Florida homes have many unique needs and considerations when it comes to roofing. The potential for high winds and storms, above-average rainfall, and the heat and humidity mean not every material is suitable. While materials like asphalt roofing are popular for their low cost, they cannot withstand hurricane-force winds and often wear faster in this climate than other popular materials. That is why many Florida homeowners opt for more durable materials, such as metal, concrete, and tile.
This means there is a wide range of costs associated with roofing. The state average cost range for replacing a roof in Florida is $11,000 to $30,000, with most homeowners paying around $15,000 for replacing existing roofing with a 2,000 sq.ft. stone-covered metal roof. This project’s low cost is $9,000 for a 2,000 sq.ft. 30-year architectural shingle roof. The high cost is $50,000 for a 2,000 sq.ft. clay tile roof with moderate reinforcements to the roof deck.
|New Roof Cost in Florida|
|National average cost||$15,000|
Your home and roof size impact the cost of your project. Most materials are sold and installed by the square, which is 100 sq.ft. So, a 2,000 sq.ft. roof needs 20 squares.
Like roofing anywhere, Florida roofing has a range of costs, depending on the material. The most common in Florida are the more durable materials, such as concrete, metal, and clay. Architectural shingles are also popular because they are more durable and cost-effective than asphalt. Asphalt 1 roofs can be found in some inland areas but are uncommon on the coasts where the weather may be more severe. This gives an average cost per square in Florida of $200 to $2,000 per square for material, and $250 to $850 a square for labor, for a total of $450 to $2,850 a square or $4.50 to $28.50 a square foot. This is higher than the national average cost of $350 to $900 a square because asphalt shingles can be more prevalent in other parts of the country.
Below are the average costs to install a roof in Florida based on size, along with the national average costs for same-sized structures.
|Size||Average Replacement Cost (Florida)||Average Replacement Cost (National Average)|
|1,000 sq.ft.||$4,500 - $28,500||$3,500 - $9,000|
|1,200 sq.ft.||$5,400 - $34,200||$4,200 - $10,800|
|1,350 sq.ft.||$6,075 - $38,475||$4,725 - $12,150|
|1,500 sq.ft.||$6,750 - $42,750||$5,250 - $13,500|
|2,000 sq.ft.||$9,000 - $57,000||$7,000 - $18,000|
|2,200 sq.ft.||$9,900 - $62,700||$7,700 - $19,800|
|3,750 sq.ft.||$16,875 - $106,875||$13,125 - $33,750|
|4,500 sq.ft.||$20,250 - $128,250||$15,750 - $40,500|
Like roofing everywhere, roofs in Florida come in different slopes or pitches. Flat and low-slope roofs are relatively uncommon in residential settings. They are more common on commercial buildings and use different materials than conventional roofs.
Slopes or pitches are measured by how far they rise over the course of 12”. A flat roof is anything from 0/12 to 2/12, but in Florida, due to the heavy rainfall, they are very uncommon, and most have a very low pitch to help the water run off. They have pitches up to 4/12.
A conventionally pitched roof is considered between 4/12 and 7/12, while a steep pitch 2 falls over 7/12. This is much less common in Florida than areas that see snow. Most Florida roofs fall between 4/12 and 7/12.
The pitch impacts the project cost because you need different materials for flat and low-slope roofs, and steep roofs require more labor. Below are the average costs per square foot for roof replacements of different pitches in Florida and the national average cost.
|Pitch||Average Cost per Sq.Ft. (Florida)||Average Cost per Sq.Ft. (National Average)|
|Flat||$5 - $9||$4.50 - $7|
|Low Slope||$5 - $9||$4.50 - $7|
|Conventional Slope||$4.50 - $28.50||$3.50 - $9|
|Steep Slope||$6 - $30||$5 - $12|
The cost to replace a flat roof in Florida is $5 to $9 a square foot on average. They use different roofing materials than conventional roofs. They can be made of rubber, bitumen 1, PVC, and more. It is important for these roofs to have few to no seams 3. This allows water to run off without leaking into the building. Because Florida sees more than the national average of rainfall each year, their roofs must withstand the weather.
The cost to replace a low-slope roof in Florida is $5 to $9 a square foot. Most “flat” roofs in Florida are low slope. This is because of the high rainfall, so the roofs must have some slope to allow the water to drain. These roofs use the same materials as a flat roof. This has different costs from conventional roofs for the material and labor. Generally, these materials are uncommon in residential buildings and more frequently found in commercial settings.
