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Install Roof Shingles Cost

Install Roof Shingles Cost

National average
$80 - $100
(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 (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from roofers in your city.

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.

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. 

Tiles

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

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.

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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

Cost to have roofing shingles installed varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Installing asphalt roofing shingles

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Alameda, CA
+35%
Allentown, PA
+11%
Arlington, TX
+6%
Athens, GA
-9%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Birmingham, AL
+6%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbia, MD
+26%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Frankfort, KY
-25%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Griffin, GA
-26%
Hayward, CA
+31%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Iola, KS
-44%
Kissimmee, FL
-20%
Lancaster, CA
+4%
Lanham, MD
+16%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lexington, KY
+1%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Madera, CA
-10%
Manning, SC
-38%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Mobile, AL
-8%
Naples, FL
-3%
Nashville, TN
+21%
New York, NY
+77%
Newark, NJ
+27%
Nixa, MO
-37%
Norwalk, CA
+9%
Ocala, FL
-25%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Port Saint Lucie, FL
-18%
Portland, OR
+11%
Pueblo, CO
-18%
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