Roof replacement costs
When you hear the phrase "keep a roof over your head", do you ever really think about the literal cost of doing so? TBH, I never considered roofing costs until I had a roof leak that resulted in water pouring into my dining room on Christmas morning. True story!
So, as a homeowner, it’s important to be aware of the maintenance of your roof and the costs that can come with replacing it.
Let's go over some of the current averages for roof replacement, as well as tips to keep the need for that expense at bay:
Average roof replacement prices
According to HomeGuide, the average U.S. homeowner would spend just over $7,200 to replace their roof - about $450 or so per square foot. Going on a per-square-foot basis is generally the most reliable calculator for your final price tag. This figure can dip as low as $400 or go all the way up to $550, depending on a variety of factors (such as where in the US you live.)
And don't forget you need to factor in removal of the old roof, which costs between $1,500 and $3,000. That's why replacement is more expensive. Brand-new roofs, by contrast, have an average cost closer to $5,000 (but sometimes ranging up to $10,000 – again depending on where you live).
Aside from square footage, your choice of material probably determines how much roof replacement will be more than anything. Asphalt shingles are perhaps the most common material that make up the roofs atop American homes, and a square-foot bundle of them will cost between $60 and $100, according to Thumbtack. On the other end of the spectrum you have copper, one of the most expensive roofing options - the same amount of shingles has a price range of $1,500 to $2,000. Other metal roof choices, like tin and steel, also can cost a pretty penny.
Shape and accessibility also factor considerably into roof replacement bill. A roof with high "pitch" (a.k.a slope) may need roofing professionals to work on, so expect to pay more for that.
Any roof that is an unconventional shape similarly means more work for the pros and a higher price tag, and the same is true for projects in which a roofer's supply truck can't be parked close to the house.
Protecting your roof
If you keep your existing roof in good shape, you can put off replacement for quite some time. Consider working these chores into your home maintenance routine:
Clean the gutters:
Unclogging gutters and downspouts at least twice a year (usually in the fall and spring) can help to mitigate water damage.
Apply and reapply sealant as needed along the edges of shingles.
Use attic ventilation and insulation to keep the roof from absorbing excessive heat.
Trim overhead branches:
If trees on your property have branches hanging above the roof, trim them regularly to minimize leaf accumulation.
Being prepared for unexpected home repairs is always a good strategy. Plans from HomeServe can help you better manage the costs of covered repairs.