Replacing your roof can be one of the most expensive projects for homeowners in Orange County, California (and everywhere else) so there are a few tips. There are a number of variables that affect the overall cost of the project, including the size and shape of the roof, as well as its pitch and accessibility.
Materials are also a large factor when trying to determine the overall price of replacing the roof. Because the cost is dependent on so many different things, prices for a roof replacement can vary dramatically. Even location plays a role, as a roofing project for a home on the beach may cost a bit more that houses that are more inland.
Generally, asphalt shingle roofs are the cheapest, and are the most common type of material used. A new roof comprised of asphalt shingles can start as low as $5,000, and can range in price to more than $25,000 for more detailed and complex jobs. On average, most asphalt shingle roof replacements for the typical home cost around $12,000.
While asphalt roofs can last 20 years or more, and are the most affordable option for roof replacement, metal and slate are considered more durable and can last longer than 50 years. However, metal roofs can cost twice as much as asphalt, and slate is five times more expensive. It’s important to weigh the costs of materials and the durability and quality when determining which type of roof to select.
Like other home improvements or upgrades, the scope of the project is the largest influence on price. The size of the roof to be replaced will have the biggest effect on how much the project will cost. Professional roofers use an equation relative to roofing square in order to determine a fair price. One roofing square is equal to a 10 by 10 foot (100 sq. feet) area.
The pitch of the roof is also calculated into the price of a roof replacement. Pitch is determined by a ratio where the first number represents the height and the second number represents the length. For example, a 7:12 roof suggests that every foot that the roof expands horizontally, the slope rises 7 inches vertically.
Roofs with a ratio of 7:12 or higher typically require extra equipment to ensure the job is done safely. Professional roofing companies have to pay more for insurance to cover steeper roofs, and workers often have to wear harnesses. Also, roofs that have a high pitch are unable to support stacks of materials which makes the work go slower, and makes the project longer. This steeper the roof, the steeper the price.
Aside from just the slope, roofer’s often take into account how accessible the roof is. If the project doesn’t allow for a truck to be as close to the property as possible, then the cost of labor is significantly increased as workers have to carry materials farther.
Want to Know More?
If you have a home or business within the Orange County, California area, then call Gary Fox Roofing for a free estimate at (800) 427-9369.