Your barn houses your horses, animals, and important equipment. The roof over your barn plays a critical role in ensuring those precious contents are protected, and the structural integrity of your barn is maintained. When the time comes for a roof replacement, the thought of beginning the process can seem overwhelming. Understandably, a property owner’s first thought is how much a roof replacement will cost for my barn?

Unfortunately, the roofing and construction industry offers little transparency – especially regarding cost. At AIC Roofing and Construction, we take great pride in doing things differently. We believe providing cost expectations and information is important to your budgeting process. We want you to feel confident that you’re making informed decisions on what is best for the future of your property.

We’ve served the Lexington and Central Kentucky community since 2003 and are dedicated to providing you a best-in-class experience before, during, and after your roof replacement.

In this article, we’ll explain the factors contributing to the cost of your barn or stable’s asphalt roof replacement and how much an asphalt roof replacement may cost. 

Before reading this article, you must know that it is impossible to give you an accurate estimate without first inspecting your barn or stable. However, we want to provide some ranges that you can expect so you can adequately plan and budget.

How Much Will a Roof Replacement Cost for Your Barn?

The average asphalt roof replacement for a barn will cost between $4-$9 per square foot.

This includes all labor required for tear-off, disposal, installation, and materials. Some factors may cause your cost per square foot to be higher than this initial range, such as upgrading to high-grade materials or if there is substantial wood rot or damage discovered to your roof deck.

To better understand where your replacement cost may fall within that range, we will explain the factors that influence your roof replacement cost in more depth below.

Factors that influence the cost of the roof replacement for your barn

Understanding the factors that go into your roof replacement cost will help you set your expectations for your roof replacement. Understanding these factors is important so you feel confident and informed reviewing bids you receive on your barn’s roof replacement project. These are the main driving factors that influence your barn’s roof replacement cost:

1. Size

The larger your barn or stable is, the more it will cost to replace the roof. Square footage ultimately determines the time involved, the material needed, and the team size required to complete the project.

2. Materials

The type of shingles you select significantly impacts your roof replacement cost. There are many grades of roofing materials and shingle styles. Typically, most property owners select mid or high-grade asphalt shingles. The difference between mid and high-grade shingles can vary by $.50-$3. The right shingle choice depends on your unique property and project goals.

3. Pitch/Steepness

The steeper your roof, the more your roof replacement will cost. This is because steeper roofs have more square footage, and a higher pitch dramatically increases the difficulty of the installation.

4. Peaks & Valleys

The more peaks and valleys – formed anytime two planes meet – the more complex installation will be. Peaks and valleys require particular skill when fabricating materials to fit perfectly. They are prone to leaks if they are not fit correctly.

5. Removal of the previous roof

When replacing your asphalt roof, you can either have your roof overlayed or complete tear-off and replacement. A complete tear-off will be more expensive than a partial replacement. Most contractors will not warranty or complete partial replacements. We strongly recommend you tear entirely off and replace your roof. Overlays may save you a few hundred dollars upfront, but they will cripple the longevity of your roof and make repairs extremely difficult. Additionally, if your previous roof had multiple layers, tear-off, and disposal will be more costly, thus increasing your replacement cost.

Paying for Your Roof Replacement

We hope this article has given you some helpful information on what you can expect to pay for your barn’s roof replacement. We want to be transparent about this information so you can adequately plan and budget.

As you prepare for your roof replacement project, there are a few ways you can pay for your roof replacement:

· Paying in cash. If you can foresee and budget for your roof replacement, you can save up for this expense before it’s incurred.

· Taking out a loan. Roof replacements are expensive and often an unforeseen expense. Many property owners take out a loan to pay for their roof replacement. You should chat with your roofing contractor about your options, as they may have suggestions!

· Use your insurance policy, if applicable. If your barn’s roof was damaged from strong winds, hail, or another covered weather event, your insurance may cover the roof replacement cost (minus your deductible).

Your roofing contractor should help walk you through payment options and even help you navigate the insurance claims process.

Proper maintenance is key to your roof’s longevity

We hope this article has given you some helpful information on how much your roof replacement project will cost. To ensure you maximize the lifespan of your new roof, we recommend getting your roof inspected annually. Annual roof inspections are free and can help identify repairable items before they cause significant damage to your roof.

Contacting a Trustworthy Roofer, Experienced with Horse Barns and Stables

Now that you have a better expectation of how much your stable’s roof replacement may cost, the next step is collecting 2-3 bids from experienced, top-rated roofing contractors in Lexington. It’s important to consider more than just price. Company reputation, warranty, anticipated speed of completion, and job site clean-up are all important factors that should weigh heavily in your hiring decision.

If you still have questions about your barn roof, we’ve got answers in our Learning Center! We must answer even your most challenging questions so you can make informed, confident decisions about your property.

AIC Roofing and Construction has served property owners in Louisville, Lexington, and Richmond since 2003. We are in the top 2% of roofing contractors in North America to obtain the GAF MasterElite certification – something we renew every year as part of our commitment to excellence. Whether you have a pole barn, timber frame stable barn, or a gothic-style barn – we’d love to see if we would be a good fit for your project. Contact us today to schedule your free roof inspection.

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