Roof is an important structural component of your house. It not only protects the integrity of the rest of the home but also provides you with shelter and defense against wind, snow, dust, hail and rain. As such, it is obviously important to make sure that your roof is always in a good condition, which requires timely maintenance/repairs and even a complete new roof installment depending on your situation.
A few common questions that arise in the minds of people when it comes to replacing their roof are: how much does it cost? Or what are the factors that determine the cost of replacement/installation/repair? This article will answer these questions.
The typical range for roof replacement costs is between $5,100 and $10,000, but roof replacement can be as low as $1,200 or as high as $30,000. This price range normally includes the cost of materials, removal of the old roof (up to 1 layer), dumpster and disposal fees, permitting fees, professional installation, and workmanship warranty.
These are just estimated prices to give you a realistic sense of installation rates and what’s involved in the process.
Note: The actual estimates you’ll receive will vary depending on the location of your home, the roof’s overall complexity, and the type of system you choose to install.
There are a number of factors that affect the cost of replacement/installation/repair. Let’s briefly discuss each one separately.
This is one important factor that affects the cost. The larger the roof, the more material and labor will be needed, leading to higher cost.
Covering a straight surface of the roof is relatively easy as compared to areas where two rooflines meet, creating valleys and peaks. These areas require additional work with special equipment, which increases the cost.
Working on steep roofs requires more safety equipment as it is dangerous to work on. The additional safety equipment needed will affect the cost of the new roof.
There is a huge variety of different roofing materials available to choose from. Some are more expensive than others. For instance, a copper roof looks good and tends to last longer. Hence, it is more expensive. The architectural shingles also vary in prices depending on the brand.
Ideally, there should only be one layer of shingles on the roof. The final price of your new roof will depend on the number of layers that need to be removed from your current roofing setup. Having multiple layers increases labor cost.
Having chimneys and skylights undoubtedly adds charms to the roof, but it requires additional materials and labor, which add up to the overall cost of the roof.
With so many factors playing into the cost of your roof, it’s quite clear that a roof estimate is not so easy to give. It’s better to always get quotes from at least 3 to 4 professionals so that you get an accurate range that’s within a margin of $2,000 to $3,000. If you’re not sure that you even need this service, hiring a roof inspector is a good option that would cost you an additional $100 to $300 but it can be very helpful in your decision process.
Note: When you’re getting an estimate, it’s important to know they’re going to quote you on a “per square” basis. For roof installment projects, 100 square feet is considered a roofing square.