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Breaking Down the Cost of a New Roof

Having a new roof installed on your home is one of the smartest financial decisions a homeowner can make, adding years to the life of a house, and giving far more value to your property. The cost of installing a new roof is dependent on a variety of influencing factors, including things like the size, pitch, and style of your roof, aesthetic choices, materials being used, local building code requirements, geographic considerations, and labor. If all these considerations make the idea of installing a new roof seem daunting, the roofing experts at Jack the Roofer are here to break down the costs of a new roof for you.


How are roofing costs calculated?

The best place to start with breaking down the costs of installing a new roof is by looking at how they’re calculated by roofing experts. Most professionals will use “roofing squares” as a measurement; these are areas on your roof measuring 100 square feet. Professional roofers will provide you with a quote based on roofing squares, with the average home measuring somewhere around 30 roofing squares. The average price charged per roofing square can vary based on the following factors:


  • Materials
  • Labor costs
  • Roof complexity
  • Roofing pitch
  • Roof accessibility
  • Ventilation needs


Roof removal costs

Since you’ve decided to have a new roof installed, your roofers will first have to go through the process of removing your existing roof. The price of removing an old roof will depend on what materials were used on your existing roof, and the size of your roof. The average roof removal costs can range between $100-$150 for a single layer of asphalt shingles or $115-$165 for a double layer, and more depending on the amount of existing layers.


Roofs with a steep pitch will cost more to remove than those with lower pitches, and even the nature of damage done to your old roof can have an influence on cost. If your roof decking has been damaged, you’ll need to have it replaced before the installation can begin – having new decking and roofing paper replaced can increase labor costs. New decking and papering can cost an average of $1 to $2 per square foot, so it may be wise to take this into consideration for your new roof installation.


The size, shape, and style of your roof

One of the major deciding factors in determining the costs of a new roof are the size, shape and style of your roof. These factors will decide how much material will be needed to cover your roof, how difficult it will be for your roofer to transport and install material, and the nature of the job in terms of safety equipment needed. The larger your roof is, the more materials will be required for it, and the more costly your project will be. The same can be said for the shape of your roof, especially when a steep pitch is involved – the steeper your roof’s pitch is, the more complex the job is for roofers. A steep pitch means that roofers will not be able to easily traverse your roof and will require extra safety equipment for contractors – many professionals will charge more for roofs with a height-length ratio of more than 7:12.


Access to the roof will also be a consideration. When your roofing material is delivered, most of the time, it will be loaded directly onto the roof which requires the proper access for a big truck to back up and get relatively close to the roof. If this is not possible, then the materials will have to be ground loaded and they will have to be transported onto the roof by hand which can be a difficult task and requires more labor.


The style of your roof will also be taken into consideration when determining the cost of your new roof. A home with a ranch or colonial style roof will be much more simple than one with a Tudor style, which features more slopes and eaves, making the installation process more complicated. Contractors will also have to work around things like skylights, dormers, and chimneys, which may have a minor influence on your quoted new roof cost as they can slow down progress by forcing roofers to work around them.


Asphalt shingle roofing costs

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular choices for new roofing projects for a number of reasons, including their simple installation and maintenance, attractive appearance, and long-lasting nature. Another major selling point for asphalt shingle roofs is their affordable nature, with the average costs of a new asphalt shingle roof in the United States ranging from $2.5 to $5 per square foot, or $250 to $500 per roofing square.


The price of your new asphalt shingle roof will depend on the brand and quality of shingles purchased, the amount needed to cover the entirety of your roof, the type of underlayment used, the pitch of your roof, and the company hired to install the new roof. The cost of an asphalt shingle roof can be reduced by choosing energy efficient shingles, which may make you eligible for tax credits and lower the amount spent on utilities annually.


Concrete tile roofing costs

For those looking for an attractive and long-lasting alternative for their new roofing project, concrete tile roofs are one of the highest quality options available for residential property owners. Concrete tiles offer a variety of options in terms of style and color that allow homeowners to customize their roof for maximum aesthetic appeal.


The average cost of concrete tile roof installation can range from an average of $600 to $900 per roofing square, or $6 to $9 per square foot, often dependent on the scope of the project and the materials being used. Since concrete tile roofing is heavier than traditional asphalt shingle materials, your roof may require additional support to hold the weight of your new roof. The cost of adding additional support to your roof can cost anywhere between $1,000 to $10,000, depending on the size and shape of your roof. We recommend having an engineer inspect the structure to ensure it will support the additional weight. In some municipalities, it is required to have an engineer sign off before a permit can be pulled.


The cost breakdown of roofing labor

The labor portion of any new roof installation project can take up to anywhere between 30-60% of your budget, making it one of the largest costs associated with roof installation. Professional roofing involves a great deal of strenuous labor and complex planning, making it a very involved process. Labor costs will vary depending on your location and the availability of roofing materials and the companies available in your area.


The cost of labor will depend largely on the materials being used on your new roof – asphalt shingles will have to be nailed to the roof, requiring less labor and making them less work than other materials. Concrete tiles are more labor-intensive and have to be installed in place piece by piece, with a batten system as a base requiring a longer time frame and more precision from your contracted roofer. Roofs with a steep pitch will require additional safety equipment for roofers and can make installation more complicated, so these factors will also be an influence on the roofing labor price.


Hiring a professional roofer to get the job done right

Some homeowners are tempted to take on roofing projects themselves in order to save on the cost of labor, but this is inadvisable since it can lead to materials being installed incorrectly, fundamental parts of the roof being overlooked, or an unprofessional job that will lead to more costs in the long run. When looking to have a new roof installed, you’ll want to make sure it is done correctly the first time around – the only way to ensure this is by hiring a professional roofing company like Jack the Roofer. Professional roofers offer the skills, experience, and roofing knowledge needed to successfully complete projects on time while following your budgetary considerations.


There are a wide variety of costs associated with installing a new roof – ranging from removing your existing roof and ensuring that damaged portions are repaired, to choosing, ordering and shipping materials to your property, paying for labor, and covering any unexpected or additional costs that may arise during the installation process. It’s important to know the costs associated with installing a new roof in order to properly budget for the project and ensure that your home gets the new roof it deserves.


Contact the experts at Jack the Roofer today to schedule a free roofing consultation and to get an estimate on your Colorado roof.