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Roofs are a complex system of vents, shingles, and decking. They protect your home from extreme weather conditions like hurricanes and tornadoes. To tear off and replace a roof can be an incredibly complicated process. They also complete the look of your home. When it comes time to replace your roof, there are a lot of factors that you have to consider when determining how much it will cost and what your best options are.

How do you determine the cost to replace a roof?

While there are many cost calculators online that will give you an idea of how much it will cost to tear off and replace your roof, the old fashioned way is better. We recommend that you contact three or four roofers in your neighborhood to get a better idea of your actual estimate.

QEI Pricing

If you want to do your research before contacting them, here’s some of our information on pricing:

On average, replacing a roof on your house could cost anywhere between $5,000 and $12,000. But these are just estimates. The price will depend on many different factors. These are the factors we use to determine our estimate for you:

  • Size-The overall surface area of your roof
  • Pitch-The slope of your roof from the eaves (ridges) to the ridges (peaks)
  • Materials Used-Shingles, metal, wood, ceramic, tile, slate, and copper all have different price points
  • Height-How high is your roof: does its height pose a safety risk?
  • State Safety Inspection Code Requirements-Is your existing structure up to code, or will you need to adjust it to meet the requirements?
  • Complexity of the Structure-If there are many peaks and valleys to work around, this might drive the price up
  • Structural Issues-If there is existing damage from water, debris or wood rot, it might cost extra to have these issues resolved before installing a new roof
  • Permits and Licenses-Although the costs of permits and licenses are usually low, they still factor into budgeting.

Calculating the Cost of a New Roof

Unfortunately, you might not be able to predict everything when calculating the cost of a new roof. Sometimes, roofers will find damage hidden beneath the shingles only once they begin to inspect the deck. If they find issues like this, it is always best to have them taken care of sooner rather than later. Repairing long-term water damage will significantly increase over time. In many cases, roofers won’t want to proceed until the existing damage is fixed. We have many resources for you to read about roof repair tips.
Although it may seem impossible to get a solid estimate for your budget, it’s certainly not impossible. It’s always a good idea to get estimates from different contractors to make sure you’re getting the best possible price and working with someone you trust. Make sure to choose the best materials for what your home needs. A good roof that is installed properly will be an incredibly wise investment for your property.

What are the extra costs of replacing a roof?

There might be add-ons and extras so always make sure your estimate is itemized. You should take these into consideration beyond just the price per square foot. Sometimes roofers might not tell you about the cost of labor when they give you the estimate. You should ask if the following items are included in your price calculation:

  • Supplies-Costs of the materials used to install the shingles such as asphalt paper, roofing caulk, nails, etc.
  • Price of Shingles-This includes the shingles or whatever material will be visible on the roof
  • Necessary protective equipment-The location might require the roofers to also install ice guard or other waterproofing protection.
  • Waste Disposal-Will there be any cost to dispose of the materials from the old roof and any additional debris?
  • Labor-Make sure that this is included in your estimate. In a lot of cases, projects will be broken down by about 40% product and 60% labor.
  • Insurance-This might not necessarily be itemized in your estimate or bill, but it’s a good idea to make sure your roofer has liability insurance.

What options are there for replacing a roof?

You should keep in mind that there are many types of roofing materials you can select when getting a new roof. These can range from shingles to slate. The different types of roofing materials can cost anywhere from $100-$1,000 per square foot.  Consider the following scenario:

In order to determine the average cost to tear off and replace a roof, we start with the average home. In America, the average home size is 2,200 square feet with two stories. This averages about 17 squares per roof. Given this, the pricing for the following types of materials would be as follows:

  • $2,500 for 3-tab asphalt shingles
  • $3,000 for galvanized steel
  • $20,000 for slate
  • $25,000 for copper

For tear down and replacement with asphalt shingles, it costs about $1.20-$4.00 per square foot. In the case of a 2,200 square foot ranch-style property, this could potentially cost up to $9,000. Of course, roof replacement costs increase when you use higher-end roofing materials. Metal roofs sometimes cost twice as much as an asphalt shingle roof. Slate roofs might cost five times more. Each material offers a different set of benefits. Typically, the more expensive roofing materials have longer lifespans.

What is Roofing Overlay?

Overlay, also known as Re-roofing is a method of roof installation in which you can lay new shingles on top of the old ones. This will save you the cost of tearing off the old shingles and disposing of them. In this case, the cost of labor and overhead will be lower. However, this method will add weight to your house’s structure. It could also shorten the lifespan of the shingles. Over the long term, your costs will be higher with this method of roof installation, rather than with a complete replacement.

Will Insurance Cover my Roof Replacement?

We know how hard it can be to deal with insurance companies to cover repair work after a storm or flood. That’s why we offer assistance with all aspects of the insurance process. This includes pre-inspections, assisted adjuster inspections, paperwork analysis, repairs of all types of damages, and filing insurance paperwork. We do everything properly so you don’t have to!

Contact Quality Exteriors Roofing today to get a free quote! We will be able to tell you the average cost to tear off and replace a roof. Our experts will walk you through the steps it takes to make sure you get the best roof possible and the best price.