Despite residential roofing being built to last, it typically has an expiration date. The rate at which your specific roof will deteriorate, though, is dependent on an array of factors ranging from the type of materials it is made up of, the predominant climatic conditions in your locality, the regularity of professional inspections and repairs, the age of the structure, and so much more.
Thus, while some homeowners may be outlived by their roof, you should be prepared for the eventuality of having to engage in roofing replacement. But since you may only need to replace your roof once, you could be unsure of how much money it should cost you. To help you have an idea of what to anticipate, below is a brief outline of the factors that residential roofers take into account when estimating the cost of roof replacement.
The architectural style of your home
Before any other factors can be considered, the residential roofer will start by analyzing the architectural design of your home. As a rule of thumb, the more complex the roofing design, the more money it will cost to replace this structure. For example, a bungalow with a flat roof will be much easier to work on than a multi-story Victorian house.
It is also worth noting that when considering the architectural style of your home, the roofers will also take into account the height of your structure. The higher the roofing is, the more equipment is required to access it, and this will also factor into the roof replacement cost.
The number of roofing layers
One roof repair technique that some homeowners are unaware of is that roofers can install a brand new roof over an old, decrepit one. Commonly referred to as an overlay, several benefits come with this option. For starters, laying a new roof over an older one eliminates the need to strip away the worn one. Hence, the roofers get to save time and this, in turn, saves you money.
Secondly, installing a new roof over your older one eliminates the need to vacate the residence, so it is convenient too. Nonetheless, you cannot reroof a house infinitely. Hence, when you require roof replacement, the roofers will have to determine if the degraded structure comprises multiple overlays. If it does, the roofers have to extract these layers, which may be time-consuming and labor-intensive. Hence, any additional layers will factor into the roof replacement cost.
Contact a residential roofer to learn more.