The roof is the most important exterior component of your home. It protects your home from pests and the elements, adds curb appeal, and keeps it insulated. With so much to gain from a professionally fitted roof, it is critical to maintaining it in good condition.

As a home or business owner, you should be aware that replacing a roof is costly. The total cost of a roof tear-off depends on many factors. There’s no point in delaying a full tear-off or roof replacement if you need one urgently.

Tear Off vs. Overlay

Whether your roof needs to be ripped off and replaced or overlaid is a major component in deciding your roof replacement cost. Overlaying your roof is less expensive than tearing it down and starting afresh. In the process of re-roofing, the old roof is covered with new roofing materials, which are then installed over top of it. 

What’s The Average Cost To Tear-off and Replace A Roof?

Based on the type of roof you’re replacing, its size, and its pitch, the national average cost to tear off and replace a roof ranges from $5275 to $12,999.

If you have a complex roof, the roofing contractor may ask to view plans to assist with measurements and material orders.


Metal roofing has become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly in locations where wildfires are a problem. Roofs made of metal are both fireproof and incredibly long-lasting.

For the price difference between metal and asphalt composite shingles, installing a metal roof on your home is an expensive decision. It’s also worth noting that metal roofing is more durable and valuable than asphalt shingles. There will be a hefty initial outlay, but many people find that metal roofing pays for itself in two to three times the time compared to a regular roof.

Depending on the type of metal roof installed, homeowners may expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $14 per square foot for their metal roof. An average steel metal roof installation on a 1,800-square-foot home costs $35,516.


Most homeowners prefer asphalt shingles because they are the most affordable and versatile roofing material on the market. They have an average lifespan of 15 to 40 years, depending on the kind, and are extremely long-lasting.

The most common form of roof installed by homeowners is an asphalt shingle roof. As many as 80% of American homes have this type of shingle on their roofs. 

When compared to other roofing options, they are quite cost-effective. It is possible to have asphalt roof shingles that are lightweight, resilient, and come in a variety of colors. It is possible to find asphalt shingles with a 50-year lifespan from some premium brands. Asphalt shingles can improve your home’s exterior appeal, boost the value of your property, reduce energy bills, and make your home more secure by replacing your current roof.

For a 1,800-square-foot home, an asphalt shingle roof replacement costs $4,286 to $6,429 on average. Costs might vary depending on your roof’s slope, pitch (the angle at which it slopes), and size (the total area covered by your roof). Single-story homes typically cost between $1.50 and $5.50 per square foot or around $150 to $550 per square foot.


It’s becoming more fashionable to install slate roofs. A natural flat stone is used to make slate roof tiles. Slate roofing is a great choice for rustic or old-world homes because of its natural appearance.

Slate tile installation costs for a typical single-family home range from $16 to $28 per square foot. Slate-roofed houses tend to be greater in scale.

You should expect to pay between $40,000 and $70,000 to construct a new slate roof on a suitable house with a reinforced roof frame if the roof is 25 squares in size (to support the weight of a slate roof).

Clay Tile

Modern residences with a Spanish villa-type appearance are increasingly using clay roof tiles. When properly cared for, clay tiles can last up to 100 years, making them a great value when compared to other types of tile roofing. For example, installing new clay tiles is more expensive than installing a new asphalt shingle roof. It costs $10 to $18 per square foot for a square foot of clay roofing tiles. Clay tile roofs can be found in a variety of styles, including terracotta, Spanish, mission, and French, among other things. As with most tile roofs, you’ll want to ensure that your home’s current roof structure can support the additional weight of clay tiles before installing one.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingle or shake roof will weather to a beautiful gray or a mellow silver over time. While many people enjoy the beauty of wood roofs, adequate maintenance is required to keep them safe from fire and to extend their lifespan by around 20 years. Synthetic shingles, which resemble wood but require less maintenance and are weather-resistant, longer-lasting, and fire-resistant, are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners.

The cost per square foot of wood shingles and shakes ranges from $7 to $12.50.

Wood shingles or wood shake typically cost between $13,700 and $24,520 to replace a 2,000-square-foot roof. Between $21,000 to $37,500 is the cost of replacing a 3,000 square foot roof.

 What Factors Affect the Cost of a New Roof?

Once you’ve concluded that a full roof replacement is required, you may start calculating the total re-roofing cost. These include the roof’s dimensions, materials, and angle (aka the difficulty level of the job). Other factors may affect your specific roof replacement cost, but understanding what to expect in general is a great start.

The Condition of Your Roof

The weather affects every roof. On the other hand, some roofs are in better shape than others. Your roof’s condition affects the cost of a roof tear-off.

For example, a damaged roof may necessitate the replacement of woodwork. In addition, the chimney’s flashing could be in disrepair. There is a possibility that this will increase the total cost of the replacement. Minor damage may not cost you much to fix. But if the damage is serious, it might cost you thousands of dollars.

Roof Materials

Roofing materials come in four varieties. Each variety has distinct advantages and disadvantages. Thus, the material you choose affects the price of your new roof.

Tile is one of the priciest alternatives. A bespoke pattern adds to the cost. Metal and slate are expensive. However, asphalt shingles are one of the cheapest roofing options.

Roof Slope

It is also important to consider the slope of the roof when evaluating the cost. A slanted roof takes more labor than a flat roof. The installation of an underlayment system is also part of the process of installing a sloped roof. Due to the installation difficulties and the associated labor costs, a steeply sloping roof might be prohibitively expensive. 

Size of Roof

The size of your existing roof heavily influences the price of a new roof. The number of materials you’ll need and the resulting cost are directly proportional to the size of your roof. This measurement is known as a “roofing square” and is used to determine the size of the roof. 100 square feet is equivalent to one roofing square. Larger roofs obviously demand more labor and a greater quantity of roofing materials.


Since installing a new roof typically costs $2 per square foot in labor, roofing is one of the more labor-intensive home improvement projects you may take on. However, this is subject to change depending on the variables listed above.

Roof Warranty

When you engage a roofing contractor, they will likely provide a labor and workmanship warranty. Additionally, you may have the opportunity to purchase an extended warranty to cover material expenses.

The range for a contractor’s warranty is between $500 and $2,000, depending on the extent of the project. As for manufacturer warranties, they can range anywhere from $500 to over $5,000.


In order to get the process started, getting permits in place in advance is a great advice for replacing a roof. If you live in a large city, you may expect a permit to cost anything from $100 to $1,000. Obtaining permits ahead of time can significantly speed up construction, as they can take weeks to approve.

Contact Paragon Remodeling to Learn Average Cost to Tear off and Replace Roof

Contact Paragon Remodeling if you require a reliable roofing company. We can assist you in determining the extent of the damage and provide an estimate of the average cost to remove and replace a roof. Our team has experience replacing various sorts of roofs, from asphalt shingles to tile. We’ll work with you to come up with the best solution for your house, and we’ll get it done on schedule and on budget.