Why is a New Roof So Expensive?

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Have you been weighing your options for the reinstallation of a roof and wondering, “why is a new roof so expensive?” We understand that a new roofing system can burn a hole in your pocket. However, sometimes replacing a roof is your only option as it becomes detrimental over time.


As far as the cost of a new roof goes, many factors come into play when accumulating the total. In addition to roofing materials, several other elements are added to the cost of a new roof. Call RoofCrafters now to get an estimated cost for your new roof.

Roofing Fact: 86% of roof leaks are caused by improper installation. And the average roofing contractor goes out of business in less than 3 years!

Now, let’s look at all the factors that might increase your roof replacement costs and the steps you can take to prevent the costs from increasing further.


Roof Replacement vs. Roof Repairs


Roof repairs are done when the area of the damage is comparatively smaller, and no drastic change needs to be made. In addition, if the roof is fairly new, the chances of it needing repairs are higher than the chance that you might need to replace it completely.


The total cost of roof repairs is naturally lower than replacements as it covers smaller portions of the roof rather than the roofing system as a whole. In contrast, a roof replacement would mean tearing off the whole roof and starting from scratch.


It all comes down to the lifespan of the roofing material your property currently has and the reason why it needs to be repaired or a whole new roof.  Now let’s answer the question, “why is a new roof so expensive?


Why is a New Roof So Expensive?


As mentioned earlier, several elements are included in roof repairs. These could include the roof’s deck, ventilation system, and gutters. However, to understand why a roof replacement costs so much, we need to evaluate each element and its condition.


Let’s take a look at all the segments of a roofing system that might affect the cost of a new roof:


1. Roof’s Deck


A roof’s deck is the element that provides added support and structure for the roof. Replacing a roof’s deck will depend on the intensity of the damage that has been caused. If the deck’s integrity is intact and efficient enough to hold the weight of the new materials, you don’t need to worry about the deck’s costs.


However, it is important to remember that the replacement costs of this element will only be revealed after the shingles have been torn down.


2. Quality and Type of Roofing Materials


Different types of roofing materials have different price points. For example, if you’re using asphalt shingles, it will not cost the same as a real slate tile roof which is one of the most expensive roofing materials.


When choosing the quality and type of materials, communicate your budget to the estimator in charge of putting together your roof replacement options.


Also Read: Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof?


3. Roof’s Ventilation System


An efficient ventilation system prevents the roof from overheating and being susceptible to damage. This, too, is an added cost that will be considered after a thorough inspection of the roof vents. You can either call a professional roofer for inspection or examine the roof vents yourself.

4. Flashing


Flashing is made out of metal, and it is used between shingles and roof to wall transitions. For example, if the chimney or a wall aligns your shingles, we install flashing to prevent rainwater and other debris from getting under the roofing materials and causing damage.


New  flashing will be installed to ensure the new roofing system is durable and efficient. It will be a good idea to ask any other roofer’s you get quotes from,  if  flashing is included in the replacement services they are offering.


5. Other Crucial Yet Commonly Overlooked Elements


Many other elements can be added to the cost of a new roof for your commercial or residential property. It will be helpful to keep the following crucial but often overlooked elements that might increase your overall costs:


  • Underlayment
  • Water and ice protector
  • Drip edge
  • Ridge cap shingles

Steps You can Take to Decrease the Cost of a New Roof


While the cost of new roofs is a burden most of us are not prepared for, it rises even further if you don’t have a well-maintained roofing system.


Roof Leaks can cause serious plywood damage that will increase the cost. To avoid increasing the accumulated cost of installing a new roof, you can take the following steps:

Roof Replacement
  1. Conduct thorough research for the dimensions of the roof, the type of materials you should use, and the evaluation of the damage caused.
  2. Contact several roofers to get an estimated cost and other options and then choose the professional roofer who best fits your needs.
  3. Plan the replacement during the slowest season as roofers tend to get busiest during harsh weather conditions.
  4. You can also take care of some of the steps, such as tearing off the old roof, yourself. However, we would suggest letting our trained experts handle this process.
  5. Apply for an insurance claim, if you can. Ask your local roofer for help and assistance.

Contact RoofCrafters for All Your Roofing Needs


If you’re still confused about whether or not your roof needs to be replaced with a new one, contact RoofCrafters for help. We are experts in the industry who know how hazardous an inefficient roofing system could be. Let us help you!


We hope we’ve answered the question, “why is a new roof so expensive?” We’ve worked with thousands of satisfied customers over a span of 28 years, in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. RoofCrafters provides a variety of services, from roof repairs to reinstallations. If you need more information regarding our services, feel free to contact us.

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