When it’s time to have your roof repaired or replaced, it’s never an inexpensive proposition. But you shouldn’t consider it simply an expense; it’s actually an investment in your home’s value that will last for years and years.
Don’t just sign up with the first roofing company you can find online or in the yellow pages. You need to speak with several different contractors and ask for estimates from all of them. To be truly comfortable with your final choice, you’re going to need to see a range of prices, find a company you trust, and take the time to talk candidly with professionals about the condition of your roof.
Estimating the cost of your new roof involves several factors: Your home’s square footage, the height and angle of your roof, the level of difficulty accessing your roof, how tall your home is (the number of stories), the price of labor, and of course the type of material you choose.
Roofing material is sold by the “square,” with one square equaling three bundles. Each square covers 100 square feet. Whether you’re repairing, tearing off, or installing a new roof, the installer will charge by the square.
One cost many homeowners often neglect to consider is how much it will cost to dispose of all the waste. In many cases, when you have to replace your roof, you’ll either need to hire someone to dispose of the waste, or you may need to rent a dumpster for your contractor. The amount of waste that needs to be disposed of depends on the surface area removed and whether the previous homeowners piled layer upon layer of shingles during earlier maintenance. (Some homes may have as many as three layers of shingles!) The more layers, the more waste. Larger, more established roofing companies typically have more resources at their disposal, so they’ll be able to break out a specific estimate for you on the cost you can expect to remove the waste.
Another important factor to consider is region. All prices (materials, waste removal, and even labor) will vary depending on where you live. Replacing a roof in Florida has very different costs associated with it than replacing one in Oklahoma.
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