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How Much Does a Roof Replacement Cost?

For the average home, a roof should be replaced every eight to ten years. While you may have a warranty on your roof, that often covers the materials and not the entire roof itself. Depending on the age of the house, where it was built, and how the roof was constructed to begin with, it’s more common than not to have a roofer come out and recommend a full roof replacement. A full roof replacement is costly. Here’s how to determine how much a roof replacement costs and how to lower those costs.

Roof Replacement Cost Tips and Tricks

When a roof replacement is needed, you’re looking at more costs than just the roof itself. You’re looking at a roof tear-off, materials, labor, gutters and downspouts, and more. Depending on the shape of the roof, this can take as little as a day to a week. These factors all add up to the overall roof replacement cost.

Most roof replacements are covered by insurance after some sort of damage or failure. In some cases, if you’re selling a home, you may have to cover the cost of the roof to flip the home. Regardless of why you need to have a roof replacement, the fact is there’s ways to reduce the overall cost.

The first is to have multiple roofers come out and inspect your roof. They’ll each give you an estimate on the costs that you compare and potentially negotiate down. If you need other work done, such as gutters, they may offer a discount or deal for getting both done at the same time. When you have multiple bids on a roof, you can use this as leverage to negotiate a better price.

Roof replacements are costly because of everything that’s involved. However, the investment in your home’s future is key. The shingles you choose and the roofing company you go with can offer additional warranties on work and materials. This can help protect you down the line should something occur.

While roof replacement is expensive, it’s a necessary evil when owning a home.

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Can You Have a Roof Replaced in Winter?

Imagine this scenario, a large hail storm strikes your neighborhood and totals your roof in October. You know your favorite local roofer and you want to make sure they’re the ones on your roof. Unfortunately you’re not the only one who wants to use them and they’re backed up but they’re more than happy to get you on the waiting list. At this rate they think they will be able to get to your roof in January. January? Isn’t that too cold to put on a new roof? Basically, can you have a roof replaced in winter? The answer is more complicated than a simple yes or no. Let’s look at some of the different factors in deciding whether or not you should get your roof replaced in winter.

Can You Have a Roof Replaced in Winter?

Weather & Environment

Obviously you can’t get your roof replaced if it is covered in snow and ice. We say obviously but there are a surprising amount of people who think that you can knock off snow and ice and proceed as normal. Snow and ice pose not only a hazard to the structural integrity of the materials but to the safety of the roofing crew as well.

This is more of an issue for regions with chronic snow and ice throughout the entire winter season like the upper Midwest or New England. Some areas like Colorado or the central US may have snow and ice one week and blue skies and warm temperatures the next. In the second case you and the roofing contractor can discuss a good time in winter to get your roof install completed when it is both OK for the materials and your roofing crew.

So in cases where low temperatures and weather conditions remain constant for weeks at a time it is probably not in your best interest to have your roof replaced in winter. Other parts of the United States it will simply be a judgment call on whether ambient temperature and weather permit the installation of your roof, even in the winter.

This is another important reason to pick a local and reputable contractor that has been in business for several years. They will know when the local weather will permit a safe and quality job and when conditions may not be ideal.

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How to Prepare Your Roof for an Install

So you have decided on a roofer, signed your contract and the roofing crew will be out soon to install your new roof. So what, as a homeowner, can you do to make sure your home is ready for this project? Roofcorp wants to give you some advice on getting your home ready for a new roof install.

Preparing Your Roof for an Install

Preparing Outside of the Home

You first want to make sure that your home is ready for the crew. This is all dependent on what the individual roofing company requires. Most companies like to have an empty driveway, clear access to the roof around the entire house and access to an outside power source.

You should have notification that a roofing crew will be on its way. Take this time to make sure your home is ready for anything that has been asked of you. Move large grills or other fixtures out of the way to make sure the roof has ample open access. Take this time to figure out any fixtures, plants or anything else that could possibly be damaged in the roofing process so you can move them out of the way or point them out to the roofing crew.

If access to power outside the home is unavailable make sure you string an extension cord to be available to the crews, often this could be out of your garage or even a kitchen window. Most roofing companies need to utilize electricity during your install.

You also need to make sure everything is ready inside the home. The tear off portion of a roof install can produce a lot of movement and vibrations. Take any valuable items off of walls or shelves if they have a chance of falling off. A crew will not be liable for these types of damages inside a home so make sure you give every room a once over to mitigate any potential damage.

Roofing can also produce some dust, especially in the garage and attic space. Cover anything inside these areas with a sheet or tarp to make sure they don’t get covered in dust or other small debris.

Take care of these items and you should have a happy crew and happy home. If you have further questions never hesitate to consult your roofing company before the job begins.