3 Factors That Can Affect Your Roof Replacement Costs

Through meticulous planning and budgeting, you can help keep your residential roof replacement project on track and within budget. While crafting a roofing budget, you should keep in mind the factors that can affect its cost.

Here are some factors you should always take into account:

Roof Replacement Costs
  1. Size of the Roof

The bigger the roof, the more expensive it is to replace it. Most roofing materials are not sold by square foot but by roofing square (which is equivalent to 100 square feet).

  1. Roof Slope or Pitch

Installing a sloped residential roof is harder (it’s hard for contractors to walk on a sloped surface) and requires more equipment. That’s why the labor costs of a steep-sloped roof replacement tend to be higher than a roof with a lower slope.


  1. The Type of Roofing Material

More durable roofing materials with longer lifespans tend to cost more. However, you should avoid getting too preoccupied with the costs. Focus instead on maximizing the returns on investment. One way of doing that is to choose a roofing material that’s suited to the local climate. Remember: no matter how durable your roof is, it won’t last long if it’s not suited to the local climate.

What are the commonly used roofing materials in Southern California? Asphalt shingles (which are lightweight, durable, and fire-resistant) and clay tile  (which can last decades with very little maintenance, provided it has quality underlayment installed) are just some of your options.

Here’s a tip: to learn more about your roofing options, consult a residential or commercial roofing contractor. Since they’re familiar with the local climate and building codes, they can make better recommendations.

Looking for experienced roofers near you?

Sully Jones Roofing has been serving San Diego County since 1952. We offer a wide range of professional roofing services, including roof repair and replacement services. To schedule a free inspection, call us at (619) 444-0150 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in El Cajon as well as the surrounding CA communities.