What You Need to Know about Roof Replacement

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Roof replacement is not something you can put off forever. Its repair or replacement should be addressed immediately, so you do not encounter future expensive and time-consuming problems. When you replace a roof, you’re not just replacing one part – but a combination of three layers: the deck, insulation, and shingle or roofing material.

These are the three layers that comprise your roof, and if you need to replace any part due to weather damage or age you’re looking at a cost that is close to $7,000. To prepare yourself for a large roof replacement bill, this guide can help you determine when you should replace your roof, what types of roofing are available and how much you should expect to pay.

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Is It Time To Replace Your Roof?

If you know where to look, clear indicators along your roof can help you determine if it is time to replace. If you are vigilant, you will be able to spot any problems before severe roof damage can occur and cost you thousands of dollars to replace or fix your roof. According to the National Roofing Contractors Associated, a regular inspection for potential problems is recommended twice a year. You can take a look yourself or hire a local roofing contractor to do the job. If you are looking on your own, look for the following signs: 

  • Missing shingles
  • Loose, cracked, or damaged shingles
  • Sagging
  • Mold or rot
  • Holes
  • Signs of water damage or leaking
  • Dark spots
  • You notice neighbors are getting new roofs
  • Your roof is at least 20 years old


Your inspections should catch minor problems like leaks or broken shingles before more significant issues develop and the job becomes complicated. It’s much easier to pay for minor repairs found during a roof inspection than it is to have your roof collapse or suffer from massive internal damage from negligence. 


Type Of Roofing Materials

While the average roof lasts at least 20 years, some roofing materials can extend that life and offer considerably less upkeep than their counterparts. If you are in the position where you may need to replace your entire roof, you should consider different materials if you want to prolong your roof’s life. Here are some of the most common types of roofing materials on the market: 


Asphalt Shingles

Most popular with roofers and homeowners, an asphalt shingle roof is durable and cost-effective. Additional benefits include a wide variety of colors and styles, ease of installation, and suitability for a wide range of temperatures. Asphalt shingles also provide reliable waterproofing—average lifespan: 15-30 years.


Wood Shingles

This option offers a beautiful and rustic aesthetic with a surprisingly long lifespan. Wood shingles are typically manufactured from 4 types of trees: pine, red cedar, cypress, redwood. Cedar shingles can be treated to be fire-resistant and prevent premature decay in some climates. Also, if you choose pine, it can be treated with preservatives to keep away insects and prevent early rot and decay—average lifespan: 25-40 years.


Ceramic Tile

This type of roofing adds additional character to your home with different textures and forms. Ceramic tile can also withstand high heat and are highly durable, fireproof, and resistant to fading—average lifespan: 50-70 years.


Metal Roofs

One of the highest performing roofing options available, metal roofing should last about as long as you own the home. Metal roofs are resistant to insects, fire, mold, and rot making them an excellent investment. They are great for insulation in colder climates and reflect the sunlight in hot climates, which keeps midday heat to a minimum—average lifespan: 50-75 years.


Slate Tile

Slate has a beautiful natural appearance and is naturally fire-resistant, invulnerable to rot, and easy to maintain. It is a high-end roofing option, but its heaviness, expense, and difficulty locating make it not commonly used—average lifespan: 50-100 years. 


What Type Of Roof Should I Get In Central Florida?

If you need a roof in Central Florida, you have a few options to consider. Homes in Florida need strong roofs that can withstand pressure from the elements, especially rain and high winds from tropical storms. With such unpredictable storms to drastic daily changes from humid hot to mild weather, your Florida roof needs a material that can withstand these conditions.

When you pick your Central Florida roofing metal, we recommend you go with clay tiles, metal, or even the slate roofing options. While asphalt shingles may be the less expensive and the more popular national option – you will enjoy more longevity and cost savings if you choose something more secure such as metal or clay in Florida. 


How Much Does a Roof Replacement Cost?

While roofing costs will vary between location and the type of materials used, on average, most roofing companies will charge between $3.50 and $6.00 per square foot to replace or install an asphalt shingle roof on a typical house. 

Since a roof replacement has multiple layers and many parts, the roof replacement estimate from your contractor should include more than just the materials used. A professional quote should consist of the following:

  • Removal and disposal of old materials
  • Installation of underlayment
  • Reflashing as required by building code
  • Quality warranty
  • Building permit(s)
  • Cleanup of the entire job


If you are in the position that you need to hire a professional to fix your roof – we recommend you secure at least three quotes. While the average cost of a typical roof is pretty consistent across the country, you will find variances in price between one company and the next. A flat roof replacement may be less expensive than a pitched roof replacement, so make sure the company you choose for the work offers you a fair deal with the materials and the exact service you want. 


Hire Our Central Florida Roofing Company Today 

If you are still shopping around and want to see how much your potential project will cost with the materials you need – use our roofing estimate calculator to help. When you have determined that Goat Roofers has the prices and service to replace your roof in Central Florida, call us today to speak to one of our roofing professionals. We would love to talk about our services and personalize a quote for your new roof.

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