Since a home will most likely be one of the largest purchases you make in your life, you’ll want it to last as long as possible. However, as a home ages, and depending on the severity of the local weather, you may need to invest in either re-roofing or installing a completely new roof.
If you’re wondering, “how much does a new roof cost,” it can range considerably. However, it helps if you consider this roof replacement cost as an investment. Reports have shown that up to 80% of the average cost to replace a roof is made up if you decide to sell your home.
New roof vs. Re-roofing
So, you may have noticed that your roof is leaking or you’re missing shingles. Is it time to look at the cost of a new roof? Or should you look at re-roofing?
Should I Choose Re-Roofing?
If your current roof is starting to show signs of wear or it’s started to have minor leaks, then re-roofing can be a cheaper alternative to complete roof replacement.
By choosing to re-roof, you’re adding a new layer of shingles on top of the existing shingles. This is also combined with a protective layer to prevent leaks while enhancing the curb appeal of your home.
However, your roof must meet certain requirements in order to qualify for re-roofing.
According to Florida Building Codes, only up to one-quarter of an existing roof can be repaired or replaced in any 12 month period unless you opt for a complete roof replacement. Roofing Codes also specify that a roof can only have up to two layers, meaning if you’ve already reached the two-layer limit, then you need to look into how much a new roof will cost.
Should I Choose a New Roof?
Even if you qualify for re-roofing, you might still want to consider a roof replacement.
By choosing to completely replace the roof, you know that it will last longer than a standard re-roofing and isn’t reliant on the current number of shingle layers.
Installing a new roof will also show any underlying issues that your roof may have, such as deck rot, mold, fungi, sagging, or holes. Despite that the cost of a new roof will be more than re-roofing, by replacing the roof, you guarantee that you have a safer roof.
Factors affecting the cost of a new roof
The cost of a new roof varies based on several factors, materials used, size of the roof, labor, number of stories, slope, and location. The cost can also be affected if your roof needs special equipment for the job or if flashing needs to be repaired or replaced around fixtures.
A new roof cost is usually calculated by the size of the roof and is broken down into roofing squares. One roofing square is measured out as a 10-by-10-foot (100 sq ft) area.
Example Cost of a 1000 sq ft New Roof:
The cost of a new roof is based on the installation of architectural shingles for a medium pitch single-story home in Florida can range between $8,000-$16,500.
You can expect to pay more if you choose a sturdier material. For the most economical material, you’ll be looking at three-tab asphalt shingles. This category of shingles has a wide variety to choose from, however, they generally have shorter warranties than the more expensive options.
If you were to choose metal shingles, you’d have to pay more upfront, but they tend to carry more extended warranties and help reduce your energy bill.
Types of roofing materials available
Asphalt shingles are the industry standard in roofing material due to their versatility in different locations and environments. The effectiveness and quality of the shingles come in a wide variety and can have additional features such as impact resistance if you live in a hail prone area. Expect to change out asphalt shingles every 20 years.
Metal roofing comes in vertical panels, but you can also opt to have them look like more traditional roofing material. Metal roofing far exceeds the quality that you’ll see in asphalt shingles in that they are extremely resilient to weather. They can easily handle heavy rain, deep snow, and strong winds, as well as being fire-resistant. You can expect to replace metal roofing every 60 years.
Clay and concrete roof tiles have very distinct styles to them, making them great for curb appeal, but they can dramatically increase your new roof cost. They can also be rated to withstand gale-force winds, as well as tornadoes and hurricanes. However, they are heavier than the other two options and can be brittle if walked upon. Expect to replace tile roofing between every 15 and 25 years.
DIY vs Hiring a roofing contractor
Roofs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but no matter how simple the job looks, roofing can pose a dangerous task. Because there isn’t a safety net, even a small leak or missing shingle can be risky to attempt on your own. This can make it challenging to decide whether you need to call a roofer or go it alone.
If you’re making a simple repair such as sealing a small leak or hammering in a few shingles, then you can save some money by doing it yourself. However, keep in mind, that no matter how small the task you’re doing on the roof is, you’re several feet above the ground and most likely without the proper equipment.
By hiring a roofing contractor, you don’t even need to get out a ladder. They will have the proper footwear and experience needed to work on a roof. They will also have the expertise to fix the job correctly the first time. It’s easy to turn a simple problem into a larger one if the job wasn’t done correctly initially. With a professional roofer, you’ll also benefit from their guarantees as well as the manufacturer’s warranty, which normally requires material to be installed by a certified roofer.
To find out the cost of new roof installation today, call JAE Construction Group, the leading home-improvement contractor in South Florida at 954-357-0560, or fill out our online form. We’re experts in residential roofing for Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area. We also provide Miami commercial roofing services. Customer satisfaction is our top priority, and we guarantee to meet or exceed your expectations.