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How Much Does a New Roof Cost in Nashville, Tennessee?

November 1st, 2023 | 12 min. read

How Much Does a New Roof Cost in Nashville, Tennessee?

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Getting a new roof is an expensive investment most homeowners put off as long as possible. And honestly, I get it. 

I’m a roofing contractor, and I even understand not wanting to buy a new roof for my Nashville home. It’s not a jet ski, a new car, or something else fun.

But your roof is your home’s first line of defense from the elements, so it’s a necessity. That still doesn’t make it easier on your wallet, though. 

Unfortunately, a new roof’s cost is guaranteed to cause sticker shock if you don’t know what to expect. Even worse, most Nashville roofing companies aren’t transparent about pricing until they already have you on the hook. 

I don’t want that to happen to you. 

For over 30 years, Bill Ragan Roofing has been upfront with homeowners in Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee areas about everything cost-related. Because of this, I’ll break down how much you can expect a new roof to cost in our area. 

This article answers the following questions:

  • How much does a new roof cost in Nashville, Tennessee?
  • How much does a roof cost in Nashville, Tennessee, based on the roofing material you choose?
  • What factors impact the cost of your new roof in Nashville, Tennessee?

How much does a new roof cost in Nashville, Tennessee?

According to the 2023 COST VS VALUE REPORT, the average cost of a roof replacement in Nashville, Tennessee, is $25,422. Now, this is a very general price because it doesn’t separate the different shingle types, account for home or roof size, and other factors.

architectural asphalt shingle roof

The average residence in Nashville is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with a walkable roof pitch, a little roof complexity, and architectural asphalt shingles. For most homeowners, a more realistic new roof’s 2023 average cost in Nashville, Tennessee, is around $15,000. 

Unfortunately, you can expect a new roof’s average cost to rise in 2024 because of the continued price increases for roofing materials. However, this is countrywide, not just local to Nashville. 

How much does a roof cost in Nashville, Tennessee, based on the roofing material you choose?

While having the average cost of a new roof in Nashville is great, it doesn’t paint the whole story. There are a wide variety of roofing materials to choose from that all have different price points. 

Below is a table with the cost per square foot of the top roofing materials used in Nashville, Tennessee. Keep in mind each price is for a full roof replacement, which includes labor and material costs. 

Roofing Material

2023 Cost Per Square Foot

3-tab shingles


Architectural shingles


Luxury shingles


Steel exposed fastener metal


Steel standing seam metal


Copper standing seam metal

$30.00 - $50.00

Synthetic shingles

$15.00 - $20.00

Cedar shake


Slate tiles

$25.00 - $30.00

EPDM (flat roofing)


PVC (flat roofing)


TPO (flat roofing)


(Click the link on an individual roofing material to learn more)

Just know that these are rough cost numbers for each roofing material because it’s impossible to be exact without an inspection. However, your new roof’s cost should be in the ballpark with the prices above.

What factors impact the cost of your new roof in Nashville, Tennessee?

The type of roofing material has a huge impact on the cost of your new roof. However, there’s much more a Nashville roofing contractor considers when estimating a new roof’s price. 

Below are the factors that impact the cost of your new roof in Nashville, Tennessee. 

The size of your roof

The most obvious factor is the square footage of your roof. Your roof’s square footage affects the amount of materials used, labor, and time needed to complete the job. 

I say square footage because it’s what homeowners are familiar with. However, you’ll hear your Nashville roofing contractor say “price per roofing square”. 

A roofing square is simply a roofing industry term for a 10x10 area that’s equal to 100 square feet of roof surface.

Your roof’s accessibility

A roofing contractor needs an access point for tearing off your old roof, getting the new materials on your roof for installation, and everything in between. The harder your roof is to access, the more it impacts the cost.

roof with bad accessibility(Roof with bad accessibility)

Below are common things that make a roof hard to access:

  • Landscaping or rows of bushes below the roof line
  • A fence around the property
  • No paved surface near the access point
  • The neighboring houses are close

Even if the roofs are the exact same, a home with an easy access point will have lower labor costs than a home with the things listed above. 

The number of penetrations your roof has

A roof penetration is anything that comes through your roof, like plumbing vents, gas vents, kitchen/bathroom vents, skylights, and chimneys. The more penetrations your roof has, the more it impacts the cost. 

Smaller pipes or vents won’t impact much, but skylights and chimneys add more to a new roof’s cost because they take longer to flash and work around.

Your roof’s pitch and complexity

Roof pitch is the slope (angle) of your roof, which can go from flat to almost completely vertical. The steeper the roof pitch, the more it costs to replace due to moving slower and safely. 

complex roof being replaced(Very complex roof replacement)

A roof’s pitch is important enough to mention on its own, but it’s also part of complexity. Complexity is how your roof is cut up with different facets, hips, valleys, and stories off the ground. 

Your roof’s complexity has a huge impact on the cost of replacing it. This is simply because a roof with a high number of facets at multiple angles, hips, valleys, and two or more stories off the ground is more difficult and takes a lot longer to roof than a ranch-style home’s roof.

The amount of roof decking that may need to be replaced

Decking is the wooden boards that make up the framing of your roof that your material and other components are installed on. The amount of rotten or compromised decking that needs to be replaced impacts the cost of your new roof. 

roof decking replaced before roof installation(Sheets of newly replaced decking)

If your roofer knows how much will be replaced at the start, it will be included in your roof estimate. But if they find that bad decking after the tear-off process, the cost will be added to the final invoice.

The number of layers and dump fees

Most roofs have one layer of shingles, but there’s a chance your roof has more than one that needs to be torn off. If your roof has more than one layer, it increases the amount of labor and debris coming off your roof.  

dump trailer full of roof debris from tearing off old roof(Dump trailer full of debris)

This not only increases labor costs but also the dump fees when getting rid of the torn-off materials. The dumpsites around Nashville charge significant fees that are always going up. 

You’ll be charged an initial labor and dump fee for the first layer plus an added cost for each additional layer.

The labor and time to complete your roof replacement

As I’m sure you noticed, labor and time have a huge impact on all the factors I’ve already mentioned. If anything takes time and labor, it will show up in the final cost of your roof replacement. 

Unfortunately, there’s no set price for labor and time because it depends on the Nashville roofing contractor you hire. But the more manpower and time it takes to replace your roof, the more impact the cost.

Are you looking for a great roofing contractor in Nashville, TN?

After reading this article, you have an idea of how much a new roof costs in Nashville, Tennessee, on average and based on the roofing materials, plus what impacts the cost. If you want to play around with cost numbers based on your roof’s square footage, check out our Roof Cost Calculator

But no matter what, you’ll need to find a local Nashville roofing contractor you can trust for an honest roof assessment. Let Bill Ragan Roofing be that roofing contractor. 

Since 1990, Bill Ragan Roofing has provided thousands of residents in Nashville and surrounding areas with high-quality and head-turning roofs. Our pride is everything, which is why we proudly offer a lifetime craftsmanship guarantee on our workmanship. 

That’s why we say, “When you work with us, you’ll never worry about your roof again.”

Request a Quote today to schedule a free roof replacement estimate or, if you need one, a free second opinion. 

At the end of the day, our goal is to help you by being transparent and helpful, even if it impacts our bottom line. So, if you don’t think we’re the right fit or just want to know your options, here are the 7 Best Roofing Contractors in Nashville, Tennessee we recommend.  

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