When a building is under major repair or renovation, there is a possibility that roofing could need to be entirely replaced. This is a rather extreme measure, but can be necessary if the roof is old, has sustained a tremendous amount of damage, has re-occurring issues or is missing shingles throughout its surface. If you have spoken with your preferred roofing contractor and have come to an agreement that a replacement is in order, there are some things that you should know before the process officially begins.
Of course, you can direct any of your inquiries to your contractor. Still, consider these three facts about roof replacement if you’re currently deliberating getting your roof replaced.
#1: Roof Replacement is a Very Costly Venture
Roof replacement is much, much more expensive than roof repair. The cost of roof replacement varies wildly, but $7,000 is on the low end of the price range. So, we don’t blame you if the thought of it makes you and your wallet cringe. Fortunately, you can control the cost by making certain less expensive decisions, like choosing composite shingles over natural slats. Ask your contractor about what methods they can use to drive down the overall cost.
Of course, keep in mind that the cost of replacement could very well be less than the cost of multiple roof repairs. In the end, you could end up saving a tremendous sum by replacing your roof outright instead of frequently tending to many small repairs.
#2: You Have Options
One of the biggest factors that contribute to the cost of roof replacements is the material that is chosen for the shingles. Functionality and aesthetic are the two things to be considered when choosing a shingle material, as well. There are shingle materials out there to meet every functional and aesthetic need, but some cost significantly more than others.
- Composite shingles – These are the most affordable shingles, but they offer a limited range of looks.
- Wooden shingles – While they provide a natural look and a high degree of durability, wooden shingles are slightly more expensive and are not resistant to fire.
- Clay or ceramic shingles – This fire-resistant option is great if you can bear the weight that comes with choosing this type of material for your shingles.
- Slate roofing – Easily the most expensive type of roofing, slate provides a very luxurious and high-end appearance. This option is the most expensive outright and is also quite costly to repair.
- Metal roofing – This is another expensive option, though metal is more reasonably-priced than slate. Metal roofing is very durable and great at insulating.
#3: Things are Going to Get Loud
Between the taking away of old shingles and the hammering in of new ones, you can expect there to be a lot of noise when you replace your roof. If you, a family member or a pet are extremely sensitive to sound or the noise could disrupt important aspects of your life (such as if you work from home), you may need to make accommodations for somewhere to stay.