Roof Replacement Costs: Advice from the Pros
If many years have gone by or you’ve had some recent damage, you may be looking at roof replacement. What are important elements to look for when you are looking at roof replacement? Are you looking to save on energy costs? It is generally estimated that 34 percent of heating and cooling costs are lost with poor roofing insulation. How long do you want your roof to last and what types of materials should you be looking at? Here are some thoughts on how to estimate roof replacement costs.
What if you have to replace the whole roof?
Sometimes an entire roof needs to be removed. Along with the usual bid for a new roof, make sure the contractor is upfront about trash removal costs. It is advised to get up to three estimates from roofing contractors in Houston or your area. Also important is to check out the contractor with the Better Business Bureau and get references (See Monarch Roofing Houston's BBB Report).
Estimating the Cost of Architectural Shingles.
If you choose a heavier shingle, known as an architectural shingle, the cost will be up to twice as much as the typical asphalt shingles. However, you can then choose a 40-year or 20-year shingle. You can expect to pay an average of $4,500 to $5,500 for an average-sized roof with complete tear-off (if no repairs are needed) for this type of shingle.
Metal roofs can last up to 70 years and cost an estimated average of $10,000 to $15,000 for a complete tear-off and replacement. Rubber or tar, mostly used on flat roofs go for about $2.50 per square foot and can last between 10 and 40 years. The price can go up depending on whatever damage the roof has sustained up to $9.50 per square foot.
A Final Word on Roof Replacement Costs.
Keep in mind that if you have gutters, they will need to be replaced and added to the cost of the roof replacement.