When roofing fails, moisture penetration results. If overlooked, water infiltration can lead to costly wood rot, and unhealthy mold and mildew growth in your home. You may only need to replace a roof once or twice in your lifetime, and it’s important to know the facts about roof replacement cost and what factors influence this major investment.
There are significant differences between various roofing material types. The product you choose will directly impact:
- The look of your roof
- The weight of your roof
- How damage resistant your roof is
- How long your roof will last
Composite Asphalt Shingles Cost
Asphalt shingles cost from $70 to $160 per “square.” A “square” equals 100 square feet. It’s important to note that the square footage of your home is not the best way to determine your roof area. Asphalt roofing installation typically costs between $5,000 and $10,000, and most homes in the U.S. choose this roofing material for three reasons: it’s cost effective, easy to install, and simple to repair. Asphalt composition shingles are an entry level product, while lifetime shingles are a more substantial product with an increased cost.
Metal Roofing Cost
Metal roofing is growing in popularity due to its strong energy efficiency and cooling ability. Installing a metal roof is an approximately $5,000 to $12,000 investment. Metal roofing ranges from $120 to $900 per “square.” Metal roofs that look like shingles cost $275 to $375 per square for the materials. Metal sheets are $100 to $200 per square for material costs.
Standing Seam Metal Roofing
Standing seam panels vary greatly in cost from $400 to $1100 per “square” plus the cost of removing your current roof.
Stone Coated Steel Roofing
Material costs for stone coated steel shingles range from $350 to $450 per square including trim. With installation cost included, your base price is approximately $1,000 per square, plus the cost of removing your current roof.
Roof Installation Cost
Metal roofing costs more to install than asphalt shingles.
- Metal roofing installation cost ranges from $70 to $500 per square for labor.
- Asphalt roofing installation cost ranges from $50 to $175 per square.
- Metal roofing—This durable roofing material can last over 50 years, creating a great value for homeowners.
- Asphalt roofing—This popular roofing material usually lasts 15-30 years before it needs to be replaced.
Why KC Homeowners Invest in Metal Roofing
Metal roofing is about twice the price of asphalt shingles, so why is it gaining momentum in popularity so quickly? Longevity! A metal roof may last 50-plus years with little maintenance. In contrast, asphalt roofing lasts 15-30 years depending on its quality and installation. Here are other factors homeowners love about metal roofing:
- Increased energy efficiency—Metal roofing helps you save up to 40% on your utilities.
- Lower cooling costs—The reflective styles of metal roofing keep your home cooler each summer, saving you on your air conditioning.
- Decreased greenhouse gases—Some styles of metal roofing decrease hot temperatures and greenhouse gases.
7 Factors that Influence Roof Replacement Cost
1. How accessible is your roof?
If it’s tough to access your roof due to nearby power lines or tree branches, the installation or repair cost increases proportionately.
2. How high is your home roof?
The taller your home, the greater the cost for roof installation and repairs due to the necessary safety precautions involved.
3. What area of the country do you live in?
The cost of labor fluctuates throughout the U.S. and will impact your overall cost of roof replacement.
4. Does your roof have structural issues?
If the framework of your roof is damaged, it will need to be repaired before your new roof installation takes place.
5. Proper permits and licenses must be obtained.
The total cost for your new roof installation includes the permit and license.
6. What roof material will you have installed?
The makeup of your new roofing material will directly impact your total price for roof replacement. Asphalt roofing is the most affordable and popular roofing option. Metal roofing cost is higher initially, yet it lasts substantially longer than asphalt.
7. What components will you have installed in addition to your roof?
The type of underlayment and decking materials you choose will impact your overall cost. Ventilation and insulation come at different price ranges. Roof vents and flashing add to the cost of your roof replacement. Gutters can also be installed during a roof replacement.
8. How heavy is your home roof?
Your current roof will be removed before installation of your new roof. The heavier its contents (or the more there is), the greater the cost for roof removal.
9. How large is your roof?
Calculations of your roof will be made to get an accurate price on your roof replacement.
- Area—To calculate a rough estimate of your total roof area, multiply the length and width of your roof. Or, you could measure one floor of your home. If it’s 1,200 square feet, your roof will be approximately that square footage.
- Pitch—Roof pitch is calculated by the rise of the roof divided by the span. Note: low pitch rises 3 inches every foot. Medium pitch rises 6-9 inches every foot. High pitch rises 9 inches every foot.
- Slope—The slope consists of the rise over the run of the roof.
- Eaves and overhangs—These will influence the price of roof replacement.
Before hiring a roofing contractor to install your new roof, get a good understanding of the warranty coverage on the roofing system. The manufacturer’s warranty should cover the roofing material, and the contractor should cover installation. Understand there is a difference between a standard roof warranty vs. an extended or no-dollar-limit (NDL) warranty backed by the manufacturer. Additional inspections are required for greater warranty coverage and give you confidence in your investment.
Trusted Residential and Commercial Roofing Installation
Get a long-lasting roof from a trusted, local roofing contractor. Christian Brothers Roofing is a highly certified, premier Kansas City roofing company. See their home roof installation services, and if your church or business is looking for a roof replacement or maintenance program, their team can advise you on best options. Simply schedule a consultation today.