Georgia’s hot and humid climate and frequent heavy rainfall can mean your roof takes a beating. Hurricanes, high winds, and heavy rain can damage your roof, leading to leaks that cause mold, mildew growth, and wood rot. Replacing your roof can help eliminate these problems while helping your home maintain its appearance and curb appeal. Georgia homes can have many roof styles and materials, leading to various associated costs.
The state average cost for a roof replacement in Georgia is $8,000 to $20,000, with most homeowners paying $12,000 for a 2,000 sq.ft. roof replacement using high-quality architectural shingles. This project’s low cost is $3,000 for a 1,000 sq.ft. roof replacement using 3-tab asphalt shingles. The high cost is $60,000 for a 2,000 sq.ft. roof replacement with clay tiles and roof deck reinforcement.
|New Roof in Georgia|
|National average cost||$12,000|
Homes and roofs in Georgia come in many sizes, with the average roof size being around 2,000 sq.ft., and roofs up to 3,000 sq.ft. or larger are fairly common. Your roof size is not necessarily tied to your home size. For example, a hipped roof is larger than a gable roof, and the more features and higher the slope your roof has, the larger it is and the more material it requires. This impacts your installation cost because material and labor in Georgia are priced by the square, which is equal to 100 sq.ft. The cost of a roof replacement in Georgia ranges from $3 to $25 per sq.ft. or $300 to $2,500 per square, depending on your roof’s material and complexity. Below are the average costs to replace a roof in Georgia based on some of the most common roof sizes.
|Size||Replacement Cost (Georgia)||Replacement Cost (National Average)|
|1,000 sq.ft.||$3,000 - $25,000||$3,500 - $9,000|
|1,200 sq.ft.||$3,600 - $30,000||$4,200 - $10,800|
|1,350 sq.ft.||$4,050 - $33,750||$4,725 - $12,150|
|1,500 sq.ft.||$4,500 - $37,500||$5,250 - $13,500|
|2,000 sq.ft.||$6,000 - $50,000||$7,000 - $18,000|
|2,200 sq.ft.||$6,600 - $55,000||$7,700 - $19,800|
|3,000 sq.ft.||$9,000 - $75,000||$10,500 - $27,000|
|3,750 sq.ft.||$11,250 - $93,750||$13,125 - $33,750|
|4,500 sq.ft.||$13,500 - $112,500||$15,750 - $40,500|
Your roof’s pitch or slope can impact how much your roof replacement costs. The pitch is defined as how fast your roof rises over a horizontal span of 12”. Most roofs have a pitch between 4/12 and 8/12, meaning they rise between 4” and 8” every 12” horizontally. Roofs with a lower pitch are considered flat or low slope, while roofs with a higher pitch have a steep slope. Roofs in Georgia predominately have a conventional pitch, but homes with flat or low slopes exist. Some roofs can also have steep sections, with the gambrel and salt-box being common roofs in Georgia. You use different roofing materials than conventional or steep-pitched roofs if your home has a low slope or flat roof, meaning you have different costs. If your home has a steep pitch, your labor costs are much higher than homes with a conventional pitched roof. Below are the average costs per square foot to replace the roof in Georgia based on the pitch.
|Pitch||Cost per Sq.Ft. (Georgia)||Cost per Sq.Ft. (National Average)|
|Conventional Slope||$3 - $25||$3.50 - $9|
|Flat||$4 - $9||$4.50 - $7|
|Low Slope||$4 - $9||$4.50 - $7|
|Steep Slope||$5 - $25||$5 - $12|
Homes in Georgia can use many popular roofing materials. Tile roofs of all types are popular, as are metal roofs, slate, cedar, and asphalt and architectural shingles. Materials like vinyl, bitumen, and rubber are often used for flat roofs. Georgia is impacted by hurricanes and high winds, so high-quality architectural shingles, metal, and tile roofs are the most common because these materials are rated for high winds. Many of these also come in colors and finishes that give them cool roof status, which is also popular due to the heat. Each material has costs for material and labor. Below are the average costs per square foot for the different roofing materials in Georgia and the U.S.
