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How Much Does it Cost to Tear Off and Replace a Roof?

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If you’ve been looking into a roof replacement, you know that it can be quite a large and costly undertaking. Your roof is one of the most critical elements in your home and replacing or repairing it when needed should take top priority. If your roof is too old or has irreversible damage, it’s imperative to look into the possibility of replacing your home’s roof. Living under a damaged roof can be dangerous to anyone living there. To determine whether your roof really needs replaced, it’s best to contact a professional roofing company

Once you’ve determined that you need a roof replacement, you can start planning for it. The biggest thing to plan for is the cost of a new roof. Be prepared to spend at least $8,000 – but depending on materials and labor,  it can end up costing upwards of $40,000. After your roofing contractors have assessed and inspected the situation, they can likely provide you with a free estimate for roof installation. 

Read on to find out more about cost and how much you can expect to spend on your new roof in & near Lakeland, FL. We’ve included information about tearing off versus overlaying your roof, the factors that affect the cost of a new roof, as well as the cost of different roofing materials.

 

Tear Off vs. Overlay

One of the biggest factors in determining the cost of your roof replacement is to address whether it needs to be completely torn off or just overlaid. Tearing off your roof is more costly than overlaying it. Overlaying your roof is the process in which your roofing company will simply lay the new roofing materials over the old roof, without removing it completely. Understandably, tearing off your roof is the more extensive process and therefore the more costly process. 

 

Tearing Off Your Roof

With this option, you would be getting rid of the old roof entirely. Tearing off your roof is the more extensive process – it takes time to remove the old roof – which means that it is the more costly option out of the two. The majority of roofing experts would say that this is the better option because tearing off your whole roof allows your roofers to see any issues that lie hidden under the old roof. After the old or damaged roofing material has been removed, your roofing company will identify any other issues with your roof and get them fixed before the new roof is installed. 

 

What Other Factors Affect Roof Replacement Cost?

Once you know that your entire roof needs to be torn off and replaced, you can account for the other factors that affect the re-roofing cost. These factors include the size of your roof, the material you’ll be using, and the slope of your roof (aka the difficulty level of the job). There may be other factors that affect your specific roof replacement cost, but these will each give you a general idea of what to expect.  

 

Size of Roof

The size of your roof is very important in determining the cost of your roof replacement. The size of your roof determines how much material you are going to need, and therefore how much it will cost. The size of the roof is measured using a unit called a “roofing square”. One roofing square is equal to 100 square feet. Obviously, bigger roofs require more labor and more roofing materials. 

 

Roofing Material

The material of your roofing is a big factor in cost, as well. Asphalt shingles are inexpensive compared to other types, but metal roofs are more durable. Here in Central Florida, we can install any material roofing for you – metal roofing, shingle roofing, tile roofing – we can do it all! And again – the bigger the roof, the more material you need for your roof, and the more it will cost. 

 

Roof Slope

Another factor in determining the cost is the slope of the roof. The labor involved in a sloped roof is more intensive than a flatter roof. The installation of a roof with slope includes the installation of an underlayment system as well. Having a roof that is very sloped can end up being very costly because of the level of difficulty for an installation and the labor involved. 

 

Cost of Roofing Materials

There are several different types of roofing to choose from. The most common types of roofing material are: shingle, metal and slate. Asphalt shingles are the most common material for roofing. Metal and slate are both the more expensive options, but they are also the more sustainable, environmentally-friendly options. 

 

Shingle Roof

Shingle roofing is the most traditional material of housing, and accounts for 80% of roofing on homes in North America. Shingle roofing is a great way to go if you’re looking for the most cost effective roof replacement, because the cost to reshingle a roof is much lower than if you were to use other roofing materials. There are a few different types of shingles – including asphalt and wood, which are two of the most common shingle materials. Asphalt is by far the most popular choice among roofing materials.

 

Metal Roof

The cost to install a metal roof over shingles or slate, is in the middle. It will cost you more than shingles, but less than slate. The cost is worth it because of how durable and low maintenance metal roofing is. While the initial cost is high, and these roofs are difficult to install, it does end up paying off in the long run. You’ll have a durable, low maintenance roof that you can count on. Plus, most metal roofs are environmentally friendly. Through heat-deflective coatings, metal roofing can reduce energy costs by 40% or more. 

 

Slate Roof

Because of its durability and sustainability, slate roofs are the most expensive of the three materials listed here. Slate roofs can last 75-150 years! That’s great news for the environment. And because slate is a naturally occuring material, it doesn’t give off any toxins or contain any harsh chemicals in the makeup of the materials. While it does have a high cost, slate might be a good option for you especially for a new construction roof

 

Should You Move Ahead With Roof Replacement?

Even though it can be a very costly project on your home, roof replacement can be vital if your roof is damaged badly. Your roof is a critical component of your home, so making the decision to re-roof is also critical. We know it can be a hard decision to make, simply because of the cost. In today’s economic climate, cost is a huge (and determining) factor when households decide what projects should be taken care of. 

If you are concerned about the cost, your insurance company may be able to help cover the cost of your roof replacement. Contact your insurance company as early on in the process as you can, to avoid paying any unnecessary costs that could be covered by your homeowners and/or roofing insurance. They will assess the damage and determine whether they can help with the cost. If the damage was caused by a “natural disaster” such as hail or heavy winds, your insurance company is likely to help cover the cost. Contact your insurance company with any questions you have about this process. 


If you need help in determining whether you need a roof replacement (opposed to a more simple repair), look for these signs:

  • Shingles cracking or curling
  • Sagging
  • Granules are missing (bald spots)
  • Attic has leaks or openings
  • Poor energy efficiency
  • Questionable workmanship

If you’ve seen these signs around your home or think it’s time for a roof replacement, call our professionals for a free roof inspection. We’ll assess the damage and let you know if it’s repairable or needs replacing. Once we’ve inspected your home, we can provide a free roof estimate so that you know exactly what you’re looking at for cost. 

 

Schedule Your Consultation with a Roofer

Our roofing company has many years of experience in repairing roofs and installing high quality new roofs in and around Lakeland, FL. We know that roof replacement is a costly project and we take all the care and precaution when we are working on your home. 

If you think you are in need of roof replacement, call Residential Roofing Depot to get the best value for your hard-earned money. We will provide you with the best quality of service from start to finish. After you get your inspection with us, and choose us as your roofing company, we’ll be with you until well after your roof replacement is complete. If you ever have any questions during the process, we’re here to answer them for you.

We won’t hide any costs or fees from you – you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for before we even begin working on your home. We’ll tell you about anything that could or will affect the final cost of your roof replacement. 

Whether it is about the quality of the roofing material or the quality of the installation, we provide you with the best of the best. You can feel confident that our roofing technicians will carry out the entire project with utmost competence, skills and professionalism. 

Give us a call today to get started – we’re here to help you!

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