These 5 Features Make a New Roof More Expensive


If you’re designing a home, the cost of new construction roofing is a huge consideration. No matter how much money people have, they usually tell us their wish list is bigger than their wallet. We hear a lot of questions about new roof costs and the factors that cause it to go up or down.

East Texans ask many of the same questions when re-roofing an existing structure. Sometimes they’re wondering if there’s a way to keep expenses down. Other times they just want to understand what goes into a roof replacement. Several features impact the cost of new construction roofing and roof replacement down the road.

New Roof Size

If you have a 3,000 square foot home, it’s going to cost more to roof than one half that size. To most people, that makes sense. When we give people an estimate for the cost of a new roof, square footage is our starting point. In roofing, a “square” is 100 square feet. We calculate materials cost and labor based on how many square units make up your roof.

Roofing Material Type

Some types of roofing are more expensive. Generally, you can put materials in order from least expensive to most expensive type using this list:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Metal roofing
  • Concrete tile
  • Wood (cedar)
  • Clay tile
  • Plastic polymer
  • Slate

Keep in mind, that’s just out of pocket expense. Some types of roofing materials cost more, but they last longer. If you’re going to stay in your home for the rest of your life, it might be less expensive overall to choose a higher priced roofing material.

Roof Pitch and Shape

The pitch is how steep your roof is. A steep pitch looks impressive, but new construction roofing or a roof replacement is much more difficult. Your roof’s pitch also determines your fire rating, so it impacts the underlayment system you need.

Also, more peaks, valleys, dormers, decorative gables or other elements make a new roof more expensive. It takes more time and shingles, and more care around joints to make sure you don’t develop leaks.

Existing Layers

If you’re not starting from scratch, you may be facing a tear-off cost. We always recommend removing old shingles before a roof replacement, but sometimes homeowners elect to save costs by doing a re-roof over what’s already there. Two layers is okay, but you don’t want to have more than that. If you already have two layers, one thing that makes your new roof more expensive is the need to remove and dispose of them both.

Hidden Damage

Sometimes when we tear off an existing roof, we uncover hidden damage. Water occasionally seeps through without the homeowner noticing, and decking starts to rot. We’ll replace it to give your new roof a solid foundation, but there’s additional cost for the tear-off, materials and replacement.

At Advantage Roofing, our extensive experience with East Texas roof replacement and new construction roofing generally translates into savings. We can talk with you about your goals, help you find roofing solutions that fit your budget, and even arrange for financing through Green Sky Financing. Schedule your free roof evaluation today.