Roof Replacement Cost Calculator: The Truth
Category : New Roof
If you’re considering getting your roof replaced, you’ve probably done some research into the cost. But there’s so much information out there – what’s the most realistic estimate? Roofstar Arizona is here with a roof replacement cost calculator to help you plan your budget before your new roof is set into motion.
Cost Components of a Roof Replacement
There are several factors that determine how much a roof replacement will cost. The largest components are:
- Square Footage: The total square footage of your roof will determine how much it costs to replace it. The bigger your roof, the more materials and more labor it will take to replace it – meaning it will cost extra.
- Roof Materials: What material your roof is made out of will impact the cost to replace it. Certain materials, like slate and metal, are much more expensive, whereas materials like concrete tile or shingles are less. In addition, changing the material of your roof to a different type can cause additional costs.
- Repairs & Time: Roof replacement is hard work, so a large part of the cost is for the labor. Because of this, additional repairs or anything that requires extra time spent will cost you more. Complex roofs take more labor to do properly.
Cost Difference Among Shingle Types
There are many different types of roof shingles, and they all have different prices. Typically, the more expensive, the longer lasting they are – but that doesn’t mean the most expensive option is the best one.
Installed costs for shingles start with laminated asphalt shingles, at approximately $3.40-$4.65 per square foot. Then comes concrete tiles and clay tiles, which are between $4.00-$6.00 and $6.00-12.30 per square foot, respectively. The most expensive roof material is slate, which costs between $23.50-$35.00per square foot. While very expensive, slate is incredibly long-lasting and durable.
The Cost of Poor Roofing Work
When it comes to getting a new roof, the price can be intimidating. It might be tempting to hire the cheapest contractor you can find, or even to attempt to make a DIY project of it. But getting a poor roof job done can be even more expensive than hiring the right contractor the first time, even if the initial cost seems higher. Getting a shoddy roof job can lead to problems that snowball and end up costing lots more over time and making your roof less safe.
Roof Replacement Cost
So what is the overall cost to replace a roof? Typically, it ends up between $6,500 and $16,500, with the national average being about $12,000. However, that’s obviously a huge range. To calculate how much your roof replacement will cost, you’ll need to add up all of the factors mentioned in the above section, including $1.50 to $3.00 per square foot for labor costs.
So what can you expect to pay for a roof replacement? Typically, between $4.50 and $7.50 per square foot.