A roof over your head is one of life’s basic necessities; fortunately, a roof is not something we will need to think about very often since a good roof can last 20 years or more.
Unfortunately, replacing your roof is often one of the biggest expenses a homeowner can face. The cost to replace a roof varies widely, depending on the size of the home, the style of the roof, and the roofing materials used. Costs can range from $5,000 for a basic replacement to upwards of $100,000 for high-end options. Replacing a roof is a major investment, so it’s useful to know what factors might impact the costs involved.
Roof Size – First you need to determine the size of your roof. The average house size in America is 2,500 square feet. However, the size of the roof can vary depending on how many levels the house has, the pitch and type of the roof.
Roof Style – There are several roof styles including the Gambrel, Hip, Flat, Saltbox, Dormer, Lean-to, Gable, Dutch Gable, and others. The roof style is what really gives your roof personality, and in many cases the more personality your roof has, the more expensive it will be to replace.
Roofing Materials – There’s a wide variety of roofing materials available, it’s a matter of choosing the material that will suit your home and your purpose. Most roofs today are fiberglass shingles and that makes up the majority of roofing products that are available. Fiberglass shingles have asphalt with a fiberglass mat base compared to Asphalt shingles that have an organic base, usually paper. Other specialty roofing products include wood, metal, clay, concrete or composite tiles, slate, and solar tiles.
To make sure you don’t have to worry about your roof again, go for top-quality products and professional installation. There are some items that fall into the “never bargain shop” category and a new roof ranks high on that list.