Typically, roofing costs can vary widely from around $3,000 for a new roof to $15,000 and more. Most importantly, home owners should remember that replacing your roof is a large and vital investment. Different roofing contractors will offer different quotes depending on their experience and the quality of their work. While you may be tempted to find the cheapest quote and run with it, you should ask yourself some very important questions first:
- Does the roofer have the necessary experience and qualifications?
- Can your roofing contractor provide you with references from satisfied customers?
- What types of roofing materials are recommended?
- What type of roof do you prefer – shingles, tar and gravel, eco-friendly?
- When can your roofing contractor begin work on your roof?
Moreover, before you begin a roof replacement, you should carefully consider the services provided. Whenever you are investing in a new roof, your roofing contractor should provide an inside and outside roof inspection. During this inspection, your roofer will check for stains on the ceiling and peeling paint as these are clear signs of a leaky roof. In addition, your roofer should inspect shingles and check for missing shingles.
One of the best ways to guess at the quality of work a roofer will provide is to consider the warranty they offer. Certainly, various contractors will give you different quotes, but as already mentioned the lowest price is not always your best option. A roofing contractor that offers a 10 year warranty on workmanship will likely be more expensive than a competitor that offers only a 2 year warranty. Before you hire a professional roofer, take some time to consider the long-term costs that may be associated with going with the cheapest option.
There is no question that replacing your roof will be a sizable investment. Rather than preparing for how much you want to pay, you should prepare for the quality and services you require. Find a roofer who provides comprehensive roofing services from inspection to tear down to replacement, and also one who can meet your needs when it comes to design and materials.