Hip Roof Cost and Homeowners Guide 2023
By Faith Wakefield /
Average Gable Roof Cost : $5,950- $11,220 for materials
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A gable roof is a steep or pitched roof that has two sides (gable walls) that come together at the top of a home to make a triangle. As one of the most popular roof styles in the US., this roof is a popular choice for boosted curb appeal.
Gable roofs can be built from nearly every roofing material available, which allows for customization and budget control. This roof style is also ideal for solar panels and has excellent ventilation that often improves the energy efficiency of your home.
There are so many ways to design a gable roof, so if you are interested in this style of roofing, reach out to a local roofing company for a personalized estimate for your roof replacement.
The average cost to install a 1,700-square-foot gable roof starts between $5,950 and $11,220 for materials. At just $3.50 to $6.60 per square foot, gable roofs are one of the more affordable roof styles. This estimated cost is entirely dependent on the material you use, so keep in mind that this number can vary by material and where you live.
Along with your materials, you’ll also have to pay for labor. Because the cost of labor often ranges between $1.50 and $3.00 per square foot, you can expect to pay between $2,550 and $5,100 minimum for your construction crew.
The amounts listed above are based on national averages, so the total cost of your gable roof may differ. For an estimate personalized to your roof, contact your local roofing company for a free quote.
To get a ballpark estimate of the cost of your roof replacement, all you need to do is multiply the average costs of a gable roof by the square footage of your roof. For the average costs, use the range we listed above. As for your roof’s size, you can find the approximate square footage if you:
Remember that this number is only an estimate of what your new roof will cost, and you will need to add on the cost of labor and other roofing materials.
Like all roofs, the total cost of your gable roof depends on the materials, labor costs and other factors that go into construction. These factors include, but are not limited to:
Gable roofs can be made from nearly any roofing material, so the cost of your materials will depend on the material you choose. Asphalt roofs will be less expensive at less than $4 per square foot, for example, but metal and wood roofs will be more expensive at up to $20 per square foot or more.
To build your gable roof, you’ll also need other roofing materials such as underlayment, ice and water shield and roof flashing. Much of the time, these materials are included in your roof’s quote, but not always.
A simple gable roof is a pitched or slanted roof that comes together at the top to make a triangle and has flat areas on the front, back or side of the home. But this is not the only way to design a gable roof.
In fact, gable roof variations are as diverse as the roofing materials they are made with:
The gable roof variation you choose for your home will impact the cost of your project because some styles need more material or require more intense labor. If your home has attached dormers, for example, you will need to pay extra for the materials and labor for each of those structures along with the cost of your roof.
Labor refers to the cost of each construction crew member, their experience and how much each roofer can get done in one day. Besides your materials, this is the other major factor that impacts roof replacement cost.
This cost does vary by region, but your gable roof’s size, complexity and accessibility can also influence your labor costs. For the most accurate cost estimates, contact your local roofing companies.
You can install a new roof over an existing gable roof. But if you already have more than two layers of roof installed, you will have to pay for the current roof to be removed before construction on the new one can begin.
Of course, this is not always the case. If your roofer evaluates your current roof and does not notice the following, you can avoid the extra $1,500 to $3,000 removal and dump fees:
Larger and more complex roofs cost more to replace than the average American roof. If you have extra features on your roof, such as multiple tiers, ventilation, chimneys, dormer windows or skylights, then you will have to pay more for your gable roof’s installation.
The decision to install any new roof has its pros and cons, and as a responsible homeowner, you should weigh them all. Once you have completed your research on various roofing options, contact the best companies for roof installation in your area to start gathering quotes.
When well-kept and properly maintained, gable roofs can last up to 30 years or more. Gable roofs can be made from any roofing material, so the material used may also impact lifespan.
Because of the large overhang common in gable roof design, the gable roof is more likely to be damaged by high winds. Unlike some roofs that are more streamlined, the wind will catch under the gable roof eaves. It is also not uncommon for wind to rip gable roofs off the home completely, which makes this type of roof not suitable for places that get high wind.
The gable roof’s characteristic steep slope is ideal for colder and wetter climates. This is because the roof slopes make it easier for water to drain down and for heavier snow to lay more evenly.
A gable roof is only as environmentally friendly as the material used to build it. So if you use asphalt for your roof, then your roof won’t be as eco-friendly as it would be if you installed a metal roof.
