A home that provides a roof over your head is considered an essential need. When it comes to spending our hard-earned cash, we want to make sure we are getting the best value possible. Yes, when it comes to a new roof, homeowners will often sacrifice quality by going to a box store for their shingles or place their trust in a contractor that produces the lowest quote. Sometimes cutting corners is not something you want to do. This includes a new roof. What follows is a new roof cost and pricing guide that will help you develop a budget and plan for costs associated with a new roof.
What to expect for costs
This price will vary depending upon the type of shingle you choose and specifics relative to the project itself. This rough estimate does include removal of the old roof, disposal fees, permitting fees, and warranty.
What it does not include are the unknowns. Additional costs will be incurred for any issues found with your roof’s sheathing under the existing shingles. Unfortunately, not all issues can be seen until the old shingles are removed. This would include any rot issues that have occurred as a result of leaking shingles.
Varying factors that can impact your cost include: brand and type of shingle, underlayment used, the slope of the roof, and complexity of the roof construction (multiple peeks, valleys, etc.)
How contractors determine the cost
A roofing contractor’s first step is to come to your home and perform an onsite inspection. The visit will allow them to determine the scope of the job and just how big of a roofing job you have. A typical breakdown of what is taken into consideration regarding a roof installation follows.
Roof Size – This is the total square footage of your roof. The larger the roof, the more material and time required for installation.
Roof Pitch – Roofs with a steeper pitch are more dangerous to work on than a flat roof. Depending upon the pitch of your roof, additional equipment may be needed to complete the job safely.
Roof Complexity – A roof containing more levels, peaks, valleys, dormers, and add-ons will be more expensive than a simple roof. Complex roof structures also require additional flashing, which will add to the cost.
Skylights and Chimneys – Skylights and chimneys require a bit more attention. To ensure they do not leak, additional flashing is installed around them.
Existing Layers – If a previous shingle installation has already been done to your roof and it was installed overtop another shingle layer (which can be done), both layers will need to be removed. The more layers of shingles that need to be removed, the higher the cost.
Debris Removal – Asphalt shingles are considered hazardous waste. Old shingles will need to be disposed of properly.
Materials – The type of shingle you choose whether asphalt, slate, or metal will impact your project’s bottom line. Broken down even further, you can choose between architectural and 3-tab asphalt shingles. The options available to you are many, and each will impact your final cost.
Building Materials – Don’t forget there’s more to your roofing system than just shingles. Tarp paper, underlayment, nails, staples, calk, flashing, etc. all add up.
Labor costs – Installation and labor costs will vary depending upon the size and complexity of your roof.
Permitting and Building Codes – Every state and municipality is different when it comes to permitting requirements for roofs. A reputable contractor will be well-versed in local and state regulations.
Roof replacement vs. roof repair
Sometimes an entire roof replacement is not necessary. A repair may be more appropriate for your situation. A reputable roofing contractor will only recommend what you need. Here at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., we pride ourselves on our honesty and workmanship. We have the experience and know-how to ensure your next roof job is done with the utmost professionalism and to your satisfaction.