Factors affecting the price of shingle roof installation
When you think about roofing, it is likely that you think about shingle roofing. There are two main types of shingles: architectural and asphalt. Asphalt shingles are probably what you typically see used on homes. Architectural shingles are slightly more expensive and can be used to create dramatic shape and design effect.
Whether you need to repair your roof or you need a completely new shingle roof installation, here are the factors affecting roofing shingle prices:
- Proper installation
Because roofing is not only dangerous but also technique-driven, shingle roof installation is not a particularly DIY-friendly home repair—you will likely have to call a trustworthy local roofing contractor.Depending on the manufacturer of your shingles, the roofing contractor will either use the ”stair-stepping” or ”vertical racking” method of shingle roof installation. While both seal your home to minimize leaks and maximize insulation, they are very different methods.As the name implies, vertical racking refers to installing shingles vertically. This method is much faster, but can null certain manufacturer’s warranties because it can cause pattern curl—the curling of shingles upward—and shadowing—the striped appearance of a shingled roof. For some shingle types, though, vertical racking can save time and money in the installation process without the risk of losing your manufacturer’s warranty.Stair-stepping is a more arduous shingle roof installation process that requires a lot of back-and-forth along the roof. It can, however, be the best choice for certain shingles in order to prevent pattern curl and shadowing. Your roofing contractor will know which process will be best for your particular roof.To ensure the longevity of your roofing system, you’ll also want to look for a contractor that provides only premium shingles—CertainTeed and GAF are some of the best manufacturers available. While subpar products allow some contractors to provide lower quotes, they will not provide the same level of protection nor will they last as long.
- Pitch, size, and shape of roof
There are many factors affecting roofing shingle prices, but they can all be separated into two categories: material and installation costs. The pitch—or slope—of your roof, as well as its size and shape will most directly affect your installation cost. The steeper the roof, the more dangerous the project will be—in order to cover insurance, your roofing contractor will need to charge slightly more. And, the more flashing around dormers and skylights you have, the longer the installation will take.Roofs are typically measured in ”roofing squares,” which are equivalent to 10 ft. by 10 ft.; shingles are sold in bundles, and you need about 3 bundles for each roofing square. Bundles of asphalt shingles run about $25-30, while bundles of architectural shingles can run all the way up to $50 or more.
Roofing shingle prices vary widely depending on the materials you select as well as the size and shape of your home. In order to get an accurate estimate for shingle roof installation, you’ll need to call a reputable roofing company for a free estimate.
At Wildwood Roofing & Construction, we’ve been installing, maintaining and repairing shingle roofs for years. We strive to complete each roofing project right, and we stand behind our work—that’s why our clients have such good things to say about us. When you call us for a free estimate, we’ll walk you through our quote estimate point by point.
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