When you’re getting a new roof, you want to make sure that you’re paying an honest price. Roof replacement costs can begin at around $6,000 and exceed $30,000 for some homes. Most homeowners spend between $12,000 to $15,000, but the cost to replace a roof varies from home to home.
This article will help you understand what you may end up paying.
At Division Kangaroof, we want to help you make the right decision for your home. Our team helps homeowners learn important roofing facts, and today, we are here with a breakdown of roof replacement costs and tips so you can get the best cost-effective roof possible.
What Goes Into Roof Replacement Costs?
The final price to replace a roof depends on the roofing material, labor costs, and the season in which you are getting it done.
We will explain everything in detail to make it easier.
Cost Of Roofing Material
Around 80% of U.S. homes are covered with shingles, but metal roofs are also in high demand throughout the country. Wood shakes, and tile roofs are still popular among people who like the traditional feel of cabins, and own country-style homes. When considering older homes and the materials used on them, you will also find tough slate roofs in the North standing strong among other roofing materials.
Below are the costs of different roofing materials. The price varies based on the manufacturer and product line you choose, so we’ve listed the price range for both basic to premium varieties for each roofing material.
- Architectural Shingles: $100 to $400 per square.
- Wood Shakes: $350 to $500 per square.
- Standing seam panels: $400 to $700 per square.
- Tile Roof: $300 to $1,000 per square.
- Slate Roof: $1,000 to $3,000 per square.
Other Roofing Components
If your roof leaks in heavy rain, there’s a high chance that your roof flashing or underlayment is also compromised along with the shingles. Both are waterproofing elements of your roof that must be replaced when damaged. Look out for these signs of damage when the roofing contractor shows you the pictures:
- Bends, cracks, and blisters on the roof flashing.
- Cuts and gaps in valley flashing.
- Thin, torn, or missing underlayment.
Roofing underlayments usually cost between $170 and $250 per square. If a tiny area is damaged, your roofing contractor can fix it by installing an ice and water protector over it.
When it comes to flashing material, the price differs for each home since this piece of metal is cut by your roofer on the spot to custom-fit the measurements of your roof. Roof flashing seals small, leak-prone areas of your roof, such as the roof-to-wall intersections and joints around dormers, skylights, vents, and chimneys. Flashing replacement services range from $300 to $600 on average, including the cost of metal and caulk.
Do not reuse old roofing materials such as shingles and roof flashing. They already contain multiple holes from previous nails and screws. Old shingles have extensive granule loss, so they’re ineffective at keeping heat, UV rays, and water away. Worn-out roof flashing is also useless since the thin metal strips are prone to warping. After all, damage and deterioration of material is the main reason to replace a roof. You can ask your roofing contractor to send the old materials to recycling if you want to be sure you’re making sustainable decisions.
A roof can hold many accessories or fixtures, such as skylights, vents, solar panels, security cameras, and similar helpful gear. If you have the desire and budget to add these accessories, the best time is when you get a new roof.
- Skylights: $100 to $1,400 per piece.
- Roof Vents: $50 to $200 per piece.
- Soffit Vent: $5 to $27 per piece.
- Solar Panels: $5,000 to $40,000.
It’s vital to inspect the roof decking and framing before installing new accessories and roofing material. The wooden sheets and beams should be sturdy and durable enough to handle the new parts of a roof. If your roofing contractor finds mold, algae, or rot on the wooden sheets or beams, you have no choice but to replace the damaged wood.
Roof Re-Decking And Framing
Over the years, the roof decking and framing becomes compromised by nails, pests, rodents, and moisture. While a roof inspection is necessary every year, some homeowners feel differently. If your roof was installed 20 years ago, or this is your second or third replacement, chances are high that the woodwork beneath the underlayment has retained significant damage. Pay attention when your roofing contractor points out rot, mold, algae, and cracks on the roof rafters, trusses, or sheathing.
An OSB sheathing board costs around $20 to $40, depending on its thickness and size. However, there’s no specific purchasing price for roof rafters. The beams are customized on-site by roofing contractors to fit your home. The average cost to install roof rafters ranges from $7 to $16 per square foot.
Roofing contractors charge according to the experience and skills of their staff. The costs also vary according to your home’s size and design specifications. The bonus of having a reliable and reputable team working on your home is that you’ll get a safer and more durable roof. The labor costs include:
- Tearing off the old roofing material.
- Purchasing price of roofing materials.
- Transportation costs.
Summer is generally the best time to replace a roof. It is also the busiest season for roofing contractors. Warm, dry weather allows time for roofing materials to seal correctly. The winter and rainy seasons don’t create a suitable atmosphere for roof tear-offs and installations. That’s why most contractors avoid working on roofs when it’s freezing outside, or when thunderstorms are frequent. Labor costs will also vary greatly depending on the competition and availability of contractors in your area.
- Summer: High labor costs.
- Winter: Lower labor costs.
- Fall & Spring: Moderate to low, depending on the local climate.
If you live in Atlanta, or the surrounding regions in Georgia, we can give you a free estimate of material and labor costs for your roof replacement project.
Discuss Your Roof Replacement Estimate With Our Experts
At Division Kangaroof, we have been replacing residential roofs for years. We are proud to have a skilled, honest, and friendly team that ensures 100% customer satisfaction. If you need a roof replacement service or estimate, call us at (706)-778-3516. We will offer you a free consultation and send our best team members to inspect your roof.