Roof Replacement, New Roof Installation, New Roof Costs – Concord, NC
You probably don’t give all that much thought to your roof. Like many parts of your home, the better it’s doing its job, the less it occupies your mind. But when things start to go wrong with your roof, it can lead to an avalanche of unexpected costs… not to mention broken roof tiles. Many of us never get to see the state of our roofing, but even the best made roofs are finite. When things start to go wrong it can result in high energy bills (as the hot or cold air escapes through your roof), leaks and a potential health hazard in your home and garden.
But a New Roof Installation is not a choice to make lightly. You need to consider a lot of variables, not least of which is your household budget). Here you’ll find everything you need to know about Roof Replacement in Concord, NC.
Roofing Material Options
There are a great many materials to choose from when considering a New Roof Installation. You’ll need to consider how each suits your aesthetic preferences, the pitch / incline of your roof, your priorities and (of course) your budget. Some materials are more energy efficient, while others represent better value for money in the long term.
Some popular materials include;
Those looking for a Spanish style roof may prefer the rich, warm look of red clay. Popular in states like Florida and California, it’s also a great way to honor the red clay that is a part of North Carolina’s heritage. Red clay or ceramic tiles typically have a distinctive half barrel shape and are popular for their fire-retardant qualities and their attractive appearance.
However, the look can also be achieved with lighter and less brittle materials like metal or composite.
Metal tiles have grown increasingly popular in recent years due to their versatility and durability. If you only ever want to replace your roof once, metal tiles can give you the peace of mind you need. While certainly not the cheapest, they make for a great long-term investment. Plus, they help to seal the heat inside your home when it’s cold and bounce back the sun’s rays when it’s hot. Saving you on your heating and AC all year, every year!
Slate offers a charming and distinctive look that adds a splash of class to your exterior. However, it can also be very costly and very heavy. Slate is hard to walk on when you need to assess or repair your roof, and repairing it when it gets damaged is difficult and costly.
These composite tiles strongly resemble slate but are made up of 95% recycled materials including rubber, making them much cheaper and far more durable. They’re also great for the sustainability-conscious.
Wood shingles offer a stunning look with awesome durability. They are also, however, highly flammable.
Asphalt composite shingles
By far the most popular choice in roofing, these are affordable and easy to find. However, their flat appearance doesn’t make your exterior pop in the same way as others on the list.
Again, the right material for you depends on your home’s needs and your priorities.
The Cost of a New Roof
Of course, the burning question for many is how much they can expect to pay for their New Roof Installation. This depends on a number of factors. There’s the size of the surface area to be covered, the material you choose, the pitch of your roof and, of course, the roofing contractor you choose.
But we’re not going to bury the lead. Here’s an estimate of what you can expect to pay based on some of the materials mentioned above. Don’t forget that you can always Get in Touch to arrange a more accurate, zero-obligation estimate;
- Asphalt shingles: $7,000-$12,000
- Composite shingles: $9,000-$20,000 depending on material
- Wood shingles: $14,000- $25,000
- Steel / Aluminum shingles: $14,000-$28,000
- Natural slate: $25,000-$50,000
- Clay: $25,000-$50,000
All of the above include not only the cost of laying new shingles but also of demolition, cleanup, permit fees and removal of your old roofing.
Roof Replacement Process
In most cases, a roof replacement will take around 3-4 days. And you’ll be astonished by how much we get done in that time. Let’s take a brief look at the Roof Replacement process;
Remove existing shingles
Shingles and old / damaged flashing are removed and deposited in a roll-away dumpster. Nails, shrubs and other objects are also removed.
Minor roof repairs may need to be made to the roof. Or, if it’s in really bad shape, parts may need to be replaced with new sheathing.
Install ice guard
It may be necessary to install an ice guard membrane. This is a waterproof barrier that prevents the moisture from melted ice from seeping beneath the shingles and making its way through your roof.
Apply roofing paper
A layer of asphalt roofing paper covers the sheathing to provide further protection from moisture.
Apply new metal drip edging
This is nailed in place over the roofing paper or ice guard for better drainage. New valley flashing may also need to be applied and sealed with caulk.
Apply the shingles
Typically, the team will start to lay down the shingles at the eaves and work their way upward toward the peak. While this is going on, the flashing is also installed around areas like skylights, stack vents and chimneys.
Install the ridge vent
This is a continuous vent that runs along the peak of the roof and helps to exhaust hot air from the home and prevent ice dams from forming on your roof over winter. If it is not possible or practical to install a ridge vent, alternative vents will be installed on the roof or gables to improve air circulation.
Finally, the team complete the final cleanup and get rid of any debris. At this point, the work is inspected and approved by a building inspector. So, you can enjoy your new roof with complete peace of mind.
Re-Roofing vs Roof Replacement
Finally, you may have seen some contractors offering attractively cheap Re-Roofing services and assumed that they are the same as Roof Replacement. However, a Re-Roofing is a faster and less comprehensive service that may not solve all your roof’s problems.
Re-Roofing involves placing a new layer of shingles on top of your existing roof structure. It may not last as long as replacing the roof. Moreover, if you already have two layers of shingles, it is a building code violation to add a third. The other consideration is whether to repair a roof or replace a roof.
If you have any questions about Roof Replacement or any of our roofing services, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us today!