If your roof has recently sustained damage or is reaching the end of its lifespan, chances are you’re considering investing in roof replacement. Many factors are involved when determining whether or not a roof should be replaced, so homeowners need to be informed about the process and the cost before committing to having a new roof installed.
How Often Does my Roof Need to be Replaced?
The materials your roof is made out of, the age of these materials and the amount of time left in your roof’s lifespan will all be taken into account to determine if roof replacement is needed. If your roof was replaced recently, chances are you won’t need to invest in a new roof for quite some time. However, new homeowners may not be fully aware of their roof’s condition until later down the line. As a general rule of thumb, most asphalt shingles roofs should last around 20 years before replacement is needed. Metal or slate rooftops tend to last much longer, but environmental factors like high winds, hail, and weathering will all have an impact on lifespan. The best way to find out if you need a new roof is to schedule a professional roof inspection. Your roofer will be able to assess the condition of shingles and the roof’s supporting structure to determine the best course of action for you.
How the Cost of a Roof Replacement is Determined
The size and shape of your house will have a big impact on the overall price of your roof replacement. For instance, multistory homes or roofs with unusual designs tend to be more difficult to access and work on than others. The pitch of your roof will also play a role in determining cost. A steep-sloped roof is more dangerous to work on, requiring laborers to take their time to ensure everything is done safely. Another factor to consider is the type of material your roof is made out of. Metal, tile, or wood shake roofs tend to cost more overall than asphalt shingle roofs, so if you’re upgrading your roof to a different material, you’ll want to consider how this will impact the price. Also, when a roof needs to be replaced, the old materials will need to be removed and disposed of properly. The ease or difficulty of removing your old roof will also influence the cost of replacement. Your roofer will calculate the square footage of your roof to estimate the number of materials needed to replace it. In some cases, single-story homes with considerable roof square footage can cost more than a smaller, multistory house. It’s best to consult with a roofing expert to evaluate different options to find the best choice which fits your budget and aesthetic tastes.
How Long a Roof Replacement Takes
Your roofing contractor will be able to provide you with an estimated timeline for your roof replacement upfront. Although the majority of roof replacements can be done in a single workday, several factors come into play to determine how long the process will take. A few things to consider include:
- Scope of Work – Larger roofs will naturally take longer to replace than smaller ones. First, the old roof will need to be removed and any underlayment or insulation will need to be replaced as well.
- Details – The complexity of your roof’s design will also influence the amount of time needed to complete the job. Valleys and penetration points will slow down work as these areas must be completely secure to prevent water from entering the roof.
- Materials – The installation difficulty of roofing materials will differ between metal, asphalt, slate, cedar shake, and others. Materials like slate and metal can be very heavy which will take longer to install while many asphalt shingles require much less effort.
- Weather – Weather conditions play a big role in determining how long your roof replacement will take. Heavy rains, high winds, snow, or other issues will impede the progress of the job. You’ll want to take local weather conditions into account when estimating when the roof installation will be complete.
For expert help replacing the roof on your Florida home, trust in Mark Kaufman Roofing to get the job done right. For more than 30 years, our team has built a reputation as a local leader in all things roofing throughout areas like North Point, Sarasota, and Arcadia. Our highly trained and experienced team of roofing professionals are happy to guide you through the entire roof replacement process. We will answer your roofing questions and address your concerns every step of the way. Call or visit us today to schedule an inspection and begin work on replacing your home’s aging roof.