How choice of material influences roof replacement cost
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as one rigid price list, describing exactly, how much you’ll pay for your roof replacement. Final cost depends on many different elements and has to be estimated individually for every job. The most obvious variable is type of material installed. Every product comes with different price tag, with asphalt being the least and natural slate – the most expensive choice.
All other covering options – wood shakes and shingles, ceramic or concrete tiles, different metals – fall somewhere between the two. Choice of particular type of material can result from budget constraints (or lack of them) but also from homeowners’ needs and expectations. Well, I’m digressing so let’s get back to the point. Another element that influences final cost of the roof replacement is its size. Obviously the larger the roof, the more material you need, so the price is higher.
What does the total cost of roof replacement depends on?
Dependency between roof size and the cost of its replacement isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Bigger means more expensive but only up to a point. Complexity of construction as well as the roof pitch may result in similar estimate for replacing two complete different roofs. How so? For one thing, gables, multiple skylights and vents make the job more difficult, so the quote goes up. For another, high-pitched roofs are more dangerous to work on, often require from roofing contractors wearing safety harnesses and cannot be used to store supplies. All nice and well but it still doesn’t give you an answer on total price. Let’s do some approximates then. Average house has roughly 2,000 sq. For such building, Installation of asphalt shingles cost anywhere from $7,000 to $20,000. Flat roofs require $8,000 to $15,000, wood shingles and shakes - $14,000 to $25,000, metal roofing $14,000 to even $30,000 and natural slate even well over $50,000.