The average cost to replace a conventional roof in Florida is $4.50 to $28.50 a square foot. This is the most common type you find in residential settings in Florida. It also has the biggest range of materials, including dimensional, architectural shingles 4, metal, concrete, and clay tile roofing. For a home with a conventional pitch, your biggest cost considerations are the materials and not the pitch.
The cost to replace a roof with a steep pitch in Florida is $6 to $30 a square foot. They are much less common in Florida than other areas. Most homes with steep slopes, such as salt boxes and A frames, have this roof because of snow and how the roof responds. Because snow is not a concern in Florida, there are not nearly as many steep roofs. Costs are higher for homes with a steeper slope from the extra labor.
While you can use any roofing in Florida, not all are common or highly recommended. In some inland areas, you find different asphalt shingle types because they are lower in cost. However, they do not last very long in the Florida climate, meaning that even when asphalt is used, it tends to be 30-year or 50-year architectural shingles instead because they last longer.
Besides shingles, the most common materials include metal, concrete, and clay tile roofing. Some areas may also use slate 5. Wood is not usually recommended due to the high rainfall because it rots.
The material dictates most of your costs. This is because Florida’s common and popular materials tend to have a wide range of costs.
|Material||Average Cost per Sq.Ft. (Florida)||Average Cost per Sq.Ft. (National Average)|
|Shingle||$4.50 - $10||$3 - $15|
|Metal||$6.50 - $13||$4 - $30|
|Concrete||$12.50 - $23||$4 - $20|
|Clay||$12.50 - $27.50||$10 - $25|
|Slate||$12.50 - $27.50||$15 - $30|
Many types and shapes can be found in Florida. Some of the most common include the gable, hipped, and Dutch roof. You may also find butterfly roofs on modern homes and mansards on older homes. Flat roofs are less common in Florida due to the heavy rainfall, but they are found on some residential properties.
The cost to replace the roof on a home varies depending on the type. Like the hipped and Dutch roof, some roofs require more material, so yours may be larger and more costly than a home of the same size and shape.
Below are the average costs to replace a roof on each of the most common styles.
|Shape||Average Cost per Sq.Ft. (Florida)||Average Cost per Sq.Ft. (National Average)|
|Gable||$4.50 - $28.50||$3.50 - $9|
|Hipped||$4.50 - $28.50||$3.50 - $9|
|Dutch||$4.50 - $28.50||$3.50 - $9|
|Butterfly||$4.50 - $28.50||$3.50 - $9|
|Flat||$5 - $9||$4.50 - $7|
|Mansard||$10 - $30||$8.50 - $25|
The cost of labor to replace a roof in Florida ranges from $2.50 to $8.50 a square foot or $250 to $850 a square. You may need to reinforce your deck with heavy roof replacements, including clay tiles and slate, increasing the labor cost. This is a wide range for labor costs because different materials can be easier or more difficult to install. Asphalt and architectural shingles and some metal roofing types cost the least to install, while concrete, clay, and slate cost the most.
Below is a cost breakdown of the tear-off, material, and installation costs per square foot for the average roof replacement in Florida.
|Project Area||Average Costs per Sq.Ft.|
|Tear-Off||$1 - $4|
|Material||$2 - $20|
|Installation||$1.50 - $4.50|
Roof inspections are recommended in most areas and definitely in Florida. It helps catch problems before they lead to major repairs or the need for a replacement. With the climate and storms, they are recommended yearly. The average cost of a roof inspection is $200 to $600 in Florida.
If you have an older roof, you may have asbestos 6 in the material. This is relatively uncommon in Florida, where most older roofs are made of tile or slate because asphalt and other roofs may have become worn by now, such as those that could contain asbestos. However, if you have asbestos in your roof, special care must be taken in its removal. Expect removal costs of between $50 and $150 a square foot.
There is a wide range of costs for roof replacement in Florida, depending on the roof you install. The state average is $11,000 to $30,000.
Sometimes, but not always. It depends on your roof, location, and coverage. Asphalt roofs are not covered in many areas, while in others, a 30-year or 50-year architectural shingle roof may be.
Ideally, get something that can withstand the state’s climate and storms. The most common and recommended are metal, concrete, and clay roofs, but slate is also good. Some people may do well with architectural roofs if they are more inland.
This depends on the material. Asphalt roofs rarely last more than 10 years. However, a clay roof can last more than 100 years when properly maintained.