Have you noticed cracked, buckling or damaged shingles on your roof? It’s likely time for your roof to be replaced. While roofing projects can seem overwhelming, they're not something that can be ignored. Putting off a roof replacement will only exacerbate the issues, which then leaves you having to also repair damage from the elements.
The primary concern many homeowners have when it comes to replacing a roof is that of cost. However, conducting research, finding cost-effective products and planning ahead can allow for an affordable roof installation. While getting quotes from contractors is typically a time consuming process, HireHaven’s licensed experts gather multiple bids from vetted contractors after just one in-home meeting to scope your project.
Before you embark on your roof replacement project, it’s important to understand the factors that may impact the cost. Read on to learn how to mitigate costs and design a project under budget.
One of the most influential factors related to the cost of your roofing project is the material you choose. Roofing materials vary greatly in terms of cost and value.
These are the most popular shingles across the country due to their cost-effectiveness and variety. Asphalt shingles are one of the most affordable roofing options on the market. They are also available in a wide variety of colors and styles. However, their appearance is less dimensional than other roofing material.
Price: Asphalt shingles typically cost around $350 per 100 square feet, installed.
Wood shakes or shingles
Wood roofing is extremely visually appealing, however it tends to be fairly expensive. Additionally, these are not a safe choice in areas where fire is a risk.
Price: Wood shakes typically cost around $800 per 100 square feet and wood shingles cost around $700 per 100 square feet, including installation.
Metal roofing has increased in popularity recently, due to its extremely long lifespan and fire resistance. However, installation can be very expensive and often required a specialty contractor.
Price: Metal roofing typically costs around $900 per 100 square feet, including installation.
Slate tiles are a beautiful and long-lasting option for roofing. However, they are very heavy, making them challenging to install and repair.
Price: Slate is one of the most expensive roofing options and typically costs around $5,000 per 100 sq ft, including installation.
Size and Layout of House
After deciding on a material, the next step in estimating the cost of your roofing project is to determine how large your roof is. The cost of a project is heavily based on the square footage of the roof, with this being the driving factor behind both material and labor costs.
There are a variety of other customizations and factors that can influence the cost of your project. For example, many homeowners have the option to either strip the existing roofing materials or lay shingles over them. Not stripping the shingles off of the roof can decrease the cost of a project by upwards of $1,000. However, this option is rarely recommended and will make the project ineligible for warranty.
Along with a roofing project, many customers opt to replace their gutters, which often increases the cost by a few hundred dollars. As the project continues, additional costs may arise if extensive damage to the roof is found. It is important to prepare budget for this possibility.
The location of your house can also influence the cost of your roofing project. For example, projects in the South can be almost half as expensive as projects completed in the North East or on the West Coast. Unfortunately, this is one factor that homeowners have little control over.
While a roof replacement project can seem like a big undertaking, with careful planning and budgeting, many homeowners are able to benefit from this major home upgrade. Estimating and understanding the cost of your project is an important first step that will allow you to enjoy a smooth renovation process. There are a number of influential factors that affect the overall cost of a project, and balancing these factors can allow you to complete the project within your budget.
To learn more about the potential costs of your roofing project, call our licensed experts at 888.392.4236 or visit Hirehaven.com to learn more.