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Augusta, GA Homeowners: Calculate the Cost of Your Roof Replacement

May , 2023 | 10 min. read

By Scott Wilson

view from the sky of a roof being replaced

Are you, like many other homeowners in the Augusta, Georgia area, scratching your head over the cost of a new roof?

Cracking the code on roof replacement costs can seem as tricky as finding a needle in a haystack. But fear not, we're here to shed light on this mystery. Imagine you're about to bake a cake but have no idea what ingredients you need. That's where we step in - not with flour and eggs, but with over three decades of roofing experience. And the perfect recipe for your roof replacement budget.

Many of our clients first approach us seeking help to whip up a budget for their looming roof replacement - a task as crucial as it is daunting. Just like how a cake needs the right mix of ingredients. Here at RoofCrafters, we understand that a proper budget is the cornerstone of any significant investment. 

We also understand that finding the right numbers can feel like baking a cake for the first time - a bit overwhelming and messy. That's why we've baked up a handy, free calculator tool to help you whisk together your budget in no time.

But before you dive into that, let's sift through the three key ingredients that determine the cost of your roof. This way, you'll have a clear recipe to follow when it comes to understanding how we calculate your roof costs. The aim is to arm you with the knowledge you need to rise to the occasion of your upcoming roofing project in Augusta.

Ready to get started? Let's dive right in!

The Three Pillars of Roof Replacement Cost in Augusta


3-column graph showing roof styles, roofing materials, and pitch of a roof

Just like how every cake has its unique ingredients, each roof replacement comes with its own set of cost variables. From the underlayment's quality to the job's location, and even the season - it's a cocktail of elements. But, just as flour, sugar, and eggs are the primary building blocks of any cake recipe. With 30 years of hands-on experience, we've boiled down the cost calculation to three fundamental ingredients:

  1. The choice of materials
  2. The roof's square footage
  3. The roof's slope

Consider these factors the flour, sugar, and eggs of your roof replacement cost. Let's dive deeper into each one, and then we'll show you how to blend them all to create your roof replacement budget masterpiece.

Breaking Down the Price Tag: Choosing Your Roofing Materials


image showing the 4 most common roofing material options, asphalt shingles, tile, metal, wood, slate

Think of roofing materials as the icing on your cake. What you choose will greatly affect not just the look, but also the cost and longevity of your roof replacement. Similar to picking between chocolate ganache and cream cheese frosting. Some materials might be more pricey but offer better durability or a longer lifespan.

Also, certain materials call for more labor or specialized skills and equipment for installation. This, in turn, adds a little more to your budget. Understanding the ins and outs of different roofing materials is akin to knowing your ingredients. It helps you whip up the perfect roof that aligns with your budget.

Here's a list of 6 popular materials with pros & cons:

  1. 3-Tab Shingles:
    Pros: Think of these as your vanilla sponge cake. - affordable, readily available, lightweight, and easy to install. suitable for most climates, and low maintenance. 
    Cons: On the flip side, they have a shorter lifespan (15-17 years). They're less durable, not as aesthetically pleasing, and offer less protection in high-wind areas.
  2. Architectural Shingles: 
    Pros: These are your chocolate chip cookies - a step up from the vanilla sponge. They offer better durability, aesthetic appeal, and a longer lifespan (18-24 years). Suitability for most climates, easy installation, and higher wind protection. 
    Cons: They're pricier than 3-tab shingles, not as sturdy as a metal roof, and may not be suitable for extreme weather conditions.
  3. Upgraded Architectural Shingles: 
    Pros: Imagine these as your red velvet cake - longer lifespan (25-30 years). More durable, visually appealing, easy to install, and great wind protection. 
    Cons: They cost more than other shingle options. They're not as durable as a metal roof, and may not be suitable for harsh climates.
  4. Designer Shingles: 
    Pros: These are the crème de la crème, like a fancy fondant-covered cake - visually stunning, longer lifespan (25-30 years). Durable, resistant to damage, and come with a great wind warranty. 
    Cons: They are the priciest shingle option, not as durable as a metal roof, and may not suit extreme climates.
  5. Screw-Down Metal Roof: 
    Pros: This is your sturdy pound cake - highly durable. Suitable for most climates, easy to install, and energy-efficient. 
    Cons: It's not as visually appealing (due to exposed screws). Requires maintenance around the 5-8 year mark. Can be noisy during rain or storms, and expansion/contraction can lead to leaking screws.
  6. Standing Seam Metal Roof: 
    Pros: This is your luxurious chocolate ganache cake - the most durable roofing material (lasting 50+ years). Suitable for most climates. Best wind protection is energy-efficient, low maintenance, and boosts home value. 
    Cons: It's pricier than asphalt shingles. Requires professional installation, may not suit all neighborhoods, and can be noisy during rain or storms.

Next up, let's tackle measuring your roof's square footage - the equivalent of knowing how many servings you need your cake to yield.

The Blueprint: Calculating Your Roof's Square Footage


Understanding the square footage of your roof is like knowing the size of your cake pan. It's a vital step in calculating the cost of your roof replacement in Augusta. Here's your step-by-step guide to getting it just right:

  1. Start by measuring the length and width of each part of your roof, including dormers, protrusions, or other unique features. Think of this like measuring the dimensions of your cake pan.
  2. Next, multiply the length by the width of each part to get the square footage for each section - this is like calculating the size of your cake base.
  3. To get the total square footage of your roof, simply add up the square footage of each section - imagine this as putting together all the layers of your cake.

