What is the cost of roofing? This is a very common question, but one with a very complicated answer. Of course, any home improvement project, especially one on the scale of a new roof, is going to be a sizeable investment. But a new roof will also considerably impact the value of your home, while also protecting the things and people that live in the home. Leaks are not only inconvenient, but can also lead to dangerous mould and mildew growth inside your home, so it is especially important to consider your needs before the ultimate cost of roofing.
One of the first questions you need to ask, is what kind of job do you need to have done? You may not always need to replace your entire roof. In fact, roofs are generally built to last somewhere between 20 and 25 years, so if you have a leak in your roof, and your roof is also relatively young, you may just need a quick repair.
In addition, the type and amount of material your roof is constructed from will also impact the cost. A metal roof may cost up to three times a traditional asphalt shingle roof; but you may also be using tar and gravel, or more recently torch on. In fact, materials are quite diverse and depending on the size of your roof the cost will vary widely. Obviously, a large roof will be more expensive to replace than a small roof.
Similarly, the features of your roof will impact the cost. Cutting around vents, chimneys, and skylights takes time. The slope of your roof and whether there are varying angles or meeting slopes makes your roof more or less difficult to replace. Most contractors will quote your roof depending on the size of your roof, the type and cost of materials used, as well as the complexity involved in actually replacing or repairing your roof.
Most significantly, there is even variability in the price between contractors. Many customers are looking for the cheapest option when they decide to replace their roof. And why not, if you can save a couple thousand dollars on your roof, doesn't that make sense? Unfortunately, the cheapest contractor is not necessarily the best contractor and the ultimate quality of your new roof will also depend on the skills of the professionals installing your roof.
So, when it comes to the cost, many factors contribute. If you are considering repairing or replacing your roof, you should speak to many contractors to get a sense of how much it will cost. Most legitimate roofers will provide a free quote to replace your roof so there is no harm in comparing competitors in your region. Also be sure to speak to friends and neighbours who have recently had roofing work done. Ultimately, you should find a reasonably priced roofer who provides quality work.