|Material||Cost per Sq.Ft. (Georgia)||Cost per Sq.Ft. (National Average)|
|Asphalt Shingles||$3 - $5||$3 - $15|
|Rubber||$4 - $7||$4.50 - $13|
|Bitumen||$4 - $7||$4 - $8|
|Architectural Shingles||$4 - $10||$6 - $15|
|Vinyl (PVC)||$5 - $9||$6.50 - $13|
|Cedar||$7 - $12||$5.50 - $13.50|
|Metal||$7 - $15||$4 - $40|
|Concrete Tile||$10 - $20||$13 - $23|
|Clay||$12 - $25||$10 - $25|
|Slate||$12 - $25||$1.50 - $30|
Georgia has many roof types and shapes. The most common is the gable roof, along with its many variations, such as cross gables, Dutch, and salt-box. You will also find many hipped roofs, dormers, gambrels, and mansards in Georgia, with flat roofs and butterfly roofs on contemporary homes. Your roof’s shape can impact the installation cost. Some roofs require more material, such as a hipped roof with four sloping sides, while a gable roof has two. Others are more complex, such as dormers, gambrels, and mansards, which require additional labor to install the new roof and have higher costs. The more protrusions, valleys, and other complexities, the higher your total cost. Below are the average costs per square foot in Georgia and the U.S. based on the most common shapes.
|Shape||Cost per Sq.Ft. (Georgia)||Cost per Sq.Ft. (National Average)|
|Gable||$3 - $25||$3.50 - $9|
|Hipped||$3 - $25||$3.50 - $9|
|Dutch||$3 - $25||$3.50 - $9|
|Butterfly||$3 - $25||$3.50 - $9|
|Flat||$4 - $9||$4.50 - $7|
|Dormer||$4 - $25||$4 - $10|
|Gambrel||$5 - $25||$4 - $20|
|Mansard||$6 - $25||$8.50 - $25|
In a roof replacement, the old roofing material is typically torn off or removed first, and then the new material can be installed. In Georgia, some older homes may have as many as three layers of old roofing material. If those layers are damaged, they must be removed to install the new roofing. The more layers you need to take off, the higher the project cost. Removing one layer is less costly than removing three. The material you remove and install can also impact the installation cost. This leads to a range of costs for the tear-off, material, and installation. Most roofers in Georgia charge $75 per hour for roof replacements, with a full labor cost range of $70 to $80, depending on the roof material and complexity. Below is the cost breakdown of the average roof replacement with a full roof tear-off and replacement.
|Project Area||Cost per Sq.Ft.|
|Tear-Off (Optional)||$1 - $3|
|Material||$1 - $12|
|Installation||$1 - $10|
Roofing over is a common practice in Georgia. In a roof over, you install new roofing over existing material. Typically, the new material must be asphalt or architectural shingles or metal roofing. In most cases, roofers only roof over one layer, but in some cases, roofers roof over two existing layers. You may need at least a partial tear-off before a new roof over can be done if you have two or three layers. Roofing over can only be done if there is no significant damage to the existing roof.
Georgia codes dictate that the roof sheathing or deck must have gaps of less than ⅛”, which may mean older roofs are not candidates for roof overs because the material must be removed so that the deck can be replaced first. Roof overs are less costly than roof replacements, costing about $1 to $3 per sq.ft. less. However, roof overs do not typically last as long as roof replacements. They can also not be done with most roofing materials and may not always be recommended depending on your roof’s condition.
If you have older skylights on your roof, you may want to consider replacing them when you replace your roof. To replace a skylight, some of the roofing material and flashing must be removed and reinstalled after the skylight is in. During a roof replacement, this can be an easier installation and may have lower costs. The average cost to replace a skylight is $800 to $2,200.
Older roofs in Georgia may need to be redecked during a roof replacement. If your decking has a gap of more than ⅛” between the sections, it must have a new deck installed before you can install new roofing material. This is a recent code update as of 2021. The cost to redeck a roof averages $4,000 to $6,000 in most cases.
This depends on your roofing material. Roofs in Georgia may last 20 to 100 years or more, depending on the material.
Metal roofs in Georgia cost between $14,000 and $30,000 for a 2,000 sq.ft. roof replacement. Your costs may be higher or lower, depending on your roof size and shape.
This depends on your roof’s material. It may last 20 to 100 years or more, depending on the material and its condition.
Labor costs to install a roof in Georgia range from $1 to $10 per sq.ft., depending on the material you install, the roof condition, and its complexity.