There is an old poker adage, when your playing cards, if you look around the table and can’t spot the sucker, your the sucker. After reading this article you will know enough to hire a roofing contractor, how much your new roofing system should cost, and how to NOT be taken advantage of.
The cost of roofing a home is based on materials and labor.
Materials: Roofing products are the only part of an estimate you can compare apples to apples, if your residential contractors are using the same products. If you live in New England on the North East, I highly recommend using a GAF Roofing system.
- GAF/ELK 30 High Definition Architectural Shingles
- GAF/ELK 30 year TimberTec Hip and Ridge Caps
- GAF/ELK Cobra Ridge Vent
- GAF/ELK Deck Armor Underlayment
- GAF/ELK Pro Starter Strips
Roofing product manufacturers require you to use more than just their shingles if you want their materials guarantee/warranty. With GAF they require you to use 3 components.
In addition to the above materials you should insist on Grace Ice and Water Shield. This product is installed in all valleys and all along the lower roofs edges to protect against ice dams and leaks.
Other roofing materials required are: Drip edge, vent pipe flanges, step flashing, skylight flashing kits, and lead for the chimney.
The above roofing materials cost between $140.00 to $165.00 per 100 square feet (10′ X 10′).
Labor: Roofing is heavy, dirty, labor intensive, and often dangerous work, and all roofers are not created equal. This is where roofing costs really fluctuate.
Roofing labor costs are based on these factors:
- Pitch of Your Roof; Steep roofs cost more and roofs that are easily walkable cost the least.
- Height of Your Home; Single story homes cost the least, 3 story roofs cost the most.
- Home Design; Homes with many dormers and valleys are the most labor intensive and cost the most.
- Layers of Shingles; Having to strip more than one layer of shingles raises the Roofing costs as well.
- Experience; If you pay banana’s you get monkeys, and you do not want monkeys!
- Size; Small roofs cost more than larger roofs. If you have to pay your roofers for a whole day, and the roof is completed in half a day, you will still be charged by the day in most cases.
- Soffit Vent; Soffit vents do not have to be replaced, but if your house does not have them, it will cost more to bring your home up to code. Keep in mind no roofing manufacturer will warranty a roof with inadequate venting.
- Decking; If you need roof boards replaced this will raise the roofing costs too. ($2-$3 dollars per square foot)
Labor roofing cost minimum you can expect to pay is $150.00 per 100 square feet (10′ X 10′)
Average labor roofing costs you can expect to pay is $270.00 per 100 square feet.
There is a difference between cost and price; Price is a one time thing and cost is a 30 year thing. The price of one installation estimate maybe higher than another, but if you have to repair the lower estimate and it only lasts 25 years, or worse 5 years, the cost of what looked like the lowest estimate is ridiculously high.