Average Roofing Costs in Tennessee

Roofs are not cheap, whether in terms of materials or labor costs. Yet, there are few building maintenance projects that are more important; improper installation or unsuitable materials could end up costing property owners more than an upfront investment would have.

There are many factors that influence the final cost of a roof installation. Many of them vary over time and across locations, making them difficult to predict. For this reason, there is a fairly wide average range of prices. HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide says the average national price of a roof installation for most Americans ranges from $5,913 to $7,853.

At the high end, people pay as much as $12,000; at the low end, they may pay as little as $3,000. Because there are so many price factors at play, owners and contractors have the flexibility to make thoughtful and cost-effective choices. Knowing these factors can empower homeowners to minimize unnecessary roofing costs.

Materials Costing

The average cost of installing a roof is $6,883; what contributes to this figure? The price of a quality roof installation varies by a number of factors. There’s not much room for negotiation when it comes to the cost of roofing materials. Different materials have different standard costs per unit. Bear in mind that the slope, or pitch, of the roof will narrow down roof composition options.

Asphalt shingles, for example, are by far the most common choice in the United States due to their low cost and widespread availability. They are associated with medium pitch. Wood shingles, on the other hand, cost roughly twice as much as asphalt and require a minimum slope to maintain adequate drainage.

In general, heavier items, like tiles instead of shingles, cost more per unit and require more expensive structural support. With some materials, certain colors and textures are priced higher than others. And, there is a premium on durability with any kind of roofing material.

Other Important Factors

A fundamental budgetary consideration is whether the installation requires disposal or modification of an existing roof. It will cost more money to remove an extant roof, make preliminary repairs, or lay down new underlayments such as a water shield. Of course, a self-installation project will cost less than a professionally installed roof.

Another weighty factor is the size of the home to be roofed. This one is straightforward: the bigger the building, the pricier the roofing job for both parts and labor. What about the shape of the roof? A very steep, high-‘pitch’ roof will by definition cost more than a plain, flat roof because there is simply more surface to cover. You can get a rough estimate with our roofing calculator.

Sophisticated styles such as Colonial or Victorian are steeper, which partly explains why their prices tend to be similarly steep. Note that many contractors adjust their pricing after a minimum pitch to account for the added dangers of working on a steep slope.

Additionally, very complex roofs with special features like chimneys or skylights require a bigger budget. Gutters, drains and other accessories will inflate the total purchase as will flashing to mitigate water damage and vents that protect against temperature extremes. Also, most roofs come with warranties, some of which are offered for a fee.

Whatever the project constraints are, remember that the cheapest materials and work can easily end up costing more in the long run if significant repairs must be made too soon. In contrast, expensive materials can increase a home’s value and even lower insurance premiums. Roofing is key to a property’s value, so it’s vital to spend enough to sustain the investment in the long term.

Roofing When It’s Cold

We know how the temperatures here in Nashville and Middle TN fluctuate so much during the winter. One day it’s ice cold outside while the next day it can be 70 degrees. Most people opt to have a new roof installed in the spring and summer months. Others looking to replace their roof decide to install during the fall. But what happens to the roofs that are installed in the cold winter months?

Often customers ask us if it is okay to install a new shingle roof when the temperatures are extremely cold. This is especially concerning for those who do not have a choice in the matter and must replace their roof immediately.

There are no specific industry guidelines for temperature and roof installation for asphalt shingles, however, various manufacturers do make recommendations. Five Points Roofing installs roofs all year round, although, we do pay careful attention to the weather and elect to hold off for warmer days for certain types of applications.

Although asphalt shingles do become brittle as the temperature drops, steps can be taken to reduce or eliminate breakage. If shingles are stored in a warm place and loaded just before installation, problems can be minimized.

A concern we often hear from homeowners is whether or not the self-sealing strips will bond properly without a warm day to promote a good seal. The sun is very helpful in warming a newly installed roof and aiding in a good seal, but in areas prone to high winds, hand-tabbing, (or adding adhesive to the underside of shingles during the application), can sometimes be recommended. This measure assists with keeping the shingles in place, when needed, until warmer weather allows the seal to set as it should.

Whenever you decide to replace your roof, our staff is available to provide guidance and assistance in the process to achieve the best result possible. Call us today if you have any more questions.

Ice Dams

Do you know what an Ice Dam is? After this most recent ice storm it can cause serious damage to the interior of your home too. You can help prevent serious damage to both the roof and inside of your home by minimizing the likelihood that an ice dam will develop, and by removing one as soon as you spot it. Ice dams can form when water from melting snow re-freezes at the edge of your roofline. Without proper removal, an ice dam may grow large enough to prevent water from draining off the roof. This water can then back up underneath roof shingles and make its way into your home.

How does an ice dam form?

How to Help Prevent an Ice Dam from Forming:

  • Remove snow from your roof after every storm. To begin with, use a roof rake to clear snow or ice upwards of three to four feet immediately after each storm. In addition to helping prevent an ice dam from forming, this will lessen the stress on your home’s roof. The amount of snow and ice your roof can support will depend on a number of factors, including the roof type and the age and condition of the structure. But a good rule to keep in mind is if more than a foot of heavy, wet snow and ice has accumulated on your roof, you should have it removed.
  • Clear downspouts. An easy way to help snow and ice drain off your roof is to make sure the area around your downspouts is clear. This can help prevent standing water from collecting near the gutter downspout.

How Do You Know if You Have an Ice Dam?

  • Look carefully at the icicles around the exterior of your house. If they are confined to the gutters and there is no water trapped behind them, then an ice dam has likely not formed. Nonetheless, icicles can pose a danger to people when they fall off, so try to safely knock them down while standing on the ground, making sure not to stand directly beneath them. If you cannot safely reach them from the ground, consider calling a roofing contractor such as 5 points roofing to help.
  • Check for water stains or moisture in the attic or around the tops of exterior walls on the top floor of your house. Stains and moisture may indicate that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.

How to Remove an Ice Dam:

  • Melt the ice dam. Fill a nylon stocking with calcium chloride ice melt, and place it vertically across the ice dam so that it melts a channel through the dam. If you try this, make sure you can safely position the ice melt on your roof, and make sure to use calcium chloride, not rock salt. Rock salt will damage your roof. Also, be aware that shrubbery and plants near the gutters or downspouts may be damaged.
  • Get professional help. If you cannot safely reach the roof, avoid using a ladder in snowy and icy conditions. Consider calling us to help remove the ice dam.

Long-term Tips for Preventing Ice Dams:

  • Insulate your attic. Make sure your attic is well insulated to help prevent the melting-and-freezing cycle that causes ice dams to form. Check and seal places where warm air could leak from your house to the attic, including vent pipes, exhaust fans, chimneys, attic hatches and light fixtures.
  • Install a water-repellent membrane. When replacing a roof, make sure to install a water repellent membrane underneath the shingles. This acts as an extra barrier that helps prevent water from seeping inside the building.

If you need any assistance. Call 5 points roofing @ (615) 645-2055

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