Understanding your roof system
A roof is made up of several layers that work together as a system to protect your home. Proper installation of each component protects the roof, attic, walls, and foundation from wind, rain, ice, heat, and humidity.
In addition to shingles, a complete roofing system includes:
Deck: The main wooden structure.
Underlayment: A layer installed under the shingles to keep the deck dry.
Flashing: Material used to deflect water away from seams or joints around chimneys, exhausts, etc.
Vents: Items that optimize airflow through the attic to keep the roof dry.
Drip edge: Material along the edge of the roof that guides water to the ground or in the gutters.
Soffit: The area underneath a roof overhang.
Fascia: The horizontal roof trim on the end of the rafters that often hold the gutters.
WeatherLock: waterproofing shingle underlayment – key in fighting water penetration
Factors that affect new roof costs
Now that you understand the complexity and interconnectedness of your roof replacement, here are five factors that will impact the cost:
The biggest factor in determining how much it will cost to replace your roof is the size of your roof. The cost of roof replacement is calculated in terms of roofing squares; one roofing square is 10 feet by 10 feet or 100 square feet.
Unlike other roofing companies that simply cut and tape materials together, Long Roofing uses state-of-the-art, satellite technology to precisely measure the roof of your home. This ensures the right amount of roofing materials are ordered—thereby saving costs and reducing waste—and helps provide a better estimate on how long the project will take.
Before a new roof can be installed, your roofing professional will need to remove and dispose of the old roof, which can include layers of old shingles and underlayment. This usually involves flattening the roof and digging down to bedrock to get to lose beams and joists. If your roof has rotted, or if you have opted for non-load bearing cladding on top of the existing wood frame, the work can be much more complicated. Therefore, it is important to understand the current condition of your roof prior to beginning the project.
Any debris must be moved to a proper landfill site, which typically charges by the weight of the materials. The costs associated with this process depend on the amount of time and labor it takes to remove the old materials, as well as the landfill charges.
Style & Shape
The cost of a roof is determined by many factors, including how steep the incline is. The slope of a roof can make a big difference in determining the cost of replacement. The slope is the angle of incline and indicates the vertical rise compared to the horizontal run. For example, if your roof’s slope is 6:12, it means the roof rises six inches vertically for every 12 inches it runs horizontally.
The steeper the slope of the roof, the more shingles it takes to cover it. In addition, a roof with a very steep slope requires greater staging and safety equipment, which can cost more.
The same is true on the opposite end of the spectrum: flat roofs. In cities with older housing stock — Federal Hill in Baltimore, Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia, or Boston’s famous Beaux Arts offer great examples — the roofs are often flat or have very low slopes, which require a certain level of expertise to navigate without damaging the protective waterproof rubber.
There are many roofs to choose from and depending on your budget and preferences there are hundreds of roofs to suit your needs. Asphalt is generally the most affordable option, with slate and shake, or wood shingles being the most labor-intensive and the most expensive.
Material quality is one of the most important factors in choosing the best roofing material for your home. The qualities that contractors consider when selecting a roofing product include strength, durability, flame-retardant properties, and maintenance-resistant design elements. Regardless of what materials you choose, it’s important to remember that your home will be constantly exposed to elements including rain, snow, and extreme heat or cold – conditions that can drastically affect how quickly your roof subsides or pops back up.
If you are looking for a roofing solution for your commercial or residential property, we offer a comprehensive range of shingle styles available at all our locations. From luxury and designer asphalt shingles to recycled shingles, we have an option to suit your specific tastes and requirements.
Chimneys, skylights, and vents can improve the look of your roof but for a roofing contractor, these features can all be potential obstacles to carefully work around during the installation process.
Paying for your new roof
Roof replacement can be costly, but the payoff can be well worth it. Replacement cost should not deter you from making a positive investment in your new roof as there are plenty of financing options available to make sure you’re not breaking the bank, shingle by shingle.
Making the decision to repair or replace your roof can be difficult. Long Roofing understands that a new roof is more than just a roof, it’s part of your home’s exterior and it should look good. That’s why we have financing options that make roof replacement affordable for every homeowner. Our goal is to give you peace of mind and our dedication to serving your roofing needs is at the core of what we do and why we do it.
How much does a new roof cost?
When you have a question about roofing, there is only one place to go: Lenox Roofing Solutions. Give us a call, and we’ll set up a no-hassle, no-obligation consultation. From re-roofing to home building to new construction, we are your one-stop-shop for anything roof related. We can also provide you with free estimates and can even work with your insurance company on a roof replacement project.
Our goal is to make your roofing process easy from start to finish. Our skilled team of roofing experts ensures that you can count on a job well done. We’ll walk you through the entire process, so you don’t have any questions when the job is complete. While your roofing project is going on, we can also help with extended care and maintenance or keeping your home safe from leaks or severe weather. Whatever you need, Lenox Roofing Solutions offers only the best options for your home. Contact Lenox Roofing Solutions online to request a roofing estimate or give us a call at 843-839-2445 today.