Cost-Benefit Analysis Of Replacing A Shingle Roof

by | Jul 19, 2021 | Shingle Roofing

Once you detect leakage from your house’s roof, there’s a big decision to be made in choosing one of two possible solutions – you can either replace or repair it. Repairing is the way to go if the shingle roof is relatively new or if the leaking zones are easy to plug up.

However, if your shingle roof has been protecting you and yours for over 20 years and the leaks have become widespread, then a replacement may be in order. It is best to talk to an expert about these things, as the severity of your roofing problem will likely between these two extremes. 

What’s The Cost Of Roof Replacement?

Leaks ought to be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent critical water damage to your house and curtail mold growth. Most homes are protected from the elements by asphalt shingle roofs; however, there are other shingle materials used, such as tile, slate, metal, and wood. 

These materials are estimated by the square – this term has the equivalency of 100 square feet. On average, the shingle roof will occupy 30 squares, which is around 3000 square feet. For most homes, the total cost will range from $4000 to $10,000. This figure greatly varies because of different materials used, different home sizes, or complicated roof designs, among other factors we’ll address below.

Shingle Roof Installation Labor Expenses

As installing a replacement shingle roof is very time-intensive, labor costs will account for a big chunk of your total replacement costs – around 40% – 50% of the overall installation price. For this kind of job, most roofers will charge around $300 for every square. This figure can vary because of factors like your area’s labor costs or geographic location.  

Shingle Roof Replacement Cost Factors

In addition to labor and material costs, several other factors will affect how much installation costs you’ll incur. There are also permits, trash removal, flashing, venting, and other additional materials such as underlayment that drive the cost up. Let’s look at some of these cost factors:

  • If your roof pitch is steep, this may add to the overall replacement costs as it’ll be more time-consuming and may require the use of additional equipment
  • Too complex a roof architecture will cost more than when working on a flat roof because of fitting and the angles.
  • Removing the pre-existing roof prior to installing your new shingles will require you to cough up an extra $100 – $150 per square. 
  • The cost of shingle roof replacement may be driven up if the roof deck is damaged or rotten. The deck will have to be completely replaced or repaired if that’s possible.
  • Chimneys and skylights need some time to incorporate flashing and prevent any leaking from happening in that area. This will add material and labor expenses to the replacement process.

Benefits Of Replacing Your Shingle Roof

The primary reason for replacing your shingle roof would be to stop any serious leaking in its tracks. There are, however, other practical reasons for replacing your shingle roof with a new one. They include:

  • You can upgrade your old shingle roof with newer and modern materials. These materials make your place safer to live in, especially if you reside in a wild-fire-prone area. Older asphalt or wooden shingles are pretty flammable. The new composite shingles contain fiberglass and other fire retardants to keep your family and property safe.
  • Replacing old shingles with new ones will increase the energy efficiency of your home. Thanks to the more effective insulation you’ll get in a new shingle roof, you can be sure it’ll work to keep the heat at bay during the summer while retaining the house’s warmth during winter.
  • It gives you a chance to reassess your home’s aesthetic. Not only will the new composite shingles come with fire retarding and energy efficiency capabilities, but also they’ve been designed to be indistinguishable from genuine slate or wooden shingles. Furthermore, they can last around 30 – 50 years easily.

Get a Free Estimate

Replacing your existing shingle roof with a new one is a big project. You’ll need to work with or hire people you can rely on, that have a great track record of doing excellent work. AWS Roofing is dedicated to providing top-tier workmanship and prompt customer care for all our customers. We have our headquarters in Edgewater, Florida, but also operate in Daytona Beach, Lake Fairgreen, Edgewater, and New Smyrna. Reach out today for a free estimate.       

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