Residents of Connecticut enjoy four seasons, historic architecture, and high property values. So, ensure your roof complements your home’s style, maintains value, and can withstand the sun, rain, ice, and snow. When a roof begins to fail, showing signs of age and wear, it is in your best interest to replace it as soon as possible. There are many popular roof materials, shapes, and sizes in Connecticut, leading to a range of costs within the state for a new roof.
The state average cost to replace a roof in Connecticut is $12,000 to $16,000, with most homeowners spending $14,000 on 30-year architectural shingles installed on a 2,000 sq.ft. cross-gable roof. This project’s low cost is $3,000 for 1,000 sq.ft. of 3-tab asphalt shingles installed on a shed-style roof. The high cost is $55,000 for 3,000 sq.ft. of slate shingles installed on a mansard roof with deck modifications.
|New Roof Cost in Connecticut|
|National average cost||$14,000|
Connecticut is an older state located in New England. It has many older homes that are well below the national average home size. However, it is also an affluent state, with newer homes that often exceed national home sizes. For this reason, Connecticut has a range of roof sizes.
The cost to replace a roof in Connecticut ranges from $3 to $20 per sq.ft., but most homeowners typically pay between $6 and $10 per sq.ft. for a total roof replacement. Your final costs are dictated by your roof’s complexity, materials, and condition. Some roofs need more work than others, while certain materials have higher costs. Below are the average costs to replace a roof in Connecticut based on the roof size and the national average cost.
|Roof Size||Replacement Cost (Connecticut)||Replacement Cost (National Average)|
|1,000 sq.ft.||$3,000 - $20,000||$4,750 - $10,000|
|1,200 sq.ft.||$3,600 - $24,000||$5,700 - $12,000|
|1,350 sq.ft.||$4,050 - $27,000||$6,413 - $13,500|
|1,500 sq.ft.||$4,500 - $30,000||$7,125 - $15,000|
|2,000 sq.ft.||$6,000 - $40,000||$9,500 - $20,000|
|2,200 sq.ft.||$6,600 - $44,000||$10,450 - $22,000|
|3,000 sq.ft.||$9,000 - $60,000||$14,250 - $30,000|
|3,750 sq.ft.||$11,250 - $75,000||$17,813 - $37,500|
|4,500 sq.ft.||$13,500 - $90,000||$21,375 - $45,000|
Most residential homes in Connecticut have a conventional pitch. The pitch is the rate at which your roof slopes. The steeper the pitch, the harder the roof is to work on. So, a mansard roof, which has some steep areas, costs more than a gable roof. While less common than conventional or steep-pitched roofs, some homes in Connecticut have a flat roof, but most flat roofs in the area are on commercial properties. Flat roofs require different roofing materials because they are applied differently, changing the project’s cost. Low-slope roofs in Connecticut are low-pitched shed or gable roofs and generally use conventional roofing materials, but a few require flat roofing materials. Below are the average costs for replacing a roof of different pitches in Connecticut and the national average.
|Roof Pitch||Replacement Cost per Sq.Ft. (Connecticut)||Replacement Cost per Sq.Ft. (National Average)|
|Flat||$3 - $12||$4 - $10|
|Conventional Slope||$3 - $20||$4.75 - $10|
|Low Slope||$3 - $20||$4 - $10|
|Steep Slope||$5 - $25||$8.85 - $15.25|
Roofs in Connecticut may be covered in many materials. Due to the amount of sun, rain, and snow, the popular materials are the most durable - 30 or 50-year architectural shingles, metal, composite, and slate roofs. Many people also like the look of cedar roofs, while basic asphalt shingles can still be found for their lower costs. Each material has a range of costs for the material and installation because some materials are more difficult to install. Below are the average costs to install different materials in Connecticut and the national average cost.
|Material||Cost per Sq.Ft. (Connecticut)||Cost per Sq.Ft. (National Average)|
|Asphalt Shingles||$3 - $5||$3 - $15|
|Architectural Shingles||$4.50 - $12||$6 - $15|
|Metal||$4.50 - $12||$4.50 - $40|
|Slate||$9 - $16||$7 - $30|
|Composite||$10 - $20||$7.50 - $13|
|Cedar||$14 - $18||$6 - $18|
Like homes in all the New England states, most Connecticut residences have very classic roof designs. These range from simple gables to elaborate mansards. Your roof’s shape can also impact costs. For example, simple gable roofs are easier to roof than complex cross-gables. Hipped, Dutch-gable, and shed roofs are also straightforward to roof, while dormers and gambrels are more complex and costly. The more complex a roof, the higher its costs. Combined with the various materials that can be used on the roofs, this leads to a range in costs. Below are the average costs of roof replacement in Connecticut based on the roof shape and the national average costs.
|Shape||Cost per Sq.Ft. (Connecticut)||Cost per Sq.Ft. (National Average)|
|Gable||$3 - $20||$4.75 - $10|
|Hipped||$3 - $20||$4.75 - $10|
|Dutch||$3 - $20||$4.75 - $10|
|Shed||$3 - $20||$3 - $30|
|Dormer||$3.50 - $26||$5.75 - $11.70|
|Gambrel||$5 - $25||$5 - $25|
|Mansard||$9 - $30||$11 - $21|
When the time comes to replace your roof, your costs are broken into three areas - the tear-off, material, and installation. Tear-offs are not strictly necessary in Connecticut because you can have up to two roofing layers if the roof deck can hold the weight. However, full replacements with tear-offs are recommended for most roofs because they allow the roofer to see the roof deck and ensure it is in good condition before they install the new shingles. Costs for labor and material vary by your roof’s shape and material. Some materials have higher labor costs than others, impacting the final project cost. Below is a breakdown of the various areas involved in a roof replacement in Connecticut.
|Project Area||Cost per Sq.Ft.|
|Tear-Off (Optional)||$1 - $2|
|Material||$1 - $9|
|Installation||$1 - $9|
When your old roof is beginning to fail, you have two options for dealing with it in Connecticut. The first option is a roof over, where one layer of material is installed over an existing layer. This is less expensive because a tear-off is unnecessary. You can have up to two roofing layers in Connecticut, but this is generally not advised for heavy materials like slate. Most roof overs involve one layer of asphalt or architectural shingles over another or a metal roof over a layer of shingles.
The other option is a full roof replacement, which removes the old roofing first. While this is more costly, it can prolong the new roof’s lifespan. With a tear-off, your roofer can visualize your roof deck and make necessary repairs. If you already have two layers, you need a tear-off. In addition, a tear-off of two layers is more expensive than the tear-off of one, so a full replacement can last longer and cost less long-term.
If you have an older skylight in your roof, one of the best times to replace it is during a roof replacement. To replace a skylight, the roofing around it must be removed and replaced. If the skylight is replaced when the roof is torn off, this can lower the costs of skylight replacement. The average cost is $1,300 to $3,000.
If your roof deck is older, sagging, or not strong enough to support your roofing material, you may need to replace it. The costs for this vary with the roof complexity and size and the cost of plywood in your area. Expect to pay between $4,300 and $6,600 for a 2,000 sq.ft. roof.
The average asphalt roof lasts 15 to 20 years in CT, but newer architectural roofs last up to 50 years.
Generally, the summer months are the best time to get a new roof in CT. This is when the weather is best and before the raised costs from the fall rush.
Most roofs in Connecticut are replaced in one day. However, it could take a few days for complex installations.
Labor costs vary depending on the material and if there is a tear-off. Expect total costs of between $1 and $11 per sq.ft. in labor.