What Should a New Roof Cost?

There are many factors that go into the pricing of the replacement of an existing roof.  In this post, we will examine some of the cost factors so that you will be better informed when you meet with potential roofing contractors.

One of the big factors is the pitch of the roof.  A flat roof is the least expensive roof to replace but can be difficult to maintain and may end up costing more in repairs due to a flat surface’s tendency to hold water.  A steeply pitched roof is an expensive roof to replace but will last longer because of less exposure to the elements due to the sharp incline.  Sky lights and roof vents all add to the cost as well.  Here’s a tip!  Even the time of year in which you replace your roof can change the overall cost.  Installation prices on new replacement roofs are less expensive in the Spring.

Certain types of roofing materials will always affect the final price.  Asbestos tile shingles are the least expensive roofing material.  A roof requiring wood shingles will be considerably higher in cost and of course, the high end options can include clay tile roofing and  metal roofing.

Asphalt composition shingles are now the most popular roofing material in the USA.  This is the lowest cost among roofing options and have a good to excellent lifespan.  The advantages of an asphalt shingle roof are the relatively easy installation, low cost and a life expectancy of 15 to 25 years.  Although there are increasing colors and designs of asphalt shingles, they are not considered the most fashion forward and if you live in a climate that experiences extreme temperature changes, the shock can cause the shingles to warp and tear over time.  Depending on the size of the roof, you could expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $17,000 for asbestos tile roof replacement.

Metal roofing is very popular outside of the US but still relatively rare here in the states.  There are a range of styles including the look-alike shingle style that you often see.  A metal roof can be aluminum, corrugated iron, stainless steel, galvanized or a blend of metals.  The advantages of a metal roof is that they have a life expectance of  up to 50 years or more, the installation is fairly easy and they are very resistant to the elements.  On the side of disadvantages, sometimes a metal roof is not the best looking style depending on the material and style you choose, they are more expensive than asphalt shingles and in my opinion, a metal roof for a residence can be quite noisy.  The cheapest metal roof can be around $5,000 and the high-end styles (copper, for example) can reach as high as $40,000.

Wood Shingles and Shake are typically cut from western red cedar and they are an attractive choice for choosy homeowners who don’t mind the higher cost.  These types of roofs have a high durability with a long endurance life of 30 to 50 years or more.  Unfortunately, the materials as stated before are more expensive and the installation costs are higher because the wood is more difficult to install.  For the shingles, expect to pay between $9,000 to $18,000 and for the shake, costs will be $11,000 to $21,000.

Tile Roofing is a very good choice for the hot south and southwestern areas of the United States because this type of material is very durable against sun damage.  Tile roofing includes concrete, clay and sand.  It’s fire resistant and has a longevity of 50 or more years.  On the downside, the underlayment needs to be replaced every 10-20 years.  The installation is difficult and expensive and depending on the type of tile you choose, you may need extra structural support to support the roof.  A basic clay tile roof may start at around $14,000 but on the high end can cost as much as $70,000.  The bigger the house, the bigger the roof!

At Houston Roof Replacement, we deal with asphalt tile shingle installations.  We have a broad knowledge of costs, shingle brands and designs, as well as energy efficient materials that will save you money in the long run.   Give us a call today for a free estimate at (281) 924-0365 on your new shingle roof!

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