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Cost of a New Roof in Austin TX

Are you thinking you need a new roof replacement for your home because you hear that drip drip drip of running water? Or maybe you just suspect that your roof has reached its usefulness and want to be proactive and prevent roof leaks and possible water damage.

If you are either being reactive or proactive with your home’s roofing system, you are going to want to know how much a new roof is going to cost you and your family.

So you have identified the problem that you need a new roof install or a roof replacement, and now you are researching how much it will cost you.

If you are reading this article, you likely know you need a roof, so you are starting to research your options

Let’s face it; there are thousands of other things you would rather spend your money on than on a new roof…believe me I get it. But when your roof is reaching the end of its lifespan taking preventative action to replace your roof is a sound financial decision. One reason is that water damage remediation for a roof leak is a lot more expensive than just a roof replacement.

Are you not for certain you need a new roof?  Then read, 6 Warning Signals That You Need Roof Repairs

Now you are doing your research on How Much Should a Roof Cost in Austin TX and How Do I Find a Good Roofer in Austin, TX.

The purpose of this article is to give you a better understanding of the following:

  • How much a new shingle roof will cost
  • What goes into a roofing estimate
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What is the average cost of a new shingle roof in Austin?

Here is the short answer:  Most new asphalt shingle roofs generally can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000. That is quite a wide price range for the cost of a roof!

Asking for the price of the typical roof is like asking for the price of a typical house because everyone has a different definition for “typical” and “average.”   So you have to break down the calculation at the cost per unit basis so that you can calculate the size of your roof. Knowing how big your roof is will help you determine how much material you will need to purchase.

You may be saying, “Wait. Knowing the average is good and all but I want to know how much my roof will cost!

What will a new roof cost you?

Here is your answer?  There are four major factors when determining your roofing costs.  They are Size, Materials, Complexity, and Labor.

Roof Size/Area

The size of your roof is the number one factor in figuring out the cost of a new roof. The bigger the roof, the more material you need, and the more labor will be necessary.

Roofing contractors use “squares” to determine the size and cost of residential roofing.  A square is 100 sq ft, so a 10 ft X 10 ft area is 100 square feet or one square. The number of squares largely determines the price of a roof.

To understand how much a roof will cost, you need to calculate your number of squares. Determining the total number of squares will take a bit of geometry, but luckily we have found an article on how to calculate roofing squares like a roofing contractor.

Material Costs

After you know the dimensions of your roof, you can begin determining some materials that you will need for the project.

The materials that you will certainly need are asphalt shingles, roof felt/underlayment, nails, ridge vents, roof flashing, and caulk.

Asphalt Shingles

A shingles bundle covers 1/3 of one square, so for example, if the price is $28.00/bundle and you need three bundles to cover one square then the cost would be $84.00 per square for asphalt shingles.

Asphalt shingles can cost from $20 – $45 per dollars per bundle. The cost of shingles largely depends on quality, style, and composition.

Price for one square: $60 – $135

Roofing Felt

Roofing felt is the barrier between the asphalt shingles and the plywood. Rolls for roofing felt typically come in a roll of 200 square feet. You can buy a roll for between $14 – $20.

Price for one square: $7 – $10

Roofing Nails

Roofing nails are galvanized so that they will not rust. Each shingle will need three nails to fasten the shingle to the roof deck. There are 20 shingles in a bundle and since you need three shingle bundles for one square, then you will 180 nails per square. You can buy nails for about a penny. So you can purchase a box of 1,000 nails for about $10 so estimate about 3 – 4 boxes.

Price for the job: $30 – 40

Other materials

Other materials aren’t priced by the square, like ridge vents, roof flashing, caulk, and trash bags.  You will need to determine the amounts you will need.

Adding additional quantity for scrap

When you figured out the materials, you need you should add 10 percent more material to account for scrap or rework. You nor your roofer would want to get 95 percent through with their project to discover you were short of nails or shingles. It is better to buy more than you need and then take unopened products back to the store.

Other Cost to consider

You also need to account for items like transport of materials from the hardware store to your home, the cost of renting a dumpster or trailer, and the cost of disposing the old shingles at a landfill.

Another cost that may need to account for is the price to carry out roof repairs. If your roof has had a leak, then there could be water damage to the roof decking. Rotting boards or soft sections in the roof will need to be replaced. Repairing the roof deck will add additional cost to a roof replacement project.

The material cost is one of the greatest expenses when it comes to a new roof.  If you do these calculations before hiring a roofing contractor, you will have a rough idea what you material cost will be.

