How Much Will It Cost to Replace The Shingles on My House?
Are you looking for Roof Replacement Cost? If you want to know how much it is going to cost you to get a new roof on your home, you are on the right page!
I am going to assume that there are 1,000’s of other things you better be doing with your time than researching the cost of roofs and which roofing company you are going to hire. But you are here, and I want to give you some great information on the price to replace those old roofing shingles.
Generally new asphalt shingle roofs can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000. You can expect to pay $200 – $550 per roofing square. Want to find out how much YOUR roof will cost? Contact Tapia’s Roofing!
You suspect that you need a new roof because either: your roof is old (20 to 30 years is the typical lifespan) or a recent storm damaged your roof. Either way, you have identified the problem… You Need A New Roof. And the first step is to get a ballpark figure on how much it will cost you.
Above I mentioned a new roof would cost you between $3,000 to $15,000, and that is quite a wide price range. So, you may be asking, “How much will my roof cost?”
The cost of your roof replacement surprisingly boils down to 4 factors, which every roofer takes into consideration.
- Size of the roof
- Material cost and quality
- Roof system complexity
By determining these four factors, you can calculate the price of any roof, including your own.
How Big is Your Roof?
The number one factor in determining the cost of your roof is the size. Simply put, the bigger the roof, the more material and labor you will need.
Roofing contractors calculate the area of your roofing using a measurement called a square. A square is merely a 10 x 10 area (100sq. ft.). The number of squares largely determines the price.
If you want to calculate the number of squares of your roof, you will need to do a bit of simple geometry. If you’re going to calculate the area of your rooftop visit this article: http://www.curtislumber.com/measure-roof.asp
Not great in math? Contact Tapia’s Roofing Company to measure your roof.
Roof Material Cost and Quality
Assuming you calculated the area, you now must determine the material costs. These are the materials you likely need: asphalt shingles, roofing felt, roofing nails, and other materials.
Roofing shingles will cost $60 – $135 per square depending on the quality, style, and warranty. You will need to decide which shingle will work best for your home. Some determining factors of what quality of material you should choose are:
Do you plan on moving in the next ten years? If the answer is yes, then you may want to go with a low quality and low priced shingle.
Do you plan on living in your home longer than ten years? If you answered yes, then you might consider going with a more robust and more expensive product.
We will discuss what is best for you when you contact us for a roof replacement quote.
Roofing felt is the barrier between the shingles and the plywood decking. Roofing felt cost $60 to $125 per square.
Roofing nails cost about $10 per box, and you will need around 3 – 4 boxes. Consider that each shingle will need three nails.
You need to consider other materials as well, like drip edge, ridge vent, new ventilation vents, flashing, caulk, and trash bags.
Most roofers will add 5 – 10% additional material for scrap or rework. You don’t want to be 95% through a job to find you have run out of shingles or nails. Buy slightly more than you need just in case, then return the unopened products to the store.
Another cost that you must consider: You need to account for delivery cost from the hardware store to your home, cost of renting a dumpster, and cost of properly disposing of the waste in a proper landfill.
An additional cost that won’t be located in a roofing quote and is impossible to estimate is the cost to repair unseen roof damage. For example, if there is a roof leak that has caused the plywood or rafters to rot, and that damage was not visible until the old shingles were removed, then it will cost will naturally increase. Roof repairs will increase the roof replacement costs.
The material cost is one of the most significant expenses of installing a new roof. If you have calculated these cost before speaking with a roofing contractor, you will have a better understanding of the roofing quote.
Roofing System Complexity
Roofing system complexity is a factor that determines cost as well. The more complex the roof, the higher the cost. A roof that is steeper is more expensive than a low sloping roof. A roof with fewer valleys and crevasse is cheaper than a roof will many valleys and features. Another factor is the height of the roof, the higher the roof, higher the costs.
The second significant portion of roof replacement cost is hiring a professional roofing contractor. When you hire an acknowledged roofing contractor you are paying for:
- Provide expertise and experience
- Remove the old roof
- Provide need structural repairs
- Safely install the new roof
- Clean up the site and haul away the waste
- Provide a written warranty
Total Cost of Hiring a Pro Roofer: When you hire a roofing contractor these factors can range from $100 – $350 per one square for your roof.
What determines roofing labor costs
Labor: It may seem clear, but a company needs to pay their crew a decent and competitive wage for the dangerous and challenging work they do. Compensation includes salaries and health insurance coverage.
Equipment: A roofing company has to buy a lot of capital expenditure, like trucks, ladders, tools, safety equipment, trailers, and more. These are significant expenses that have to be paid for by a portion of each job.
Insurance: A competent roofing company will have insurance so in the event one of their crew gets injured on your property, the injury is covered by their insurance and not your homeowners.
Experience and reputation: You are paying for a roofers experience, a more experienced roofer or a roofer with a specialty will cost more than a roofer that just decided to start yesterday. You need to find the right roofer for your project and budget. The right roofer isn’t necessarily the cheapest.
Modest profit: A roofing company expects a modest profit from the work that they do.
The roof replacement cost is $200 – $550 per square depending on the size, material quality, and experience of the roofing company. I hope this article I wrote helps you to a ballpark figure of how much a roof replacement would cost in the Houston, TX area.
I understand that getting a new roof is a big purchasing decision that you may only make once or twice during your lifetime. Which is why you need to find the right contractor to replace your roof at a fair price.