When it comes to roof replacement costs, there are several key considerations to keep in mind. These include how to avoid wasting money in your roof replacement, what decisions drive costs for new roofs, and what it generally costs to replace a roof per roofing square. This post examines the top four decisions that drive costs when getting a new roof.
Choice of Roofing Materials
There is a wide selection of roofing materials available to suit your roofing project needs and decisions around which materials to use will certainly play a role in driving cost. Roofing materials vary widely in price in the choice between asphalt, tile, wood shake, metal, and other materials. Prices vary among all aspects of your roof as well with different types of shingles, flashing, underlayment, drip edge, protective coatings, etc. These will all vary in price depending on which type you choose.
The decisions you make regarding which shingles, insulation, and roof decking to use will also affect your utility costs, so do consider your local climate as you make decisions around which roofing materials to use.
Roofing materials can be pricey but often professional installation is what really augments your roofing bill, which brings us to the next decision that drives costs: labor costs and your choice of roofing contractor.
Choice of Roofing Contractor
Labor will account for a decent chunk of your overall roofing costs as the demand for skilled local roofers has increased. A more complex roof requires more labor and thus costs significantly more than simpler roofs. Bids will vary based on the quality and expertise of each roofing contractor, so it will be up to you whether to go with the low ball price or the pro roofer who guarantees a very high commitment to excellence. Top-notch roofing companies invest in employee training to keep their team well trained and up to date with the latest advancements in the roofing trade, and are always properly licensed and insured. You’ll be sure to get optimal results with these types of roofing contractors, but the price tag will be higher.
Another factor that will drive roofing costs is the architectural style you choose for your roof and the resulting engineering requirements. The complexity of your roof’s architecture directly affects the price. Steeper roofs with more valleys and angles require more materials and more labor and are thus going to be more expensive. Certain styles of roof architecture will also require higher quality materials which will, in turn, drive costs upwards.
Roof Life Expectancy and Warranty
Roof life expectancy and available warranties are consistently determining factors when it comes to choosing the most cost-effective roofing solution for you. The expected life cycle of your roof will greatly impact your roofing system’s overall life-cycle costs. For example: If you base your cost analysis on the assumption that your roof will last 20 years and it fails to do so, you could end up incurring serious unanticipated costs down the line. Always factor in available warranties as you navigate roofing prices, but beware of warranties that may give false hope around how long your roof will last. A 30-year warranty won’t guarantee your roof will last that long, so be sure to examine any and all limits when it comes to warranties and roof life expectancy.
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