Your roof could be in need of replacement tomorrow. It could still be hanging on, but you know the time is coming soon. Either way, here you are, searching to find out: Just how much does a new roof cost?
There’s some good news and some bad news. The bad news is, getting a new roof will take some funding to get done right and we can’t give you an exact number of what that should take. The good news is, we’ve collected a few key details to look at when choosing what option fits your budget.
The Current State Of The Roof Affects Cost
One of the main details you’ll want to keep in mind when roof-shopping is the state of your current roof. Does all of it need replacing? How high is it? How steep is it? If a company has to deal with structural integrity or leakage, there may be deeper issues for them to address. A good contractor will be able to assess these issues when giving you a quote. This leads us to the next detail:
When Comparing Quotes, Be Sure Each Company Is Licensed, Certified, And Insured Similarly
A well-meaning neighbor and a company that has a long history and great reviews are going to give different prices. These come from a difference in the costs associated with running a good roofing business. So what risks are there?
Roofing companies should have proper certification, licensing, and insurance. This addresses any potential liability regarding the workers and the roof itself. You don’t want to be caught in a situation where your roof is leaking months after the repair, and you have no recourse and no help from the person who originally did the job. Likewise, if someone is injured on the job, you don’t want to be the party responsible. It’s also worthwhile to ask about warranties and guarantees on the roof.
Make sure that when you get quotes, that each company is on a level playing field with what they have to offer.
Materials Can Affect The Cost Of A New Roof
Various materials also play a factor in the cost of a new roof. A good contractor will be able to make recommendations and give you options. Locations can even play a factor. Varying weather in each state can affect the type of roofing that is needed. In an annual report, the International Roofing expo mentions that, although asphalt still remains the most common roofing material, metal roofing is becoming more popular. Trends such as this can affect the cost as well.
But it’s not just the type of roof that affects the cost. Additional components can also come into play – is a contractor using fabric or tar underlay? Are they using metal valleys and drip edges? These architectural details are not to be missed and should be discussed with a contractor.
How To Find A Good Estimate:
The best option is to ask. Now that you know your way around the factors that go into a pricing decision, you’ll be able to sift through the options that might actually be a little too good to be true.
There might be a lot of differences, but if you know what your roof needs, and find similar options between quality and materials, you should be able to get some comparable estimates.
If you’re ready to start making a decision, we recommend you also view our article on How to choose a roofing specialist. Then give us a call at 616-622-6343.