What determines the price you pay for a new roof on your home?

Lawrence Kim

There are many factors that can prompt you to change your house's roof. For instance, you may want to re-roof for aesthetic and safety reasons if the roof is old, weak, and degraded. It may also be leaking or cracked in different parts necessitating a major repair, which is as good as re-laying the whole roof. In addition, functional reasons such as energy efficiency roof are also an adequate reason for you to fit a new roof on your house.

As you plan to re-roof, it is important for you to know the factors that will influence the amount of money you will pay for a new roof. This will help you to plan and avoid shortages during the process. Here are a few pricing determinants that you should know:

What new material will be used?

Materials used for roofing have different characteristics. These characteristics affect the price at which they are sold. If want to re-roof a sloped roof, asphalt shingles are a good option, which is cheaper than most of the other roofing materials. You can consider them entry level in terms of price.

Clay and concrete tiles are slightly more expensive than the asphalt shingles although they are more durable. Lastly, metal roofing, traditional slate, and wood shake are the most expensive. They are considered high-range in terms of price because of intense fabrication during their manufacture, giving them multiple desirable characteristics for your roof.

If you have a flat roof, hot-mop built roofs are a cheap alternative. On the other hand, single-ply PVC roofing systems provide a high end durable and energy efficient option, which is more costly.

How steep is your roof?

The slope of your roof also determines the amount of money you will spend when re-roofing. If it is very steep, the roof is not walkable. This means that the workers have to do more staging to ensure safety. Simply, staging refers to setting up a flat platform to hold tools and materials when re-roofing. Therefore, more labour is required to get rid of the old roof and set up a new one, which has a higher cost implication for you.

What type of roofing material are you getting rid of?

Materials used in construction have changed over the years. If you are living in an old house, additional charges can be caused by the type of material that you need to get rid of. For instance, asbestos was initially used in construction materials because of its fire-proof attribute. However, this tendency stopped because of the health hazards it poses to people when they are exposed to it for long. If you need to re-roof such an old roof that has asbestos, it will cost you more because of the associated costs of safe asbestos removal and disposal. 

For more information, contact a company like Heathy's Rocksolid Contractors.