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How much does it cost to replace the roof on a 2000-square foot home?

I have a two-story, 2000-square-foot home. How much is it likely to cost to replace my roof? -- Stafford, Va.

It can be very difficult to provide a roofing cost that is even approximate if it is based simply on the square footage of the home -- there are so many variables that can affect the price. Roof replacement can cost more for a 1,500-square foot Victorian house than for a 2,500-square foot ranch style home due to the many ridges, valleys and even cupolas that may be present. Some architectural styles have much steeper roof pitches than others, which can also have an impact on your roofing cost.

The best method for obtaining an accurate cost for replacing your shingles is to have several roofing contractors come out to look at your project, so they can get an idea of your specific job-site. They can also look for any problems that might influence the price, such as not being able to get the roofing truck close enough to your home to stock the shingles. Carrying bundles of shingles up a ladder can take much longer than simply craning them up -- especially on a hot day. The contractors can also look at your roof design to see whether any sheathing needs to be replaced while doing the project. Other considerations can also substantially affect the estimated price, such as whether the new shingles can be installed over the old roofing or it needs to be torn off.

Beware of any roofing contractor who gives you a price for your roof replacement without actually seeing the job. This is a sure sign that the price you were quoted may be quite different by the time the project is complete.

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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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