How Much Should You Spend for a New Roof?

ROOFING

If you are in the market for a new roof, then you already know that a new roof is a big expenditure.  However, what you may not know is that the small choices you make here and there can dramatically impact your cost.  How much should you spend for a new roof?  Here are some things to consider:

Roofing material

The type of roofing material you choose will have a great impact on the overall cost of your roof, as roofing materials vary drastically in price from one to the other.  For example, asphalt shingles may cost you $75 a square foot, while slate can cost you upwards of $2000 a square foot.

Other materials

In addition to the roofing material itself, there are other materials associated with the job of roofing that you will have to consider.  The type and quality of underlayment, fasteners, flashing, starter strip, and more will determine part of the cost of your new roof.  Be sure to ask your contractor about these materials, as well as for guidance on how to cut some costs in that area without undermining quality.

Complexity of the job

 Are you replacing an old roof?  If that is the case, then you will have to either tear away the old to make way for the new, or install the new roof over the old.  If you must remove an old roof first, you can count on having to spend more in labor costs.  Also, consider the type and style of your roof.  The more cuts, planes, and angles there are, the more you can expect to spend on your new roof.  Additionally, if you need new ventilation, gutters, or other options, you will have to pay more for it.  All of these things will be factored into the labor cost for the project.  Therefore, when you get bids, make sure all of the job’s complexities are outlined thoroughly, and in plain language.

Labor

When it comes to choosing a roofing contractor, it pays to shop around.  If you do your homework, you will find that labor costs can vary greatly from contractor to contractor.  Generally speaking, you can expect to pay anywhere from $40 to $80 per square foot for labor.  While you should never use labor cost alone as the sole determining factor when choosing a contractor, you should definitely choose the lowest bid out of the contractors you deem to be worthy for the job.

There is a lot to think about when it comes to roofing.  Experienced professionals can help you make the important decisions, and can also bring your vision to life.  To put your roofing project into the hands of a contractor you can trust, contact Ace Roofing.  We can be reached by phone, at 973-487-3704, or by email: jcmaxster@yahoo.com.