A Guide To Roofing Costs
One of the main questions people usually what answered when they call our company is: How much is it going to cost?
Although this is a very difficult question to answer, I will try to do my best here to explain some general pricing guidelines.
The purchase of a new roof is much like the purchase of a vehicle or even a home. With so many options available, price ranges can vary drastically.
The basic package of a new truck can start around $20k, but once you start adding features like leather seats or remote start, it can easily top $40k.
Why do people opt for these upgrades? Because they understand the importance getting what they want the first time so they don’t have regrets later on. Most people spend over 30 minutes a day in their vehicles, they want to make sure their vehicle will provide them with comfort, quality, longevity, and ease of use. You spend more time in your home, so why wouldn’t you want the same things out of your roof? Your roof is what protects everything in your home.
You’re going to see your roof every day for as long as you live in your home, and picking the right roof with the right options the first time is critical to ensure maximum longevity with minimum maintenance.
Unfortunately, some people only focus on the initial price of the roof with the goal of finding the cheapest contractor, therefore sacrificing low-maintenance, quality, warranty, and aesthetics, which inevitably leads to regret—especially considering that unlike a vehicle, a roof cannot be traded in if one is dissatisfied.
Some of the most common “upgrades” found in the purchase of a new roof:
- Architectural Shingles
- Designer Shingles
- Ridge Vents
- Metal Roofs
- Copper Flashings
- Solar Powered Vents
As you can see, there are many options available. These options all increase cost. Then there are standard issues of a roofing project that effect cost. Those are:
- Steep Pitch
- New Decking
- Chimney Flashings
- Skylight Flashings
If your roof has any of these characteristics or is in need of decking to bring it up to code, these will all add to the cost right off the bat.
How much does an asphalt roof cost?
The average price of a an asphalt roof is $8,000-$10,00 for your typical 20-square residential roof. For comparison, metal roofs cost $17,000–$22,00, and stone coated steel or synthetic run $24,000–$30,000.
How the roof installation affects the cost
When someone inquires how much a roof costs, extent of installation is also a key factor. What this means, is the roof steep, is it higher than a single story? Is the roof complex? Is it old and will it need additional work to bring it up to code?
- Steep Pitch will add $23-$90/sq depending on how steep
- 2-Story will add $24/sq
- Limited Access will add $24/sq
- Decking will add $183/sq
- Additional layer of tear off will add $47/sq
There are more installation factors that can contribute to price, but these are the most common ones.
How asphalt roof costs compare to other roof types
As you can probably see, the price ranges vary quite a bit, just as they should. Everyone has different tastes, goals, and budgets when it comes to their roof. But how does an asphalt roof compare in price to other roof types?
A standard 20-sq residential metal roof will cost $17,00 to $30,000. This price is dependent on the type of metal and how it is installed. An exposed fastener metal roof will be on the lower end of the price range, but this type of roof will not last as long and will require more maintenance due to the fasteners being exposed. A hidden fastener metal roof will be higher priced, but this roof will last a lifetime and have minimum maintenance.
Stone Coated Steel/Synthetic
Stone coated steel and synthetic roofs will run around $24,000-$30,000 for a standard 20-sq residential roof. These roofs also will last a lifetime and require little maintenance.