Cost to Install a New Roof – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 1353

$ 355

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 40% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install a New Roof noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much is a new roof? A roofing contractor charges $1,353 to install a new roof or do it yourself for $355.

A new roof is a big investment that increases the value of your home. It’s a practical and aesthetic improvement when you consider it an opportunity to enhance the appearance of the house and renew the first line of defense against the elements.

To get ideas for roofing materials and colors, drive through neighborhoods of houses similar to yours and take pictures of those you like. Take your time, and consider various combinations of siding and trim in colors you currently have or may be contemplating for your home. When you know what you want, you’re ready to get estimates from roofers.

A roofer will charge $1,353, which includes the labor and material, to install top quality 30-pound fiberglass shingles on a small single story house with a 300-square-foot roof. The cost will be considerably more if there are several layers of old roofing to remove, or if your roof has high peaks and deep eaves.

While you could do it yourself for $355, the cost of the materials, don’t. Roofing is definitely a job for a professional because it’s dangerous and difficult work. Just hauling heavy shingles up a ladder is strenuous even for the most physically fit. Save your talents and time to tackle projects closer to the ground. And before you begin, remember to find out if a permit is required from your local building department.

Read about roofing from Owens Corning Choosing the Right Roof.

Now you know the average cost to install a new roof, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor.

Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.