Cost for a New Roof

How Much Will My New Shingle Roof Cost?
Roofing is measured in "squares" (abbrev., "Q"). One square is 100 square feet.

We'll be glad to get you a free quote, but here are our general prices to replace a shingle roof:

Our General Shingle Re-Roof Prices
Roof Pitch3-Tab (Not Recommended)Architect (Recommended)
6:12 - 8:12$260/Q$275/Q
9:12 - 12:12$265/Q$280/Q

Here are some additional factors that influence price:
  • Do you need "drip edge" installed around the perimeter of the roof?
  • Installation of a ridge vent comes standard with us, but do you need soffit or drip edge vents to allow air intake into the bottom of the attic?
  • Is the house one or two stories?
  • Is it difficult to get a dumpster close to the house?
Have a Healthy Degree of Skepticism About a "Good Deal." To get a proper roof installation, it's important keep a degree of objectivity over "low-ball quotes" (find out why here). What you may think is a "good deal" may actually mean that serious corners are being cut on workers' safety, compensation insurance, or education needed to insure adherence to industry "best practices." Additionally, a lower quote probably won't consider addressing important roofing-related factors such as
  • Ensuring adequate attic ventilation (Code requires only 144 square inches "Net Free Area" [NFA] per 300 square feet of attic area; best practice requires the same NFA per 150 square feet of attic [more stringent]),
  • Noticing related safety hazards (We have twice seen a power cord going straight through a roof unprotected),
  • Ensuring different batches of shingles are not mixed on your roof,
  • Proactive attention-to-detail to prevent future leaks, &
  • Pulling a permit for the job.
Low-ball quotes don't just hurt the professionalism of the roofing industry, they hurt homeowners. In fact, if you hire someone that isn't concerned with workers' safety, you could possibly end up with a lawsuit if someone were to get hurt. So, when considering a roofer, don't let price be your only judge.

Want a Metal Roof?
Metal roofs are certainly nice and long-lasting, but be prepared to pay more. Figure about $400-$500/Q for a 26-gage, 40-year, painted ribbed-metal roof, or $800-$900/Q for the same quality standing-seam metal roof.

Important Things to Look for in Selecting Your Roofer

1. Licensed & Bonded?
Roofers are required to be licensed (and sometimes bonded) with most cities and counties. These licenses have nothing to do with knowledge/ability, but simply show that the contractor has paid his dues and gone through the proper municipal framework.

2. State-Licensed?
Some states require a roofing license. Alabama currently allows the state homebuilder's license to serve as a roofer's state license. This license has a pass/fail test attached to it, and therefore requires some knowledge of roofing.

3. Pulls Applicable Permits?
Some cities/areas require a permit to be pulled for new roofs. Usually this is just a step involving paperwork and collection of a fee.

4. Carries Worker's Compensation Insurance?
Worker's compensation is a huge cost burden to roofers, but it is very nice to have. It covers medical/missed-work expenses for any workers that might get hurt at the job. For roofing, it's especially important to carry this.

5. Carries Liability Insurance?
Liability insurance covers your property in the event that something catastrophic should happen to your house (a large window broken, rain damage, etc.) during the re-roofing process.

6. Offers Warranty? 1-year and 5-year proper-installation warranties are common in this industry. These are separate from the 25- and 30-year warranties offered by shingle manufacturers against defects in their products which are going to be rare and hard to prove, as usually the problem is incorrect installation or a nature-related event such as hail, wind, or tornado damage. Additionally, heat blister damage, which occurs when attics are not properly ventilated, would not be accepted as a defect in the product. Warranties offered by a roofing contractor protect your home in the event that the roof (or part of it) was improperly installed.

7. Possesses Knowledge of How to Properly Install Roofing and Its Flashing Components?
Of course the roofer should be able to determine custom flashing applications and know conventions of proper roofing installation. This would be hard to ascertain, but you could ask your prospective roofer a few questions to make sure he seems knowledgeable.

8. Is Concerned About Workers' Safety?
Roofing was categorized by OSHA as being one of the five most dangerous trades! Will your roofer care about his workers' safety while doing your re-roof? For example, for steep roofs, it's important to "tie off" from the ridge with lanyards. Roofing safety info can be found at OSHA.

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