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Decoding the High Cost of New Roof Installations

December , 2023 | 16 min. read

By Kevin Mills

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Pondering over the cost of a new roof and asking yourself, "Why does it have to be so pricey?" You're not alone in this thought. It's a common question among homeowners. “Why is a new roof so expensive?” Those shingles, after all, seem like they should offer more than shelter for the price they command!

We get it.

At RoofCrafters, we understand that investing in a new roof can be a hefty financial undertaking. With three decades in the roofing industry, we've seen firsthand how a roof replacement can impact a homeowner's budget. While it might not be the most thrilling way to spend your hard-earned money, there are times when replacing your roof is unavoidable.

The price tag of a new roof isn't just about slapping on some shingles. There's a lot more to it. Many factors contribute to the total cost of a building. These factors include the underlying decking, quality roofing materials, ventilation systems, and flashings. Stick around, and we'll walk you through the various elements that add up to the expense of a new roof. We'll also discuss strategies to manage these costs effectively.

So, let’s dive into understanding the real reasons behind the high cost of new roofs.

Breaking Down the Cost: Understanding the Components of a New Roof Installation


Several elements are included in total roof replacements or installations. These could include the roof deck, ventilation system, and gutters. However, to understand why a roof replacement costs so much, we need to evaluate each element and its condition. Let’s take a look at all the segments of a roofing system that might affect the cost of a new roof, starting with the decking:

Examining the Costs Associated with Roof Decking


The roof deck is the element that provides added support and structure for the roof itself. Replacing a roof deck will depend on the intensity of the damage that has been caused. 

old roof with rotten plywood decking

If the deck’s integrity is intact and efficient enough to hold the weight of the new materials, you don’t need to worry about the deck’s costs. However, it’s important to remember that the replacement costs of this element will only be revealed after the shingles have been torn down.

Assessing Costs Based on Roofing Material Quality and Type


Different types of roofing materials have different price points. For example, if you’re using asphalt shingles, it will not cost the same as a real slate tile roof which is one of the most expensive roofing materials.

roofer repairing a slate roof

When choosing the quality and type of materials, communicate your budget to the estimator in charge of putting together your roof replacement options. Choosing to have a beautiful new roof installed doesn’t mean you have to break the bank.

Impact of Roof Ventilation Systems on Replacement Costs


An efficient ventilation system prevents the roof from overheating and being susceptible to condensation damage. This, too, is an added cost that will be considered after a thorough inspection of the roof vents. You can examine the roof vents yourself.

pipes and vents on a shingle roof

Some giveaways of a poorly running vent system are warm, humid attic air usually accompanied by mold and mildew. Also, if your soffits are clogged with debris, your vent system won’t run properly. 

Evaluating the Cost Implications of Roof Flashing Installation


Flashing is made out of metal and used between shingles and roof-to-wall transitions. For example, if the chimney or a wall aligns with your shingles, RoofCrafters will install flashing to prevent rainwater and other debris from getting under the roofing materials and causing damage.

roofer installing copper flashing on shingles

New flashing will be installed to ensure the new roofing system is durable and efficient. It will be a good idea to ask any other roofing contractors that you’ve gotten quotes from if the flashing is included in the replacement services they are offering.

Key Roofing Accessories and Their Role in Total Roofing Costs


Many other roofing components can add to the cost of a new roof for your home. It will be helpful to keep the following critical but often overlooked accessories that might increase your overall costs:

  • Underlayment: The material that lies between the roofing material and the roof deck.

  • Ice and water shield: A waterproof roof underlayment material that protects the vulnerable areas on your roof from ice and water damage.

  • Drip edge: Metal flashing installed at the edges of your roof to keep water from getting underneath your roofing components and causing damage.

  • Ridge cap shingles: Shingles that are designed specifically to fit the ridge of your roof.

By keeping these roofing components up to date and performing at their best, you can save money in the future when it comes time to install a new roof. Work smarter, not harder, people!

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Navigating the Costs of a New Roof: Balancing Budget and Quality


While the cost of new roofs is a burden most of us are not prepared for, it rises even further if you don’t have a well-maintained roofing system. If you’re neglecting to properly maintain your roof and not keeping up with your yearly inspections, you’re likely to pay more money when it comes time for a new roof. 

torn up roof from roof leak

Roof leaks, among other avoidable occurrences, can cause some serious damage that will increase the cost of your new roof. Repairing a roof is also an option as long as the materials have useful life remaining on them. 

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Strategies to Minimize Costs for Your New Roof Installation


To avoid increasing the cost of installing a new roof, you can take the following steps in the meantime:

  1. Research: Conduct thorough research for the dimensions of the roof, the type of materials you should use, and the evaluation of the damage caused.

  2. Communicate: Contact several roofers to get the best value for your budget and then choose the professional roofer who best fits your needs.

  3. Schedule: Plan the replacement during the slowest season as roofers tend to get busiest during harsh weather conditions.

Acquire insurance. Apply for an insurance claim, if you can. Ask your local roofer for help and assistance. 

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Understanding the Investment and Value of a New Roof


It's true, that getting a new roof is a significant expense. But it doesn't mean it's beyond your reach. With careful planning and smart choices, you can have a beautiful new roof that fits both your budget and your style.

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

Think of your new roof as an investment rather than an expense. Yes, it requires upfront costs, but it pays off in the long run. How? By offering protection and security to you, your family, and your home. Skimping on quality might save you some money upfront, but it can lead to higher costs in the future due to repairs or even early replacement.

So, while a new roof will indeed be costly, it's a worthwhile investment that brings peace of mind and long-term value to your home. And if you're curious about how much value a new roof can add to your home, don't miss our article "Will a New Roof Add Resale Value to My Home?" where we explore this topic in depth.

At RoofCrafters, we believe that a new roof is not a luxury, but a right. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their home, knowing that they have a roof protecting their family and belongings. If you’re interested in a new roof but need to know more about price points, visit our pricing page, or contact us with any questions you may have. RoofCrafters is here to help. 

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Kevin Mills

My name is Kevin Mills, and I am the lead estimator for RoofCrafters’ Tampa division. I’m originally from Michigan, and I enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending any free time outdoors. What I’m most passionate about, though, is helping business owners and homeowners alike achieve their roofing goals, all while providing a seamless customer journey.