Knowing when to replace your roof is the first step of the process. Being prepared with the following information will benefit you as a homeowner as you protect your new investment.
Years of unpredictable weather, squirrels, birds, and time can destroy your roof. Pricing to replace a roof can vary due to the type of material selected, size and complexity of the roof shape, the contractors you hire, and your location.
Remodeling Magazine estimates an entire roofing replacement, from demolition of existing roofing and installation of new asphalt shingles and underlayment with aluminum trim averages $22,636 in 2019. Your roof may be much higher or lower than this depending on numerous factors.
Although your new roof may look very similar to the old roof, many steps occur to transform the quality and appearance.
Disposal: removing the existing layer(s) of roofing, underlayment, adhesives, repairing damaged portions of the wood decking if necessary, dumpster rental to recycle or send discarded materials to landfill
Labor: contractors or skilled workers quote the price, work with you from beginning to the end of the project removing and installing materials
Materials: new flashing, drip edges, gutters, protective coatings, metal trim, felt underlayment, nails, and roofing shingles may be replaced on your house.
A licensed professional contractor installing the roofing will provide the best results, and will also add the biggest expense. Skilled roofing workers are in demand, and typically cost 40-50% of the project’s cost. Complex roofs with differing slopes and gables will enhance the price due to additional labor and materials required. Installed roofing shingles can range from $4 to $15 per square foot.
Selling: If you’re planning on selling your home, buyers expect to see up to date roofs. New roofs do increase the value of your home. According to Remodeling Magazine, only 68.2% of the installed price could reflect in the home’s rise in value.
Leaks: This one’s obvious, but if water is noticeably leaking into your attic or ceilings, it’s time for a new roof before it leads to further damage.
Damage: If only a few shingles are damaged, a repair is acceptable, but if more than a handful are visibly cracked or brittle with curling edges, consider a replacement.
Balding: When you notice bald spots or areas missing shingles or if the protective underlayment beneath the shingles is peeking out, a replacement will solve the issue.
If you’re noticing any of these signs, contact a roofing professional for a quote and walk-through of the replacement process.
Research: Search on the internet for types of materials and pricing so you have some information in mind. You can use this knowledge when talking with contractors about pricing and help you feel comfortable with the process. A helpful fact is that one “roofing square” is equal to 100 square feet of shingles or your selected material.
Contact: Call a few local roofing contractors to get a feel for their business and quoting process. Make sure to ask questions about product costs, schedule, warranty, labor, installation and disposal fees to ensure you know what you’ll get. Always check roofers’ references and online reviews. Hiring a licensed and insured contractor is important in case something goes wrong.
Timing: Ask your contractor(s) if they can offer a lower labor price to schedule the installation for a slower time of the year, like late winter or spring, during the off-season. Everybody wins- they stay busy year round, and you might be eligible for a smaller bill.
Insurance: If your roof is damaged due to natural causes like a wind burst or hail shower, your Homeowner’s Insurance should pay for part or possibly all of the cost of replacing your roof.
DIY: If you have experience working with your hands, and confidence in your ability to work in a potentially dangerous roof environment, you may be able to save some money by demoing the existing roofing and properly dispose of the shingles before the contractor comes to install the new material. Coordinate with the installer; you don’t want to live days or weeks without a solid roof before they show up.
Overlay: If you have to save money by not removing the existing roofing, or are on a short deadline, you could consider overlaying new shingles on top of existing materials. Manufacturers often don’t allow this due to warranty concerns, so check with the brand or your contractor to verify if this option works for you.