If you’re in the market for a new (or replacement) roof, you’re probably asking, “What’s the cost to build a roof?” There is no short answer to this question, because roof replacement costs vary, based on a variety of factors. To help with the decision-making process, consider the items below before selecting a new roof:
Do You Need a New Roof?
First, it is important to determine if you need an entirely new roof – or if a repair will do. If you have several shingles that are damaged or worn out, it is quite possible a simple repair may stretch your roof’s lifespan. However, if your roof has suffered significant damage from a recent storm, if it’s more than 20 years old, or if you’re experiencing leaks and/or major drafts in your home (that can be attributed to the roof), then your roof most likely needs to be replaced.
Roofing Cost Per Square Foot
Roofs come in so many styles and materials that the combination of options is almost endless. From eco-friendly and super-modern to extremely affordable and traditional, the options – and new roof costs – run the gamut.
Check out the price ranges for some common roofing types:
- Asphalt. Asphalt shingles are one of the most common types of roofs on the market. And the new roof cost for many varieties of asphalt shingles is relatively affordable. Asphalt has wide appeal because, in addition to the reasonable price, these shingles come in a variety of styles and colors. With asphalt, it’s easy to match the shingle to your home, and you can even tailor the style to match your home’s architecture.
Some shingles are not asphalt throughout. Rather, these asphalt shingles are actually made with fiberglass or organic materials (like wood) in between, and the asphalt serves as a coating around the other material.
Asphalt shingles also come in various styles, such as 3-tab or architectural. Architectural shingles are thicker, more difficult to install, and more expensive – but they provide more dimension to the roof’s appearance. Meanwhile, the basic 3-tab is a flat shingle that is usually cheaper and easier to install.
The cost? According to Home Advisor, the cost of materials and installation for basic asphalt shingles will run anywhere from $1,700 – $8400, while more specialty materials and styles (like organic, certain types of fiberglass, and architectural) may run a bit more. Because roof sizes vary greatly, it’s also important to consider the roofing cost per square foot. For asphalt, the cost may range anywhere from $3.50 – $5.50 per square foot.
- Clay tile. Clay is a natural material that lends itself to major aesthetic appeal if your home is a Spanish or Mediterranean style. These modern-looking tiles are durable yet heavy – so be sure your home can support their weight before selecting clay.
A major benefit is that clay roofs last for a long time (sometimes up to 100 years!) – so if you put a clay roof on your home, you should never need to replace it. However, clay roofs aren’t cheap. Roofingcalc.com estimates that the price of a clay tile roof can run anywhere from $10-18 per square foot (installed).
- Wood. Wood roofing is an attractive material that is perfect for historic, traditional styles, and beach-style residences. Cedar and pine are two of the most common materials for wood roofs, with cedar shakes being one of the pricier options in this category.
The major downfall with this roof style is that wood roofs can succumb to mold and mildew; however, they are much more wind-resistant than asphalt. In fact, it has been reported that some wood roofs have been proven to withstand wind speeds of up to 245 miles per hour (roofingcalc.com).
The cost of a wood roof leans to the more expensive end of the spectrum, with a range from $7.50 to $12.50, installed.
- Metal. A metal roof can give your home a sleek, modern appearance, along with lots of durability with little maintenance. This is a long-lasting roof, with a lifespan of 40-80 years (modernize.com).
The roofing cost per square foot for a metal roof is wide-ranging anywhere from $5.50 – $15.50, installed (roofingcalc.com). Depending on the style and look you prefer, you may be able to find a corrugated style that runs toward the less expensive end of the price range.
- Slate. Slate is an extremely low-maintenance, attractive, natural roofing material. It’s incredibly durable, too. In fact, a slate roof can last up to 100 years! However, that kind of roof doesn’t come cheap, and the roofing cost per square foot could run anywhere from $6.50 to $12.00 (roofingcalc.com) – and that’s just for materials.
Installed, slate ranges from $12.50 – $25.00 per square foot. If you do make the investment into this kind of roof, it may benefit you in the long run, since slate roofs contribute to higher resale value, thanks to the curb appeal this roof style provides.
Mid-Atlantic Remodeling Company: The Maryland Roofing Contractors for Your New or Replacement Roof
No matter what style or material you select for your new roof, contact Mid-Atlantic Remodeling Company today. We are your go-to company when you’re looking for professional, knowledgeable, and affordable Maryland roofing contractors who install only the best products on-time and on-budget. To learn more or to get a quote, call us at (410) 918-0563 or visit us online at https://midatlanticremodelingco.com/.