Whether you had a roof inspection and discovered you need to have your roof replaced, or if you know it’s outlived its useful life, the first question on your mind will likely be… how much will it cost? There are myriad factors including the size and its slope (aka pitch).
City Roofing realizes that most homeowners will want to get more than one estimate but what can you do to make certain that you’re getting an apples-to-apples comparison? Be aware that each contractor will likely come a different price structure based on what work he will be performing and what he may have discovered during his inspection (which is part of the quoting process). What else will factor into the decision on which roofing contractor to use? Here are a few:
- The roofing contractors’ reputation
- Is he licensed and insured? (you want a contractor that is both)
- What is the time frame in which he can begin the roof and how long will it take?
When talking to a roofing contractor he will give you different factors that you will want to check into that will ultimately determine the cost of the project:
- The size of the roof. A large roof will cost more than a small roof. Your contractor will measure the roof and determine the number of shingles it will need based on the square footage. The slope and/or pitch of the roof is also a factor. The steeper the pitch, the higher the cost. If it is a roof that isn’t considered “walkable” the roofing contractor will need to make allowances for the workers that will need to get to the higher parts of the roof. Access to the roof and to an area where the contractor can put a dumpster to haul away materials and to place and transport the shingles and roofing materials up to the roof will also play a factor in the price.
- Will your current roofing materials need to be removed and hauled away? If so, how many layers need to be removed? The weight of the shingles being removed determines the price for that part of the process. Additionally, the more layers there are to remove, the more time it will take the roofer to complete that part of the project.
- The kind of roof you are having installed plays a role in the price tag. The roofing materials, their warranty life, aesthetics and durability are all factors. Asphalt is typically the least expensive while concrete and clay or shingles are pricier. Keep in mind that your roof is more than the shingles that you see. There is the deck and waterproofing layers and even hurricane strips that might need to be applied.
- The type and length of warranty will also impact the price you pay. Your contractor will explain there is a difference between the standard roof warranty, one in which the contractor himself warranties the labor and work his crew did, versus the warranties offered by the manufacturer of the roof materials itself. Ask whether you’re getting a contractor or a manufacturer warranty or both.
- Ask whether there are additional fees for finishing details or prep work. The type of lumber your contractor uses and the flashing he installs will play a part in not only the price, but the aesthetics as well.
Take your time when you begin shopping for a roofing contractor and make certain you understand what you’re getting as part of the price you pay for the project.