When a homeowner thinks about having their roof replaced, many factors can influence their decision, for instance the roofing materials that will be used and the roofing company who will get the job done.
Besides the contractors reputation, license and insurance of the roofing contractor or the durability, weather resistance and appearance of the materials, the final condition would always be the cost. The actual cost of any roofing project would vary as the situation of every roof is different. Although the price range for the project can be estimated, these factors would help you asses the price of replacing your roof.
Roofers consider the size of the roof as this indicates how much raw materials is needed, the hours of labor required, and the amount of time the project is going to take.
Most roofing materials can be bought by the square which can be determined by measuring the square footage of the roof, then divide this number by 100. One roofing square is equal to 100 square feet.
When calculating the roofing materials needed, any additional and detached buildings such as the garages, sheds, or gazebos should also be taken into consideration as they would benefit from matching with the main house.
Pitch or Slope
The slope or pitch of the roof determines the cost for two reasons. The first reason is the steepness of the roof. A roof with an unusually steep pitch and slope which is typically anything beyond a 6:12 pitch would add cost to your project since they are more challenging to walk on and would involve additional safety equipment to complete the roof without taking any risks.
A roof with a steep pitch can also rise the final roof bid as contractors may take longer to complete.
The other reason is that the roof pitch can predetermine the kind of underlayment system depending on roof type being installed which plays a decisive role in pricing a roofing job properly.
Removal of Existing Roof
There is also a difference between a layover and a complete tear-off. A layover is more economical than a complete tear-off. The size and complexity of the job are one of the things that adds into it.
A big and complicated job will cost more as it would take a longer amount of time to remove the existing roof. Also, additional labor and equipment needed to complete the project. A massive project would also have heavier materials that would add to the dump charges.
The type of warranty can also affect the price of the roofing project. A standard roofing warranty in what respects the roofing contractors back the labor and craftmanship of the project are apart from an extended warranty backed by the manufacturer themselves.
A standard roofing warranty does not need any additional steps and is ideal for homeowners with a limited budget. A manufacturer-warranty requires extra steps, materials, and inspections along with a fee to back and support the roofing contractor’s labor and craftmanship.
Additional Roof Details
Roofing projects that have extra details absolutely affect the cost of the roofing job. The finish and prep details ,the type and quality of the lumber used for fascia and rafters, the finishing sealants, chimneys, skylights, and others all play a role not just on the look of the finished roof, but also the amount to be paid for your roofing system.