Slate Roof Cost in 2020: Colors, Pros & Cons, Installation, and ROI

Slate roofs have a lot going for them in terms of longevity, durability, and classic beauty and style. Much of it is well known, some of it is not so well known.

Yes, natural slate is among the most costly and alluring roofing options for homes, but it is certainly not intended to for every roof structure.

Cost

The high price of slate is perhaps one of its most significant drawbacks. It may cost about the same to cover a roof square (100 sq. ft.) with high-end natural slate, as it does to cover a small roof, say 1,000 sq. ft. (or 10 squares), with asphalt shingles.

Yet, going strictly by price alone would be an entirely unfair comparison between the two. Slate holds significantly more value than Asphalt shingles.

Cost of Materials

On the low end, the cost of natural slate material alone is about $4.50 per sq. ft. While that makes it sound almost affordable, keep in mind that asphalt shingles, on the low end cost less than $1.00 per sq. ft. of material (based on buying 3-tab or mid-range architectural shingles by the bundle).

On the high end, the cost of slate tiles can be as high as $10.00 to $15.00 per sq. ft. for materials only.

Pro Tip: A fair price range for natural slate tile materials designed for residential applications is between $4.50 and $8.50 per sq. ft.

Installation Cost Per Sq. Ft.

Installation costs vary, though it is fair to double the price within the material prices range from above. Such that it would be $12 to $18 per sq. ft. of slate roofing installed.

For most roof types, a professional roofing contractor is your best bet for getting that quality installation, but with slate, it is best to go with a slater or a slate roofing specialist.

While, a non-specialist or a typical roofer may at first feel confident about their ability to install it, they would often be wrong.

But, if you are really tempted to cut labor costs and go this route, be sure to ask them about their experience and for references or examples of their previous slate roof installations.

As this page on Roofing Calc points out, a poorly installed slate roof is a like not having a roof at all.

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2020 Kitchen Remodel Cost Breakdown: Recommended Budgets, ROI, and more!

Your kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of your home, or in more modern terms, the core of your family’s command center! 😉

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Whether your goal is to increase the value of your house or you’re simply wanting to make it a more enjoyable place to live, choosing to do a remodel or renovation is one of the best decisions homeowners can make. Breathing new life into an outdated kitchen adds value to a home in numerous ways.

Our pricing guide will break down the steps to planning your renovation and provide a breakdown of expected costs for the following:

  • Basic Kitchen Remodel
  • Mid-Range Kitchen Remodel
  • Deluxe Kitchen Remodel

Make a Plan

To get the most bang for your buck it’s important to set a budget from the start, know your needs and understand where the money will go. Before shopping for appliances, tile or flooring, know your personal needs and goals for the outcome of the remodel. Then you can create a wish list of desired components and begin your search for a contractor.

Recommended Budget

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) has a recommendation for the value of a kitchen remodel to help homeowners set an appropriate budget.

As you create your budget, there’s more to consider than the amount of money you can afford to spend. Essentially, putting too much into a home improvement project can affect the rate of return on your investment.

The NKBA recommends budgeting 15-20% of the value of your home.

For example:

$250,000 home = $37,000-$50,000 kitchen remodel budget

$500,000 home = $75,000-$100,000 kitchen remodel budget

Once your budget has been determined, cut it by at least 25 percent. Set the extra money aside as a cushion to make unexpected surprises much less stressful.

Cost Breakdown

The NKBA’s guide for an average kitchen remodel is as follows:

  • Cabinetry and Hardware: 29%
  • Installation: 17%
  • Appliances and Ventilation: 14%
  • Countertops: 10%
  • Flooring: 7%
  • Lighting: 5%
  • Walls and Ceilings: 5%
  • Design Fees: 4%
  • Doors and Windows: 4%
  • Faucets and Plumbing: 4%
  • Other: 1%

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Window Replacement Cost in 2020: Window Types and Pros & Cons

Most properly installed residential windows will generally last 15 to 25 years before requiring a replacement. The materials that make up each window will usually last much longer (up to 50 years), but home windows are about function as much as they are about aesthetics, view, insulation value, ease of use, and security.

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Note: In this guide, we are not concerned with a brand new, full window installation which normally includes building frames where each window is hung, or installed. The costs are similar to window replacement project and there is much overlap in the work that each project entails, but our focus is on the replacement of windows, their costs, the factors impacting those costs and their pros and cons.

Pricing Information – Part 1

Window replacement projects tend to be fairly basic in terms of planning because the frame will likely determine the material of the updated windows. Wood windows in wood frames, vinyl windows in vinyl frames. Yet, types of panes (glass), along with considerations for energy efficiency and potential needs for repair make it so an average cost for replacement only goes so far.

The national average cost for a window replacement is between $500 and $850 per window installed, depending on your home’s location and other variables. The price can range from $450 to $1,450, which accounts for much variation in material type (from highest to lowest: wood, fiberglass, vinyl), window size, window brand (Andersen, Pella would be most expensive brands), and differences in pricing from company to company. More often than not, the more windows you purchase for a single project, the less you will end-up paying on a per window basis.

How a Window Style/Type, Size and Materials Impact Costs

Double hung windows are what most residential homes have. These are characterized by having sashes on both the upper and lower and thus both can slide vertically, up and down. Depending on the material and brand of the window, the average cost can range from $300 to $850 per window.

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