Roof replacement is a big cost that requires professional assistance and selecting the best roofers to get it done. If it has been over 8 years with the current roof or there has been damage to the roof, you need to start budgeting for roof replacement costs. But without proper knowledge you might be lost trying to find out the real costs of roof replacement. So basically what are the costs that need to be considered while looking for replacing the roof? Is energy saving on your mind? It has been calculated that nearly 35% of the cooling and heating costs are due to poor insulation in the roof. If you are looking at long term roofing, different materials need to be used.
Some of the expert roofers say that as most cities and towns allow three layers of shingles, it is bets to check each layer for damage. Oftentimes, the damage is in the wood. While in some homes the entire roof needs to be replaced. It is bets for the contractor to estimate the cost of debris removal within roof replacement costs. In case you have been advised complete roof replacement, get at least 3-5 estimates and never go with the lowest bid. It is better to go with the average bid and ask for references. Check the roofing company at BBB to ensure professional work.
As per the current market prices, the cost of roof replacement with asphalt shingles that does not need any repairs is about USD 1.75- USD 2 per square foot. But if the wood needs repairs or there are tears that require repair, the cost is higher. However, if heavier shingles are needed, the cost doubles on the 20-year and 40-year shingles. The average cost of such a roof includes about USD 4,500-5500 which includes just replacement of the whole roof of an average sized home. No repairs are included.
Metal roofs are long lasting options and are known to last to about 70-80 years. To replace the entire metal roof, without repairs costs about USD 10,000-15000 while the tar or rubber that is used on the flat roofs are available at the cost of USD 2.5 per square foot. Although they last for over 20 years, damage repair costs around USD 9.5 per square foot. It is expensive to get a complete roof replacement done and usually with proper maintenance, you do not require it. But if the asphalt shingles have been over 8-10 years old, it may need a tear-down and replacement. If there are any gutters, they will need to be replaced which further adds to the cost of the roof replacement for homes and offices.
Before you sign on any roof contractor or roofing company, it is best to ask your family or friends for references. Talk to a few roofers, get estimates and then decide what suits your own budget. Usually the estimates will differ according to the company but never hire the lowest bid as the quality might be cheap or has hidden costs.