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How much does a new roof cost?

 

One of the most important questions for most homeowners is what the cost will be for a new roof. There are many factors involved, and no two roofs can be priced the same. Here’s a list of many of the factors that go into an estimate for a new roof.

 

Is this a replacement or a newly constructed roof? If it is a replacement and the existing layers need to be torn off, there will be higher labor costs associated with the replacement versus new construction which only requires installation of the shingles, and no tear-off.

 

What sort of materials are you using? There is a considerable price difference between a 20-year shingle and a 50-year shingle. There are many ranges of shingles based on the life, cosmetic appearance of the shingle, shading (some have more color definition), etc. Labor costs are generally the same despite what shingle material is used. Material costs do vary based on the type of roof, ie shingle, metal, or rubber.

 

Is the old roof being removed, or will it be laid over? As a company, we strongly urge customers not to perform lay-over roofs. If a leak occurs with two layers (or more), finding the leak will be a difficult task. Is it coming from the first layer or second layer? Is it working it’s way down the transition between the shingles? Down the ceiling rafter? With multiple roofs, labor costs go up quite bit because there is an increase in the amount of tear-off labor. (Essentially tearing two roofs off versus one, twice as much waste meaning an increase in dump fees, an increase in clean-up time, etc.)

 

What will be going under the shingles? There are different types of felt and there is also ice and water protection membrane. Ice and water protection membranes are used in valleys, high slope to low slope transition areas, eaves, and any other places where water may have the potential to work its way beneath the shingles. Ice and water protection serves a major purpose in protecting the underside of the shingles when ice damming occurs.

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