How much will it cost?
The cost of a new roof will vary based on several factors including material cost, labor and size of the roof.
Roofing materials have a wide range in cost depending on which products you choose. Asphalt shingles, metal roofs, tile roofs and specialty roofing materials will all vary greatly in cost and performance. It’s important to find the material that will be the right fit for your home and provide the protection that your home needs.
Shingles – the least expensive roof
Typically a three-tab composite shingle will be the least expensive to install in terms of material costs and labor. The material cost will increase if you move to a heavier architectural composite shingle. There are also specialized composite shingles to choose from that offer features such as increased impact resistance or a reflective, cool surface. While material costs will vary based on the choice, labor costs are generally similar across all composite shingles.
Labor costs are going to be higher to install a metal roof than a shingle roof. Metal roofs are very popular in Texas and come in several varieties with the most common being exposed fastener systems, snap lock fastener systems and mechanically fastened systems.
Metal roofs come in different thicknesses (gauges), panel widths and have many varieties of standing seams. Generally, the heavier the gauge, the more the panel will cost. The finish can be a factor in cost as well with galvalume finish being less expensive than a premium color finish.
Standing seam panels (snap lock and mechanically fastened) have more parts required for installation but offer the advantage of not having the fasteners exposed. So while an exposed fastener system will cost less initially, it will need more maintenance as it ages and fasteners loosen or grommets become worn.
Tile roofs, like metal, come in a wide variety of styles with a range of costs. Tile is labor intensive and will be more expensive to install than a composite shingle roof.
What about the underlayment?
The underlayment is a key component in every roofing system and will be factored into the estimate. The choice of underlayment is typically based on the roof material selected. A metal roof would require a different underlayment than a composite shingle or tile roof. Costs will vary from the less costly asphalt felt paper (15# and 30#) to the higher quality synthetic underlayment, and products like ice and water shield for trouble prone areas or in some cases an entire roof.
Ultimately your cost will be determined by the cost of the material, the amount of labor required to install the roof and lastly the size of your roof. Larger roofs require more material and labor.