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  • Writer's pictureStacey Belknap

Behind The Scenes Of Your Roofing Replacement Cost

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

A roofing replacement project is always an uphill task for many homeowners. Working on the budget, choosing the right roofing contractor, and picking the best roofing material are just some of the challenging aspects. As a homeowner, it’s important to understand how roofing contractors determine the roofing replacement estimate to help you prepare for the project.

Factors Which Affect the Cost of Roof Replacement

Here are the key factors which influence roof replacement costs to help you plan and budget for your roof replacement project:

1: Type of House

The total cost of roof replacement depends on the home. How many stories does it have? A house with more stories requires more labor and special equipment to get up to the roof, which increases the overall replacement cost.

2: The Square Footage of Your Roof

Remember the square footage of your roof is quite different from the square footage of your home. For example, a ranch-style house covers more roof square footage as compared to a regular two-story house. The higher the square footage of the roof, the higher the replacement cost.

3: The Pitch

The pitch determines how safe it is to walk on and work on a roof. Since it’s not as safe to walk on a steeper slope as compared to a shallower roofing system, the cost of replacing a high-pitched roof is generally more. Your roofer will need to observe additional safety standards, which can affect the timeline and labor cost.

4: The Number of Layers Needing Removed

If your roof has several layers which need to be torn off before installing the new roof, the cost of replacement will significantly increase. This is mainly due to the extra time and labor it takes to tear off the layers and haul away the debris.

5: The Material

The cost per square foot of your roofing system also includes the roofing material chosen. Asphalt shingles are generally cheaper than other materials. Ensure you have adequate room in your budget for the material you wish to have. Heavier roofing materials are also labor-intensive to apply and will cost more to replace.

6: Tearing Off and Replacing Bad Decking

If your existing decking is damaged or worn out and needs to be removed during the roof replacement, your estimate could increase. While your roofing contractor will often factor in the cost of replacing portions of your decking, if it turns out the entire decking should be replaced, the cost will escalate due to the extra time and materials required.

The Process of Shingle Replacement

After you have accepted the estimate and signed the contract, your roofer will schedule your roof replacement project as soon as possible. Generally, here is how it goes:

Materials are Ordered and Shipped: Your roofer will call you to schedule the work barring any changes in weather. Once this is done, your roofer will order your chosen materials and ship them to your home. Exteriors Plus won’t collect any money until after the project is complete.

Tearing Off the Old Roof: The day arrives and the roofing crew shows up on time to your home. They will begin by tearing everything off your roof and disposing of it. They start from the top of the roof and work down. Exteriors Plus brings our own dump trailers on the morning of the install so you aren’t inconvenienced with a dumpster sitting in your driveway.

Installing the New Roof: Next, the new roofing material is installed. It often takes one day to tear off and install a new roof, but some projects may take longer depending on the size of your roof and how much detail is there (such as roof penetrations, ventilation, valleys, skylights, etc.). Additionally, your roofer will apply metal flashing around chimneys and other roof penetrations to prevent leaks.

Final Cleanup: Once the roof is fully installed, the crew will carry out a final clean up and inspection. Using heavy magnetic tools, they will find and clear all metallic debris from your roof, yard, and driveway. Finally, all the gathered debris will be put in the dump trailers and hauled away.

If you have questions at all throughout the roof replacement process, Exteriors Plus has a project manager dedicated to answering all questions at each roof installation.

Are you in need of a new roof in the Akron, Canton and Cleveland areas? Consider working with Exteriors Plus. We have several years of experience in the roofing industry, so you can have peace of mind knowing we offer expert roofing services backed by a lifetime of warranties. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation estimate for your next roof replacement project.
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