No matter how urgent your need is for a new roof, shopping around for quotes and the best pros is a must.
This is how roofers work, how they charge, and what you need to know to help you get the best deal and the help you need.
This Is How Roofers Charge
A standard home needs a 2,000 – 3,500 square foot roof replacement.
And roofing contractors usually charge per square foot of roof. Thinking of a 10 x 10 foot (100 square feet) is the easiest way to break down your cost. This measurement is referred to as “squares” in the roofing industry.
The average roof would be made up of around 20 – 35 of these squares.
Average Homeowner Cost
Homeowners usually end up spending anywhere between $4,500 all the way to $25,000 for a new roof with the average being around $11,500 – 13,000.
You may be wondering about that huge difference in scale.
The lower end of roofing costs are roofs of smaller homes and basic asphalt roofing materials. The higher end of the scale are larger homes and higher-end materials.
The cost of a new roof can vary widely based on the location, size, pitch, access, and materials of your roof. With size being the biggest factor in influencing the cost of your new roof.
Removing Your Old Roof
To remove your old roof, your roofer will charge labor. A one-story single layer roof would cost around $100 – $200 per square to remove. Count on paying more if you have more layers and if the pitch of your roof is steep or very high.
Factors That Influence The Cost Of Your Roof Installation
- Pitch: The more complex the roof and the more work a roof takes, the higher the costs will be. When roofers talk about the pitch of your roof, they speak of a height in inches: length in inches ratio. (Example: 7:12—Every 12 in. the roof is horizontal the roof also rises 7 in.)
Usually a 7:12 ratio or higher is considered a steep roof which takes more time and equipment to roof.
- Accessibility: If you have a very tall roof, or if it’s hard to access, that can raise roofing costs.
- Ease: If it’s easier for your roofers to back their truck up against your house, access your roof, walk across your roof, etc. that will lower your roofing costs. Also, re-roofing your home will cost more money if there is extra damage from years of leaking and poor maintenance.
- Roofing Materials: Roofing materials usually run from around $1.10 – $4 per square foot. The type of materials you use to roof your home will influence your cost.
- Flashing a Chimney and Skylights Repair: Repairing flashing can be around $200 to $500 and repairing a skylight can range from $250 – $500
- Roofing over a roof: Instead of replacing you can install a roof over an existing roof. But doing so reduces the life of your new roof and may void warranties. It would also not be an option if there were extensive neglect or water damage to your existing roof.
- Location: From west coast to east coast, the price per square roof changes according to city and state.
- Size: Usually, roofers charge per square foot of roof. Thinking of a 10 x 10 foot (100 square feet) is the easiest way to break down your cost.
How Much Roofing Can Cost Based On Material:
- Asphalt: $120 – $400/100 square feet
- Metal: $450 – $2,000/100 square feet
- Tile: $550 – $3,900/100 square feet
- Slate: $800 – $4,100/100 square feet
How To Hire The Best Roofing Pro
Before hiring a roofer for your new roof, make sure they meet quality and safety standards with correct licensing and insurance.
Always ask to see copies of their insurance before you hire.
Checking for good warranties on labor and materials is also recommended. And get your official contract written up and presented before they start work.
Compare several different quotes and reach out to your community. A company’s online and offline reputation is an important thing to look at.
Check out more tips for hiring a roofing pro here.
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