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Realtors will tell you that shingle color and style are important when it comes to the value of your home. Roofing product choices are ever-expanding and can range in costs from high-end slate to more affordable asphalt.

So, what roof shingle colors and styles are the most popular? That depends on your budget, the architectural style of your home, and where you’re located.

In Pennsylvania, asphalt shingles in dark gray or black are the most popular choice for residential roofing, especially on brick homes.


Whether you’re looking for a residential roofing professional or a commercial roofing pro, one skill you may overlook in your quest to find the best roofer in your area is how that roofer handles debris and waste caused by the roof repair.

It may seem like a small worry, but it shouldn’t be. Proper roof debris cleanup should be part of a roofer’s job site etiquette.


There are some easy home upgrades, like landscape improvements, strategic outdoor lighting, resurfaced cabinets, that may add value to your home.

When it comes to more substantial upgrades that offer a good ROI, however, does a new roof fit the bill?

According to Remodeling’s Cost Vs Value Report 2020, you’ll recoup 60-68% of the cost of a roof replacement at resale. When it comes to roof repair, however, the return on investment depends on many variables.

Let’s look at what impacts how much value a new roof adds to a house.


If water is coming out of soffit vents or coming into your house or building, ice dams are likely the main culprits.

In a residential building, substantial insulation in your attic can help prevent ice dams from forming. In both residential and commercial buildings, a rubber membrane installed under the shingles can help prevent ice dams. Do not place rock salt or ice melt products on your commercial or home roof during winter. These products can damage roofing materials.

Water is powerful and stubborn. If anything blocks its proper flow, it will find another route. Often in winter, water can back up underneath roof shingles. If that water breaks through the protective barrier below your home’s roof shingles, it will leak into your home; if water finds its ways to a bad seam or weak spots in flashing, it will leak into your commercial building.


Fall weather is some of the most enjoyable out of the year. You probably find yourself spending more time outside through autumn than other times of the year.  It might not be the time of year you give a lot of thought to your home’s roof. But there’s a big reason why you should: Rodent Control.

As temperatures start to dip, mice and other rodents are preparing to find shelter. Rotting eaves, damaged roof flashing, and other structural weaknesses are an open invitation to your home.


So many variables play a role in determining the cost of a roof. Roof size, materials, existing condition, environmental conditions…not the least of the variables being: Are you talking a new roof, a roof repair, or a roof restoration?

Also, the average cost of a residential roof may vary greatly from that of a commercial building.

Online roofing cost calculators can provide a ballpark figure. While these online calculators are a good place to start, River Run Roofing hopes you’ll depend on our team of trusted residential and commercial roofing contractors to provide a more accurate, customized roof estimate for your project.

The online roofing calculators can be adjusted according to roofing materials, from asphalt shingles to TPO, roof size, roof slope, and can even consider geographic variables using zip codes. But you can’t get a more customized answer to your roofing problem than one gained from having a conversation with a River Run Roofing professional roofer. We are here to answer any questions you have.

Costs to install or replace a roof, whether it’s a commercial building or residential structure, will likely be much higher than costs to repair a roof or restore it.

Roof Install, Replace, Repair, or Restore Costs


Residential Roof Repair: If you have an existing roof that’s showing signs of age or you’ve noticed signs of a leak, it might just need to be repaired. However, locating the cause of the leak and where it might begin can be a challenge. Our team of roofing experts can thoroughly inspect the roof of your home to spot any weaknesses and determine how we can restore its integrity. Normally we have a minimum charge of $325 plus materials to come do the repair. This includes up to 2 hours of labor.

Residential Roof Replacement: If the damage to your roof proves to be extensive or weak spots point to impending further damage, you may need a roof replacement.  A home with a roof older than 20 years will likely need a roof replacement. You can expect to pay between $3.50 to 8.50 per square foot to replace an asphalt shingle roof on that typical, single-family home.

If your house is a Tudor style, with a lot of odd slopes and dangerous pitches, the cost to install, repair, or replace could be higher.

It’s a big investment to replace your roof, so we’re ready to help you decide on the cost benefits of repair versus an entire roof replacement. We can conduct a thorough roof inspection while keeping your budget in mind. If your home needs a roof replacement, a roofing contractor will explain popular roofing systems and help determine a feasible solution. River Run Roofing offers a 10-year workmanship warranty and a 50-year manufacturer’s warranty on residential roof installations.

We are a certified installer for CertainTeed products, and proudly offer other top brands including GAF and Owens Corning


New Commercial Roof Installation: Commercial roofs will cost between $2.50 and $7.50 to install.There are many commercial roofing systems available. Choosing the right one for your building depends on your building’s location, condition, your budget, and the type of warranty you desire.

We install Flexion, metal, TOP, EPDM rubber, or PVC.

Commercial Roof Repair: If you have an existing commercial roof system that’s showing evidence of leaks or damage, but is otherwise in good shape, you may be able to opt for just a roof repair. A traditional commercial roof repair could cost $500 to $2,000 depending on the extent of the repair.  A roofing contractor can inspect your facility’s roof and determine the severity of its weaknesses.  Our commercial roofing pros have years of experience repairing damaged flashing, ponding issues, and other common issues that require roof repair.

If your building’s roof needs more extensive repair, consider a commercial roof restoration. A roof restoration can save you thousands of dollars compared to an entire roof replacement.

Commercial Roof Restoration: Today’s roofing systems not only extend the life of commercial roofs, but they can increase your building’s energy efficiency and sustainability. River Run Roofing’s cool roof systems can help decrease the HVAC costs for your building and these energy-conserving qualities are a green energy choice.  Commercial roof restoration through River Run Roofing could cost around $2.50 to $8.50 per square foot.

Are there any tax breaks for roof replacement?

Unfortunately, you can’t deduct the cost of a residential roof. You can, however, place the costs of that home improvement project toward the basis of your property. Increasing the basis of your property could decrease your property gained earned upon resell. For more information about offsetting the gain of your home’s base value. Visit the IRS Publication 530 Tax Information for Homeowners.

Some commercial roof repairs are included in the new Section 179 of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It enables taxpayers to expense the cost of improvements to a nonresidential property. You should discuss your options with your tax accountant. The IRS offers online guidance on Section 179 expenses.

Is there special financing available for roof replacement?

We can finance up to $100,000 for home improvement through our partnership with Enhancify. Their financial programs offer flexible, affordable solutions to help fund roof improvement projects. You can view, compare, and apply online without impacting your credit scores.

Team up with River Run Roofing professionals to help determine the extent of repairs your roof needs. Our experts in both residential and commercial roofing will offer friendly advice while keeping your budgetary needs in mind.