What is the Cost to Replace a Roof?

How Much Does Roof Replacement Cost?

“What is the cost to replace a roof?”, is a concern for any homeowner considering roof replacement, and if you’re a new homeowner who’s never been through this process before, you may have no idea what to expect. There are eight core factors that can play a role in how much it costs to replace your roof:

  • Labor
  • Repairs
  • Tear-off
  • Materials
  • Ventilation
  • Roof features
  • Square footage
  • Permits and fee

• Square Footage & Unique Characteristics

The overall size of your home is the number one factor in answering “What is the cost to replace a roof?”. The bigger your roof, the more materials and labor required. This is why you will often see reroofing prices discussed on a per square basis. A square is equal to 100 square feet. You should also note that if your roof has additional complexities, such as dormers or particularly steep or low pitches, then there may be additional costs for those beyond the usual dollars per square.

• Labor & Materials

The cost of materials and labor determine how much you pay per square. Costs are regional, and material prices can be affected by market conditions. This is why the usual advice is to schedule at least three estimates. That provides you context for what labor and materials cost and helps you to spot low and high bids. Note also that labor costs can be seasonal. You may, for instance, be able to save money by scheduling your roof replacement during a non-peak time of the year.

• Tear-Off & Repairs

The tear-off—or removal of the old roof—is generally a routine task that will be included in the labor estimate, but there are scenarios in which you will have to pay more. An example is a previous owner opting to install a second layer of asphalt shingles over a first rather than remove them. Repairs can increase costs as well. If there was a leak, for instance, that damaged the sheathing, that will cost extra.

• Ventilation

Roof ventilation is an important system that helps ensure a long life for your roof. Replacement of ridge vents and the like is generally included. Replacing turbines and box ventilation will usually require an additional cost. There will also be additional costs if your roof ventilation needs to be upgraded.

• Permits & Fees

As of 2018 in New Jersey, permit and permit scheduling fees no longer factor into the question of “What is the cost to replace a roof?”. Roof replacement for one- and two-family dwellings is now considered minor work and ordinary maintenance. If you’re reading this from outside New Jersey, you’ll need to check the websites for your state and local government to determine what permit fees if any you should be paying.

Schedule a Roof Estimate in South Jersey

There are many factors determining the answer to “What is the cost to replace a roof?”, and the best way to get an answer that is meaningful to you is to schedule estimates. Most reputable roofing companies provide free estimates, and if your home is in Voorhees or elsewhere throughout South Jersey, Dream Home Roofers will be glad to provide you with an on-site consultation at no cost and without obligation. We’re a local company with many years of experience and encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment or with any questions about the roofing systems we install.



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