In this article we will go over the material prices for asphalt shingles, the most common roofing material for homes. The two most popular styles of asphalt shingles are 3-Tab and Architectural (laminated) shingles. Before we dive into the actual prices, I want you to read why we are writing this article:
Introductory rant: I was doing a roof estimate the other day, and the client showed me a quote they got from another roofer. Besides a ridiculously high price (about $700 / sq, on a 22 squares, 12 pitch roof, with 1 layer tear-off and 3 dormers), what struck me the most, was the difference in prices between 3-tab shingles and architectural “lifetime” shingles (formerly knows as 30-years shingles).
For 3-tabs (25 years), the price was $14790 ($673 / square), and for “lifetime” architecturals, it was $16500 ($750 / square). So what gives? Why is there a $1710 difference between the two quotes? Do architectural shingles cost $77 more per square? The truth is, the roofer was taking the homeowner for a “ride”, trying to sell a “premium” package, for an unjustified up-charge. While I’m not judging the other roofer – it’s their business – I want to inform homeowners of the real price difference between the two, so when you are getting quotes for roof replacement, you know how much premium upgrades really cost.
As you will see below, the $77 / square up-charge was completely unjustified, since the cost difference between 3-tab and architectural shingles is only $10 per square, while ALL other components of the system are the same and installation is also not any different. Thus, the difference should be maybe $300-500 – not $1700!
For the purposes of this article, we will concentrate on MATERIAL prices. To see how much a complete roof installation would cost, check out this guide.
Asphalt Shingles Material Prices:
When considering the cost of roofing materials, many people take into account just the shingle prices. This is incorrect, as a roof made just of shingles will not work. You also need to consider all the accessories that are included in a complete roof system.
A Roofing System consists of the following components:
- Underlayment: Felt, Synthetic, Ice & Water Shield
- Hip / Ridge cap
- Drip edge metal
- Ventilation (ridge vent)
- Pipe boots
- Lead & step flashing
- Nails, caulking, and other small things
Without utilizing all of these accessories, your roof will likely leak, and your warranty (from ANY shingles manufacturer) will be null and void immediately after installation!
Since we will provide prices for most “available” roofing materials, we used GAF roofing system diagram below. By most available we mean shingles sold at the big orange box home-improvement store (Home Depot). These are GAF architectural and 3-tab shingles.
For a real life example of how much shingles cost we went to the big orange box home improvement store, and compiled all the material prices. We used these prices, because most homeowners do not have “contractor” friends, who can purchase roofing materials for them from Roofing Supply stores. Besides, these supply stores are often more expensive than Home Depot / Lowe’s and other big chains.
Here is what we have for you:
|3-tab shingles:||$29.50 per bundle or $88.50 / square.|
|Architectural / laminated shingles:||$32.50 per bundle or $97.50 per square.|
|15 / 30 lb felt:||$21.25 / roll. 400 / 200 sq. ft. coverage respectively.|
|Ice & Water shield:||$98 per roll (200 sq. ft. coverage).|
|Hip / Ridge Cap:||$46.93 / bundle. 20 ln. ft. coverage.|
|Ventilation (ridge vent):||$50.25 for a 20 ft. roll of Cobra ridge vent|
|Synthetic Underlayment:||$84 for 400 sq. ft. roll of GAF Deck Armor|
All prices above are before any state sales tax is added. Also, note that when you buy asphalt shingles in bulk (48 or more bundles OR 16+ squares) you get about $3/bundle discount.
The “spy” pictures below, show what and how much each type of shingle or roofing accessory costs.
You can estimate your total roof replacement cost by a licensed / insured contractor here.
Roofing Shingles Warranty Myths:
In a future article, we will discuss in detail roofing shingles warranty issues, what’s covered, how long it is good for, all the exclusions, clauses and other ways for manufacturers not to uphold warranties. For now, watch this video, to see how roofing warranties really work, and what’s “covered”: