New Construction Roofing: Homeowner’s Guide

Learn about new construction roofing materials, costs, pros, cons, and installation process so you're more informed about your future newly built home.
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Reviewed by JC Sanjuan — General and roofing contractor with over a decade of experience in residential and commercial construction. He specializes in project management, quality workmanship, client satisfaction, and solving roofing challenges.

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Welcome to our guide on new construction roofing for homeowners. Whether you’re building a new home or addition, with so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start. Today, we’ll walk you through the different types of roofing systems available for new construction, the pros and cons of each, and important factors to consider when making your decision.

By the end of this guide, you’ll have a better understanding of what roofing system is best for your new construction project.

Let’s get started!

New roofing construction costs

Florida home with a hip roof shape showing with blue skies and green frontyard on a sunny day

The average total cost to install a roof on a new typical 1,800-square-foot home in Florida, including expenses for truss engineering and manufacturing, blocking, fascia boards, trims, wood decking, and roof covering (asphalt shingles) materials and labor, is roughly . This estimate is based on the following details:

  • Roof Shape: Combination of hip and gable
  • Height: Single story with 10-foot-tall walls
  • Roof Pitch: 5:12
  • Roof Deck Material: 1/2″ CDX plywood sheathing
  • Underlayment: Peel and stick
  • Roof Material: Asphalt shingles

Cost breakdown:

  • The cost for engineering and manufacturing trusses, delivery, materials, hoisting, installation, and required blocking would roughly be .
  • Installing fascia board and trim costs , or $ per linear foot.
  • An estimated sheaths of plywood would be needed, factoring in waste. The cost, including labor and materials, is approximately $ per board, totaling around for plywood installation.
  • The overall cost for installing roofing components, such as flashing, vent stacks, attic ventilation, underlayment, starters, asphalt shingles, and hip & ridge caps, on average, would be approximately .

Additional considerations:

  • These estimates are based on what a general contractor in Central Florida might charge on average. Opting for a construction company could increase your costs by about 30%.
  • A DIY approach could save you roughly 15% to 20%.

New construction roofing costs, pros and cons for different materials

Let’s explore different roofing materials and their pros and cons, including the average price per square foot of home:

Roofing Material Avg. Total Cost* Price / Sq. Ft.
Asphalt Shingles
Metal
Concrete Tile
Slate
Solar – Tesla Tiles

*Typically for a simple 1,800 square foot home. Pricing will vary depending on your home’s unique conditions. When estimating your home’s size, remember to factor in the area under your roof, including garages, porches, and other spaces, not just the livable or conditioned areas. These costs do not include truss engineering and manufacturing, blocking, fascia boards, trims, wood decking.

Asphalt shingles:

  • Cost: Asphalt shingles are one of the most budget-friendly options, with an average price of per square foot, including labor.
  • Pros: They are easy to install, come in various styles and colors, and are durable.
  • Cons: Asphalt shingles may have a shorter lifespan than other materials and may be less eco-friendly.

Metal roofing:

  • Cost: Metal roofs averages per square foot, including labor, making them a bit more expensive upfront.
  • Pros: They are highly durable, resistant to weather, and can last 50 years or more. They are also energy-efficient.
  • Cons: The initial cost can be higher, and installation may require experienced professionals.

Concrete tiles:

  • Cost: Tile roofs, including labor, can be pricier, averaging  per square foot.
  • Pros: They are exceptionally durable, fire-resistant, and come in various styles.
  • Cons: The weight of tile roofing may require additional structural support.

Slate:

  • Cost: Slate roofs have a moderate initial cost, averaging per square foot, including labor, and give a rustic appearance.
  • Pros: They are highly durable and are fire-resistant and can last over 100 years.
  • Cons: Slate can also break if not handled carefully.

Solar tiles (Tesla):

  • Cost: Solar roofing is on the higher end of the price spectrum, typically more per square foot, including labor.
  • Pros: It produces electricity, which can offset energy costs, and is environmentally friendly.
  • Cons: The initial investment is substantial, and installation should be done by professionals.

Factors influencing cost of new roofs

Materials

Collage photo showcasing a variety of synthetic roofing materials including synthetic slate cedar shakes and clay tiles to highlight the range of choices available

Roofing materials come in different options, each with its own price range. Asphalt shingles are typically more affordable, while materials like metal or slate tend to be on the higher end of the price spectrum.
The quality and durability of the material you choose can also impact long-term costs. High-quality materials might have a higher upfront cost but can save you money on repairs and replacements in the future.

Labor

Two workers doing a reroof on a house

Labor costs can vary based on your location and the project’s complexity. Roofing professionals typically charge per roof square of material. Labor is roughly 30% to 40% of the total cost of the job. Getting multiple quotes from reputable contractors can help you better understand labor costs for your specific project.

Roof Size and complexity

home with a complex roof with different sections heights and designs
Beautiful suburban home with wrap around porch

The square footage of your roof directly affects material requirements and, subsequently, costs. Larger roofs require more materials and more time to install. Roof design, including the cut-up sections, roof pitch, dormers, or unusual architectural features, can increase labor costs. Homes with unique roof designs can increase an extra 15% to 25% of the total cost of project.

Additional features

If your roof includes features like skylights, chimneys, or unique ventilation systems, these will add to the overall cost. These features require careful installation and may involve custom work.

