There is a lot to think about when the time comes to replace a roof. In some cases, you will need to choose a type of roofing. Replacement roofs for existing homes will usually need to be the same type of material, which can make choosing the type of roof a bit easier.
For most all homeowners, the biggest concern is how much a new roof will cost. Here are the basics you need to know before you buy a new roof and have it installed.
When you go shopping for roof replacements you have several choices. If you are replacing a roof on an existing home, not a new home, you might replace it with the same material. If the old roof was slate, you would replace it with slate.
This is not an absolute rule, but for most people it is easier and more cost effective to approach the replacement of a roof in this manner. As for the actual materials you can choose from there are several.
Roofing materials can be made of asphalt shingles, wood, slate, tile, and metal. Within these material choices, there are variations available. For instance, wood roofs may be made of either cedar or redwood. Metal roofs may be made of aluminum or steel.
Each roofing material varies in its lifespan and cost. Asphalt shingles are the most popular because they are the most affordable type of roofing material. This type of roof can last about two decades. The average cost is about $120 per 100 square feet.
Wood also lasts about the same length of time. There are some places where wood is not permitted due to the risk of fire. Wood roofs cost about twice as much as asphalt roofs.
Slate is common on roofs and for a very good reason. This material can last about 100 years. In some cases, the slate roofs of old homes have been repurposed and used as new roofs in hopes of providing a new home another 100 years of durability. These are heavy roofs with a heavy price tag. A square can cost about $800 to install. Safety is really important.
Tile roofs are the signature materials for Mission style homes. They are also heavy and durable and come with a high price tag. It depends on the type of tile and if it contains cement or if it is made of cement, but the price can be within the range of slate roofing.
Metal roofs can last for a very long time, but they are about as durable a material as you can get on the market. They can be among the most expensive material to purchase and can run up to $500 per square installed.
The installation of the roof will also add to the overall price. You will need to get an estimate done by your local professional roofing company. The final price for the new roof will involve the material chosen as well as the slant of the roof and any other details like chimneys or skylights.