The New GAF Solar Roof: Cost & Comparisons – The Ultimate Guide

Solar tile roofs are becoming a popular option for homeowners who want to use renewable energy. Instead of installing solar panels on top of your roof with a racking system, photovoltaic cells are integrated directly into the shingles or tiles that make up your roof.

Both BiPV shingles and traditional solar arrays offer a service life of 25 years or more, and they make sense from a financial standpoint. However, if you’re among the homeowners who prefer the look of a traditional roof without PV modules, you might be interested in a solar roofing system.

GAF is an established provider of high-quality roofing materials, and they recently developed the Timberline Solar Energy Shingles. This product is characterized by being the first nailable solar shingle in the market, which makes the installation process much simpler.

  • GAF has designed a solar shingle that can be easily installed by roofing contractors, making the overall process easier for homeowners.
  • Normally, homeowners need to contact two separate companies to install their roofs and solar panels.

GAF offers complete roof replacements that include solar shingles, similar to how Tesla Solar Roof works. In other words, you cannot use their solar shingles for a partial roof upgrade. This is not a problem for new construction projects and homes that require a complete roof replacement.

However, if your roof is relatively new and in good condition, traditional solar panels have a lower cost and a quicker payback period. There are also solar shingle providers who offer partial upgrades, where only the roof areas that will be used to generate electricity are upgraded.

GAF: Innovation is a part of their DNA

GAF stands for General Aniline & Film, and they are currently the largest provider of roofing and waterproofing solutions in North America.

GAF introduced the Timberline roof shingle in 1967, and it became one of the most popular roofing products in the US. One of the companies that merged to create GAF was RUBEROID which launched the first individually cut asphalt shingle in 1912, and the first interlocking shingle in 1933.

GAF Energy was created in 2019 as a separate business unit, with the goal of providing solar solutions for residential and commercial buildings. GAF and GAF Energy are sister companies, both owned by Standard Industries. There are two main product lines:

  • The DecoTech system integrates solar panels into the roof structure, allowing a flush installation without separate racking.
  • The Timberline Solar roof system uses solar shingles instead of traditional PV modules, and GAF has developed the first nailable solar shingle in the world.

GAF Timberline Solar shingles installation
Source: GAF Energy

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Roofing Shingles Vs. Cedar Shakes Costs, Plus Pros & Cons in 2022

In this guide, we present a side-by-side comparison of cedar shingles and shakes vs. asphalt roofing, with focus on material composition, installation costs, plus pros and cons and ROI of each option. Let’s get started! The Difference Between Wood Shingles & Cedar Shakes When used in roof covering, wood can be either shakes or shingles. … Read more

Roof Replacement Cost 2022: New Roof Installation Prices per Sq.Ft.

It’s time to replace that scrappy old roof. Are you wondering how much it will cost to install a new roof on your home or garage? If so, check out our just-updated new roof pricing guide for homeowners.

A beautiful cabin with a combination roof

Straight off the bat: It needs to be stated that not all roofs are made the same and not all roofers charge the same prices. That said, on average, most contractors will charge between $4.25 and $6.50 per square foot or $425 to $650 per square (100 sq.ft.) to install or replace an asphalt shingle roof on a typical house.

On average across the US, it will cost between $8,500 and $14,300 to replace a 2,000-2,200 sq. ft. roof on a single-family house up to two-stories high. The total cost of a new roof will depend upon the overall roof difficulty and complexity, accessibility, contractor choice, and the local real estate market dynamics.

With a narrower average price range (capturing 80% of all residential reroofing jobs), you can expect to pay between $4.50 and $6.00 per sq. ft. or $450 to $600 per square to replace an asphalt shingle roof on a typical single-family house up to two-stories high. This would translate to a narrower total price range of $9,000 to $13,200 for a typical 2,000-2,200 square feet roof on a single-family house up to two-stories high.

