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Slideshow: The Real Cost of Home Improvement

By Ben Steverman - 2012-11-26T19:03:24Z

Photograph by Kelvin Murray/Getty Images

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New Roof

Average cost: $9,454

Roof work is the project most likely to be entirely turned over to a contractor, with only 9 percent of Houzz users claiming to do it themselves.

A new roof will recoup 58 percent of its cost. The life span of a new roof can vary, but those made of slate, copper and clay and concrete can last more than 50 years. Asphalt shingles last 20 years or so.