What Factors Affect the Cost of a New Roof?
The Average Cost of a New Roof
The average cost of a new roof is around $8,000. According to Forbes, the highest average price is approximately $11,000, while the lowest is about $5,500. Of this price, about 60% is attributed to labor while about 40% to materials costs. But what does this mean for you and your new roof? While looking at averages like these only gives us a partial picture, it does emphasize how variable new roofing expenses can be. In fact, many variables impact the cost of a new roof.
Below we review three of the major factors that will affect the cost of your roof. Keep reading to learn more.
The Size of Your Home
Perhaps the first factor that will impact the cost of your new roof is the overall size of your home. The larger your roof is, the more labor is needed to install the new roof. As noted by Forbes, the average cost of labor for a new roof is between $1.50 and $3.00 per square foot (on a roofing quote, you may see this cost expressed as “a square,” which is 100 square feet). Additionally, the larger the roof, the more materials you will need to purchase, further driving up the cost of the new roof.
The Type of Roofing You Choose
There are many different types of roofing materials to choose from, from asphalt shingles to metal roofing to clay tiles. You may even select architectural shingles or cedar shakes. The average cost of roofing materials can vary widely, from $100 to $1,000 per square. Asphalt roofing is one of the most popular roofing types and is generally the least expensive. Some of the most expensive types of roofing are slate tiles, clay tiles, and architectural shingles.
Though the kind of roofing you select has a major impact on price, you should avoid selecting a roofing material solely based on price. Living in Colorado Springs, choosing a quality roofing material that stands the test of time and can withstand the harsh weather and hailstorms we see is important. Before making your selection, speak with the roofing experts at Divine Roofing, Inc. for guidance.
As we mentioned earlier, labor plays a huge role in the cost of a new roof. Not only do you have the cost of laying the new roof, but you also have to factor in the expense of removing the old roof and any repair work that needs to be done on your roof’s structure or decking before the new roof can go on. If your roof has extensive damage or is in a state of disrepair, the cost of your replacement may be higher than average. Additionally, if the roof is hard to access, has a steep pitch, or if there are other environmental hazards, the labor costs may increase still further.
How to Choose a Roofer
A new roof is a big investment, and it is critical that it be installed correctly and with high-quality materials. Therefore, when selecting a roofer for your roof replacement, you want to make sure you are hiring someone reputable, trustworthy, and local. You may be wondering why we emphasize working with a local roofing company. It’s simple; a local roofer will not only be available when you need them, but they are also accountable for the work they do.
Living in a high hail zone, we see many storm chasers and out-of-town roofers coming into the area trying to make fast cash. They offer residents too-good-to-be-true deals, often do substandard, rushed work, and then disappear. Working with a local roofing company, like Divine Roofing, Inc. gives you peace of mind knowing that the person working on your home is well-established in the area, has local, relevant references, and is there for you when you need help down the road.
Our Approach to Roof Replacements
Because roof replacements can be so costly, at Divine Roofing, Inc., we emphasize regular roof maintenance to help you keep your current roof in good condition for as long as possible. Annual inspections and routine maintenance can help you get the most out of your existing roof, staving off the need for a replacement as long as possible. We also look for viable repair options before recommending replacements.
Have questions about installing a new roof on your home or business? Send us a message online. We are standing by.