Roofing Types, Tips, and How To’s

The Cost of a New Roof Per Square Foot

A new roof can be one of the costliest things a homeowner can do.

But if you completely need a new roof, chances are it’s over and beyond worth investing in.

And once you get your roof installed, keep it maintained with yearly checks and maintenance so that it really lasts you.

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Homeowners usually end up spending anywhere between $4,500 all the way to $25,000 for a new roof with the average being around $11,500 – 13,000.

You may be wondering about that huge difference in scale.

The lower end of roofing costs are roofs of smaller homes and basic asphalt roofing materials. The higher end of the scale are larger homes and higher-end materials.

The cost of a new roof can vary widely based on the location, size, pitch, access, and materials of your roof. With size being the biggest factor in influencing the cost of your new roof.

Factors That Influence The Cost Of A New Roof:

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  • Pitch: The more complex the roof and the more work a roof takes, the higher the costs will be. When roofers talk about the pitch of your roof, they speak of a height in inches: length in inches ratio. (Example: 7:12—Every 12 in. the roof is horizontal the roof also rises 7 in.)
    Usually a 7:12 ratio or higher is considered a steep roof which takes more time and equipment to roof.
  • Accessibility: If you have a very tall roof, or if it’s hard to access, that can raise roofing costs.
  • Ease: If it’s easier for your roofers to back their truck up against your house, access your roof, walk across your roof, etc. that will lower your roofing costs. Also, re-roofing your home will cost more money if there is extra damage from years of leaking and poor maintenance.
  • Roofing Materials: Roofing materials usually run from around $1.10 – $4 per square foot. The type of materials you use to roof your home will influence your cost.
  • Flashing a Chimney and Skylights Repair: Repairing flashing can be around $200 to $500 and repairing a skylight can range from $250 – $500
  • Roofing over a roof: Instead of replacing you can install a roof over an existing roof. But doing so reduces the life of your new roof and may void warranties. It would also not be an option if there were extensive neglect or water damage to your existing roof.
  • Location: From west coast to east coast, the price per square roof changes according to city and state.
  • Size: Usually, roofers charge per square foot of roof. Thinking of a 10 x 10 foot (100 square feet) is the easiest way to break down your cost.

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Cost of Roofing Materials

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Asphalt is considered the most affordable roofing option followed by wood, metal, tile, and then slate. You could end up paying 5xs more for a slate roof than an asphalt roof.

Asphalt roofing and labor usually costs between $4,000 – $6,000 based on a 1200 square ft. home and will last around 30 years or more.

Slate roofing and labor may cost 5xs more but may last 50 yrs. and longer. So, take longevity and replacement into account when calculating what you want to invest.

How Much Roofing Can Cost Based On Material:

  • Asphalt: $120 – $400/100 square feet
  • Metal: $450 – $2,000/100 square feet
  • Tile: $550 – $3,900/100 square feet
  • Slate: $800 – $4,100/100 square feet

You will also want to discuss the cost of taking your old roof off installing your new roof with your roofing pros. Many times smaller companies will have lower quotes than big roofing companies, but you should beware very low quotes.

Quotes that are significantly lower than your average quote in your area may mean the roofing contractor is cutting corners on insurance or materials. So, it would absolutely not be worth taking the lower bid in this case as it would cost you much more in the future.

At the same time, expensive doesn’t always mean quality. So make sure to gather several quotes and compare your options.

You should also check out what to look for and ask about when hiring your roofing contractor.

Do You Need A Roofing Pro?

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Should you hire a roofing pro?

Before you hire a roofer, make sure they meet quality and safety standards with correct licensing and insurance. Always ask to see copies before you hire.

Checking for good warranties on labor and materials is also recommended.

Compare several different quotes and reach out to your community. A company’s online and offline reputation is an important thing to look at.

Check out more tips for hiring a roofing pro here.

And we recommend hiring a roofing pro when it comes to roofing.

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Here are 3 reasons we recommend a pro:

  1. You Save Money: You’ll save money and spend less when you hire a pro rather than DIY. How? They already have all the expert and unique tools.
    They have all the know-how and time is money. Every hour you spend researching how-to on YouTube is an hour you’re not paid for.
    They know how to do it right the first time. And silly mistakes will be covered by workman and material warranties. So, if something does happen, it doesn’t have to come out of your pocket.
    You may void any warranties if you install your roof yourself.
  2. Better Quality: Roofing pros know which materials and options that would be best for the climate you live in and your location and home style. They have extensive licensing and experience that serves them in roofing. And again, warranties will be there to back up possible issues that arise after the fact.
    Your roof is an important part of your home. And many issues don’t rear their ugly head until it’s already cause a lot of damage (such as small leaks).
  3. You Know What’s Best: When it comes down to it, you know which roofer will do the best work for you. By this time, you’ll have done the homework necessary to know how to find the best roofing pro for you.

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