Contemplating any home improvement decision can be headache-inducing, particularly when it’s as important as a roof replacement. You might be concerned about roof damage, the longevity of your new roof, and how long the process of replacing your roof will take. If you’re considering moving, you could be wondering about a new roof’s impact on your home value. The question at the forefront of most homeowners’ minds, however, is “How much does a new roof cost?” The average cost to tear off and replace roof shingles varies depending on a variety of factors.
If your roof has been hit by storm damage, there might be holes that go into your home’s interior that need to be repaired. Shingle fragments, loose nails, and debris from nearby trees could also be covering your roof. All of that material costs money to remove, due to the labor required as well as costs for safely disposing of it. Even in the best-case roof replacement scenario, there’s a lot of debris associated with the work.
Look at the slope of your roof. How hard would it be for you to walk on it if you climbed up a ladder? Could you easily navigate the slope? The steeper the slope, the more difficult it is for roof installers to safely work. Steep slopes mean additional roof replacement costs.
The same applies for the height of your roof. Ranch-style house roofs generally cost less than two or three story homes because of the additional work and risk involved in roof work at that height.
Don’t forget the size! The cost to replace your roof is calculated using a unit of measurement called a square. One square is the equivalent of 100 square feet. The more squares your roof has, the more shingles and labor will be necessary.
While it may be tempting to cut corners and save money, the old saying “You get what you pay for” rings true with the cost of a new roof. High quality roofing shingles look and feel sturdier than inexpensive ones. It’s obvious if you compare them side by side that a cheap, flimsy shingle will be more likely to buckle or fly off your roof than a sturdy, well-made shingle.
Roofing contractors are at the mercy of the global supply chain, so sometimes these quality materials take a while to receive. If you’re in a rush to install your new roof, it might be tempting to go with a cheaper, temporary solution rather than waiting for better shingles to arrive. In general, quality is worth the wait.
Reputation is everything in the home improvement and construction business. The best professionals have a proven track record of installing roofs with quality and safety at the forefront of their work. In order to provide that high quality experience, roofing contractors set their prices accordingly.
When you pay a roofer, you’re paying for their expertise at every step of the project. They should offer a detailed quote with explanations for each element of the installation (no hidden fees!). Their crews should be experienced, well-trained, and provided with the necessary safety features that will help them complete your installation well. When work is done, your contractor should back up their work. LeafGuard of Cincinnati, for example, offers a 50-year non-prorated warranty on our roofs.
Not every roofing contractor offers all of those essentials. They may be able to install your roof quickly, but if the price is very low, they’re skimping on materials, labor, or service…sometimes all three.
If you need a roof replacement due to damage, contact your homeowners’ insurance provider. Insurance can often cover some or all the costs of your roof replacement. Ask your roofing contractor for help if you need it- chances are, they’ve talked to many insurance companies and can work with you on getting what you need.
Asphalt roofs generally last between 15-30 years, although that can vary. Climate, installation process, roof orientation, material quality, and other factors influence your roof’s lifespan. You might need a new roof if you see shingle discoloration, drooping, or loose granules in your gutters. Before you buy a new home, find out whether you’ll need to replace the roof so you can factor that into your budget.
The best way to determine the cost to replace your roof and whether you need a new one is to contact a professional. Beyond determining the roofing cost per square foot, your contractor can offer guidance through the entire roof replacement process.
When you’re ready to get a quote for a roof replacement, contact LeafGuard of Cincinnati for a complimentary estimate.