For most homeowners, re-roofing is one of the largest renovation expenses. Failing roofs can lead to problems such as interior damage due to mold, rotting wood, and termites. You should consider investing in a new roof when there is visible damage. Roofs on homes situated in areas where there are cold winters may be subject to damage from the melting snow. To assess damage, you may want to look out for some external clues such as dark stains on the shingles that may be the result of protective granules washing off the roof, or areas that are sagging that can signal structural damage.
What is the average cost of roofing repairs?
The cost of roof repairs will vary quite a bit depending on several different factors. Roof repairs can range from $150 for minor repairs, and up to $9,000 for major repairs. Nationally, the average homeowner will spend $6,600 for a new roof installation. A helpful tool when deciding specific roof repairs is Roofingcalc.com, a web-based calculator that estimates the costs of roof installations and repairs.
What factors determine the cost of roof repairs?
Not all roofs are the same. When it comes to determining the cost of a new roof, the most important factors to look at include:
- Roof Size
- Roof’s Pitch, or angle
- Materials being used
- Region of the house
- Number of layers
- Code requirements for your roof
- Roof extensions such as skylights, chimneys, and plumbing pipes.
Generally speaking, steep roofs will take more time and materials than a flat roof, material prices and requirements also vary by region, and the more adornments on the roof, the more expensive. It is worth noting that repairs can only get you so far, and sometimes it may be worth just installing a new roof altogether. Additionally, homeowners should keep in mind that installing a new roof can add value to your home.
How much does a new roof cost?
The cost of repairing or replacing a roof can vary depending on the roof type. Asphalt shingles are common, and can cost between $50 to $100 per square foot. Wood or cedar shingles will cost between $50 to $100 per square foot to replace or repair. Moss build up-or insect damage tends to be common with these roof types. Slate and stone roofs will set you back $55 – $150 per square foot to fix. These are generally quite durable, and repairs/re-roofing may be a result of improper installation that could cause leaks.
How much roofing will I need?
It goes without saying, but the amount of roofing required will vary from roof to roof. In saying that, calculating the amount of roofing required is not rocket science. Fairly simple calculations are all that is required. Roofs come in a variety of shapes and styles but most are comprised of plane surfaces that can be subdivided into simple geometric shapes such as squares, rectangles, trapezoids and triangles. Thus, roofing area calculations are relatively simple to calculate.
An introduction to roof shingles
Shingles are also a key variable when it comes to new roofing. There are a variety of roofing shingles available; however, the three most common types are asphalt, stone tiles, and wood shingles.
Asphalt shingles are the most popular and affordable. They can range from fiberglass to organic shingles, and can be styled in a particular way – for example, they can be made to look like weathered wood, slate, or charcoal. The drawback, however, is that asphalt shingles do not fare well in areas with fluctuating temperatures, which could lead to cracked tiles.
Slate shingles are known to be durable and have some of the best water and damage resistance properties. Although they may be more expensive compared to other types of shingle, their durability may make them worth it. They may also be quite heavy, and may not be suited to some homes.
Wood shingles have been used for far longer than any other type simply due to their availability. However, they are also one of the less durable types as they may be prone to catching fire, and can crack, warp, or break easily, as well as being susceptible to mold.
Steps for installing a new roof
Have you decided to install new roofing? As a homeowner, here are the things you’ll need as you embark on a re-roofing project:
Step 1: Consult with an experienced roofer if you’re not planning to do the job yourself. Often someone experienced can provide insights and even save you money on your roofing project!
Step 2: Select the appropriate materials. You’ll need to consider your budget, weather conditions in your area, and the appearance of the roof.
Step 3: Schedule the project. Considerations such as noise and pollution should be factored in – like any other big renovation project, you should consult neighbors and family members.
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