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How to plan your roofing replacement budget

How To Plan Your Roofing Replacement Budget

The folks at Home Advisor say a new roof on a Birmingham-area home will cost between $5,129 – $10,015, with a national average price of around $7,500. On the other hand, Cost Owl says to expect a cost of $2,500 to $6,000 for a 2,000-square-foot roof. For a third opinion, Cost Versus Value says a roof replacement project will run $19,100. How on earth can you know what to expect from a roof replacement project?

Professional Advice

A new roof is a combination of new materials, labor, repairs, and carting. To calculate materials costs, residential roofers measure the square footage of your Birmingham home. For shingles, they calculate the cost in squares, which is 100 square feet (the amount of three bundles of shingles covers). So, a 2,000-square-foot roof needs 20 squares, or 60 bundles, of shingles.

Shingles, though, are not the priciest part of a new roof. Good preparation from skilled roofers may not show in the final installation but is worth a hefty investment in labor. Removing the old shingles, inspecting and replacing sheathing, securing fresh underlayment, and laying down waterproof water and ice shield are all necessary steps before you see a new shingle.

To get a realistic estimate of a roof replacement project, invite a local, trusted residential roofer to visit your home. Professional advice is valuable; you will seldom find it given away through a generic cost estimating service online.


Your Birmingham home’s roof has many variables associated with it, all of which affect final pricing:

  • How old is your home?
  • How new is the existing, problematic roof?
  • How long do you intend to remain in the home?

Fiberglass-asphalt shingle roofs generally last around 20 years, but some modern architectural shingles have warranties that extend 30 years and beyond. Should you invest in a more durable, but more expensive, roof? Will a higher investment now bring lower replacement costs in the future?

Discuss all these variables with your friendly, professional roofer. Then, discuss financing options.


Many times, a new roof is not a scheduled choice. Your roof is leaking, you seem to not have $10,000 handy, but you need action! Fortunately, most roofers offer attractive roof replacement financing through local lenders. Online loan options are also available.

Please contact us at Yellowhammer Roofing when you need a new roof. We have the equipment, trained crews, and manufacturing partnerships to deliver a superb roof, every time.

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