Architectural Complexity

Another factor that goes into the expense of a roof is the roof’s complexity.  A roof design can be as simple as a simple gable or incredibly complex.  Is your home one story or is it higher?  The more complex a roof is and the higher off the ground, the more it cost to replace the roof.

Services Provided by Austin Roofing Companies

The second major portion of roofing cost is the cost of a professional roofing contractor.  When you decide to hire an experienced Austin Roofing Company they should provide the following services:

  1. Provide expertise and experience
  2. Remove the old roof
  3. Provide need structural repairs
  4. Safely install the new roof
  5. Clean up the site and haul away the waste
  6. Provide a written warranty

What you are paying for when you hire a roofer

Labor for roofing crew

It may seem obvious but a company needs to pay their crew a decent and competitive wage for the dangerous and backbreaking work they do.  This compensation includes salaries and sometimes health insurance coverage.

Safety and training

A roofing company has to invest in training its crew and also has to make sure they are trained on how to install the various roofing products safely and correctly.

Capital equipment

A roofing company has to buy a lot of capital expenditure, like trucks, ladders, tools, safety equipment, trailers, and more. These are big expenses that have to be paid for by a portion of each job.

General liability insurance

A competent insurance company will care insurance so in the event one of their crew gets injured on your property, the injury is covered by their insurance and not your homeowners.

Experience and reputation

You are paying for a roofers experience, a more experienced roofer or a roofer with a specialty will cost more than a roofer that just decided to start yesterday.  You need to find the right roofer for your project and budget.  The right roofer isn’t necessarily the cheapest.

Modest profit

A roofing company expects a modest profit from the work that they do.

Total Cost of Hiring a Pro Roofer

When you hire a roofing contractor these factors can range from $100 – $350 per one square for your roof.

Cost for Your Roof = Material Cost + Roofing Labor Cost

So you can expect to pay from $200 for one square on the low end to $550 per square or more on the high-end depending on what materials you choose and the level of expertise of the roofer.

This guide is meant to help you get a ballpark figure for what you can expect to pay for a new roof in Austin, Texas and the Travis County area.

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6 Warning Signals That You Need Roof Repairs

Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or a veteran house-flipper, it can be useful to know the red flags of roof damage and decay so you can anticipate repairs.

Most owners discover they need a roof replacement after they spot a leak in their ceiling. A roof leak could be due to several different roofing issues. But, what factors truly determine whether a roof repair will solve the problem or the house needs a new roof?

1. Roof Age

When was your asphalt shingle roof installed, was it before 1997?  Most roofing experts believe that the typical roof will last between 20 -30 years. But this estimate assumes that the old roof was removed and that you only have one layer of shingles, and that your attic is properly ventilated. If your roof was installed over a previous layer of shingles and your attic space isn’t properly ventilated, and your roof is over 20 years, there is a high probability that you will need a new roof.

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2. Granule Loss

Asphalt shingles tend to lose granules towards the end of their life. Look for inconsistencies in color on areas of the roof and look in your gutters to find whether they are loaded with granules.

3. Moisture trapped in roof’s insulation

Check for moisture caught in the attic insulation and look for discoloration on the roof boards for the evidence of water. If you see or feel moister, this means you have a roof leak and need to call a professional roofer.

4.Curling shingles and buckling

Shingles tend to curl up because of weathering and natural wear and tear. Once you spot curling shingles, don’t delay because you could soon have leaks. Look first at your shingles on the side of your roof that gets the most sunlight; typically the southern face will get the most sun, to check for buckling and curling.

5. Light shining through the attic

Inspect your attic space to see if there is daylight coming through the attic ceiling. If you see the light coming through, then this means that water can also come through your roof. Feel and visually inspect the attic insulation for signs of moisture.

6. Missing Shingles

Missing shingles are a definitely a sign that you need a roof repair. If you see loose or fallen shingles, you should call a local Austin roofing company.

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We would advise you not to climb on your roof for an inspection. All of these tips can be followed from the safety of the ground, if you feel are concerned that you do need a new roof, we encourage you to seek the advice of a professional local Austin area roofer.

If your home is experiencing any of these issues, it’s a smart choice to start looking into a replacement now or consult with an experienced roofing crew to confirm whether your roofing system needs to be an immediately addressed.

Replacing your roof may seem like a challenging task, but a savvy homeowner equipped with these tips and supported by experts can safeguard their home with a roof indeed built to last.