Let's face it, roofers don't have the best reputation in the contracting industry. We know this. In fact, it's why we created Good Shepherd Roofing. We were tired of seeing friends, family and community members being taken advantage of by poor business practices and roofing companies that were here today and gone tomorrow. We knew that it was possible for a roofing contractor to deliver a great service, a great product, to serve our customers and community well and also ensure we earned a fair profit so we could be around for decades. We don't cut corners and we're not interested in the quick buck. We've assembled some common questions and our answers here to help pull the cover off what can sometimes seem like a very confusing roof replacement or roof repair process.
Pricing on roof replacement will vary across different regions and is based on a few key factors. These factors are relatively easy to identify and have been assembled in the below list along with details on how each factor affects pricing. One size will never fit all when it comes to estimating your roof replacement cost but here are some helpful guidelines to follow.
Materials are key. A major factor of the cost of the roof will be the type of materials that you choose. Most new homes that are built will generally have a builder grade 3 tab shingle. Cost of these 3 tab shingle roofs are in the 3.00 per square foot range fully installed. Although not horrible the durability of these shingles is not great and will generally fail at the 10 to 15 year mark. Most common materials that we find meet performance and appropriate price points for customers is the architectural shingle which is a step up from the 3 tab but still fitting most budgets and also offering proper durability. The architectural shingle will cost approximately 10% to 15% more than the cost of a standard 3 tab shingle roof. Metal roofing systems, particularly standing seam systems, will be about 2.5 to 3.0X more expensive than their asphalt shingle counterparts. Likewise, cedar shake roofs and many of the more expensive treatments such as slate will be many multiples higher than the asphalt shingle (i.e. 4.0 to 6.0X).
Complexity of the Roof
The complexity of the roof design will also affect the cost. Complexity will include things such as height of the roof, pitch and design. A simple structure with 2 facets or slopes such as that pictured in figure "A" will be differently priced than a multi-faceted sloped roof that is several stories off the ground and features very steep pitches. The reason for this variance is probably self-explanatory. More complex roof designs require more skill to join all the various roof slopes together properly. These many roof facets also increase the amount of material waste that is generated on a roofing job. This "waste factor" in the roofing job has to be accounted for as well and is part of the price to the consumer.
Size of the Roof
The size and complexity of your roof will directly relate to the amount of material and the amount of personnel hours that will need to be expended to get your job done. Roofing sizes are calculated in what is called a roofing square. One roof square is the equivalent of 100 square feet (10'feet X 10'feet area). What confuses home owners sometimes is that the roof square area is everything over the house, this includes spaces such as garages, porches, decks, etc. Sometimes home owners mistakenly will assume that they have a 2500 square foot home so they have 25 squares of roofing. The reality is that the roof is covering both liveable / conditioned space as well as non-conditioned space which will increase the total area. The other factor that will increase the squares is the pitch. A home 3000 square foot area (foundation) with a 12/12 pitch will actually be about 4600 square feet of roofing or 46 squares. The reason is that we are using a 3rd dimension (altitude / height) to increase area. Additionally, the roof will always stick out slightly over your home's exterior walls and this must be factored in as well. To experiment with this concept calculate how big your roof is.
What determines if a roof can be repaired or replaced?
GSR gets calls on a regular basis where customers ask if we can come to their home and "just repair" their roof. We certainly understand the pressure many home owners feel when a large expense like a roof is looming over them. When determining repairability several factors come into play. The first is what is the overall condition of the roof itself. Many times a home owner will experience a leak in one area of their roof that is just the first domino in what will be a subsequent string of roof failures and leaks in other areas. GSR will make repairs when the overall roofing system is in proper order with the exception of a problem area. Problem areas can include such things as a broken or deteriorated pipe boot, failing flashing around chimneys, or nail pops that have punctured shingles.
What determines if a roof can be repaired or replaced?
GSR gets calls on a regular basis where customers ask if we can come to their home and "just repair" their roof. We certainly understand the pressure many home owners feel when a large expense like a roof is looming over them. When determining repairability several factors come into play. The first is what is the overall condition of the roof itself. Many times a home owner will experience a leak in one area of their roof that is just the first domino in what will be a subsequent string of roof failures and leaks in other areas. GSR will make repairs when the overall roofing system is in proper order with the exception of a problem area. Problem areas can include such things as a broken or deteriorated pipe boot, failing flashing around chimneys, or nail pops that have punctured shingles. Part of the GSR service offering to customers is providing a complimentary roof inspection service to home owners and business owners. This is the best way to validate if a roof repair will be the proper path or if a replacement is the right choice.
The roofing services offered by Good Shepherd Roofing and the finished product is why your neighbors call us first for their roof repairs or replacement.
Here’s what you get and why you’ll choose us too:
➔ Stress-free and straightforward roofing repairs or replacement
➔ Valid manufacturer warranties
➔ Certified installation and repairs
➔ Leading roofing contractor in the Greater Metro Atlanta Area
➔ We work with your insurance company, so you don’t have to
From start to finish, Good Shepherd Roofing makes your roof repairs or replacement process as easy and worry-free as possible. You will be confident that our teams will deliver a roof that will give you the reliable protection you want, as well as safety and comfort for your entire family for many years.