As much as we like to make our job look easy, there are many variables associated with having a new roof installed.
If you, the customer, get three or four different quotes from different roofing companies, you might be surprised at how different the price estimates are.
We don’t recommend only choosing the lowest price available for many reasons. However, we recognize that cost is a factor.
Why would different companies price the same job so differently?
This is an excellent question. You probably aren’t going to get an exact answer about your particular roof from anyone but a knowledgeable roofing contractor.
However, we can give you an idea of some of the main factors determining the estimated price of your new roof.
New Roof Price Factors
Roofing contractors don’t price a job the way you might price your new hardwood floors.
This is because roofing materials are sold by the roofing “square.” A roofing square is the square footage of your roof divided by 100, not by the square foot.
So, one roofing square is 100 square feet.
Out With the Old
The removal of the old roof is an essential part of the job. At Renovations Roofing & Remodeling, Inc., we rarely recommend putting new roofing materials over old ones.
Not only does your roof get too heavy for your house, but there is too much chance of a significant problem going unnoticed when you fail to remove the old material.
Therefore, removal of the old material plays into the cost.
Our estimates will always include this step, but the price of removal may vary based on other factors.
The basic components determining the price of removal are the labor – or the time it takes to remove – and the dump charges to dispose of the old material.
Dump charges are usually determined by weight. Therefore, the more old material you have, or the heavier it is, the more it’s going to cost to dispose of correctly.
The pitch of your roof determines the cost in several ways.
First, a very steep roof isn’t safe to walk on and therefore requires staging, safety measures, and more labor. That will drive up your costs.
Second, the slope determines what type of materials can be used, and how many layers of underlayment should be installed.
Different pitches may require more than one layer of underlayment, while others require specific types of underlayment to have a high fire rating.
There is a whole range of different materials that can be used as the outer layer of your roof.
The slope of your roof will determine which system needs to be used. However, other factors such as weight, durability, and aesthetics play an essential role as well.
Asphalt shingles can be relatively inexpensive or pricier, depending on the look you want to achieve.
There are clay and concrete tiles, composite shingles, wood shakes, metal roofs, and even slate tiles. The price range can vary widely.
The same is true of flat roof products. While some companies may still offer coatings, hot-mop built-up roofing, and modified torches, others will only recommend TPO and single-ply PVC systems. The price difference between these methods can be quite significant.
Bringing it Home
We know that it takes many years to gain so much knowledge and fluency about the world of roofing. Many factors go into a new roof price. It can make your head swim if you’re not familiar with it all.
If you are in the midst of this process and live in Southeast Michigan, we would be more than happy to walk you through your decision.
We are always glad to talk about why we do things the way we do. Please, give us a call. It would be our pleasure!