By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A new roof is a big investment that increases the value of your home. It’s a practical and aesthetic improvement when you consider it an opportunity to enhance the appearance of the house and renew the first line of defense against the elements.
To get ideas for roofing materials and colors, drive through neighborhoods of houses similar to yours and take pictures of those you like. Take your time, and consider various combinations of siding and trim in colors you currently have or may be contemplating for your home. When you know what you want, you’re ready to get estimates from roofers.
A roofer will charge $1,353, which includes the labor and material, to install top quality 30-pound fiberglass shingles on a small single story house with a 300-square-foot roof. The cost will be considerably more if there are several layers of old roofing to remove, or if your roof has high peaks and deep eaves.
DIY Hassle Alert
While you could do it yourself for $355, the cost of the materials, don’t. Roofing is definitely a job for a professional because it’s dangerous and difficult work. Just hauling heavy shingles up a ladder is strenuous even for the most physically fit. Save your talents and time to tackle projects closer to the ground. And before you begin, remember to find out if a permit is required from your local building department.
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Now you know the average cost to install a new roof, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.