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How Much Does it Cost to Replace My Roof?

The cost of replacing your roof will be determined by its size and the material you choose to roof with. Asphalt shingles are generally the least expensive, although the price for those varies depending on what type you choose. Other roofing materials, such as cedar shakes, slate tiles, concrete tiles and metal will be more expensive, but with proper care will last longer.

Generally speaking, the cost of replacing your roof can be anywhere from $2,000 for a small, single story house, to $12,000 for a larger house with complicated roof lines, dormers and the like.

If you are replacing your roof yourself, consider building a small-scale practice roof and use the same materials you plan to use on the actual job. This practice session will help you decide whether to go ahead with the job yourself or to hire a contractor to do it.

When a contractor bids on replacing your roof, several things will affect the cost, including:

  • The pitch of your roof
  • The accessibility of the roof and how many stories the home is
  • The cost of a roof permit and license from your local government
  • The cost of removing your old roof and taking the debris to a landfill

If you are hiring someone to install your new roof, get detailed quotes from at least three contractors. Make sure their quotes are all based on the same roofing materials. Also, make sure removal of your old roof is factored into the bottom line; installing a new roof over your old one can reduce the life of your new roofing materials by as much as 20 percent.

A contractor will have the expertise, special equipment and experienced help needed to ensure the job is done quickly and correctly. An experienced crew working in favorable weather should be able to replace a roof in anywhere from a few days to two weeks, depending on the complexity of the job.

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Roofing vs. Reroofing

Roofing vs. Reroofing

If you come to find out that your roof has been damaged and needs to be fixed then there are two main approaches you can take. You can either decide to make a roof repair or replace the entire roof. Roof repairs will generally save you time and money, but in most cases a new roof is the best option. As a general rule of thumb, if the existing roof on is only one layer and there are no problems with the roof deck, a new roof is not necessary.

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