If your roof sustained damage during a storm, replacing it right away is the best way to keep moisture out of your home and make sure the house stays well-insulated in hot and cold weather. Several factors go into determining the cost of a replacement roof, such as the size of the roof and the materials used to repair the damage, so the total cost of such a project varies from one home to another.
Average Cost of Roof Replacement
On average, it costs about $12,000 to replace a roof. If your roof is made with asphalt shingles, one of the least expensive roofing materials on the market, the price is usually closer to $5,000. If you have slate roofing, wood shakes, or other expensive roofing materials, the cost is likely to be closer to $25,000. It’s important to remember that these are just averages. Your roof replacement may cost more or less depending on your location, the size of your home, and other factors.
Factors Influencing Roof Replacement Cost
The biggest factor affecting roof replacement cost is the size of your roof. Best Choice Roofing charges per roofing square, which is an area measuring 100 square feet. If your roof is 4,000 square feet, the cost of roof replacement is based on the materials and labor needed to complete 40 roofing squares.
Before we tell you how much your new roof is going to cost, we check to see how accessible the roof is to our contractors. If contractors have to carry equipment and materials a long distance, the cost of a new roof increases accordingly. When contractors are able to park their trucks as close to the roof as possible, it costs less to replace a damaged roof.
Cost to Replace Roof Materials
Asphalt shingles are one of the most affordable roofing materials on the market. If you want asphalt shingles on your new roof, expect to pay less than you would if you chose metal, wood shakes, slate, or tile. An asphalt roofing project typically costs between $4,000 and $6,000, while metal roofing costs more than $12,000 with labor and other materials included. Slate roofing is also pricy, with slate costing as much as five times more than asphalt roofing materials.
Be careful not to focus too much on cost when choosing a roofing material. Asphalt shingles cost less than other materials, but they only last for 10 to 20 years depending on your local climate. The more expensive roofing materials last as long as 50 years, making roofing slate or metal a worthy investment.
Roof pitch refers to the slope of a roof. Some roofs have a very steep pitch, while others have gentle slopes. The steeper your roof is, the more difficult it is to access. If you have a steep roof, we may need to bring extra equipment to your home and take additional safety precautions. Due to the safety issues associated with roof pitch, steeper roofs are more expensive to replace.
Variables Determining How Much Roof Repairs Cost
Roof size and desired materials are not the only factors affecting the cost of a roof replacement. If your home has a skylight or a chimney, be prepared to pay a few hundred dollars more for the project. Contractors have to be careful to work around these features, increasing labor costs.