What is the Average Cost to Tear Off and Replace a Roof in 2022?
Most times, replacing a roof is best left to professionals because there are a lot of ins and outs to be aware of—even on a ‘simple’ roof. Not to mention, improperly installed roofing material will not generally be covered under warranty.
Below, we will discuss the importance of dealing with a roof quickly and how much you can expect to pay on average. We’ll also cover a few other things around care for your roof and related repairs that can get expensive.
The Importance of Replacing a Roof
Depending on the quality of roofing materials used, you will likely not have to do it more than once or twice in the time you own a home. However, replacing a roof is not something you want to put off. Because many roofs are designed to last and be covered by a warranty for up to 25 years or longer, you want to make sure a professional roofer does it.
Another thing to remember is that different types of roofing material will be better suited for different geographical locations, and there are many options to choose from. Shingles are one of the most common roof materials for residential homes. A local roofer will be able to give you their opinion on whether shingles will be best for your roof.
How Much Does Replacing a Roof Cost?
Like many other trades-related projects, there isn’t any concrete fixed price for replacing a roof. This is especially true because while some roofers will charge you labor and materials, most will charge you a fixed rate per square foot.
Two things will determine the cost of this project. First, the size of your roof—which is calculated in square feet. The second factor is the going rate. On average, this will be $3.50–$5.00 per square foot, depending on where you live.
Let’s assume you have a 1,000 square-foot roof for an easy calculation. You can expect to pay $3,500–$5,000 in this case. This price usually includes everything—tools, labor, and materials.
Additional Costs to Anticipate
Although it is a fairly big job, replacing a roof is not usually super complex. So, there are not typically many extra or surprise costs involved. This is especially true if you are using a professional roofer as they will be able to correctly estimate everything involved and give you an accurate quote upfront. That being said, some things can increase the price.
As mentioned above, some roofers will charge an hourly rate plus materials, but most professional roofers work by square footage. They take some measurements and times that by their rate and give you the price. Whichever way your contractor is calculating your price, here are a few things that may contribute to a higher than average price:
How Often Should a Roof be Replaced?
There is no concrete answer to this question. Due to the increasing quality and variety of materials available now, a roof can last anywhere from 15–50 years. So, in most cases, if you’ve recently replaced the roof, you probably don’t need to worry about it for the rest of the time you own the home.
If you haven’t replaced the roof and you’re wondering if it might be time, there are some things you can check to give you a pretty good idea without having to call a roofer for an official quote.
Does Insurance Cover a Roof Replacement?
Most insurance does not cover a roof replacement. However, if a professional roofer does the roof, it will have warranty coverage for the roof’s expected life. For example, many shingle roofs will have a 25-year warranty.
That being said, the warranty will cover manufacturer’s defects. So, if a shingle wears out and starts leaking prematurely, that will likely be covered by the warranty. If there is water damage, your insurance might cover that.
If your roof is ripped off in a violent wind storm, the warranty will probably not cover it. However, in some cases, your homeowner’s insurance might. The only way to find out for sure is to contact your broker for clarification on what they will cover for replacing the roof or related costs.
Roof Maintenance During its Lifetime
Even though your roof is designed to last for many years by itself, the expected life will assume some ongoing maintenance to help it reach its maximum life. A professional roofer can be hired to do this maintenance—and should be unless you are very comfortable with safe work practices at heights.
Here are a few tips for DIY maintenance on your roof:
With any luck, the roof will have been changed recently when you purchased your home. If that’s the case, you may never have to worry about doing anything other than minor repairs if you take care of it. If you do replace it, make sure you hire a reputable roofer because they will ensure the job is done properly (and warranty their work). A reputable contractor will also usually use high-quality materials.
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