When you need a new roofing installation, one of the biggest factors that will impact your choices will be the final cost. You need to pay for materials, labor, cosmetic enhancements, and permits. You'll want to take all considerations into account to determine a realistic budget for the work. Learn more about how much to expect when paying for a new roofing installation.
Square Footage and Roof Pitch
The larger the roof, the more material is required, and the more time it will take to install. Therefore, the price goes up significantly as the square footage of the roof increases.
Using the national average cost of $7/square foot, see the average cost of a new roof based on square footage:
- $7,000 - 1,000 square feet
- $10,500 - 1,500 square feet
- $14,000 - 2,000 square feet
- $17,500 - 2,500 square feet
- $21,000 - 3,000 square feet
You have options when it comes to your roofing material. You will pick the material for you based on your budget, style, and future housing plans. We will cover three of the most popular roofing materials in America and what makes them stand out from the other options.
- Asphalt shingles
Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing option due to their affordability and design versatility. While cost-effective at $70 - $120 per square, asphalt shingles require significant maintenance and have a relatively short life expectancy of 20 years.
- Metal panels
Metal roofing has become increasingly popular over the years as a residential roofing option, especially as part of a contemporary design scheme. It generally lasts up to 50 years and protects against the elements, including water and fire. However, metal roofs cost more than asphalt shingles at $100 - $300 a square.
- Clay or concrete tiles
Clay and concrete tiles create an unparalleled aesthetic appeal and can help cool a home in hot climates. They can also last for more than 100 years. However, the heavy material costs the most, starting at $600 a square. Furthermore, the material is susceptible to damage with expensive repairs.
Your roofing contractor will charge you for the work they perform. A flat rate is a simplistic billing system based on the completion of the job. However, most roofing contractors charge an hourly rate due to the unexpected obstacles that can occur on the job. Since jobs can take longer than expected, it's best to include a cap in the contract to prevent hourly rates from ballooning past a specific point.
When you get quotes, don't forget to factor the company guarantee into the value of the work. A good warranty is usually worth it!