Yet, it's key to remember that not all square foot measurements are created equal. A roof with more angles (or hips & valleys) is like a cake with intricate layers and decorations - it requires more cuts and hence, more waste.

roof report generated from a satellite image

The 'waste factor' is like the extra icing or cake batter you need to account for the cuts and waste that happen during the baking process. Similarly, this refers to the surplus materials we'll order due to waste during the installation process. This can vary depending on the complexity of your roof, including its slope and the number of valleys, hips, and ridges. The more waste, the more materials we need - just like how a more elaborate cake needs more ingredients. And of course, this results in a higher cost for the materials.

Most roofing companies in the CSRA estimate the cost of a roof replacement based on the roof's square footage. But remember, they also consider other factors like the waste factor and the extra labor cost for steeper roofs. Much like how a more complex cake design might need more time and skill.

This smoothly leads us to our next topic. Understanding the slope or the steepness of your roof, which is like knowing how tall or layered your cake needs to be.

Slope Matters: How Your Roof's Steepness Influences Your New Roof's Cost


The slope or complexity of your roof can be likened to the number of layers in your cake. The more layers you have, the more work it takes to assemble and frost. Similarly, a steeper roof or a more complex design requires more labor. And sometimes even extra installation steps, thus hiking up the labor cost.

chart of standard roof slopes

But there's more to it than just the direct costs of materials and labor. Complex steep-slope roofs are like multi-tiered wedding cakes. Sometimes they demand scaffolding and safety equipment to guarantee the safety of our workers. After all, no one wants any accidents on their property!

Just like how a towering wedding cake requires more cake boards and dowels for stability. These extra costs are important to factor in when calculating the total cost of your roofing project. These factors add to the project's cost because they demand more time, materials, and labor to complete. 

So, when setting your roofing budget, remember to measure the roof and factor in its complexity. 

The Master Recipe: How to Calculate Your New Roof Cost


RoofCrafters logo on a calculator with icons of money, location, and estimates around the calculator

Decoding the cost of your new roof might feel like trying to replicate a complicated recipe from a gourmet cooking show. But by breaking it down to the three key ingredients. - the type of materials, the square footage, and the slope - you can whip up a reliable budget for your upcoming project.

Here's your step-by-step recipe to calculate the cost of your new roof:

  1. First, measure the square footage of your roof by taking the length and width of each section and adding them up. This is like knowing the quantities of your key ingredients.
  2. Next, determine the slope or complexity of your roof by visually inspecting it. (refer to the slope chart or pictures of other homes we've provided as if they were pictures of the final dish).
  3. Choose the type of materials you want for your new roof and estimate the cost per square foot based on your selection. This is akin to choosing between using prime or regular cuts of meat for your recipe.
  4. Multiply the square footage by the cost per square foot of your selected material. Just like multiplying the number of ingredients by their respective costs.

To give you a taste of what to expect, let's whip up two examples:

3 tab roof with complex valleysImagine a simple roof as a basic vanilla sponge cake. With asphalt shingles, the cost per square foot ranges from $4 to $6. So, if your 'cake' is 2,500 square feet, your total 'ingredient cost' would be between $10,000 and $15,000.


standing seam galvalume metal roof with valleysNow, picture a complex roof as a towering, multi-tiered wedding cake. If you're installing a standing seam metal 'topping', the cost per square foot can range from $12 to $19. With the same 'cake' size of 2,500 square feet, your total 'ingredient cost' would shoot up to between $30,000 and $47,500.


Cracking the Code: Your Georgia Roof Replacement Cost Unveiled


Calculating the cost of a new roof in Augusta might feel like solving a complex riddle. But by deciphering the three main clues. The choice of materials, the size of the puzzle (square footage), and the intricacy of the design (slope). You can piece together a clear picture of what to expect.

Follow the trail of breadcrumbs - our step-by-step guide - and use the example calculations we've provided as your cipher. You'll find yourself at the end of the maze with a reliable budget in hand. 

A young family of four standing in front of a cartoon home drawn on a backdrop, image of flowers, clouds, and the sun too.

Do remember, this is a rough estimate for your project, and the exact cost of your new roof replacement may vary a bit. It's always a good strategy to collect two or three quotes from different roofing companies in Augusta. Before hiring a company. 

At RoofCrafters, we understand that your new roof is more than just a protective cover. It's a key to your family's castle, your sanctuary during storms, and your gathering point during holidays. That's why we're dedicated to offering honest and transparent pricing, backed by 30 years of craftsmanship and trust. We're here as your faithful and trusted guides.

To aid your journey, we've crafted a magical tool - a pricing calculator that you can use for free. Although it doesn't predict the exact cost, it helps you chart your course and plan your budget, making you a better-prepared adventurer.

Image call to action, use the pricing calculator to estimate the cost of your roof replacement

Are you wary of scheduling meetings with salespeople for your roof replacement estimate? Not keen on shifting around your daily quests for an in-person inspection? We get it - life is a grand adventure, and scheduling an in-person estimate can feel like a detour. Thanks to the magic of technology, you can now embark on a virtual roof replacement estimate adventure.

With this, you'll get an accurate quote without the intrusion of a salesperson on your property. Our RoofCrafters family uses 'bird's-eye-view' (satellite imagery) to measure your home accurately. We then provide you with a convenient and accurate treasure map (estimate) for your roof replacement.

Ready to start your virtual estimate journey? Click 'Get My Virtual Roof Estimate' below and let's set sail on this journey together!

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Scott Wilson

My name is Scott Wilson, and I am an estimator at RoofCrafters Roofing. With over 24 years of industry experience, my main objective for every roofing project I tackle is to make the process as smooth and seamless as possible for home and business owners. Outside of work, you can find me hiking, spending time in nature, and working on my overall fitness!