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The Cost of a New Roof

The Cost of a New Roof

Any serious discussion of new roof costs needs to start by pointing out that prices will vary a great deal. Your requirements may be very unlike your next-door neighbor's. Besides the obvious differences in terms of dimensions and pitch, your roof could be more worn or weather damaged. Add to that the fact that you might want to add special features to your roof replacement such as solar shingles for their ecological value, or dormer windows to bring light into an attic remodel, and you've got a unique roofing situation.

The best way to find out the cost of a new roof is by getting an estimate from a reliable local roofing company, like Mac Construction & Roofing. Beware of a figure that is substantially lower than average, as this is likely to predict a poor quality job. Make sure that you get references from anyone you are considering hiring and check those references out. Don't forget to investigate whether your homeowners insurance policy will help cover the costs.

Roofing costs are based on a number of components including:

Dimensions. Although a professional roofer will need to check precise dimensions by climbing up onto your roof, you can help estimate the roofing cost by measuring the ground perimeter of your home yourself.

Pitch and Slope. The steeper the pitch, the more material will be required and the more expensive the roof will be.

Material. This is an area where you have a great deal of choice, depending on your taste and budget.

House Age. An older home may show signs of structural deterioration, which probably will mean increased labor costs.

Access. Both the number of stories and the ease of access to the roof affect the price. Expect a higher price if your home is two stories or more, if it is a townhouse or other attached dwelling, or if other factors make it more difficult for the contractor to get to the roof.

Local Climate. A roof built to withstand extreme weather conditions, such as parching heat, the weight of a heavy snowfall, or hurricane-force winds, will tend to cost more.

Location. Standard prices vary according to your geographical location and whether you are in an urban or a rural area.