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Is It Time for a Roof Replacement?

Aging roofs can be the undoing of residential properties if left to rot and lose integrity for decades. They will suffer severe issues due to strong storms and natural wear and tear. Timely roof replacements ensure that your system can protect your home from any extreme weather event. Here are several signs its time for a roof replacement.

Visible Leaks

Leaks will cause water damage. Often, these happen because of a small, undetected breach that wasn't patched up for a long time. Heavy rain pressure will enlarge these breaches and let more moisture inside the attic. 

Mold Growth

Mold occurs when plenty of water has increased your attic's humidity. It will grow on the sheathing and rafters and eat away at its material. Mold is often the cause of wood rot and sagging roofs because it has eaten and weakened the material severely.

Cracking and Splitting Shingles

Cracked and split shingles indicate your roof only has one to five years left in its lifespan. Cracking happens due to the wear expansion and contraction introduced as the seasons change. Splitting occurs when the adhesive holding the shingles loosen and have poof integrity.

If you're wondering how much a roof replacement cost today, Forbes has an excellent post about it. Read more below.

There’s no feeling more comforting than having a roof over your head, and it’s something that the majority of us take for granted. Just the same, a roof doesn’t last forever. So what does a roof replacement cost? When things go wrong with your roof, it’s crucial to handle the issue right away.

Unaddressed cracks or leaks in a roof can lead to water damage and rotting underneath the shingles and can eventually cause the ceiling on your home to collapse. This can lead to extensive damage inside your home, including loss of valuable possessions and can even cause a dangerous situation for your family.

Have you been putting off a much-needed roof repair or replacement? You’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ll provide you with all the information you need if you’re wondering about the cost to replace a roof, along with a breakdown of different roofing materials, and how to decide whether to repair or replace your roof.

Average Roof Replacement Cost

Replacing a roof is without a doubt one of the larger expenses you’ll face as a homeowner. What’s worse, it’s not a home improvement that you can directly enjoy once it’s finished, like, say, a new deck or a renovated kitchen. But it’s an investment in your property that will keep your home in good shape for years to come.

The average lifespan of a newly replaced roof is 30 to 100 years, depending on the type of roofing material that you choose. And if you need more good news, you’ll recoup some of the average cost to tear off and replace a roof when you go to sell your home.

Zillow estimates that a roof replacement will return somewhere around 60% of its value in a real estate transaction. Keren Jayne, a realtor with Pearson Smith, says, “A new roof is marketable [investment] which pays off in other ways. The more marketable features your home has, the more potential buyers and competitive offers it will attract.”

The national average cost to replace a roof is around $8,000, with most people spending in the range of $5,500 to $11,000. The two largest variables you’ll deal with on a job like this are the square footage of your home (and thus, your roof), and the type of roofing material you choose.

Factors Affecting Roofing Cost Per Square Foot

When you receive a roof replacement estimate from a roofing professional, you can expect about 60% of that estimate to be for the roofing labor cost per square foot, and about 40% of it to cover the materials needed for your roofing job. Below, we’ll go into more detail on both costs, and what you can expect as far as variability in your price quote.


The average roofing labor cost is between $1.50 and $3.00 per square foot. In roofing, there’s a common term called a “square” that you need to know. One roofing square covers 100 square feet. So you may receive a labor quote of $150 to $300 per square. That’s the same thing as a quote like the one above, $1.50 to $3.00 per square foot. It’s good to understand this distinction so that you’re not confused when you receive your quote.

Some factors that can cause an increase or decrease in your roofing labor quote include the following:

Extent of the damage:

Extensive rotting of timbers underneath the shingles not only makes the job more difficult, it makes it much more dangerous, too. So your roofing professional may increase or even double the cost to replace your roof if you’ve got rotting wood under your roof, since they’ll need more time and equipment to ensure their own safety while completing your roofing replacement.

Environmental conditions:

Harsh conditions like extreme cold or heat can both increase the rate you’ll pay for the job, especially if it means your roofing professional has to bring in protective elements for the team.

Removal of old material:

In some cases, a roof that needed to be replaced years ago may have instead been reshingled in the hopes of “buying time” on the repair. If your home is one of them, you may have more than one layer of shingles that need to be removed in order to repair or replace the roof. This, of course, will be reflected in the roofing labor cost per square foot. (Continue reading here to learn more)

Top tier roofing solutions ensure you have a long lasting system that lasts for decades and protects you from extreme weather. Call Roper Roofing and Solar's expert roofers who would always exceed your expectations. Call us today to get started.


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