4 Factors That Affect the Price of a Roof Replacement

By Johan | May 5, 2018 | Roofing

A roof replacement can be one of the most expensive projects that a homeowner can take. The roofers Toronto need to dismantle the roof, replace it with new braces, then put in the new sheath, and then add the gutter. It becomes much more expensive if you have a chimney. It is always best that you maintain your roof regularly to prevent the need to replace it. Here are four factors that affect the price of replacing your roof.

1. Roof Size

This is probably the single most important factor to consider. The size of the roof is an indicator of how much raw materials are needed, how many hours of labour are required, and how long the project is going to take. Roof contractors take into consideration the square footage of the roof and then they divide this number by 100 so they can get an estimate of the roofing square or how many square feet need work.

A roofing square is equivalent to 100 square foot, and most roofing materials are sold by roofing square, not square foot. The contractors determine this price to get a baseline of how much they need to pay for materials.

2. The Old Roofing Material and Slope

Roofing materials vary. Not all roofs are made of galvanized steel. The price of the contract will largely depend on the amount of work required to remove the old roof. The contractor will also charge you for the cost of cleaning up and disposing of the old roof.

What determines the price for dumping the old roof is the weight. If the roof is made of ceramic, expect the price to get higher. It is also safe to assume that if the roofing material that will be taken off is heavier, it will also require much more time to complete the dismantling process.

3. The New Roofing Material and Design

Roofs are not made equal. In terms of design and material, roof pricing varies significantly. You also need to consider the new roof’s durability, manufacturer, quality, and design.

Entry-level roofing systems include sloped ones made of asphalt. As you get better products, the price also gets higher. Concrete and tile roofs are part of the mid-range selection. Wood, metal, and traditional slats are in the high-tier classification. And this does not yet include labour or the finishing materials like water-proofing, coating, and paint.

4. The Roofing Components and Access Point

Not all roofs are flat. Some roofs also require a gutter or a provision for a chimney. Roofs require an underlayer as well. Some owners will prefer to put an insulation system just underneath the roof and this can significantly bump up the price.

In addition, the harder it is to access your roof, the costlier the quote will be. This is because contractors will need to use special equipment like trucks with ladders to be able to access your roof. They need to have a means to load the new roofing material to the work site and this can add to the overall costs of the project.