As a homeowner, the number of times we need to replace our roofing system is minimal. In fact, with today’s lifetime warranties, many homeowners may only need to go through this project once.
When your home is in need of a roof replacement, what is a fair estimate for a roof replacement cost in Massachusetts?
Let us share what it should cost you to replace your roof.
Roof Replacement Cost – What to Consider
The cost to replace a roof will vary depending on a few factors:
- Roof type (flat, sloped, high or low pitch)
- Size of the roof
- Layers of shingles already on the roof
- Materials selected
- Hidden roofing problems
- Roof features such as chimneys and sky lights
Therefore a simple roof with a light slope, few angles and no features like skylights or jutting windows will cost you the least amount while a complex roof with a steep slope, multiple chimneys, skylights and varying angles will cost you more.
Let’s take a look at how a professional roofing contractor would provide you a quote for your home.
Roofing professionals typically quote materials in squares, which is 100 square feet, or a 10² by 10² area. For a new roof with quality workmanship and lifetime warranty, you should expect a price of about $400 a square. Approximate prices a roof replacement using a roofing system such as the GAF Lifetime Roofing System would be:
- 18 square = $7,500
- 25 square = $10,000
- 40 square = $16,000
You can probably estimate the size of your roof if you don’t have a lot of angles, but an experienced contractor will give you a more accurate size.
The $400 per square can be broken down into:
- Old roof removal
- Replacement materials
- Ice and water protection
If all goes well with the old roof removal, there won’t be many surprises. However, if the old roof comes off and there is rot and other problems that surface, expect to pay about $50 per sheet for plywood decking and a bit more labor for ensuring your new roof will not have any unforeseen problems. Other unexpected problems with the roof can also add to the cost.
Hiring a Reliable Roofing Contractor
When looking for a roofing contractor, how do you know you have selected a company that is going to provide quality work that they stand behind? Make sure the roofing contractor:
- Knows the ins and outs of the local building codes.
- Has adequate fall protection, liability and workman’s compensation insurance and can pull their own permits
- Offers substantive guarantees or is a certified GAF Master Eliteâ„¢ contractor
- Provides quality reviews and testimonials
A professional roofer will be much more efficient and knowledgeable and will be able to complete the job quickly and with higher quality work.
We all know there are contractors who will quote you a very low price to get the job. If they cannot provide all of the above qualifications, you should immediately disqualify them.
- If they aren’t up to date with building codes, your project can be issued a stop work order.
- If you pulling the permit yourself, you are responsible for any liability or workman’s compensation insurance and coverage if something happens on your property. Massachusetts requires that roofing contractors carry specialty insurance due to the nature of the work. A properly licensed roofing contractor will provide proof of insurance to you and they take all liability for any mishaps that could happen during the roofing job.
- If the contractor can’t provide the highest warranties, you can’t be guaranteed the job is done correctly.
- If your contractor can’t provide high quality reviews and testimonials, why would you take the chance?
Hiring a roofing contract based on price alone may seem like a good deal, but how much will that new roof cost your in the long run?
When hiring a roofing contractor, use these guidelines, both on pricing and contractor qualifications, to ensure you hire a roofing company that will provide you a roof replacement estimate that is not too low or too high.