– Type of material chosen as roofing decides the roofing shingles prices. Metal roofs, slate, ceramic tiles and clay tiles are expensive. Asphalt is the most affordable and also comes in range of different grades and types like laminated shingles, composite shingles and architectural shingles.
The cost of roofing shingles itself is dependent on the quality of the shingles. For instance higher quality asphalt shingles command more prices. These are thicker and have more asphalt, are flexible, durable, stronger and tougher. They last a much longer time than thinner and low-quality shingles. Same applies to metals and other materials. Better quality always goes for higher prices.
Roofing shingles made of asphalt is either fiberglass based or paper based. The organic or paper based is not allowed in many states because of the danger of fire. Fiberglass based asphalt shingles is the most preferred and used shingles in North America. They are manufactured to the highest standards of fire-safety, impact resistance and wind-resistance as needed in local weather and climate conditions.
Also, asphalt shingles are light-weight and easy to handle. They can be installed with ease. The cost of installation usually depends on the complexity of the job and installing asphalt shingles is one of easier jobs and should cost the least amount. Of course if the roof is complex with more valleys and other features like dormers and skylights, chimneys and vents then the cost goes up proportionately.
Different states have different needs based on the local climate and the manufacturers have come up with solutions tailored to those conditions. It is also better to purchase shingles locally as this not only saves on your transportation costs which are passed off to the customers anyway but also because the shingles are more suited to the local weather. Make sure you verify the local building codes to check the minimum required standards for the roofs in the area.
It is advisable to go for more than a couple of quotes. Get as many as you can and compare the pricing and the fine print. See what is included for the price and what is not. The more quotes you get the better will be the comparison in price and your ability to negotiate are enhanced. Most established players will have bigger overheads but quality of installation will be better and also, they will have the required licenses and insurance coverage in case of any accidents while on job. Verify these before choosing a roofing contractor.
Best is to get references from friends and family. Check out the last five jobs of the roofing contractor and talk to the owners to know about their experiences. Bad job can reduce the life-span of the roof by several years and also you will need to do frequent repairs which will cost you a lot more in the long run.