Understanding the cost of your roof
When preparing your estimate, roofing contractors consider many variables that are specific to your roof, your preferences, your budget and goals, and even where you live.
How roof costs are determined
While you ultimately need to know the overall price of your new roof, roofing contractors get to that estimate by adding up several factors. To deliver an accurate cost estimate, roofing contractors do the following:
- Measure the roof – Most measurements are obtained digitally, using satellite imagery or drone technology, and include the slope, peaks and overall complexity of the roof.
- Do an inspection – With a thorough roof inspection, contractors are able to assess the condition of your roof and determine the project scope.
- Recommend products – Next, your contractor will outline the best roofing system materials for your project (shingles, ventilation and accessories) and warranty options.
- Calculate costs – With the information above, your contractor can bring all the costs together: labor, materials, warranty, and applicable fees and services (permits, preparation, clean up).
Considerations for your new roof
- Be sure to get more than one estimate and compare the details closely. See our tips choosing the right roofer here.
- The lowest estimate may not be the best choice – costs will be higher for higher levels of installation quality, product durability and warranty protection.
- Insurance may cover some or all of your costs if your roof sustained damage from a storm. Check with your agent before signing a contract with a roofer.
- If you are in a storm market, paying for a stronger warranty now may save you a lot of money later. Learn about GAF Enhanced Warranties here.
- Remember – in addition to protecting your family and belongings, your roof can represent up to 40% of curb appeal and contribute to the value of your home, too!
Work with your contractor to understand the variables impacting your cost estimate – such as issues being addressed, and product and warranty choices – and align on a plan (e.g. repair now, replace later) to protect your home and family, and stay within budget.