As your roof ages, it becomes more susceptible to leaks, moisture issues, wood rot, and critter infestation. Ideally, you want to have your roof replaced before the damage sets in, but not knowing how much it’s going to cost can be a huge impediment.
How much does a roof replacement cost? The answer depends on a variety of factors, including its size, type, pitch, materials, and similar factors. Some contractors will also charge more than others for labor, and rates can change dramatically depending on where you live.
In this post, learn more about the factors that influence the cost of a roof replacement and find out how to save money on your’s.
Factors that Determine Price
There are countless variables that are considered when estimating a roof replacement job. Size is among the largest, with larger roofs generally costing more than smaller ones. There are a number of ways to measure a roof to determine its size. Some contractors prefer to take measurements from an aerial view, while others take the square footage of the foundation into account. Once the contractor has determined how large the roof is, they can provide a more concise estimate based on the amount of materials that will be needed, the number of workers, and the estimated project length.
The pitch of a roof also plays a critical role in roof replacement cost. The pitch, or slope, refers to the rise over the run of the roof. A roof’s pitch is often measured in inches based on the number of inches that the roof rises over the number of inches that it runs along the horizon. Roofs are generally measured in 12-inch horizontal increments. What makes the steepness of the roof a qualifying factor in cost is the contractor’s ability to safely and efficiently access it. You can expect the cost of your roof replacement to increase if your roof is very steep, making it harder for workers to walk and work on it.
When providing an estimate for your roof replacement, the roofing materials you choose can also greatly alter the cost. One of the most affordable options for a new roof is asphalt. Asphalt is widely used throughout North America and has an average lifespan of about 20 years. Today, you can find asphalt in a wide range of textures, colors, and designs to create better curb appeal. While asphalt is common, there are other options to consider. Copper, slate, and tile shingles are more costly but can provide a more polished appearance.
The current condition of the roof also plays a role in the final cost of replacement, as it often determines how much labor is required to replace it. Most roofs just have one layer that can usually be removed easily, especially if the pitch is low and the size of the roof is fairly small. However, some roofs have multiple layers from when a new roof was replaced over an existing roof in the past. Having multiple layers to remove can prolong the process and will usually require more manpower and a lengthier timeframe.
Average Roof Replacement Cost
Costs can greatly vary when it comes to roof replacement costs. The national average to install a new roof is about $7,643, according to HomeAdvisor. However, roof replacements can be completed for as little as $3,000 and as much as $10,000 or more. If you are planning to use costly materials, a roof replacement can extend up to $30,000 and higher. For example, asphalt roofing typically costs between $70 and $160 per square of material, while metal has an average cost per square of $120 to $900. More expensive roofing materials, such as slate, will typically run you between $500 and $1,700 per square of material.
When determining an estimated cost, you will want to consider the type of roof. A new flat roof will generally cost you between $300 and $325 per square for both materials and labor. The cost differs from traditional pitched roofs as flat roofs require special rolled roofing material. Installing rolled roofing material is often more labor-intensive which can result in a higher roof replacement cost. Shingle roofs come in several varieties with three-tab shingles being the least expensive. However, homeowners can opt to install more aesthetically-pleasing architectural shingles which are available at a higher cost.
Other Things That May Impact Roof Replacement Cost
Before paying for your roof replacement out of your own pocket, you will want to consider if your insurance company will pay for part or all of the expense. In some instances, you may qualify for coverage on your homeowner’s policy. Take the time to carefully read through your policy to determine if your roof replacement may be fully or partially covered. If the damage was done by a major storm or another covered peril, you may find that the insurance company is willing to pay up to 100 percent of the cost.
You may also want to consider your home warranty when undergoing roof replacement. When you first purchased your roof, you may have received a shingle warranty or manufacturer’s warranty which typically covers your roof for 20 to 50 years. It is important to understand that these types of warranties usually only protect you against defects in roofing materials. Also know that most roof warranties are not transferable more than once between homeowners. This means that if your house was sold more than once after the roof was installed, the warranty may be void.
Learn More About Roof Replacement Cost
It is normal to feel hesitant about replacing your roof when you know that the cost can be quite high. However, there are countless advantages to roof replacement that makes the expense worth the investment. In addition to a return on investment, homeowners can gain greater energy savings, a higher level of comfort, increased safety and security, and enhanced curb appeal. A professionally installed roof also comes with a strong warranty that can provide peace of mind for years to come. For more information about roof replacement costs or to schedule a free roof evaluation, contact the roof replacement contractors at Beyond Exteriors.