Many homeowners are fearful of their roof system and the costs that are associated with repairs and re-roofing. Hail storms and other acts of Mother Nature often leaves North Texans with a hole in the pocket book and a serious headache. To help you get the best roofing system at a cost effective price, we’ve created a guide to roofing costs.
The first rule of thumb when calculating the costs of a roofing project is to consider the size, slope, flashing, ventilation, underlayment and accessories, and complexity of the project. A steep slope is more dangerous, requires more roofing equipment, longer labor hours, etc. Thus, it is more expensive.
Every roof type has a specific shape—triangle, rectangle, square, or trapezoid. You can calculate your roof’s area, pitch, and slope before contact a roofing contractor to get an estimate for yourself. Once you look at the shape and size of the roof, the next factor to consider is the cost of materials.
The type of roofing shingle you choose plays a significant role in the overall cost. And, while metal roofing is increasing in popularity, it’s not the most cost effective choice. Though, that might be an investment you’re willing to make.
Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material, seen on about 70 percent of homes in the United States. The main reason for this is the affordability factor. Asphalt shingles are easy to install, are cheaper to repair, and, thus, are incredible cost effective. However, metal roofing is becoming more popular based on its energy efficiency and cooling abilities—two factors that make a compelling case against the North Texas sun.
The cost of roofing material often wins on energy efficiency when compared. Every homeowner has a different budget and list of roofing material must-haves, but in general, most will choose a material that gives good curb appeal without breaking the bank.
To give you a visual on pricing, here’s a comparison between asphalt and metal roofing costs. Asphalt costs about $90 for every 100 square feet for three-tab shingles, while steel or aluminum costs about $265 to $375 for every 100 square feet. This is a very general comparison and is not exclusive to North Texas or Joe Hall Roofing prices, but it’s a generic comparison spanning costs across the U.S.
When looking at costs, it’s important to ask why prices would vary so drastically. In this case, the reason is longevity. While asphalt roofing shingles are durable, they still need to be replaced between two and four times in its lifetime. This requires additional replacement and maintenance costs.
Metal roofing lasts much longer with much less maintenance required. In fact, metal roofing can last 50 years or more. And, it is energy efficient, often saving homeowners up to 40 percent on energy costs. So while asphalt has a cheaper up front cost, it could all even out in the long run.
At Joe Hall Roofing, we work with manufacturers to provide homeowners with high quality, durable roofing materials, whether you choose asphalt, metal, wood shakes, or tile shakes. Find the roofing material that fits your needs and rest assure that it will keep you safe and look great.