New roof. They’re two little words no homeowner ever wants to hear. Why? Because new roofs are expensive. Even if you choose a top-notch contractor and make smart decisions about your new roofing system, it’s still a big investment – and for good reason.
Remember, your home’s roof isn’t just some cosmetic add-on — it’s essential to the safety, security and long-term usability of your property. While you can save money by choosing one material over another or by passing on different upgrades, don’t aim for a cheap roof. In fact, a bargain-basement quote tells you one of two things: your contractor is cutting corners or using materials that won’t last…or BOTH.
Before you take the plunge and invest in a new roof, read on to find out exactly what factors go into the cost of a new roof. This information will help you choose a contractor you can trust and decide which details are worth spending more on.
#1. Roof Size
The actual size of your roof is the most important factor in determining the cost of a new roof. Roofing materials are sold by roofing square, which is equal to 100-square-feet. To find this number, the contractor will measure the square footage of your roof and divide it by 100.
#2. Roof Pitch or Slope
Simply put, steeper roofs are more expensive. The higher the pitch or slope, the more safety equipment, labor and roofing materials the project will require. The type of underlayment system and corresponding fire rating required depends on roof pitch. A standard shingle roof with a pitch between 2:12 and 4:12, for example, will need to layers of infrastructure for a Class A fire rating.
#3. Material for New Roof
Different roofing materials vary by appearance, weight and durability. Also, different roof types have dramatically different lifespans. A shingle roof, for example, may last for 20 years, whereas slate and tile roofs can last more than 50 years. All of these factors influence price. Entry level roofing materials for flat roofs begin with coatings and progress to include hot-mop built-up roofs, modified torches, TPO roofing systems and singly-ply PVC products. Asphalt shingles are the most economical option for sloped roofs. Clay tile and concrete are mid-level options, followed by metal, wood shake, synthetic roofing and finally traditional slate.
#4. Labor and Equipment
Whether or not a contractor can easily and safely work on your roof plays a major role in pricing. As we mentioned, steep roofs or roofs made from heavy materials will require additional labor and potentially safety equipment to protect workers operating on high-pitch roofs or steep slopes. Basically, the easier the access, the less labor the project will require and less it will cost overall.
#5. Installation of Roofing Infrastructure
A lot more goes into a new roof than swapping out tiles or shingles. A new roofing system required underlayment, new decking materials, ventilation, insulation and different types of fasteners, all of which influence price.
#6. Existing Roof Tear-Off
The labor and dumping charges associated with tearing off your old roof are a major factor in determining the cost of a new roof. In short, heavy materials take more time to remove, require more labor and are costlier to dump.
New roofs either come with a standard warranty offered by the contractor or an extended or no-dollar-limit warranty backed by the manufacturer. Manufacturer’s warranties usually required additional installation steps and include a manufacturer’s fee to back the contractor’s work.
#8. Additional Expenses
Every roof is different and as such may include various finishing or prep details that can increase the cost of the project. Finishing sealants, counter-flashing details and the type of lumber are examples of different factors that can influence price.
To learn more and to schedule a FREE estimate, contact Baker Roof & Gutter at (901) 574-7775