Roofing Costs and What They Mean to You

Maybe your roof needs to be repaired or replaced because of old age or damage. The wide range of prices associated with roofing costs and materials can make it difficult to estimate how much a repair or replacement should cost you. Pricing can also vary dramatically depending on a variety of factors outside the materials of the roof.

To gain a better understanding of roofing pricing for both repair and replacement, it is important to know what materials are most commonly used. Aptera has put together a comprehensive list of roofing materials and what they cost so you can make an estimate of future costs.

Asphalt, Wood or Metal Roofing

Asphalt shingles are the most common choice for roofers and homeowners alike. With their popularity and many asphalt roofs lasting from 20 to 30 years, there is a very good chance this is the type of roof you need to repair or replace.

Wood singles have a warm and crafty look that is popular with traditional homes. The roofing pricing for wood shingles is often similar to asphalt roofing, but when properly installed can last as long as 50 years, leading to less frequent replacements. The wood does need occasional maintenance, however. If the wood is installed in a very hot or very wet climate it may need more frequent replacement.

Metal roofing has become an increasingly affordable option for many homeowners, with advances in instillation and technology. Although they are higher in cost, metal roofing systems have a great value because of their durability and longevity. Most last 40 to 60 years, with some metal roofs lasting 100 years or possibly longer. Contractors typically install metal roofs because of the increased difficulty of instillation, adding to the cost.

Roof Replacement

The average roof replacement for a 15,000 square foot roof will cost between $11,200 and $17,000. There a wide variety of factors contribute to those prices. These price estimates are based on a 1500 square foot roof:

MaterialsLowest Average Replacement CostHighest Average Replacement Cost
Wood shingles or shakes$6,900$3,600
Metal - steel$4,900$21,000
Metal - aluminum$13,000$23,000
Metal - copper$25,500$41,000

The wide variance between the low and high price of roof replacements can be attributed to several factors, such as whether the old roofing materials need to be removed, and if the new roof is professional installed. While professional installation can be a dramatic addition to roofing costs, many roofing warranties are dependent on the materials being installed by a licensed roofer.

Roof Repair

If your roof is generally sturdy and only needs a small repair, the roofing costs will be dramatically less than the costs for roof replacement. Typically, repairs are limited to a small area, no more than 100 square feet. These prices are based on that surface area:

MaterialsLowest Average Repair CostHighest Average Repair Cost
Wood shingles or shakes$350$1,100

These costs include the installation of new material, sealing the roof with solutions appropriate for the material and the removal of any old material and debris. A homeowner or handyman might be able to complete smaller repair jobs, without the expense of hiring a roofing contractor. If there is a craftsmanship or materials warranty on the roof still, a contractor may need to be hired for any work so that the warranty is not voided.

The flashing that acts as a barrier between slopes, skylights and chimneys will have differing repair costs associated with it. Should a leak appear in one of these places, repair costs will range between $200 and $500 on an asphalt or wood shingled roof.

Other Factors to Consider for Roof Pricing

Aptera knows there are several common factors that impact roofing costs for both repairs and replacement. First is accessibility. The harder a roof is to reach, the more expensive work will be. Attached homes and two- or thee-story homes have more difficult roofs than one story, single-family homes. Multi-story homes come with an additional cost because of the dangers associated with working from greater heights. Homes with less accessible roofs often have higher costs because the work takes longer to complete due of the extra precautions taken by workers for their safety.

The old roof and the structure of the home will also impact roofing costs. Some roofing materials require the removal of an old roof before instillation. The more layers that need to be removed, the higher the labor costs will be. If the framing of the roof has damage or is rotting, it may also need replacing, which can increase costs dramatically. If you are changing roofing materials to a heavier shingle, reinforcement may be necessary to support the weight, also impacting costs.

Find The Best Roofing Professional With Aptera

The above numbers are an estimate of national averages. Roofing costs can vary greatly depending on the region of the roof and the season the work is being completed in. Locally required permits and licenses can also impact the cost of any home repair project. Consider all of the variables involved to get the best understanding of the cost of any roof repair or replacement job.

A roofing contractor may be able to help you build a more through budget with their understanding of all the costs associated with the work that must be done. Aptera has roofing professionals that can provide you cost estimates for the type of roof work your home requires. Contact us today to find out how you can save with Aptera.

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