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Asphalt Roof Replacement

There is a reason why asphalt shingle roofing is the most popular roofing material in the State of Minnesota, and indeed around the country.  Asphalt shingles offer many years of performance at a lower initial cost than other materials and are a solid choice for any homeowner on a budget.  Plus, in the past fifteen year manufactures have made great strides in developing products with more depth and character than your grandma’s asphalt had.

Asphalt Shingle Roof Costs in Minneapolis

How Roof Costs are Calculated

If you want a better understanding how the cost of a new asphalt roof is derived, check out our this article: The Cost of a New Asphalt Shingle Roof

Cost Modifiers

Other than the material selection, the biggest cost drivers in the repair or replacement of asphalt shingle roofs in Minneapolis are the roof size, complexity, roof slope and height.  Labor will increase with the additional layers of existing material to be torn off.  It’s common on older Minneapolis homes-anything pre 1975-to have solid, dimensional lumber roof decking such as 1×8.  Excessive gaps between the decking pieces sometimes requires an overlay of plywood over the entire roof before a new roof can be applied.  Having a smaller yet still important affect on price are the number off penetrations and accessories such as chimneys, skylights, stacks and vents.

Asphalt Roof Replacement Cost

Let’s say you have a typical 30 square, 9/12 pitch asphalt shingle roof with one layer that needs replacing.  What is the potential cost range for such a roof?  Answer, $8,500 to $16,200 (30 x $285-540).  You could choose a standard grade, asphalt composite three tab shingle that costs $80 per square (material) or a middle-of-the-road architectural shingle for $110 per square, or, you could go for it and choose a designer material for $250 per square.  The resulting range of about $170 per square translates in our example to no more than $5,100 (30 sq.. x$170).  To the surprise of many, the cost variation in asphalt roofing is the greatest among any common material, with lower grades appealing to high-volume builders and higher grades to those in nicer homes.  We have installed a couple asphalt roofs that cost more per square than cedar!  We will help you figure out what is best for your home and your budget when we work together.

Asphalt Roof Pros and Cons in Minneapolis


  1. Low cost of initial install
  2. Many color and Texture options


  1. Appearance can sometimes feel ‘cheap’
  2. Questionable environmental impact

Additional Asphalt Shingle Resources

GAF Roofing Products

Asphalt Shingles Qualify for Energy Star Rating

National Roofing Contractors Association: Asphalt Shingles

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