The Cost of a New Roof in Florida Depends on a Few Key Factors
As Florida homeowners know, once you’ve lived here for long enough, a roof replacement is a fact of life. Between heavy rains and moisture, extreme heat and damaging sunlight, and (of course) hurricane season, Florida is a truly brutal place to be a roof. It’s important for Florida homeowners to factor the cost of a new roof into their budget, as depending on the age of your roof and your insurance, you may be paying some portion of this cost out of your own pocket.
So what does a new roof cost in Florida? We’re taking a closer look at this question in today’s blog post.
Average Cost of a New Roof in Florida
On average, the cost to replace a roof with a new roofing system in Florida ranges from $10,000 to $30,000 for residential roofing. Of course, the difference between $10,000 and $30,000 is quite significant! However, the reason for this wide range is because every roof is different. While your roof may be similar to your neighbor’s, roofs in Florida vary widely depending on the home’s size, the age, and the material used in the roof’s construction.
So let’s take a closer look at some of the major factors that affect the cost of a new roof in Florida.
How Large Is Your Roof?
Perhaps the easiest cost factor to account for is the size of your roof. As you may expect, the larger a roof is, the more material it will take to replace the roof—thus, the cost of the roof will increase.
At the same time, larger roofs take longer to replace, which will increase the overall labor costs as well. The average roof size in the United States is around 1500–2000 square feet, which would fall right around the middle of the above price range. However, roof size is not the only factor to consider.
What Material Are You Using?
Since a roof replacement includes material costs, which material you choose will matter a great deal in the final cost of your roof.
The most common residential roofing material, asphalt shingles are also the cheapest to install and replace. A new roof made from asphalt shingles will fall on the lower end of the cost spectrum, particularly for smaller homes. Depending on the type of shingles, a new asphalt shingle roof may cost around $5–$10 per square foot.
Next up, metal roofs. These last significantly longer and are resistant to all forms of roof damage compared to asphalt shingles. Due to the materials and expertise required to install metal roofing, however, they carry a higher upfront cost of around $7–$15 per square foot for a new metal roof in Florida.
Concrete or Clay Tile
Tile roofs are not only elegant but functional, performing very well against most of the common roofing threats here in Florida. However, tile roofs also typically cost more to install than metal, and much more than asphalt shingles. This is because the process of installing a new tile roof is very laborious and can take up to a week or even multiple to complete. Concrete tiles are more affordable at $13–$23 per square foot, while clay tiles may cost anywhere from $13 to $28 per square foot.
What Additional Work Is Required?
Finally, it’s important to factor in what additional work will be required before replacing your roof. For instance, if you’re installing a layer of asphalt shingles over an existing shingle roof, this will often cost less than a full tear-off and replacement.
In addition, switching to a new type of roofing may require additional structural improvements. Concrete and clay roof tiles weigh significantly more than materials like asphalt shingles and even metal. If your home was originally built to support an asphalt shingle roof, some additional work may be needed to improve your home’s support system in order to bear the weight of tile roofing.
We’ll Work With You to Plan Your New Roof!
As Florida’s leading roofing experts, our team at My Florida Roofing Contractor knows how to help you get the most from your new roof. We’ll work closely with you to help select the right roofing material for your needs. What’s more, we provide complete, transparent quotes upfront so you’ll know exactly what your new roof will cost. Contact us today to schedule an initial inspection!