Roof replacement is an important investment and it’s one of the costlier home improvement projects a homeowner can undertake. There are certain factors that affect the cost, and knowing these factors can help you save money without compromising the quality of your new roof. Fortenberry Roofing Co. takes a look at these factors.
Permits – Roof installation permits vary per state, city, or county. In fact, Littlefield, Hereford, and the surrounding areas have their own offices that issue construction permits. Note that permit costs also vary depending on the kind of roofing work to be done. The costs for a like-for-like replacement, change to a new roofing style, or upgrade to a different roofing material could differ. Fortunately, all the footwork for permit application will be handled by the roofing contractor.
Roof Deck Condition – Roofing and siding companies typically replace the roof while keeping the original roof deck intact. Assuming that the decking material is in good condition, it can be kept as it is before it needs to be replaced. However, if the decking is damaged – which is usually caused by moisture, heat, or impact – it will have to be replaced, which can increase the roof replacement cost. Note that unplanned repairs are usually not included in the contract price, so you should have an “emergency” fund, which is usually up to 20% of the quoted cost.
Roof Protrusions – If your roof has protrusions such as exhaust pipes, chimneys and dormers, as well as components such as skylights, roof replacement may cost more. These areas require flashing to protect the transition between roof and protrusion, which means more material requirements. Pipes and other small protrusions are protected using rubber boots, the cost of which can add up if you have several of them.
Switching Between Different Roofing Types – Different roofing materials vary in cost, so you should choose a good balance between cost and materials. If you are after a certain look but would like to save on roofing costs, consider products that mimic the roofing materials you really want. For example, GAF offers Glenwood® shingles that look just like wood shakes, or Slateline® which looks like real slate. You should also keep in mind that changing the roof shape can increase the roof replacement cost. In addition to building a new roof structure, as well as hiring insulation companies to install new insulation, a steeper roof slope means a bigger roof area, so more roofing materials are needed.
To learn more about managing your roof replacement costs, call Fortenberry Roofing Co. today at (806) 429-0822. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free no obligation quote. We serve many areas in Levelland and Hereford, TX.