How Much Does a New Roof Cost in Kentucky?Posted on August 11, 2013 by ECR Louisville in Blog, Caregiver Education, Community Resources
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is home to over 4.3 million residents, and stretches from the Appalachians to the Mississippi River. All four seasons are highly pronounced in Kentucky, and weather can be just as dramatic. Serious thunderstorms, heavy rains, sleet, snow, ice, and high summer heat are all ordinary occurrences in the Bluegrass State.
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense when harsh weather strikes. A leaking roof can generally lead to thousands upon thousands of dollars in damage to other parts of your home. Your roof is an important investment. It pays to stay on top of roof maintenance. The question is, how much does a roof replacement cost?
A number of factors contribute to the cost of a roof replacement project. The size and slope of your roof, the materials you use, the contractor you choose, and the location of your home all influence the final cost of your roofing project. Taking all of these into account should give you a picture of what price you can expect to pay.
Materials are the biggest factor in a roofing project. The most common roofing material in Kentucky is asphalt shingles. These cost about $1-3 per square foot, making them the least expensive residential roofing material on the market. With a durability of 20-30 years depending on the quality, they’re a very practical choice.
Other roofing materials include metal, tile, wood shake, and slate roofing. Metal roofing costs around $12-16 per square foot and can last anywhere from 30-40 years or more. Tile and wood shake each cost around $7 per square foot. Tile does quite well in desert states like Arizona where rain is infrequent, but it tends to leak and is therefore somewhat impractical for Kentucky homes. Wood shake roofs give a quaint, historic look to a home, but they generally last only 7-12 years and can become a fire hazard when not treated properly. Slate roofing can cost $20-40 per square foot and require an expert to install, but can last 50, 100 or even over 200 years.
Choosing a contractor is a major part of the roof replacement process, and can have a tremendous influence on your price. Roofers in different regions can charge different prices depending on the cost of living in those regions. Rural Kentucky roofing companies may charge much less than Louisville roofers, for example. Even roofing companies in the same area can have dramatically different prices for the same project.
When choosing a roofing contractor, it’s important to get several estimates. This lets you get a feel for the market, as well as find the best deal available. The lowest price may not always be the right choice, however, as quality is also important to consider. This matters no matter where you live, but it can be especially important in more populous areas. With so many Lexington roofing companies, for example, they cannot all have the same standards of work. The way to determine the caliber of your roofer is by checking the company’s references.
Whether you’re comparing a handful of Owensboro roofing estimates or sifting though a long list of Louisville roofing companies, the way to get the best price for your roof replacement is to get several estimates and check references.
Connie Gallerizzo is an independent writer.