A new roof installation can be an expensive home improvement project that could possibly cost over $25,000 if you're not careful. If you're aware of what factors drive up the cost of a new roof, you may be able to save some money on your new roof installation.
The following are six of the factors that will have the most significant impact on the cost of your new roof installation:
The size of your roof
The costs of a new roof installation are usually calculated by square foot. Therefore, the larger your roof is, the more you're going to pay.
Disposal of your old roofing material
Typically, a roofing contractor will charge you for the job of removing old roofing material and disposing of it.
Nowadays, homeowners often choose to have a new roof built over their old roof rather than having the original roof removed. Ask your contractor about this possibility. It may save you money on labor and disposal costs.
Roof characteristics that make installation more difficult or dangerous
A roof that is particularly steep will usually be more expensive to install a new roof over. It is not only more difficult to manage the installation for the contractor, but it is also more likely that roofers will experience injuries during the job.
For a steep or hazardous roof, your contractor may have to invest more both in safety equipment and in worker's compensation insurance. This will be reflected in a larger installation cost for you.
What material is chosen for the new roof
You probably already know that some roofing materials cost more than others. Nowadays, the most expensive roofing materials on the market are slate and clay tile. Asphalt shingles are typically the most inexpensive option, and plastic polymer and wood shingles are moderately priced.
When you get a quote on a new roof installation with a given material, ask your contractor who is supplying the materials. Use your negotiation skills. You may be able to talk with your contractor about different suppliers and find a supplier that offers the materials you need for a lower price if you shop around yourself.
Any necessary repairs
A new roof installation is often performed because of leaks or structural problems in the original roof. This means that repairs may be necessary before the new roof can be installed.
If your roof needs repair or new construction work like the installation of new vents, flashing, pipe jacks, or other materials, this will push up the price tag on your new roof.
How much profit the contractor insists on getting out of the job
Of course, no roofing contractor is going to take on a new job if it will not entail a profit. Larger and more established companies with established reputations will typically expect to make larger profits than smaller contracting operations.
Talk to a roofing contractor, like one at Alpen Roofing for more information.