Costs Vary From House to House
Roof replacement costs vary depending on a lot of variables. Some homes need complete roof replacement; others can last a few more years with partial repairs and renovation. What will be cost for your home can only be determined after a thorough inspection by the homeowner or Houston roofing professional? Some factors will make the cost of roof replacement while others will help you contain costs. Taking stock of the roof gives a fair idea of what needs replacement and what can be retained.
Roof Size and Pitch
The first factor that will affect your roof replacement costs is, of course, the size of your roof. A larger roof means higher costs. There is no way you can get around the fact that a house with a large roof is going to cost you more than a small roof. Next, another factor that will determine the cost of roof replacement is the pitch of the roof. The steep pitch will cost more than a medium pitch or low pitch roof. The last two types of roofs are easier to work on than the first type of roof. Steep roofs are in fact dangerous to work on without safety harness and other safety measures. These roofs also take more time to replace.
Estimating Roof Size
The above two important factors will affect roof replacement costs the most. So, let’s get measuring. You will need as close an approximation of the roof size as possible. Even if you get a few squares wrong in your roof size estimate, you will end up paying a lot more than is needed. An approximation that is generally right for most homes and is a good rule of thumb is that the size of your roof is typically 1.5 times the size of square footage of the floor area of your home. So, let’s say the floor area of your home is around 1000 square feet then the area of the roof will be around 1500 square feet.
Measure the Roof Pitch
Next step is to find the pitch of the roof. The approximate angle of the roof from the apex to the base will you give you the pitch. The higher the pitch, higher will be the roof replacement costs as the Houston roofing contractor will spend a lot more time working his way carefully up the steep slope. The roofer will have to use specialized equipment for safety and to work on the dangerous slopes.
Extra Features Add to Cost
The complexity of the roof is another major determinant of roof replacement costs. A larger the number of irregularities like chimneys, vents, protuberances, alcoves, dormers, hips, solar panels, turbines, and skylights the more will be the cost of replacing the roof. A plain and straightforward roof is simple and easy to replace. But with all these extra features the roofer spends time laying proper flashing and fitting the roof shingles around the openings and other features to prevent water from seeping into the home. Everything has to be carefully sealed, and appropriate flashing installed, and this takes time, materials and effort. The cost goes up with each complexity the roofer encounters on the roof.
Replacement or Repair
Another factor to consider in your roof replacement costs is whether your home needs a complete roof replacement or it can do with partial repair to the damages. Sometimes, the shingles get severely damaged in a hurricane or storm. But, usually, the damage occurs around a small section of the roof. If you replace the damaged shingles and renovate the area, then your roof replacement costs are much less than a full replacement. Even if you have insurance, it’s better to go for partial replacement when there is only minor damage to the roof. On the other hand, if your roof needs replacement because of its age or because the shingles have become brittle or broken in some places then you might have to consider full replacement.
Choosing Roofing Materials
The next important point to think about is the materials to be used for the roof. Asphalt shingles are the cheapest, but there are more expensive and long-term options like metal, slate, wood, and tiles. These options are costly up front as both material cost, and installation cost is higher than asphalt shingles. Over the years it will pay for itself as you will never have to replace these roofs except for minor repairs. If you are on a tight budget, then asphalt shingles are a common option and will not add too much to your roof replacement costs. These roofs will not last the lifetime of the home but will last 20, or 30 years depending on the quality of shingles you buy. The longer lasting shingles are more expensive than cheaper ones.