New roofing cost

New roofing cost

Replacing your existing roof carries a significant cost, and it can’t be put off once it becomes necessary. The urgency to install a new roof doesn’t mean hire the first roofing contractor you speak to. Here’s some insights into cost of replacing a roof.

How roofers charge

While it’s possible to replace your own roof, it’s not always a good idea – without the right tools and enough experience, there’s a high likelihood you’ll make a mistake, which could reduce the lifespan of your roof and the integrity of you home. Reliable roofing companies charge for their work using what are known as “squares.” One ten foot-by-ten foot patch of roof makes a square, meaning the average roof has between 22 and 26 squares to be replaced.

Professional roofers will charge for removing your old roof and replacing it with new shingles referred to as R&R. The price will vary with the number of layers and the pitch of the roof, which is the slope. A one-story roof with a single shingle layer has standard cost per square to remove; a double layer and triple layer, may incur more cost as there is more material to remove and replace. If you have a particularly high roof pitch of 9/12, one which is extremely steep, you will pay more per square.

Installing a new roof – The most common type of roofing is shingles are asphalt, however modified bitumen, TPO, tile and metal have their individual value for each home.

It’s possible to keep costs down by shingling over an existing roof, rather than replacing it, but this typically lowers its life expectancy. In addition to shingles, your roofer will supply an underlayment (felt). In addition, you’ll also need to evaluate the existing flashing, vents and gutters to complete the project.

Reliable roofer in Tampa FL

While the costs listed above are the basics supplied by any roofing company, not all roofing companies deliver reliable performance. Finding a solid contractor means considering several factors. First, a true pro should be familiar with local building codes – how many layers can be on a roof before it needs to be fully replaced? Are there any regulations about underlayment or shingle type? In addition, contractors should be on the lookout for any existing damage to your home’s wooden structure, either from termites, fire or water. If this isn’t dealt with before a roof is installed, it can create frequent roof repairs.

Reliable roofers also offer substantive guarantees for their work. Standard for the industry is between three and five years on workmanship, which includes free roof repair of any defects due to improper installation. These typically cover leakage or total failure, but won’t cover normal wear and tear, general maintenance, damage from weather such as hail or storms or bacterial and insect infestations. Some will offer 25-year to lifetime warranties, but these usually apply to specific high-end roof products and require certain installation procedures. The cost of a new roof can easily run upwards of $8000 when using a professional roofing company. This price is often worth it, however, for the security of long-term warranty and the knowledge that a job is done correctly.


JBC Builders & Roofers is a reliable roofing company in Tampa FL servicing the community for over 40+ years.


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