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What to Expect When You Need a New Roof

Jun 1st, 2021 // Roof Installation, Roof Repair

Good roofs are built to last. We know that an average asphalt roof can last between 20-25 years, fiber cement lasts around 25-30 years, wood shake around 30, and slate, tile, or copper roofs can remain strong for more than 50 years. 

Even so, roof replacements are bound to happen to the average homeowner at some point in their lifetime. Whether you own an older home with an equally old roof, have experienced severe damage from a storm or accident, or have the perfect storm of repairs, here’s what you can expect when it’s time to reroof your home. 

What does a new roof quote entail? 

To gain a better understanding of the cost of roof replacements, it’s important to know the steps included in the work. Your roof replacement quote will include the cost to remove the current shingles, disposal of at least two layers of shingles (for most states, two layers is the legal limit), installation of new base materials, such as roof felting, flashing, water/ice shields near any eaves and valleys, new materials, and of course, labor. 

It’s also important to know that most roofs are redone based on the square footage or full square of shingle. So, for example, on average, new shingles cost around $4.50 per square foot, or $450 for a full square of shingles. This is a base number to help you set the tone for the full cost. 

Cost Considerations

As mentioned above, the average cost for a new roof is around $450 per square, and if you have a home that requires 20 full squares, you’re looking at $9,000 plus labor costs, so between $10-$15k. Some homes are much smaller, requiring only 13 or 15 full squares, decreasing costs to around $6-8k. It really all depends on the size of your home and the materials you choose to use. 

When it comes to shingles styles and compositions, there is a large range in price. Regular asphalt shingles can cost anywhere from $6-$7k. But if you want to upgrade your roof to be made from longer lasting materials, such as slate, cedar, tiles, or metal, you’re looking to add significant costs. Slate ranges from $15-35k, wood-based compositions can be anywhere from $13-23k, tile, especially clay, is very expensive, starting around $17-$34k, and metal starts around $11k and can reach more than $22k. 

These costs may seem high, however, the amount of work that goes into roof replacements, as well as the quality of materials used, all factor into how much you are going to pay—and, to ensure you have the most secure, durable, long-lasting roof possible, the results and rewards are well with the costs. 

Before you choose materials, ask yourself a few questions: 

What do I want my roof to look like? 

How long do I want it to last? 20 years? 40 years? 60? 

What were the issues with my current roof that are causing the need to replace it, and what materials may reduce the likelihood of these issues occurring again? 

Nothing is a guarantee, however, the lifespan of roofs and their efficiencies range based on materials. It’s important to go into this project fully informed and ready to commit to the overhealth health of your home long-term. 

It is also worth noting that these are all high-level estimates to give you a range of cost expectations. Size, shape, and complexity of roofs are also factors in the costs. Smaller will be cheaper. Flat roofs may mean less materials needed. Where you live also impacts costs and rates. Do your research and get quotes from roofing professionals in your area to learn the best route for you. 

Why are the ranges so vast? 

You may be wondering, how can a roof estimate go from $6k to $33k? Good question. We’ve addressed how materials make a massive difference in cost. Asphalt being among the most affordable, tile, metal, and slate being among the higher levels. However, time also makes an impact on cost. 

As with any business, roofers go through high and low times throughout the year. If a company is experiencing a slow rut, their costs for service may go down. Additionally, if a firm has just opened or has a less experienced team, they may reduce prices to gain momentum for their business.

 The best thing to do is schedule a call for an estimate. You’ll be able to share your wants and needs, learn all the best options for your roof, and have a professional walk you through the process, design, help pick materials, and ultimately get you the roof you want for at the very least, the next 20 years. Curious? Ready for your new roof? Give us a call.

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