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Navigating the Cost of Roof Replacement

Avoid sticker shock when you follow these cost of roof replacement guidelines.

Avoid the Sticker Shock of Roof Replacement Cost with these Helpful Guidelines

Your home is both a safe haven and an investment. Which is why it’s important to take care when you’re looking to repair or replace something as important as your home’s roof. While you definitely want to control roof replacement cost, you also need to make sure you aren’t paying for shoddy work that’s only going to cost you much more in damages to your home later down the road. You have to balance out the desire to get a deal with the necessity of getting a roof you can rely on.

When selecting a roofer, your focus should be on finding a company that is going to deliver the highest quality work for a fair and honest price. Not all businesses are created equal, and this holds true for how each roofing business approaches cost estimates. In this week’s post, we will walk you through some general guidelines for navigating the cost of roof replacement.

Be Smart When Choosing a Roofing Company

The cost of roof replacements can be affected by who is hired. Choosing an honest and reputable roofing contractor is the first step to ensuring an accurate and fair roof replacement quote. Below are key questions to consider before hiring a roofer:

Is the roofing company insured?

If a roofer does not have proper insurance, the homeowner is liable for injuries sustained by roofers while on your property.  A good roofer is happy to show the insurance certificate, which should be verified by the insurance carrier.

Is the roofing company local?

A local contractor has a greater incentive to do their best work and honor warranties because they have a reputation to uphold in the community. In addition, local roofers know more about your area’s local building code requirements.  Select a roofer within 25 miles of your home.

Is there clear & concise communication with the roofing company?

A high-quality roofer will provide you with a detailed, written summary of the work they will be doing. They should be happy to explain all the details of the job to you in writing that is clear and professional.

Is the roofing company willing to provide references?

Reliable and legitimate roofers have plenty of happy customers. And happy customers are more than willing to give testimonials. A good roofer should not hesitate to provide you with a list of homeowners they have recently worked with, as well as their contact information.

Is there a manufacturer’s warranty on both roofing materials and workmanship?

A good roofing company should provide you with information on the materials they will be using. Quality roofers should also confirm their compliance with the shingle manufacturer’s guidelines. This will ensure the materials maintain their product warranty. It’s important to note: the manufacturer’s warranty only covers the materials themselves, but not the installation work. The roofer you select should also include a workmanship warranty of at least 5 years.

Calculating Roof Replacement Cost

Now that you’ve called a roofing company to give you a quote, it’s time to prepare yourself (and your bank account) for the full roof replacement cost. Accurate pricing takes time and satellite imaging software to properly calculate. This means you shouldn’t expect to receive a pricing quote on site.

On the spot pricing almost always leads to overcharging. If a roofer gives you a price after only visually inspecting your home, it’s likely too high. A good roofer will take the time they need to provide you with an exact, detailed, and itemized quote. This quote should show the cost associated with removing your current roof and installing the new roof, material costs included.

Roof Replacement Cost Estimates Based on Square Feet

Sometimes, accurate pricing can still include an overly aggressive markup from the roofing company.  Using a general pricing guide can give you a ballpark idea for the cost of a high-quality roof replacement. Quotes that fall substantially outside of this spectrum simply aren’t fairly priced for the job. Also be wary of quotes both significantly higher and lower than where your home falls on the following spectrum.

While you do want to get the best bang for your buck, if a quote sounds so low that it must be too good to be true, it probably is. Any money saved by using a cut-rate roofer will be lost in repair costs and water damage later down the road.  

The following numbers can help give you a general idea of what to expect when it comes to the cost of roof replacement:

  • Homes less than 2000 square feet: ~$5200.
  • Common Home sizes between 2000-4000 square feet: ~$9300.
  • Houses greater than 4000 square feet: ~$13,800.

It is important to note that these approximations on roof replacement cost are going to vary highly based on a number of factors. These include the region in which your home is located, the slope and size of your roof, the number of stories, the roof’s overall complexity, the shingles to be removed and disposed of, the type of roofing materials used, and any warranties offered.

Peach State Roofing & Renovation is a company you can trust to do the job right! We are the high-quality contractor you can depend on. If you’re looking to properly replace your roof and protect your home at a fair and honest price, give us a call!