If you follow our blog, you know that we like to answer common questions relating to roof repair and replacement. After all, this is a time of year when many homeowners here in Maryland are considering just how well their roof system will hold up to the strain of winter weather.
There’s still plenty of time to make sure your roof is ready for Old Man Winter; in fact, it should be one of your top priorities. Preventative care is always less expensive and more convenient than undoing (or chasing) damage.
Today, let’s take a closer look at a crucial roofing question: what factors impact the cost of your roof replacement?
The list below isn’t exhaustive, but it will give you a better understanding of a few of the major considerations.
Make sure you understand all that your roofer is saying. Industry professionals know the vernacular and terms inside and out, but that doesn’t mean you have to as well. If something isn’t clear, or part of your estimate doesn’t quite make sense to you, ask for clarification. If your questions are skirted or minimized, it may be time to find another roofer.
Just like any home improvement project, the materials and products you choose hugely impact price. Whether you choose basic 3-tab shingles, metal roofing, premium architectural shingles, or something different all depends on your specific goals and budget. For example, how long will you live in your house? If it’s a dream home and your roots are sunk down deeply, a more expensive, long-lasting roof product might be your best option. If you’re tight on cash or will be selling in the spring, a more basic, economical choice will suit your needs just fine and still provide value.
Roof Pitch and Replacement Costs
While it’s pretty easy to understand why a larger roof costs more than a smaller roof, not as many homeowners know that a steeper roof costs more as well. Why? Well, in short, it requires more preparation and equipment. A walkable roof is much easier to safely traverse than one that requires specialized staging.
How Many Layers of Shingles Does Your Roof Have?
If there are one or two layers of old shingles hiding under your existing roofing materials, stripping the surface to wipe the slate clean costs more. As a side note, while it may be tempting to stack a new layer on over the old, it’s a dangerous game. Not only will future replacement cost more, but it also increases the weight and structural strain on your home.
Quality/Type of Roof Components You Have Installed
There is so much more to a roof than the shingles; that’s why we often refer to it as a “roof system.”
There are layers and components that all need to work in harmony to protect your home as effectively as possible, and improve/maintain its efficiency. Your underlayment, decking, ventilation system, and even the insulation all impact the final price tag.
Don’t Be Overwhelmed - Talk To Your Roofing Company!
As we mentioned above, it is essential to find a communicative, helpful roofing company that you feel comfortable working with. While openly discussing your budget, goals, and concerns, you and your roofer can work as a team to navigate your options and arrive at a solution that truly works for you and your home.