3 Key Factors Impacting the Cost to Replace Roof Shingles
Putting a new roof on your home is a BIG decision. Not only does the choice cost a lot of money up front, the decision impacts your home for the following 15 to 20 years! For the upcoming year, Home Advisor says that on average, a new roof in the United States costs between $5,399 and $11,054 for most homeowners. However, this changes based on geographical location, and Florida’s average cost to replace roof shingles is slightly higher at $8,000 to $16,500.
If your roof is over twenty years old or needs expensive repairs, this may be something that you and your family is considering before hurricane season in 2021. Why is the range on roofing cost so wide? There are several things that can increase and lower expenses during a new roof installation. So, as your local roofing company, Pro’s Choice Roofing LLC is breaking down the top three factors that will impact the cost to replace roof shingles on your home this year.
The Type of Material
Material is a huge factor to consider when laying our your budget for your new roof. It’s important that you choose a high-quality roofing material that looks good but also stands up to your area’s weather and heat. In general, the cheapest type of roofing material is 3-tab asphalt shingles while slate is the most expensive material (ten times more expensive than basic shingles). A cheap shingles may lower your budget significantly, but it’s important to remember that cheap materials come at a cost – with a shorter lifespan and lower wind resistance. In some areas, the cheapest shingle options may not even meet local requirements for minimum wind resistance requirements. When you work with a professional roofing company in Melbourne FL or another part of Brevard County, you should see what the materials are available that are both reliable and budget-friendly.
Changing the type of material of your roof is another choice that can increase or decrease the cost to replace roof shingles. When choosing your new roofing material, a heavier material (like upgrading to slate from shingles) may require extensive frame work to support it. Replacing one roof with another of similar type will usually be easier (and cheaper). When deciding, make sure to have your frame and trusses inspected in case you’ll need to strengthen the roof to support the new material.
The Size of Your Roof
The size of your rooftop impacts the material and labor costs for your roof replacement. While the average for Florida may be between $8,000 and $16,500, your roof may cost considerably more or less than the average because of the size of your roof. The size of the roof will determine the scale at which the price changes – a larger roof means that a more expensive material could add thousands of dollars to a project. Large-scale structural damage with a small roof costs less to replace than a large roof. Your roofing contractor will give you an estimate for your roof on a “per square” basis. A roofing square is equal to 100 square feet of roof. The roofing square footage is usually different from your home’s square footage because it will include overhangs, porch area, garage space, and covered entryways.
The Design of the Roof
The shape and slope of your roof is another big factor for determining the cost to replace roof shingles on a home. For many homes in Florida, this won’t be a big deal, especially near the coast. Because of the wind and weather of hurricane season, roofs near the coast are often simple and flat. But, for those who have a very sloped roof or unusual roof elements (like dormers or gables), the cost can change based on these things alone. For homes with a sloped roof, the added cost to the reroofing comes from much-needed equipment required for the labor to be conducted safely. The greater the slope, the more time and care is needed to replace the roof.
The best way to understand how much it will cost to replace roof shingles (and why) is to talk to your trusted, local roofing contractor, like Pro’s Choice Roofing LLC. An inspection should give you an accurate estimate of the reroof cost, and you’ll be able to ask what you can do to help meet your budget. Don’t break the bank with a roof replacement – understand where the costs are coming from so that you can have an affordable roof that lasts for years!