The material you choose for your roof replacement, along with the design of your roof, are two primary factors that influence the overall price of your new roof.
Whether you choose popular asphalt shingles, modern standing seam metal roofing, luxurious slate, or classic wood shakes, your new roof will look beautiful and elevate your home’s curb appeal. The cost of each of these materials varies and will impact your roof replacement cost.
Read on to discover additional elements that influence the amount of your next roof.
How the Price of Your New Roof Is Determined
1. The materials you choose
- Asphalt Shingles – This is a popular choice due to its affordability, wide range of color and style options, beauty, and outstanding warranty. This is the most cost-effective material option on the market.
- Cedar Shakes – Authentic wood shakes deliver classic style and insulation. Treat them to resist pests and weather, and they will endure for years. This material choice is more costly than asphalt but less than other roofing materials.
- Standing Seam Metal – This elegant, durable roofing material is modern-looking and extremely low maintenance. While it is a more significant initial investment, its 50-70-year lifespan and return on investment (ROI) make it a popular choice.
- Slate – Luxurious looking slate tiles deliver one of the most beautiful styles that the industry has to offer. Slate may be a greater investment initially, but its beauty and longevity make it extra appealing.
Additionally, you will need some or all of the following: underlayment, starter shingles, ice and water shield, new flashing, a roof ridge, and vents.
2. Your roof’s pitch
Your roof’s slope impacts its overall square footage and the labor it will take to replace it. The steeper the pitch, the more labor, time, and special equipment it will take for your roof replacement. In general, the steeper the pitch, the greater the cost of a new roof.
3. Your roof’s size and complexity
The square footage of your roof impacts the cost of your roof replacement. Size will affect the amount of materials used, labor, and time it takes to complete the project.
4. Removal of your old roof
Your current roof will need to be removed and hauled off before your new roof is installed. This makes up part of your roof replacement cost.
5. Underlying repair needs
When your current roof is removed, sometimes a contractor will find areas in your decking that need to be repaired. If you had moisture intrusion that was hidden, there may be wood rot, mold, mildew, and deterioration to deal with.
Roof water damage restoration is vital to take care of before installing your new roof. Other common items that may need repair or replacement include:
- Roof trusses
- Roof vents
- Roof’s ridge cap
6. Unique roof features
If you have skylights, dormer windows, multiple chimneys, and soffits, additional flashing and specially measured roofing materials will need to be applied. Each of these unique features raises the cost of your roof replacement.
The harder it is to access your roof, the more it impacts the cost of your roof replacement. Your contractor will need to remove your old roof, get it into the dumpster, and install your new one.
8. Roof penetrations
The number of plumbing vents, gas vents, and kitchen or bathroom vents will all impact the cost of your roof replacement.
9. Labor for your roof replacement
The labor it takes to replace your roof is a major factor that impacts the cost of your replacement.
How the Cost of Some Roof Replacements Are Covered
What happens if your roof is damaged in a storm? Contact your homeowner’s insurance and make a claim if your roof incurred storm damage from hail, high winds, falling trees, or other types of damage.
Typically, you will need to pay your deductible, and the insurance company will cover the rest within the boundaries of your policy. If you want a feature that goes beyond their limitations, you will likely need to cover that yourself.
If less than 100 square feet of your roof needs minor repairs after a storm, you should be able to delay roof replacement and repair it instead. However, if you have structural issues, rot, mold, leaks, or pest infestation, you’ll likely need a full roof replacement.
If you are having trouble with your roof leaking, or with a damaged or failing roof, it’s possible your roof may still be under warranty—and it’s worth checking into. A home warranty may cover repairs connected to leaks. A warranty that is still intact may cover installation errors.
The Importance of Hiring a Trustworthy Roofing Contractor
You’re entrusting the protection of your most significant investment to the contractor you hire, so choose wisely. Take time to read online reviews, check with the Better Business Bureau, and talk with some recent customers (of the contractor you want to hire). Get a detailed written estimate and decide if they are a good match for your needs.
The benefits of selecting a top contractor will pay off for the lifetime of your roof (with optimal performance!), help you bypass the need for repairs (due to poor installation), and protect your manufacturer’s warranty.
Get a Beautiful New Roof for Your Indy Area Home
At Craftsman Exterior Remodeling, we install roofing products made by the #1 roofing manufacturer in the world: Owens Corning. You’ll love their Total Protection Roofing System, best-in-class warranties, extended warranties, and limited lifetime warranties.
We’re an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor, so your installation will be done with precision and according to the manufacturer’s best practices.
If you’re wondering why we put “Craftsman” in our name—it’s simple. We only do quality work. Learn more about our roofing services today, and be on your way to a sturdy roof!