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Last updated on March 25th, 2023

Roof shingling cost guide

Roof shingles, also known as tiles in the UK, consist of overlapping roof tiles made from materials such as asphalt (bitumen), slate, clay or concrete. In this guide, we’ll take a look at how much roof shingling costs on average, so that you can plan your project.

Roof shingles, also known as tiles in the UK, consist of overlapping roof tiles made from materials such as asphalt (bitumen), slate, clay or concrete. However, you can also find plastic, wood or metal roof shingles.

They tend to be relatively easy to install, and once complete, they offer an attractive, weatherproof and waterproof finish for your home.

In this guide, we’ll take a look at how much roof shingling costs on average so that you can plan your project.

Roof shingling cost

The cost of a new or replacement roof depends on a number of factors, starting with the size, type and pitch of the roof. There are also labour costs to consider, with a roofer charging around £25 per hour on average.

Removal of an existing asphalt roof will also require a removal skip as an additional cost. This is because asphalt is classified as hazardous waste. A waste skip could set you back around £295. 

The material you choose will also affect the cost. Let’s take a look at a few of the options, including asphalt, slate and plain tile shingles.

Roof shingle costsLow costHigh costAverage cost
Asphalt/bitumen shingles cost per m2From £40--
Plain shingles cost per m2£28£40£34
Slate shingles cost per m2£70£75£72.50
Replacement shingles cost - small area£75£200£137.50
Roofer costs per hour£20£30£25
Scaffolding (set up/removal)£150£300£225
Scaffolding (weekly hire)£40£150£95

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Asphalt shingle roof costarchitectural shingles cost

Asphalt (or bitumen) shingles are relatively cheap and easy to install and come in a range of colours to suit both traditional-style and contemporary homes.

However, they have a short life span of around 15-20 years. They are also more susceptible to damage from wind than other types of roof shingles. Although they can be replaced easily, doing this isn’t very cost-effective. Plus, they’re not as environmentally friendly as other roofing materials due to the use of petroleum in the production process.

On average, the cost to install asphalt shingles starts from £40 per square metre.

You can also find architectural asphalt shingles. These tend to be thicker and more decorative than ordinary asphalt. Some can even mimic natural roofing materials like slate or clay tiles. Architectural shingles cost more than standard asphalt, but they do last longer.

Plain or slate roof shingling cost

Other options for roof shingling include slate or plain shingles, the latter of which can be made from clay or concrete.

Slate is the most expensive at around £72 per square metre. However, you can save money by opting for plain shingles or tiles at £34 a square metre.

Cost to replace roof shingles

If only a few of your roof shingles are damaged or missing, it may not be necessary to replace the whole roof. You can simply have the tiles or shingles replaced for around £75, with the job taking just an hour or two.

Another option is re-roofing. This is simply where replacement shingles are layered over existing shingles. It tends to be cheaper because the whole roof doesn’t need to be ripped off and a new shingle roof installed from scratch.

You may also want to consider reroofing if your roof is looking a little tired or worn, and you’d like to give it an affordable facelift.

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Can I install roof shingles myself?

You should always use an experienced roofer to install roof shingles as it is a specialist job, it is dangerous working at a height and also could be very costly if a bodged DIY job takes place.

Is scaffolding needed for roof singling?

Scaffolding is needed for any domestic roof repairs. The cost of scaffolding includes a set up and removal cost of around £225, plus hire charges of around £95 a week as long as the scaffolding is up. This makes it even more crucial to bring in a professional, to get quality work completed efficiently and save on access costs.

How long do roof shingles last?

The lifespan of your roof shingles depends on which material you choose. Asphalt tiles can start to degrade within 20-30 years, while materials such as slate can last much longer.

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