What is the Cheapest Roof Replacement?

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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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The cheapest roof replacement option, as of today, is asphalt shingles.

But let’s be honest, no roof replacement is truly “cheap.” And when your roof starts failing, you need options that fit your budget. Understanding the factors affecting roof replacement costs will help you make smart choices.

The Cheapest Materials

Asphalt Shingles

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The reigning champ for affordability. Asphalt shingles come in various styles, are easy to install, and can last 15-20 years with proper care.

Home Size Lower-End Mid-Range Higher-End
1,250 $7,913 $8,788 $11,875
1,500 $9,495 $10,545 $14,250
1,750 $11,078 $12,303 $16,625
2,000 $12,660 $14,060 $19,000
2,250 $14,243 $15,818 $21,375
2,500 $9,495 $17,575 $23,750
2,750 $17,408 $19,333 $26,125
3,000 $18,990 $21,090 $28,500

*Pricing will vary depending on your home’s unique conditions. Numbers based on total square footage of home under the roof, including garages, sheds, de-attached structures, etc. with a medium roof pitch (5 : 12).

Rolled Roofing

Flat roof torched down installation

Often used for sheds or outbuildings, rolled roofing is the least expensive option. However, it lacks durability and isn’t recommended for most homes.

Estimated flat rolled roof (modified bitumen, aka “granule mineral surface”) replacement costs* in Florida per home size:

Home Size Lower-End Mid-Range Higher-End
1,250 $9,138 $10,163 $13,713
1,500 $10,965 $12,195 $16,455
1,750 $12,793 $14,228 $19,198
2,000 $14,620 $16,260 $21,940
2,250 $16,448 $18,293 $24,683
2,500 $10,965 $20,325 $27,425
2,750 $20,103 $22,358 $30,168
3,000 $21,930 $24,390 $32,910

*Pricing will vary depending on your home’s unique conditions. Numbers based on total square footage of home under the roof, including garages, sheds, de-attached structures, etc. with a low roof pitch (1 : 12).

Corrugated Metal

corrugated metal panels

Basic corrugated metal panels can compete with asphalt shingles in price. While they offer good longevity, they’re noisy and less aesthetically pleasing than other options.

Estimated corrugated roof replacement costs* in Florida per home size:

Home Size Lower-End Mid-Range Higher-End
1,250 $12,210 $13,568 $18,315
1,500 $14,652 $16,281 $21,978
1,750 $17,094 $18,995 $25,641
2,000 $19,536 $21,708 $29,304
2,250 $21,978 $24,422 $32,967
2,500 $14,652 $27,135 $36,630
2,750 $26,862 $29,849 $40,293
3,000 $29,304 $32,562 $43,956

*Pricing will vary depending on your home’s unique conditions. Numbers based on total square footage of home under the roof, including garages, sheds, de-attached structures, etc. with a medium roof pitch (5 : 12).

Related: How Much Do Roof Replacement Costs?

Factors That Drive Up Costs

Roof Size and Complexity

The bigger and more complex your roof (think lots of angles or valleys) the more it’ll cost in both materials and labor.

Material Upgrades

Moving from basic asphalt shingles to architectural shingles or longer-lasting materials will increase the price.

Location

Labor rates and material costs vary by region. Areas with a high cost of living (major cities, expensive coastal areas) typically mean higher wages across the board, including for roofers.

Accessibility

A hard-to-reach roof or one requiring specialized equipment adds to labor costs.

Underlying Issues

If your roof deck or structure need repair, that adds significantly to your project.

Getting the Best Value, Not Just the Lowest Price

While cost is important, don’t let price alone drive your decision. Consider these points:

  • Lifespan: Cheap materials with a short lifespan mean multiple replacements over time, potentially costing more in the long run.
  • Resale Value: A nicer roof with lasting appeal can increase your home’s value.
  • Energy Efficiency: Some materials reflect heat better, reducing cooling costs. Factor those long-term savings into your decision.

What NOT to Do

  • Ignore Small Problems: A minor leak today is a major (and expensive) issue tomorrow.
  • Skimp on Labor: Roofing is a skilled trade. Poor installation leads to costly problems later.
  • Forget Permits: Required permits protect you by ensuring the work meets safety codes.

Related: Can I just Repair My Roof?

Get a Professional Opinion

The best way to find the most cost-effective replacement for your specific needs is to get estimates from several reputable roofing contractors. Discuss both short-term costs and the long-term value of different materials and warranties.

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