Synthetic shake and shingles are polymer-based material, or a combination of plastic and rubber. They are used on roofs where homeowners desire the classic look of wood or natural slate, with the added benefits from the synthetic blends.
Synthetic shingle roofs are relatively new to the residential roofing market, first arriving in the early 1990s. Their durability, environmental friendliness and affordability have all contributed to their rising success.
For a 2,000 square foot roof on a typical, single-family house (up to two stories high), it will cost between $8.50 and $12.50 per sq.ft. installed. This results in an average total price range of $17,000 to $25,000. If the existing roof needs to be torn off and disposed of first, this can sometimes cost an additional $2,000 to $3,500 more.
The location of your home can greatly influence the overall cost of a new roof. Expect to pay more for a new roof on a house in an expensive coastal city relative to the cost of new roof in rural areas in the South or Midwest.
A more complex roof with multiple cut-up angles, dormers, peaks and valleys, or steeper pitch than average would add to the complexity of the project, and hence cost more as a result.