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Question DetailsAsked on 3/4/2015

What's the average price of a single shingle roofing retrofit for a 1500 sq ft single family house?

Shingles need to be 130 mph wind rated

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First, of all what type of material is on the roof now? If you currently have asphalt shingles, then it makes the question easier to answer. Other materials like, clay tiles or slate make the job completely different and substantially more expensive. If you are getting an asphalt roof, then make sure whomever does the roof does a full tear off to the decking. Make sure the contractor examines the underside of the decking in the attic, to at least give you an idea of the shape of the existing decking. With that being said, every area of the country is very different in what is required and what the labor costs are. In the Midwest our labor costs escalated by 10-15% last year into this year. There are also specific roof considerations such as roof pitch, accessibility for dumping tear-off and the shape of the existing decking, whether it needs to be torn off and replaced, are the main variables in cost. A roof with a lot of sections also costs more because of waste and hip and ridge shingles being installed. A basic gable 2 sided roof here in the Chicago market is going to run $340-425 per square (1 square = 100 square feet) to tear off one layer and install materials including an architectural shingle. The materials alone are over $135.00 per square in the Midwest. On the low end a 15 square roof is probably going to be close to $5600. Add tear off and dump of extra layers will cost $300-400 more probably per layer. Possibly more depending on dump fees which vary from dump to dump and by geography.

Hope this helps.

Exterior Upgrader is owner of:

Euro-Tech, Inc.

Servicing much of Illinois and Wisconsin


Answered 5 years ago by ExteriorUpgrader

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