Roof installation costs can vary depending on the type of roof you are installing, how much of your own labor you are willing to put in, and the quality of materials used.
The cost of a new roof can range from $1,500 for an asphalt shingle roof to $30,000 for a tile or concrete flat roof. Materials alone typically make up between 50% and 70% of your total project costs, so it is important to understand what goes into each material before you decide which one is right for your home.
Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular types for roof installation because they are easy to install and relatively inexpensive. Most asphalt shingles cost between $2-$8 per square foot (about $200-$800 per square). If you have an older home with asbestos shingles on it, these can be very dangerous to remove and dispose of properly. Asbestos shingles should be replaced by professionals who know how to handle them safely.
Although slate tiles are more expensive than asphalt shingles (about $10-$14 per square foot), they last much longer due to their durability and resistance against weather damage like hail or wind-borne debris from trees nearby during storms. Slate tiles will last about 50 years before needing replacement, so you’ll make back the initial investment within just a few years.
Slate tiles are also resistant to mold growth, which is one of the leading causes of allergies for many people. This makes them a smart choice for homeowners who suffer from allergies or asthma.
When calculating the cost of your home’s roof replacement or installation, you should also consider:
- The pitch of your roof (how steep it is)
- The size of your home’s roof area
- Whether or not you have a flat or pitched roof
Is A New Roof Installation a DIY Project?
The short answer is: no.
While it is possible to install a new roof on your home using DIY methods, it’s highly likely that you’ll end up with a subpar installation that could lead to leaks and other major problems down the road. If you’re thinking about installing a new roof yourself, here are some things to consider:
Experience: If you don’t have experience working with roofs or related construction projects (such as framing), it’s best to hire a professional installer rather than trying to do it yourself.
Time: Installing a new roof can take several days depending on the size of your home and the type of roofing materials you choose. You’ll need time for planning, material delivery, actual installation, cleanup and inspection.
Costs: While some DIYers may think they can save money by installing their own roofing system, most will find that this isn’t necessarily true once labor costs are factored in.
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