Location

Roofing costs in Florida vary depending on the area where you need the service. Factors such as the cost of living, demand for services, and the availability of skilled labor influence these costs. In general, urbanized and affluent areas tend to have higher costs due to the higher cost of living and the greater demand for high-quality construction services.

Here are some areas in Florida where you might find higher roofing costs:

South Florida and the Miami Metropolitan Area: Cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach often have higher costs because of the dense population, high demand for roofing services, and overall higher cost of living. Also, after storms and hurricanes, the demand for roofing services increases.

Tampa Bay Area and surrounding cities: The Tampa Bay area, including St. Petersburg and Clearwater, can also experience higher roofing costs. The growth in housing and commercial developments increases demand for roofing services, pushing up costs.

Orlando and Central Florida: Orlando is a rapidly growing metropolitan area with a booming housing market. As a result, there is high demand for construction and roofing services, which can drive up prices.

Sarasota and Naples: These areas are known for their affluent communities and high-end housing. Therefore, they might also see higher costs due to the demand for premium roofing services.

Northern Florida: The northern part of the state, including the Panhandle and cities like Tallahassee, typically have lower roofing labor costs compared to the more densely populated and affluent southern regions.

Climate

Your local climate plays a role in material selection. Areas with heavy rainfall or extreme temperature variations may require more durable roofing materials, which can increase costs.
In hurricane-prone regions, such as Florida, impact-resistant materials may be necessary to meet building codes, adding to expenses.

Warranty and quality

Choosing higher-quality roofing materials often comes with more extended warranties and better durability. While these materials may cost more initially, they can save you money in the long term by reducing the need for repairs or premature replacements.

New roof installation process

New-Construction-Roofing-Contractor-Van-Nuys - DeLuca Roofing Inc.
Credit: DeLuca Roofing

The installation steps may vary based on different factors like the type of roofing material or the existing roof structure. However, here are the common steps involved in a new roof installation:

Step 1. Install roof trusses and blocking

The first step in constructing a roof is to install roof trusses and blocking. They are tied and secured in place on top of the walls with metal connectors to provide support and stability. This creates a solid base for the roof sheathing.

Step 2. Install fascia boards and wood trims

After installing trusses and blocking, fascia boards and trims are installed. This step involves attaching the fascia board to the roof’s edge using nails or screws. Trims may then be installed over the fascia to create space for the roof’s metal edge.

Step 3. Install wood decking

Depending on the type of roof wood deck, the boards or sheathing are laid down over the trusses and secured with fasteners.

Step 4. Flashing installation

Flashing is installed around roof features like chimneys, vents, dormers, walls, and valleys to prevent water penetration.

Step 5. Installation of underlayment

A weather-resistant underlayment is installed over the roof decking to provide an extra layer of protection against water infiltration. The metal drip edge will be also installed over the top of fascia and trim boards.

Step 6. Installation of roofing material

The chosen roofing material is installed according to manufacturer specifications and local building codes.

Step 7. Ventilation installation

Proper ventilation is key for a healthy roofing system. Vents are installed to allow air circulation, which helps prevent moisture buildup and extends the life of your roof.

Step 8. Ridge cap installation

Ridge caps are installed at the peaks of the roof to provide a finished look and enhance the weather resistance of the roof.

Step 9. Cleanup

The work area is cleaned up, and debris from the old roof is removed.

Step 10. Final inspection

A final inspection by contractor and building inspector is conducted to ensure that the new roof meets quality standards and complies with local building codes.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions homeowners and builders have when it comes to new construction roofing costs:

How long does a new construction roof last?

The lifespan of a new construction roof depends on various factors such as the quality of materials used, the installation process, and the weather conditions of the area. Generally, a well-constructed roof can last anywhere between 20 to 50 years. However, regular maintenance and inspection can help extend the lifespan of the roof and detect any issues early on.

What types of roofing materials are available for new construction roofs?

There are several types of roofing materials available for new construction roofs. The most common materials are asphalt shingles, metal roofing, concrete tiles, clay tiles, slate, and wood shingles or shakes. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages in terms of durability, cost, and aesthetics, so it’s important to consider your specific needs and preferences when choosing a roofing material for your new construction project.

Can I install a new construction roof myself, or do I need to hire a professional?

Installing a new construction roof is a complex task that requires knowledge, skills, and experience. While it is possible for some people to do it themselves, it is generally recommended to hire a professional roofing contractor. A professional roofer not only has the necessary expertise and tools to do the job right, but they can also ensure that the roof is installed safely and up to code. Additionally, professional roofing contractors typically offer warranties and guarantees on their work, which can provide you with peace of mind in case anything goes wrong with the installation.

What kind of maintenance is required for a new construction roof?

Regular maintenance is essential for a new construction roof. Tasks include inspecting for damage, clearing debris, checking for leaks, ensuring proper ventilation, and having professional inspections periodically to identify potential issues early. Following a regular maintenance routine can help extend the life of the roof and save money in the long run.

What should I do if I have a leak in my new construction roof?

Depending on your warranty, you may contact your builder. They can send their roofing subcontractor to identify the cause of the leak and recommend the best course of action for repair to prevent further damage to your home.

What warranties are available for new construction roofing materials and installation?

New construction roofing materials and installation usually come with warranties that cover defects in materials and workmanship. The length and coverage of the warranty may vary depending on the manufacturer and installation company. Ask your contractor about the warranty options available and read the fine print to understand what is and isn’t covered.

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