We’ll just tell it to you straight: getting a new roof for your home will take a considerable amount of money. Depending on the choices you make as you go on with the project, you may notice an increase (either slight or significant) in the overall costs. You’ll be able to get a better handle on your roof replacement budget once you understand the many factors that can affect it.
1. Roof Dimensions
The slope, shape and size of your roof have a huge impact on the project costs. You’ll be paying more if your roof has a larger surface area, a more complex shape or a steeper pitch. There’s also the matter of other roof components, such as the hips and valleys, along with add-ons like dormers and skylights. All of these details give your roof a one-of-a-kind look, but they can also drive up the costs of its replacement. That’s why, when creating a budget for your project, make sure to take roof dimensions into account.
2. Type of Roofing Material
Whether the project is a new roof installation or a replacement, your choice of material can directly influence its costs. There are several different roofing options available today, ranging from asphalt shingles and metal to wood shakes and slate. Of course, the more premium the material, the costlier it will be. If you plan on switching from a lightweight roof material to something thicker and heavier, that’s going to cost you, too. A switch from asphalt shingles to slate, for instance, will require installing an additional support structure to your roof and home, which means spending extra.
If you already have your heart set on a slate roof, then you should go for it. However, you should also know that there are high-quality asphalt shingles available today that can provide the premium look and feel of genuine slate but at a fraction of the cost. The GAF Designer Shingles offered by AQ Roofing LLC are a prime example. They feature the bold shadow lines and tapered cut-outs that slate roofing is known for, allowing for many design possibilities while keeping project costs to a minimum.
3. Method of Installation
There are two ways to install roofs. Homeowners can either choose a roof layover or a complete roof tear-off. The former involves laying new shingles over the old ones – a method that’s cost-effective but can also cause a number of issues later on in your roof’s lifespan. For starters, a layover puts unnecessary strain on the roof structure because of the additional weight generated by the new shingles. This can weaken the integrity of the roof system, causing it to bow down or sag. A layover can also compromise attic ventilation and void your roofing warranty.
A roof tear-off is costlier than a layover, but it’s worth it. This method involves the complete removal of the old roofing system before the installation of the new one. A roof tear-off gives your choice of contractor the opportunity to check the roof decking and trusses for possible moisture damage. And if they do find damage, the team will be able to fix it, providing the new roof system with a sturdier foundation.
To ensure that your roof tear-off is done correctly, work with a trusted roofing company like AQ Roofing LLC. We have the necessary training, skills and experience to handle this type of job. Drawing on decades of combined experience, we’ll make sure the project is completed in a timely and efficient manner, with no room for mistakes or callbacks.
4. Unwelcome Surprises
With a roof replacement, surprises are usually unpleasant. That’s because they almost always mean additional costs. Perhaps, there’s water damage in the roof decking, or maybe there’s an issue with the attic ventilation. It’s necessary that any roofing problems are addressed before the actual roof installation can proceed. Having extra repairs done will take money, of course, but this shouldn’t be an issue if you set aside another budget for contingencies. By serving as a buffer for unforeseen circumstances when budgeting for a new roof, a contingency fund ensures that your project can remain on track.
5. Roofing Expertise
Given the not-inconsiderable costs of a new roof system, taking the DIY route may have already crossed your mind. However, the idea of DIY roof replacement being cost-effective is actually false. The smallest mistake can put your project back to square one while also increasing the chance of inadvertent roof damage. If you want to restart your DIY roof replacement, all those wasted materials and products will need to be purchased again, which means digging deeper into your budget. You won’t have to worry about this if you’ve just hired a trusted roofer in the first place. Sure, working with professionals add to the initial project costs, but they’ll make sure the project will be a one-and-done deal, not a costly cycle of trial and error.
Work With AQ Roofing LLC for Your Roof Replacement
You can reduce the stress involved with large roofing projects by choosing AQ Roofing LLC. We are fully licensed, bonded and insured for your greater protection. As a contractor certified by North America’s largest roofing manufacturers, including GAF, CertainTeed® and TAMKO®, we aim to deliver only the highest quality roofing products and services.
Roof replacement done perfectly right — that’s what Central Arkansas homeowners and business owners expect from us, and what we continue to achieve. AQ Roofing LLC is committed to complete customer satisfaction. We’ll always put your needs first, so if you have any questions or concerns about our work, we’ll be more than happy to address them. Curious about the quality of our service? We’ll let the five-star ratings and reviews we’ve earned from our satisfied customers speak for us.
Set Up Your Roof Evaluation Today
The only roofer that homeowners can count on in Central Arkansas and beyond is AQ Roofing LLC. Combining superior workmanship and customer-first service, we’ll make sure your new roof installation goes on safely and smoothly. Call us today at (501) 951-1683, or fill out this contact form to request a detailed roofing quote. Our service areas include Sherwood and Little Rock, AR. We look forward to hearing from you!