What to expect when evaluating estimates from roofing pros: A typical roof replacement quote will normally include the removal and disposal of up to two layers of old shingles. It should also include the installation of new underlayment like the 30-pound roofing felt or synthetic underlayment, drip-edge flashing, chimney re-flashing, and Ice-and-Water shield application along the eaves and in the valleys of the roof, as required by the local building code. The quote should also include a 5 or 10-year workmanship warranty from the installer.

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Note: For homeowners who live in large and expensive coastal cities like Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York City, Boston, Miami, and Washington DC, the average quoted residential roofing prices can range from $6.00 to $8.50 per square foot or $600 to $850 per square of asphalt shingles installed or replaced, depending on the scope of the project.

The higher roofing costs in coastal areas are due to the higher local cost of living, and hence higher cost of doing business.

Booming local real estate values also drive up the demand and prices for professional home remodeling services, which have experienced a 15% to 20% price inflation since the start of the pandemic. — This has been especially true in the high cost of living areas where demand for exterior home remodeling services has been especially strong.

Did you know? The average residential roof size in the US is about 1,700 square feet or 17 squares, although there are many larger homes with roofs that can be well over 2,000 sq. ft. or 20 squares. In fact, larger residential properties with garages can easily exceed 3,000 sq. ft. or 30 squares in size.

All professional roofers use “squares” to measure and estimate roofs. A square is equal to 100 square feet of the 3-dimensional roof surface.

Project pricing example: Based on the $450 to $650 per square price range, you can expect to pay between $7,650 and $11,050 for a typical 17 squares asphalt shingle roof replacement project.

For comparison, a 3,000 sq. ft. or 30 squares roof on a larger single-family house with a garage will cost between $13,500 and $19,500 for a typical 30-year architectural shingle roof like Owens Corning Duration or GAF Timberline HDZ shingles fully installed.

What About Prices for Other, Less-Common Roofing Systems?

While nearly 70 percent of all roofs in the US are covered with composition shingles (a composite of fiberglass mat, plus asphalt and minerals/stone granules), there are many different roofing options for steep and low-slope roofs.

Below is a quick reference guide to help you compare average prices for the most common roofing systems based on a 2,000-2,200 sq. ft. roof on a typical house up to two-stories high:

Basic 3-Tab (25-year) shingles: $8,500 to $9,900
30-year architectural shingles: $8,500 to $14,300
50-year premium shingles: $10,000 to $16,500
G-90 steel shingles or stone-coated steel tiles: $16,000 to $25,300
Aluminum shingles: $17,000 to $27,500
Cedar shingles or shakes: $16,000 to $28,600
Standing seam: $20,000 to $34,100
Concrete tiles: $22,000 to $39,600 (roof frame requires reinforcement)
Natural slate tiles: $24,000 to $44,000 (roof frame requires reinforcement)
Synthetic composite shakes and tiles and rubber shingles: $15,000 to $24,200
Clay tiles: $24,000 to $49,500 (roof frame requires reinforcement)

New Shingle Roof

$7,500
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New Metal Roof

$14,500
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New Flat Roof

$8,225
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Note that every market is different, but even within the same market, different companies will charge different prices. That’s why it’s important to get several quotes from reputable pros in your area.

All else being equal, professional roofers in expensive coastal areas (such as homes in Boston, New York City, Washington DC, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland OR, and Seattle) will charge more for their services compared to roofing contractors in the south, mid-west, or rural areas.

Asphalt Shingles Materials and Installation Costs

Many professional roofing contractors employ a “40% materials / 60% labor” as their costs-breakdown formula. Of course, this pricing structure is just a guideline not set in stone. Some contractors include their overhead in the cost of labor, while others calculate it separately.

asphalt shingles material and installation pricing specs breakdown

Below is the breakdown of typical costs you can expect for materials and professional installation:

1. 3-tab Shingles
2. 30-Year Architectural Shingles
3. Premium Shingles

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