How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Roof?
A roof is a significant investment and it’s never wise to go cheap because your roof protects everything beneath it. How much does it cost to replace a roof? Let’s look at some of the factors that go into determining the cost to replace a roof.
Size of House
Obviously, the size of the roof is a significant factor in determining the cost of replacing a roof. The bigger the house, the bigger the materials and labour costs. How complicated is the roof? Dormers, mansard and gable roofs, skylights, peaks, valleys, corners, chimneys, and additional buildings like sheds or garages will all affect the price.
The pitch (how steep) a roof is can greatly impact the cost of a roof replacement. Steep roofs are more dangerous to work on and require more safety equipment and measures for crews such as temporary railings, harnesses, scaffolding, etc.
Along with pitch, the height of the roof is also a safety concern that may require additional safety precautions for crews. A single storey home is safer to work on than a two or three storey home.
Type of Roofing Material
Homeowners will pay materials cost, but there are a lot of options on the market when it comes to roofing materials. Asphalt shingles remain the most popular and cheapest options, and 30 to 50 year manufacturer warranties are standard with these. However, there are many upgrades on the asphalt shingle that will cost more. If you need to replace wood shakes that’s a significant price increase. Want to upgrade your roof to metal or add solar panels? These material costs should be considered.
Season and Location
There are busy and slow seasons for roofing and you may have a better chance of getting a deal if you wait until the slower months to get your roof replaced. Where are you? Whether you’re in an urban or rural setting will affect your price. If your roof was damaged in a recent severe weather event, supply and demand may cause the prices to fluctuate.
Every company has overhead costs. Some companies operate on a thin margin and make their profit in quantity. Others hire sub-contractors. Some companies are small and don’t maintain an office or office staff costs. All this will affect how much a company charges. Be sure that the company you decide to work with guarantees their work. Look for people who have been in business for a while, who will still be around if you need to make a warranty claim. Make sure that the necessary worker insurance and training is in place. New rules came into effect in 2017 in Ontario for roofers that make certain safety training mandatory. An injury on your property, if the worker is not properly insured, could come back on you. Keep all this mind because you get what you pay for.
Watershed Roofing stand behind our work. Contact us today to get a price on your roof replacement.