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What to Know About Replacing Your Roof

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Understanding the Process of Roof Replacement

Roof replacement is one of the most expensive home repairs you’re likely to need. With a good understanding of roof replacement, you’ll know what to expect during the process and can use this to plan for the perfect roof replacement to suit your home and your budget.

There are several things to consider when planning for a roof replacement, so we’ve created this little guide below to help you along the way.

How much does it cost?

There are various factors that will determine the exact cost of your roof replacement. The average that homeowners pay for this replacement is approximately $10,000, though this will differ depending on your roof’s specific needs and your personal preferences.

These will include:

  • Materials used – you should carefully consider the roofing material you choose based on durability, your budget, and aesthetic appeal. Some materials are more expensive than others because they’re more durable.

Check out our blog on choosing roofing materials here: The Different Types of Roofing Materials

  • The area of your roof – a roof with a large area is naturally going to cost more to replace than a roof with a small area.
  • Where your house is located – roofing labor costs vary depending on where you’re located, so the bill you receive may differ depending on your geographic location.
  • The condition of the underlying wood – roofing contractors will usually assume that part of the underlying wood is damaged and will need replacing, though this may differ when they actually perform the replacement depending on how much of the underlying wood is actually damaged. Replacing the plywood underneath can significantly increase your total bill if a lot of it needs replacing.

How long does a roof replacement take?

Roof replacements are usually a quick job, taking just a handful of days to complete on average. You will still have full use of your home while the contractors are outside working, though there may be some noise disruption during working hours.

How long will a new roof last?

The longevity of your new roof will primarily depend on the material you choose to use as some are more durable than others. Of course, there are unforeseen circumstances that may affect the lifespan of your new roof, such as inclement weather.

A new roof should last at least 20 years, no matter the material used. This can increase to as high as 50 years with materials such as slate or tile. You can also ensure the durability of your roof by performing regular maintenance to keep it in good working condition.

Can I finance a roof replacement?

Your insurance company may cover your roof replacement if your roof was damaged by an event out of your control, such as storms and hail. However, insurance companies will not pay for a replacement due to old age or poor maintenance. Your roofing contractor may also offer their customers to pay for their roof replacement in installments.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a roof replacement, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Peach State Roofing.

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