When the need to replace an existing roof arises, there is no putting it off. Replacing the roof is urgent, but blindly hiring the first roofing contractor interviewed is a mistake.
Without experience and the right tools, it is likely for mistakes to occur that reduce the lifespan of the roof and endanger the integrity of the home. Standard roofs measure in size from 2,200 to 3,400 square feet, and DIY homeowners can pay anywhere between $2,000 and $6,000 for roof shingles.
Professionals charge between $5,000 and $12,000, with architectural asphalt shingles costing more. The installation fees for asphalt shingles are between $120 and $400 for each square.
On average, roofers charge by the square, which is a 10-by-10 foot patch of the roof. Average residential roofs require between 22 and 34 squares.
There is also a charge for removing the old roof, and typical fees run between $100 and $150 per square. Double and triple roofs cost more to remove, as well as extremely high or steep roofs.
Flashing, trim, gutters and vent covers carry additional charges, too, with costs for shingling over an existing roof costing less. Keep this in mind, though, that shingling over an existing roof omits repairs to a damaged roof deck. Roofers like to apply newer synthetic membranes to offer better protection against ice and rain damage. The new membrane is not part of the process when shingling over an existing roof.
Metal roofs cost between $500 and $1800 per square. The most common selection by homeowners is corrosion-resistant metal that costs between $700 and $1,000 per square. Natural slate tile ranges from $800 to $1,600 per square.
The final cost of a slate roof is often more than $4,000 for high-end slate and an intricate installation pattern. Ready-made clay tiles cost between $600 to $800 for an average-sized home. Custom-made premium grade clay tiles can sometimes cost up to $4,000 per square.
INSTALLING A NEW ROOF
Understanding the roofing process can help you ask the right questions and follow along when it comes time to choose the right roofing company. Here’s the general process that a roofing contractor will go through when installing a new roof.
Remove and dispose of all the existing shingles or other roofing materials
Repair the wood underneath if necessary
Put down a layer of asphalt roofing paper
Install new valley flashing in needed areas
Put on the new tab shingles
Apply flashing in areas that are susceptible to leaks (skylights, stack vents, etc.)
Install the ridge vent along the peak of the roof
Do final clean up
The primary roofing materials mentioned above are part of the package any roofing contractor in town provides. All roofers are not equally reliable. A true roofer knows if a shingle manufacturer or jurisdiction allows more than a single layer of shingles, and they typically know any rules about shingle or underlay type.
Quality contractors look for existing damage caused by water or fire. Avoiding these repairs necessitates future routine maintenance, causes premature failure, or voids the warranty by the shingle manufacturer. Reliable roofers offer guarantees on the work they do.
The industry standard on workmanship is from five to 10 years. That guarantee usually includes free necessary repairs caused by improper installation defects. Leakage and total failure also fall under the warranty. Insect or bacterial infestation, normal wear and tear, damage from storms or hail are not problems usually covered in a roofing company’s guarantee.
Only particular high-end roofing products that requires specific installation procedures have warranties of 40 or more years. The cost of new roofing installed by professionals can sometimes exceed $5,000, but knowing your roof installation meets the manufacturer’s standards and having a long-term warranty make the price worth the money.
FOR NEW ROOF CONSTRUCTION
WE SERVICE THE DALLAS AND FORT WORTH AREA INCLUDING SUBURBS SUCH AS RICHARDSON, FRISCO AND PLANO. IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF A NEW ROOF, GIVE US A CALL AT (469) 214-3188 FOR A FREE ROOFING ESTIMATE!
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