I'm trying to get my bearings on the prices for roofing work. One figure
I've been given is $350/square. Does that sound reasonable? Would that
figure include all the supplies like shingles and such?
Any pointers appreciated.....
The price per square should be the price.
Some contractors will add sheathing extra, but that all needs to be
spelled out. Measure your roof for square feet and compute your cost.
Negotiate an agreement with the contractor and have the total cost
spelled out, type and brand of shingles, weight of paper and completion
Roofing prices of course vary depending on local labor rates. They also vary
greatly in the same cities from contractor to contractor. The price can also
vary depending on the pitch of the roof. Make sure the contractor is honest,
get addresses of other homes that they have done. Drive by, look at them and
ask the owners about the contractor.
1) If you have one roof on your house and they are going to put on a second
over the top of the first, then $350/square is expensive.
2) If they are tearing off one roof and do not have to sheet the roof and it
includes dump fees, it is still a little high. I just paid around
$250/square for this with a 30 year architectural shingle.
3) It sounds about the right price (in my area) for disposing of two roofs,
resheeting if you have skip sheeting now and then putting on a new 30 year
My roofer is a friend but I don't expect friends to cut me a deal on the
price if it is their bread and butter. He told me not to get the 50year
shingles. He said that he has gone back to three homes within five years
from when he put them on to cut in skylights. The shingles had cracks all
over the lower portion of them. He thinks that because they are so thick
that they are not flexible enough to move without cracking. He said that
they probably won't leak for 50years but they start to look bad well before
that and there is no warranty for bad looks.
Shop around and make sure all quotes are written and spell out, item by item,
what costs what.
It helps if YOU specify exactly what you want in terms of sheathing replaced,
weight of felt, linear foot of rubber membrane, type, color, and manufacturer
and # of squares of shingles, and method to be used for valley treatment, etc.
That way every estimate is on a level playing field.
I got 4 quotes. The one from the guy who drives the bright yellow HumVee and
also has a pretty nifty jacked-up 4x4 pickup with every possible accessory
sitting in his driveway, was quite a bit higher than the family man contractor
who doesn't live as large.
Yes, it is very cheap
No, it is very high
Take your pick. Flat roof or shingles? Type of shingles? Tear off needed?
Simple pitched roof on a 1 story ranch or a three story Victorian with many
ridges and valleys? Dormers?
Your question is like asking how much per pounds does a new car cost. More
details are needed.
My roof was pretty close to $250 a square and that included teardown and
everything. There was a flat area, three peaks, dutch gutters, a cricket
(not sure on spelling there) and about four valleys.....That was California
pricing....good luck, Ross
Wouldn't it make sense to ask the person which gave you the figure of $350
per square, what exactly is included? If you don't know, how is a group of
people from all over the world supposed to know? It should be spelled out
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