Roof Replacement Services & Costs
The roof is one of the most critical areas of a house. Trouble in the roof could bring damage to many other parts of your home. Roof replacement causes include damaged shingles from bad weather, wear, and tear, renovation projects. The roof replacement process involves new installations in one or many areas of your roof. Don't put off a roof repair, because if you do, you might end up having to renovate the whole house.
What Are The Main Causes For Needing A Roof Replacement?
A leaky roof is the number one reason for roof repairs and replacement. Two out of every three roof repair clients we get at KOG Roofing has a leaky roof problem. It's that common because a leaking roof is the primary symptom of trouble on the roof. Other factors that drive up roof replacement include:
High winds and heavy rains can cause significant damage to your roof. Sometimes the wind blows off a shingle, and other times the heavy rains cause a tree to fall on your roof. In either case, expedient handling of the issue can help to stop further damage.
The effects of hail damage might not be immediately apparent, but they always eventually lead to leaky roofs. Hailstorms can cause dings in the shingles, gutters, and sidings. Repeated abuse from hail can eventually cause your roof to be susceptible to leaks. Replacing hail damaged roofs helps to keep the problem from spreading to other areas of your home.
Winds that blow at speeds of more than 50 mph can cause significant damage to shingles. Winds start a process that will eventually see your shingles lifted off and blown away. And if it doesn't get to that, the slight lifting of your shingles, especially at the corners, exposes insulation and heralds leaks and water damage.
Roofs have a life span, and once they serve you for a maximum number of years, you have no option but to replace your roofing system. Asphalt shingles, for instance, last for a maximum of 25 years. If your roof has been around for longer than that, it's probably sustained plenty of damage from ice, storms, mold, and moss.
Bad Repairs and Blotched Roof Installations
You might be surprised by the number of people attempting roof repair and installations by themselves. Others leave the task in the hands of a handyman, as opposed to a professional contractor. Even when it's a new roof, improper installation often ushers in major problems and risks the safety of your family.
Updating Your Home
If you are doing a major remodel on your home, most times, that means replacing the roof too so that everything syncs. Maintaining old or odd-styled roofs on a new home can lead to a homely mismatched appearance. If you elect to overhaul your roof during a remodel project, there are many designs you can explore to keep the costs low.
What Materials Are Used In A Roof Replacement?
There are many roofing materials to choose from depending on your taste, region, budget, and durability requirements. Metal roofing may serve you well for a long time while also being resistant to fires. In other areas, clay shingles may help to save your energy costs.
For cost efficiency, choose asphalt composition roofs. They are easily obtainable, and they can last for about 25 years.
For aesthetics, choose wood shingles. They are a little pricey, but they are incredibly attractive. Plus, they last up to 40 years, which is almost twice the durability of asphalt shingles.
For fire resistance, choose metal roofing. These roofs are steel or aluminum-made. Even though they are expensive, they can serve you for more than 50 years.
Slate roofs are not only attractive, but they can also last for 100 years and more. They can be super costly and bulky too. If you are after low maintenance and energy efficiency, clay shingles can be your best option. They have a low total cost of ownership and keep a home well insulated from outside temperature changes. Composition slates, on the other hand, are the synthetic version of slate shingles. They are made of recycled materials such as rubber and can last as long as wood shingles.
What Is The Roof Replacement Process?
In some areas, replacements are still done by laying the new shingles over the old ones. This method is fast and reduces work and waste generation. Even so, it adds extra weight to the roof and leads to structural problems. And for that reason, the technique has been banned in many regions.
Our preferred roof replacement techniques involve the complete tear-off of the existing damaged shingles. This is a multi-step process involving:
- Installing roof jacks and harnesses around the roof for safety
- Removing old and damaged roofing materials
- Adding new and better quality flashing
- Laying underlayment
- Installing the new shingles
What Is The Cost Of A Roof Replacement?
According to sites like Home Advisor, Angieslist, and others, the average cost of a roof replacement project ranges from $5,300 to $10,700, what your total figure is, depends on the type of roofing materials you choose, the roofing contractor fee, and the size of your roof. These numbers are not always accurate, as the purpose of these 3rd party sites is to sell leads to other roofing companies.
Asphalt shingles ($5.50 per sq.) are the most affordable roofing replacement materials, and then wood ($10.50 per sq.), metal ($12.50 per sq.), and slate ($15.00 per sq.) in that order.
As for contractor fees, rates vary from region to region. The average labor cost is always anywhere between $50 and $100 per hour. The real figure you get to pay will depend on the complexity of your project.
Can I Get Insurance To Pay For My Roof Replacement?
If you have homeowner's insurance, you can offset the costs of roof replacement by filing an insurance claim. Before submitting the insurance claim, first review the policy to ascertain that the roof damage you have is part of the coverage. You also have to document the cause of the damage and the date. Then, contact your insurance agent to carry out their inspection and help you file the claim.
Roof replacement is a big investment in the beauty, function, and safety of your home. It can be a costly undertaking, but if done right, the costs will be once and for all.
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Common Roof Replacement Questions
The average lifespan of the most common type of roof in America is asphalt. These roofs last around 20 years, but a roof can last much longer when maintained properly.
If your roofing was installed over old material, you may expect a shorter lifespan. Also, adequate ventilation is important. If your ventilation is not good, this may shorten your roof's lifecycle. If you notice excessive granules in the gutters on your home indicate the roof may need to be replaced. This is a sign the lifecycle of the shingles is coming to its end. You may notice the presence of dark spots on the roof. This may be a sign of granules that are falling off.
We often get asked by homeowners if they can get by with a roof repair versus a roof replacement. At KOG Roofing, we want you to make a decision based on what’s best for you. There are a few key things to consider when choosing, such as how significant the repair needed, materials originally used, and the geographical location of the home.
As a homeowner, there are several key questions you want to ask your roofing contractor. For example, many people ask about the warranty on the roof. What a lot of people don't know is there actually is two different types of warranties. One covers the materials used and the other covers the labor and workmanship. Please read over your terms and conditions of each warranty.
At KOG Roofing, we want you to have the best possible experience. We work with you to make your roof replacement process as stress-free and fast as possible. We have over 40 years of experience that you can leverage.