Returning Gable Eaves
The first thing you need to decide when returning your gable eave is whether or not it needs to be replaced. If it does, then the cost will vary depending on its condition.
You may want to consider replacing all of them if they are badly damaged. However, if there isn’t much damage, then you might just want to replace one of them. There are two basic ways to do this.
You could purchase a new gable eave from a local roofer, which would cost around $500-$700 depending on where you live. Alternatively, you could go to a roofing company and have them install one for free (this is called “gable return”).
Both options require some time commitment on your part, but the cost savings are worth it if you’re concerned about future maintenance costs.
If you decide to have someone else install a new gable, then you’ll need to make sure that they know what they’re doing. They will probably need to inspect the existing gables before installing a replacement.
They will also likely need to remove any old tarps or other materials that cover up the original gable’s shape. You can either hire these professionals yourself or pay for their services through a roofing contractor. Either way, it won’t be cheap!
If you choose to have a roofer install your gable return, make sure that they are experienced enough to do the job properly. Also, make sure that they know what type of gable you have so that they don’t screw up the installation.
You’ll probably want to get someone with experience installing these types of things since it’s going to take longer than just getting a roofer to come out and do it.
It would probably be best to get an entire new roof installed rather than just getting the gable returns done. That way, you’ll have a new roof and new eave returns installed.
You might as well go all the way! You can also get all of your old shingles replaced while they’re up there (provided that they’re the older kind that can easily be ripped off by hand).
Of course, the big question is how much is all of this going to cost? Well, you can get a brand-new asphalt shingle roof installed for around $4,000-$7,000. You could also just get a complete tear-off and installation for around $2,000-$3,000.
This would give you a virtually brand new roof. Honestly, though, some homeowners have reported that it isn’t really worth the money to do this. The old shingles are still in decent condition and can easily last for a few more years. You can weigh the pros and cons based on your personal situation.
Of course, it all depends on what type of roof you currently have. If you have some sort of metal roof, then things get a bit more complicated.
The cost of having a new metal roof installed can be incredibly high (around $20,000-$35,000). You can also try to get a metal roof installed over your existing shingles for around $3,000-$7,000.
As you can see, the total cost of replacing your roof depends on several factors. If you want the absolute best roofing job done, then you may end up spending as much as $15,000 on a new one.
On the other hand, you can spend as little as $2,000 and still have a nice new roof.
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