Gable roofs can also be energy-efficient if you install proper insulation, use light-colored roofing to reflect light and choose recyclable roof material. If you are an eco-conscious homeowner who values energy efficiency, then talk to your contractor about your goals so that they can help you make the best decision for your roof.
Gable roofs can be a more affordable option if you choose a cheaper material, but like most homeowners, you will need to finance at least some of your project. Besides paying completely out of pocket, there are several options available to pay for your roof, including:
Before you pay for a new roof, it’s always a good idea to check with your previous installation company. If your old roof is still under warranty and the damage is covered, then you might save money on your project.
Todd Miller1, President of Isaiah Industries and experienced roofer, says that homeowners aren’t always aware of these warranties, but emphasizes that:
“Homeowners need to understand that when they buy a roof, they get two warranties typically. One from the manufacturer covering the product integrity and the other from their local contractor covering the installation workmanship.”
If you are qualified, you could also have access to government programs that offer roofing assistance. These programs — such as the federal weatherization assistance program that funds energy-efficient home upgrades for low-income families — may not cover the entire cost of your new roof, but can provide some financial relief.
Like all roofs and home improvement projects, homeowners will not see a complete return on investment (ROI) with their new gable roof. But, you can expect a return on investment (ROI) of your gable roof to be at least 60% to 70%, which means it is a good idea to replace your roof.
If you plan to sell your home, a new roof can be a good selling point. Buyers often shy away from older roofs that need immediate replacement, so a new roof may make your home one of the most competitive on the market.
The steep design of gable roofs makes these roofs more prone to wind damage than most roofs. If you live in an area that gets severe weather, such as tornadoes and hurricanes, then you will likely have to replace shingles every few years or after more severe storms.
The cost to repair roof damage depends on the extent of that damage. Less significant damage, such as a few missing shingles or broken gutters, may cost $150 or less. But if larger roof sections are damaged and the functionality of your roof is in danger, then you may be looking at thousands of dollars in repairs.
This roof may have a simplistic design, but homeowners should not attempt repairs themselves. Homeowners who attempt gable roof repairs themselves may not fit pieces correctly, which can make the roof vulnerable to water and further damage. For that reason, anyone interested in buying a home with a gable roof should opt for a home inspection and check the roof before purchase.
You should have no problem painting your gable roof, but some materials take to paint better than others. For instance, you can absolutely paint metal roofs, and this is a cost-effective way to touch up an aging roof. Instead of paying $20,000 to $40,000 or more for a new roof, a new coat of paint costs as little as $1,000 to $3,000.
As with all projects, your gable roof paint project will be more expensive if you hire a professional company to do the job. But with how steep gable roofs are, we do not recommend that you paint it yourself. In this case, the professionals are worth the money.
At least once a year, if not twice, you should clean your gable roof and gutters. Roofs that are well maintained not only last longer, but you can catch damage before it leads to more significant problems.
The cost to clean your gable roof depends on the material it’s made of, its complexity and the slope. Some materials, such as metal roofs, need more expensive power washing. Others, such as asphalt shingles, require a less expensive chemical wash.
Because gable roofs have such sloped roofs, it’s not recommended for homeowners to clean these roofs themselves. However, if you have a good ladder and a home maintenance buddy, you can absolutely clean your own gutters.
Your roof and regional prices may differ, but you can generally expect the following price ranges to clean your gable roof:
Gable roofs are an affordable way to add valuable curb appeal to your home. Not only can you choose the roofing material that best suits your needs, but you can choose to install energy-efficient and eco-friendly products to reduce your carbon footprint.
These triangular-shaped roofs are absolutely worth the cost if you live in northern regions that get more mild weather. But if you live in a place that experiences severe storms, hurricanes and heavy winds, you may want to consider a different roofing option.
Gable roofs are more expensive than asphalt shingles, but they are similar in price to other roof designs. Like all roofing materials, gable roof costs span a range, and the price per square foot is between $3.50 and $6.60 per square foot. On the lower end, your gable roof may not be much more expensive than asphalt roofing.
Gable roofs are the perfect roof for solar panels. This roof provides optimal space for solar panels because you can install panels on every side of the roof for the best results. The roof structure is also strong enough to support the weight of a solar panel system.
A hip roof will be more expensive than a gable roof because hip roofs require more materials to build. Even though they are easier to install, hip roofs are more difficult to design. This design cost adds on to the total cost of your roofing project.