What Will Your Roof Replacement Cost?
Assessing your roof replacement cost should begin with three major factors: the condition of your existing roof, the kind of roofing materials you want to use in the replacement, and the amount of money you can budget to have the job done correctly the first time. It may be possible to put off a new roof temporarily by bringing in a roof repair professional if your existing roof has minimal damage. Even if you need a complete roof replacement, the existing tiles, shingles, or metal materials--as well as the structural elements of the sub-roof and fascia--must be addressed or repaired before a new roof can be installed.
Even before you select the materials, all of which will greatly impact the total roof replacement cost, bring out contractors to bid and assess existing damage to roof decking. Ask them to tally the number of shingles that must be torn off from the current roof, and ask if there is water, rot, termite, mold, or fungus damage to the roof and sub-structure.
Pricing Roof Replacement Costs: Materials and Labor
You may also need to price the range of metal, asphalt, wood shake, or tile alternatives for their pluses and minuses in relation to your climate, the slope of your roof, and their functional lifetime (warranties, maintenance, repair, etc.). You should ask the contractors to prepare written bids or estimates that reflect the preparation work (tile removal or structural repair), the preparation (felt, supports, flashings, etc.), the amount of materials to cover the roof, and the labor.
Labor can account for as much as 75 percent of the total costs for a roof replacement. If you findany comprimises, they are usually over the quality and grade of materials.
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