How Long Does It Take To Reshingle A Roof

$4,707 $10,460 ($450 Per Square)

The average cost to replace an asphalt roof is $7,211 for an average 2,000 square foot home. Most homeowners spend between $4,707 and $10,460, or $400 to $550 per square depending on the size and material of your roof. Get free estimates from roofing contractors near you.

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Cap the ridge

Cap the ridge

Snap chalk lines to help keep the row of ridge cap

Snap chalk lines to help keep the row of ridge cap shingles straight. Install the ridge cap so the prevailing winds blow over the overlap seams, not into them. Once all your shingles are installed, you’ll need to cover (cap) the ridge (and hip ridges if you have a hip roof). The top ridge cap shingles will overlap the hip ridge cap, so start with the hips. Snap a couple of guide lines just a little inside the perimeter of the ridge so the lines get covered up when you’re done. Nail each shingle on both sides about 1 in. above the overlap seam (Photo 16). Store-bought architectural-style ridge caps are often two layers thick, to match the look of the shingles. You may need longer nails to fasten the ridge because of all the extra layers of shingles.

Install the top ridge cap so the prevailing winds blow over the overlaps rather than into them. If wind isn’t an issue, start at either side, or start at both sides and end in the middle. Rip the top half off the last ridge cap shingle, and nail through the face of it with two nails on the ends of each side.

Step 10: Cut Along Hip Rafters

All the shingles are cut along the hip rafter with a utility knife or, in this case, the Ridgid Roofing Cutter.

Roofing Cost Per Square Foot

When calculating roofing costs per square, asphalt shingles run from $350 and $500 per square, metal or tin roofs costs $600 to $1,200 per square, and concrete or clay costs between $1,200 and $1,800 per square. If you are replacing your current roof, add $125 to $500 per roofing square for old roof removal.

When looking at roofing materials prices, the term “per square” is used to describe a 10×10 area (100 square feet). The term Per Square in a bid is used as an all-inclusive phrase that covers all materials and labor.

Cost to Tear Off & Replace Roof

Below is a cost chart to tear off and replace an asphalt roof by materials, removal, and total installation cost.

 Roofing Cost Per Square Foot   House by Square Fo

Roofing Cost Per Square Foot
House by Square Foot Asphalt Removal Total Cost
900 $3,240 $1,467 $4,707
1,000 $3,600 $1,630 $5,230
1,100 $3,960 $1,793 $5,753
1,200 $4,320 $1,956 $6,276
1,300 $4,680 $2,119 $6,799
1,400 $5,040 $2,282 $7,322
1,500 $5,400 $2,445 $7,845
1,600 $5,760 $2,608 $8,368
1,700 $6,120 $2,771 $8,891
1,800 $6,480 $2,934 $9,414
1,900 $6,840 $3,097 $9,937
2,000 $7,200 $3,260 $10,460
2,500 $9,000 $4,075 $13,075
3,000 $10,800 $4,890 $15,690

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Step 14: Self-Adhering Membrane

This self-adhering membrane is a SBS modified bitumen roll, and they’ve been in use in the U.S. since the mid 1970’s. These rolls can be used as an entire roofing system for low-slope applications, and the roofing crew used it in lieu of shingles on a roof cricket. This cricket would be very difficult to shingle because the wall of the addition comes in at an odd angle only a short distance away. Furthermore, this section of the roof isn’t visible from the ground so it won’t be noticeable.

The membrane adhered to the roof, and the guys placed a few nails into the wall right along the edge to hold it in place.

Roll on the felt paper

Cover the roof above the underlayment with roofing

Cover the roof above the underlayment with roofing felt paper. To start each course, drive a dozen staples grouped close together. Then unroll the felt and straighten out the row before you add more staples.

Have Your Shingles Delivered To The Roof

Even the simple garage shown here needed nearly a ton of shingles loaded onto the truck, carried to the job, and packed up a ladder and onto the roof. Most shingle retailers will, for a price, deliver the shingles to your home, and may even place them on the roof as well.

It is well worth almost any price to have those heavy packages of shingles, at around 60lbs per bundle, delivered to your roof rather than packing them up yourself. Something to consider when you buy.

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5 out of 5 Hard Removing the old roof is backbreaking work, and nailing down the new roof is tedious and repetitive

Comments from upstate, NY on July 10, 2017:

I think you just convinced me to leave this to the pro's. At least i'll have an idea of what's supposed to be done, thanks! Maybe i'll avoid using architectural shingles on my front porch roof, to simplify the job.

Denise Mai from Idaho on October 17, 2012:

Wow. I never imagined shingling a roof myself. Your instructions are so clear it almost seems easy. If only roofs weren't so high. These are such great instructions, you're a real pro!

Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on October 17, 2012:

@ Cardisa: No, not my feet, but those of my son. He helped enormously as he used to be a roofer and even though this wasn't a huge job his help was very much appreciated. Dad runs the camera; son does the work!

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on October 17, 2012:

Priceless hub, so detailed and helpful every step (or is it tile) of the way. Voting and sharing this one. Pinning too.

Judi Brown from UK on October 17, 2012:

Wilderness, I admire these home improvement hubs so much – great photos and such detailed advice.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on October 17, 2012:

I wish I could do stuff like this then write a hub about it!. This is awesome. My brother does all the work on our family home and the house I now live in. He is a contractor and he lives next door and the best part is that I get his service free of charge…lol Are those your feet on the roof?

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on October 17, 2012:

My twins did our porch roof last year at this time. Now I need to get them back up there and do the house and garage roof. I suppose it would have been easier to do the entire job all at once.

jacksonjojaf on September 23, 2012:

good article

Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on September 23, 2012:

When I did my last house it cost $60 regardless of quantity to have them spread on the rooftop.

If you have several tons (not uncommon for a house with an attached garage) it's worth several times that to save packing them all up the ladder.

tipstoretireearly from New York on September 23, 2012:

Having the shingles delivered to the roof is a great idea. Never thought of that. Great photos.


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