Roofing Costs: How to Find a Fair Price

So you’ve noticed some water seeping through your attic and some shingles missing from your roof whenever you walk outside. After some research, you’ve determined that it’s indeed time for a roof replacement, but what about the cost?

You shouldn’t have to take a second mortgage out on your home just to afford the roof, but how can you determine what’s reasonable? After all, you’re not the roofing expert, and you shouldn’t have to be. This week’s Exteriors Plus blog discusses what to look for in roofing prices, and how to know what’s fair and what’s not.

Exteriors Plus is the leader in roofing services in the Twin Cities area. Whether you need a roof repair, maintenance, or a full roof replacement, our knowledgeable team of roofing contractors is here to help! Read this week’s blog post to learn more about pricing for roofing services and connect with us today to schedule your free estimate.

So, What will a Roof Replacement Cost me?

If you’re in need of a brand new roof, you’ve probably scoured the Internet to find an exact answer to this question, but likely haven’t had much luck. That’s because –– and we know you probably hate to hear this –– it depends. There are many factors and elements that go into roofing services, so it can be difficult to determine an exact cost in your particular situation, unless you’re given a specific estimate by a professional roofing contractor.

With that said, there are some things to consider and things you can do ahead of time when hiring a roofing contractor for your home in the Twin Cities to make sure you’re getting a fair price, and Exteriors Plus is here to help you break them down.

Compare to Roofing Contractors – Get Multiple Estimates

First and foremost, it’s important to get a feel for what the roofing contractors in your area are charging. If you have no reference point, you’ll never know whether the price your roofing contractor is asking is reasonable for your area.

We recommend getting multiple estimates for your roofing services so you can better understand what each roofing contractor offers, as well as their various price points. If you don’t want to go through full estimates with each one, you could always ask them if they have a quick pricing guide, or what factors they use to determine the price of each job.

Ask Around

What better way to get an honest answer about roofing contractors than to ask your friends and family about their experiences? If you know someone who recently used a roofing contractor in your area, we recommend picking their brain about cost, materials, experience, etc.

You don’t need exact details here, but even understanding a price range can help you get a better idea of reasonable and unreasonable prices. It is important to note that prices will vary depending on a number of factors, so be prepared for your estimate to look different than your neighbor’s.


Thanks to Google, we now have plenty of resources that can help narrow down roofing costs, even for specific areas. We recommend browsing the Internet for roofing prices in your area. Again, you don’t need exact numbers here, just a starting point that can be used as a reference.

However, if you are looking for specifics on square footage costs, there are plenty of resources available to help you out. Do be aware, though, that the most accurate number will come from getting an exact estimate from your roofing contractor. Researching will only provide you with a baseline.

Understand the Factors Influence Price

Most importantly, when determining whether you’re paying a fair price for your roofing services, you need to first understand the various factors that go into each roofing project, because there are many of them. Our team at Exteriors Plus explains some of them below.

Roof’s Size

The most important factor that goes into determining the cost of your roof replacement is the size of your roof. Roofing contractors charge by roofing squares, which are 10-by-10 foot (or 100 square feet).


Believe it or not, where you live actually has a significant impact on the cost of your roofing services. The cost per square foot will typically range from $1.50 to $3.00. Your roofing contractor will also need to factor in the labor costs in the final price.

For asphalt shingles in Minnesota, the cost for raw roofing materials is anywhere between $0.79 and $2.75, depending on your specific roofing contractor. We recommend speaking with your roofing contractor well in advance about costs and pricing options to figure out which best meets your needs.

Roof’s Pitch

Your roof’s pitch also has an effect on the price you’ll be charged. If your roof has a high pitch, you’ll likely be charged a bit more than if it’s got a lower pitch. This is often due to needing extra security equipment or having to take additional precautions for higher-pitch roofs.

Roofing Materials

Different roofing materials are priced differently, with asphalt being the cheapest, followed by wood, metal, and then tile and slate. Some materials require more labor than others, which also increases the cost of your roofing services.

Before signing a contract with your roofing company, be sure to ask them about the different options available and understand how the prices vary between each.

Added Features on your Roof

Does your roof have a large chimney, some skylights, and other awesome features? Unfortunately, that also plays a role in the cost of your roofing services. The more features your roof has, the more difficult your roof replacement will be, which means increased labor costs.

You can get an accurate idea of costs for additional features during your roofing estimate.

Choose Exterior Plus for Fair Pricing on Roofing Services

Here at Exteriors Plus, we know you have lots of options to choose from when it comes to roofing services in the Twin Cities. That’s why we offer the highest quality roofing materials at fair prices. We want to help you protect your family with a brand new roof, without having to sacrifice your first-born child.

To learn more about our roofing services or to schedule a free estimate with our team of professionals in the Twin Cities, contact Exteriors Plus today!