the use of natural stone.


Shingles have varying thicknesses and weights, depending on the material. Standard asphalt shingles are the thinnest and can be layered on top of an existing layer of shingles to make for a faster and easier installation. Architectural shingles have been laminated to make them thicker. They do not weigh substantially more than standard shingles, but they look heavier, which can give your roof more visual substance.

Metal, tile, and slate roofs can have a significant weight. While they have dimension and distinctive looks, you may need to have the roof deck reinforced to use them. Asphalt, architectural, and wood shingles do not require reinforcement.


The pitch is the slope of your roof or the rate at which it rises upward every 12 inches. Roofs with a very high pitch are more difficult to install, which increases the installation cost. It is harder for the roofer to walk or remain safe on a roof with a steep pitch. So, there is often staging and additional equipment involved, which increases the length of time for the set up prior to installation. While installation may cost anywhere from $1.50 to $5.00 a square foot for a roof with an average pitch, these costs can double or more for roofs with a higher pitch.

Installation Process

In most cases, installation starts with the removal of the old roof. While some asphalt shingles can be installed over an existing shingle roof, this can only happen one time. After that, both layers must come off. The old shingles are scraped off, along with the underlayment. The roof deck is examined to make sure that it is in good enough condition to hold the new roof, and any repairs or reinforcement needed will be carried out at this time.

A new underlayment of felt paper will be installed over the roof. This helps give the shingles something to adhere to and help waterproof the roof. Flashing is installed around any openings, gutters, or valleys in the roof and along the edges to make things watertight. 

The new shingles are installed in overlapping layers from the ridge downward, with each course being nailed into the course before it. Edging shingles and ridge caps are installed last to complete the roof and give it a finished appearance. 

Labor Costs

Labor costs vary depending on the roofing material, the pitch of the roof, and how complex the roof design is. Roofs with many openings for skylights and chimneys or numerous valleys and dormers will have higher labor costs than simpler roofs. 

Typical labor costs are around $1.00 to $1.50 a square foot on average for most roofs using asphalt or architectural shingles, making the labor costs for a 1,500-square-foot roof around $1,500 to $2,250 out of the $9,000 total.


All roofs require some maintenance to look their best. For the homeowner, this means doing twice-yearly visual checks of the roof to look for cracked, broken, or missing shingles on the outside and water stains or signs of water infiltration inside the attic. Any of these signs means that the roof needs repairing, usually in the form of replacing shingles.

Otherwise, the only other real maintenance that should be done is if the roof begins to grow moss. Moss keeps moisture on the roof, which can cause it to deteriorate more quickly. The moss should be gently removed from the roof with a long-handled brush and a mixture of detergent and water. Never use a pressure washer on a shingle roof because this can dislodge the granules that protect it.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Roof Sealant

Roof sealants are available that can help waterproof a roof and stop or prevent leaks. They are not designed for every roof but can help prolong a roof’s life after a leak starts. They cost around $100 for 5 gallons.

Removal of the Old Roof

In some cases, you can shingle over the old roof, but in most cases, the roof must be removed. Normally, the removal is factored into the cost of the new roof, but some roofers charge an additional amount, about $50 per 100 square feet.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Roofs may have more square footage than your home, due to pitch and shape. This means you might need more materials to cover it than the total square footage of your house.
  • Algae can discolor your roof, and in some tropical areas, fungus may cause damage. You can invest in an algae-resistant roof that contains zinc particles to prevent its growth.
  • An asphalt roof will last between 15 and 30 years on average, but if you live in an area with very high temperatures, it will be closer to 15 years.
  • If your roof was damaged in a storm, have your insurance company send out an inspector to check the damage. If they and your roofer agree on the scope of the work, your worker will contract with the insurance company to pay for the new roof.
  • You can install a single layer of asphalt shingles over another layer of asphalt shingles one time without removing them. After this, both layers must be removed.
  • A new roof can increase the value of your home. The amount varies depending on the type of roof and the area you live in.
  • You need a permit to have a new roof installed. Your roofer should take care of this for you.
  • Architectural shingles cannot be roofed over because they are too thick.


  • What is the labor cost to install a shingle roof?

Typical labor costs for a standard asphalt roof are between $1.00 and $1.50/sq.ft.

  • How much does a roofer charge per square?

Labor costs per square range from $100 to $600, depending on the roofing material.​

  • Can a metal roof be installed over shingles?

A standing seam metal roof can be installed over shingles if the roof deck is in good condition. ​

  • How long do asphalt roof shingles last?

A standard asphalt shingle roof will last 15 to 30 years in most areas.

  • Is there asbestos in asphalt shingles?

In very old asphalt shingles, you may find some asbestos fibers, but there is no asbestos in today’s asphalt shingles.

  • Which is better light or dark roof shingles?

In most cases, this is a personal preference, but in very hot climates, a white-colored roof may provide better energy performance. ​

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
See full cheat sheet.
glossary term picture Shingle 1 Shingles: A smooth, uniform, flat piece of construction material, available in a wide variety of materials and laid in a series of overlapping rows, used to cover the outside of roofs or walls to protect against weather damage and leaks.
glossary term picture Bitumen 2 Asphalt: A viscous, black mixture of hydrocarbons often used for roofing and waterproofing. It is also used in asphalt for paving roads
glossary term picture Slate 3 Slate: A fine-grained rock, typically bluish-gray in color, that can easily be split into thin layers and is commonly used as a roofing material
glossary term picture Fiberglass 4 Fiberglass: Plastic that is reinforced with glass fibers. The fibers may be mixed randomly throughout the plastic, or come in the form of a flat sheet, or be woven into a fabric

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