When owning a home, there are many things that you need to replace once they wear out. Windows, siding, the hot water tank, the roof. All of these can be quite pricey depending on what you want and where you buy. How do you start to calculate how much a new roof will cost?
Fortunately, many roofers will come out to your home for an inspection of your old roof and an estimate of how much the new roof will cost. The first thing to take into consideration is what do you want on your roof? Materials is the largest cost to the job, so do you want to do with the cheapest material, asphalt shingles, or do you want to go with wood shake, metal, clay or natural tile like slate? This choice should be made with a big nod towards the climate you live in. Do you get a lot of rain? Does it snow a lot in the winter? Are you prone to strong winds and thunder storms? Are you living in tornado alley? All of these things should be taken into consideration as the roof you choose will have to protect you from the elements and keep your home safe from water damage for years to come.
The second consideration is how big is your current roof? Is your home sturdy enough to withstand the weight of the material that you want your new roof to be made out of? Does the shape or way your roof was built preclude certain materials to be used? Finally, with what you have chosen in mind, will it blend with the homes in the neighborhood or will it make your home stand out like a sore thumb?
Third is how much time it will take the roofers to finish your job. If you have a lot of items on your roof, it will take them longer to get your job done. As time is money, this will factor in to how much you will be charged for your new roof.
Materials, timing and installation, plus the size and shape of your roof all factor in to how much it will cost to replace. If you are not happy with your estimate you are free to check out other local roofers in your area to compare prices and timing. Talking to friends and family or neighbors who have had a new roof installed will help you when making the decision about who to hire.