Roofing Estimates: What You Need to Know

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Roofing estimates for total roof repair can run anywhere from $100 per square all the way up to $1000 per square, depending on the size and pitch of the roof, materials selected, and the local costs to tear off and dispose of the old roof.  Free roofing estimates are offered by most roofers, so it's typically best to request estimates and compare.  When comparing roofing estimates from different contractors, it's important to make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

Roofing estimates are calculated "per square." A square is equal to a 10 ft X 10 ft area or 100 sq. feet of roof. So, if you have a 3000 square foot roof, then you're roof would be "30 square." 

Factors Impacting Roofing Estimate Cost

Roofing Materials - The material you select has a major impact on roofing estimate cost.  Asphalt shingle roofing is still the most common and typically the least expensive roofing material for pitched roofs. Shingle prices vary significantly from the low end to the high end, so talk with your roofer about your options.  When comparing roofing estimates between two roofers, be sure to consider the grade of material in the quote.  If roofing contractor "A" is quoting with a 15-year shingle (warrantied for 15 years) and roofing contractor "B" is quoting with a 30-year shingle,  then "B" may appear more expensive, when in reality they are not... they just quoted a higher quality material. 

Other materials such as slate, tile, or metal look great, but cost more. So let your budget be your guide... and don't forget to consider the long term prices if you plan to stay in the home for the long haul. For example, tile roofing prices and metal roofing prices are higher than asphalt shingle roof prices, but metal roofs last longer so the average annual roof cost becomes competitive over the life of the roof.

Size of the Roof - Obviously, the roof replacement cost for a "40 square" roof is going to be more than a "20 square roof." Have a professional roofing contractor come to your home and measure to get an accurate roof size and roofing estimate.

Tear Off & Disposal - Does your roof have one layer or two layers of shingles that need to be removed? More layers means more labor and a heavier dumpster that needs to be disposed of. A single story, walkable roof (low slope), with one layer of shingles will typically cost $50 - $100 per square to remove, depending on your location and landfill or recycling fees.

Slope of the Roof - Accessibility can be a key component of the cost of a new roof. The steeper the pitch of the roof, the higher your roof replacement cost will be.

Request 3 Free Roofing Estimates for the Best Value

The best way to ensure you're getting a fair roofing estimate is to get more than one and compare.  A professional roofing contractor will measure your roof and discuss potential roofing materials with you. Once your roofer knows the size, pitch, and materials to be used on your new roof, they can give you accurate roofing prices. Roof replacement estimates are free and typically don't take up much of your time. 

When comparing roofing estimates, don't automatically select the lowest priced roofing contractor.  Take a close look at the quotes to see what's included and then select the roofing contractor that offers the best overall value.  Value means the combination of price and quality

Hometown screens local contractors for license, insurance, and a reputation for professionalism and affordability. If you need a new roof price, its simple to request a roofing estimate from the most reliable and affordable contractor in your hometown.   Just search on your city and contact local roofers directly.