Roof Replacement Cost
If you’re reading this, you probably need new roofing, or are considering it. Most homeowners will need at least one roof replacement during their lifetime. A replacement will cost quite a bit, but the investment should will pay off with at least 25 years of proper protection for your home. Here’s what you can expect when it comes to a Plano roof replacement cost:
What will be the total cost?
First of all, quite a few factors go the cost of a roof replacement:
Size– As you’d expect, the larger the roof, the more expensive the replacement. Roofing companies usually measure by roofing square instead of square feet. For instance, a 10 ft. by 10 ft. area will equal one roofing square.
Pitch– Basically the slope of a roof. You might hear a roofer talk about a 12:6 pitch. This means that for every 12 inches of roof surface, there is a 6 inch elevation. Obviously, a steep roof will cost more than a flat roof since installation will be more difficult.
Material– Materials carry most of the expenses when it comes to a roof replacement. In order of the least expensive to most expensive shingle types: asphalt, wood, metal, tile, and slate. Affordability is one of the main reasons you see asphalt shingles used so often on homes in the U.S.
Removal– The part of roof replacement that you probably don’t think about. The removal of old roofing material is tedious, so roofing contractors will probably charge quite a bit for labor. Per square, expect a charge ranging between $100 and $150.
Accessibility– Going hand-in-hand with pitch, some roofs are much tougher to access than others. Roofers might need more equipment to simplify the job and keep themselves safe. A two-story home with a steep roof will cost more than a one-story with more flat roof.
The point is, every roof is different. Additionally, every contractor is different. That’s why it’s important to get multiple quotes to see how they compare to one another.
When it comes to traditional asphalt roofing, expect a roof replacement cost between $3,000 to $7,000 for the whole project. The cost of wood roofing will be on the higher side of that range and metal will be more than double that price. Tile and slate roofing are the most expensive out of all the roofing materials. We’ll go into detail about how the price of each is determined a bit further along…
Hiring the right person for the job
Most of the success of a roof replacement is dependent on the quality of the contractor. So your main responsibility is to make sure that you hire the right contractor for your project. Once you do that, everything should go smoothly and you (hopefully) won’t have to get too involved.
How do you hire the perfect contractor?
Make sure he/she is licensed
A license helps prove their qualification, by showing that they have the necessary knowledge and training. The effort and time a contractor puts into obtaining a license speaks for the time and effort he/she will put into your project.
Licensed roofing contractors care about their reputation, and, quite often, increasing their skills and knowledge of roofing repair and replacement. As a homeowner, choosing a licensed contractor over a non-licensed is one of the wisest decisions you can make.
See what others have to say about the contractor
While reviews don’t guarantee much, they’re definitely something to consider when looking for a contractor. All you have to do is Google the roofing company’s name and you’ll have access to Google Reviews. Just keep in mind that some customers won’t be pleased even if the job was done right. So you shouldn’t let one or two bad reviews completely negate many positive reviews.
Sometimes, you can find customer testimonials on the company’s actual website. You’ll see some reviews praising the contractor’s work. Once again, reviews and testimonials are only a part of the information you should use when making your decision, but it’s worth reading to help you get an impression and maybe even narrow down your options.
Ask for work samples
There is nothing that’ll give you a better idea of the contractor’s capabilities than samples of previous work. A good contractor will bring work samples when meeting with you to discuss a roof replacement project. He/she will walk you through some previous successful projects and show you examples of work done on roofs that are similar to yours.
You might even have the opportunity to visit the home of one of their previous clients. Of course, this depends on whether or not the client allows it. If you do have the opportunity, you will benefit from a close-up look of the contractor’s quality of work.
Roof Replacement Cost of an Asphalt Shingle Roof
We mentioned earlier that asphalt roofing will cost between $3,000 and $7,000 to replace. This is on the lower end of available roofing materials.
Why is asphalt so affordable?
It does everything well but doesn’t necessarily stand out in any one area. The material will last for 20-25 years, does a decent job of protecting against hail, and keeps a home well-insulated. Asphalt roofing is so common across North Texas homes because they’re economical and provide the value you pay for.
Honestly, asphalt is a great material as long as you keep it maintained. Once it passes the 10-year mark, make sure to have it inspected once every year or two. It’s also a good idea to have asphalt inspected after a season filled with severe weather. Asphalt isn’t meant to be extraordinary in its appearance or last forever. It’s just a sturdy, reliable roof that will prove to be worthy of your investment.
Roof Replacement Cost of a Wood Roof
Wood shingles and wood shakes will be a bit costlier than asphalt. The material is natural and is therefore more visually appealing than plain asphalt. You can expect a price range of aboout $3.50 to $9.00 per square foot for wood.
Wood shakes will weigh on the higher end because of their composition and slight difference in texture. Both wood shingle and wood shakes guarantee a protection for around 30 years. This type of roofing will require the most maintenance when compared to other types. Wood can begin to rot and get weaker if moisture settles into it and isn’t dried properly.
The manufacturer should have plenty of tips on maintaining your wood roof. You will want to pay close attention to any areas of the roof that are shaded. You’ll also want to review it after a string of heavy rains.
Roof Replacement Cost of a Metal Roof
With metal roofing, you’ll be looking at between $6.00 – $16.00 per square foot ($600 – $1,600 per roofing square). The reason why metal roofing is around double the price of asphalt/wood is because it has double the life expectancy. Metal roofing should last 50-75 years before needing to be replaced.
Hail might lightly ding the surface, but it will never do serious damage or break through. Rain isn’t a threat, nor is snow. Metal reflects heat, so your energy bills will be lower and your home more comfortable. It can be a tricky roofing material when it comes to design purposes, but roofing experts should be able to install it in no time.
Roof Replacement Cost of a Tile Roof
Tile is more unique type of roofing. It’s the opposite of asphalt with regards to its appearance and the opposite of metal with regards to its build. Clay/concrete tile will cost between $6.00 – $35.00 per square foot. The installation will cost quite a bit as well, since type is quite a heavy material.
With type you’ll be benefiting from roofing that will last up to 50 years, maybe even longer if weather is mild. Tile can withstand the hot temperatures Texas presents. There’s a misconception that it can’t withstand hail well, but it’s actually quite resilient. However, repairs can be quite costly if a tile does break.
Roof Replacement Cost of a Slate Roof
Slate is the toproofing material. It looks nice, is durable, and impenetrable. As you’d expect, these characteristics come at a cost. The price range for slate runs between $1,000 – $4,000 per square foot. Like tile, slate is heavy and has to be installed by professionals. Make sure that the contractor you’re working with has experience installing slate, because not all do.
Slate roofing should last between 75 and 100 years. You probably won’t need new roofing during your lifetime. Plus, if you ever decide to move, slate roofing will add quite a bit to your home value. You’ll never have to sacrifice appearance for quality with slate; it’s moreso a matter of preference and budget for homeowners. Many homeowners feel that an asphalt roof will get the job done for them and that their money can be spent elsewhere.
While this is understandable, there’s a lot that can be said about slate roofings lifetime and maintenance.
Location does matter
The part of the country where your home is located matters. It won’t effect prices too much; nevertheless, it still will. The good news is that Plano is a mostly suburban city. The more homeowners there are in a city, the bigger the demand for roofing services. Summit Roof has the supply to meet Plano’s demand. Our GAF-certified products are the best in the business. Needless to say, you will have plenty of roofing options to choose from.
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