Roof Replacement Cost Guide

Replacing your roof will make your home more attractive and appealing to you and to potential buyers. It might also protect your home from serious damage that can result when heavy storms hit a roof that is in poor condition. Your options for the type of roof you select are varied. Asphalt shingles continue to be the most commonly installed roofing product, but new products and others that have been around a long time are being used more frequently. This Remodeling Cost Guide lets you know what is available and at what general cost. You’ll get ideas for what would be the best choice for your home, and it will help you put together a budget for your home remodeling costs.

Asphalt Shingles

These are suitable for all climates, though they don’t last nearly as long in climates that are hot and sunny. Three-tab shingles remain the most affordable, but they have the longevity or hold up to wind as well. Architectural shingles use a laminated design. This means that they have two layers instead of one. They weigh much more, making them more wind-resistant, and with 2 layers, there is more asphalt and fiberglass between your home and inclement weather. Expect asphalt shingles to last 12-30 years depending on their quality and your climate. Shingle prices range from $60 to $200 or more per roofing square, which is 100 square feet. That’s $.60-$2 per square foot.

Wood Shingles and Shakes

These are a popular choice when a rustic look is sought. They are made from woods that are resistant to weather and insects, woods such as cedar and redwood. Shakes have a more rustic look than shingles. Wood shingles and shakes last 20-40 year and cost $300-500 per square or $3-$5 per square foot.

Clay or Concrete Tiles

While clay is a traditional material, concrete isn’t. However, lightweight, durable materials have been developed that are very tough. Concrete and clay tiles come is a variety of colors and shapes, and give a roof a very distinction look. They remain the most popular in areas of the South, Southwest and West where asphalt shingles don’t perform well. They can be expected to last 50 years or more. Roofing tiles cost $2-$4 per square foot.

Steel Roofing

Steel roofs are composed either of shingles or small panels, or large panels of steel. They are gaining popularity because there are many new and attractive styles on the market and this outdoor project adds to your curb appeal and resale value. In addition, a steel roof will last for 50-100 years and offers outstanding protection against all types of weather. While still most popular in cold-weather regions and among those who live in wooded areas, they are appearing more than ever throughout the country. If you haven’t seen what’s available in steel, you should take the time to learn more. Steel roofs costs are $4-$7 per square foot.

Slate Roofing

Natural stone slate is a timeless roofing material that is very beautiful and suitable for upscale homes. It is durable and the price of the slate is fairly affordable. It’s the installation that is so expensive. For the material, your price will be $5-$8 per square foot.

Maintenance and Repair Costs

If your roof is 10 years old or older and needs some repair, this might be a good time to have it evaluated for replacement. Get estimates for both the repairs and what it would cost to replace the roof with the material of your choice. Also, ask the contractor how long the existing roof should continue to function reasonably well with maintenance and minor repairs. That’s the best way to evaluate your options.

DIY Roof Installation or Hire a Pro?

Depending on your skill level, experience and the tools you have access to, you might consider installing your own roof. The more complex the roof is, meaning the steeper the slope and the more peaks and valleys it has, the better your skills will need to be.

If you know you want a new roof, be sure to get multiple written cost quotes to find the best prices in your area. Use the meetings with the contractors to ask questions about their experience and the experience of their crew. Find out what you can about their reputation. This is important because the quality of the installation will have a lot to do with how well the roof holds up in the years ahead.

While replacing a roof is a large expense, it will look great and improve your home’s value while it’s providing the protection against the elements every house needs.

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