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A good roof is important to make your home livable, comfortable, and safe. If your roof needs to be repaired or replaced, we can help with the financing. Find roofing contractor quotes near me specializing in local installation and repairs.
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- Years of experience, so you can count on quality work.
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- Close in proximity to your project, so you will know they understand your market.
- Licensed in their industry, so you will know they are legitimate.
- Insured and bonded, so you can guarantee your project will be protected.
- Can offer TGUC Financial financing services, so you can receive the best rates in the market.
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Roofing Guide for Buying a New Roof
Qualifications and Licensing for Roofers
Roofing licensure varies from state to state. Check with your state licensing department. Some states only require a business license. Other states will require a contractor’s license or even a specific roofing license.
Roofers should carry two types of insurance: general liability to protect you and your property and worker’s compensation to protect their employees. They should be able to provide copies of their insurance certificates to you upon request.
In addition to any required state licenses, roofers may hold certifications from roofing material manufacturers. This shows that they have been properly trained to install those materials.
Roof Repair and Replacement Cost
Roof Repair Cost
Repairing your roof will cost about $100 to $400 for minor repairs, such as leaks. Moderate repairs such as replacing a large section of shingles or flat and single-ply roofs as well as leaks around vents, skylights, and chimneys will cost up to $1000. Major repairs which would include replacing stone-like, slate, and metal roofs as well as major skylight repairs or replacement will cost up to $3000. TGUC Financial can help you obtain home improvement loans to repair or replace your roof.
Roof Replacement Cost
Roofing materials (usually shingles) are sold in units called squares. A roofing square is ten square feet. The average home roof needs about 17 squares of roofing material. Here are the prices for different roofing materials:
- Basic 3-tab (asphalt) shingles have a 25-year life expectancy and cost $350 to $440 per square.
- Architectural shingles have a 30-year life expectancy and cost $400 to $560 per square.
- Premium shingles have a 50-year life expectancy and cost $500 to $750 per square.
- G-90 steel shingles or stone-coated steel tiles cost $700 to $1000 per square.
- Aluminum shingles cost $750 to $1100 per square.
- Cedar shingles or shakes cost $760 to $1200 per square.
- Synthetic shakes and slate tiles cost $760 to $1200 per square.
- Standing seam roofs cost $850 to $1200 per square.
- Concrete tiles cost $800 to $1400 per square and require a reinforced roof-frame.
- Natural slate tiles cost $900 to $1800 per square and also require a reinforced roof-frame.
- Clay tiles cost $1000 to $1800 per square and require a reinforced roof-frame.
In addition to the materials cost, consider the labor to be 1-½ times what the materials cost. To estimate the cost of your roof replacement, here’s a roofing estimate calculator.
Types of Roofing and Find Roofing Contractor Quotes Near Me
- Asphalt Shingles – first introduced in 1903, asphalt shingles are the most common type of residential roofing. They are inexpensive and easy to install which is probably why they are the most popular. Asphalt shingles can withstand large temperature changes. They come in a wide range of styles and colors. Some of these styles in the lighter colors have EnergyStar ratings. Their base materials are a combination of organic and fiberglass. Their ability to reflect light is what makes them ideal for reducing air conditioning costs in hot climates and during the summer. They are also waterproof and resist hail and wind damage. You can expect them to last 15 to 20 years or more.
- Clay Tiles – popular on Southwest style architecture, clay, or ceramic, tiles are made from baked clay. They are good for areas where temperature does not fluctuate widely and the wind speeds tend to be lower. The tiles are durable and fireproof and will last 50 to 70 years or more. Clay tiles are rigid so walking on the roof is not advised. They come in earth tones such as brown, white, yellow, and orange. The weight of these tiles requires a reinforced frame.
- Metal Roofing – for a low maintenance, lightweight, and environmentally friendly roof, consider metal shingles. They last over 50 years and can be updated with a coat of paint. If you are considering metal roofing, make sure your roofer has experience installing it since the process is different from other types of roofing.
- Slate Shingles – made of concrete, slate shingles are popular on upscale homes. They are expensive but will last 100 years or more meaning you will never have to replace your roof after these are installed. They are heavy and will require a reinforced frame under the roofing. They will break if anyone tries to walk on them. Due to the complexity of installing slate shingles, it is essential you choose a roofer experienced in their installation.
- Wood Shakes – made of cedar, this type of shingle has been around since colonial times. They are suitable for climates with variable weather patterns and large temperature swings. They can also be an environmentally-friendly choice depending on how the wood they are made from was harvested or if it is recycled. There is a flammability issue with wood shakes so some manufacturers coat them with fire-retardant substances. Like metal and slate shingles, they can be tricky to install so make sure your roofer is experienced in the installation of wood shakes.
The type of roofing you choose will dictate how long the roof will take to install. Asphalt shingles can be installed in 2 days. Wood shakes and metal roofing will take about 4 days. Slate and tile roofs will take between 5 and 9 days to install. Of course, a large roof may take longer than a small one. And allow a day for tearing off the old roof.
Questions to Ask Your Roofing Professional and Find Roofing Contractor Quotes Near Me
- Are you bonded, insured, and licensed? Without insurance, the homeowner gets stuck with the liability.
- How much experience do you have with the type of shingles I would like installed? Wood, metal, and slate shingles are more difficult to install than asphalt. Make sure you are hiring someone who has experience with these materials.
- How long ago did you start or acquire this business? They should be in business for at least three to five years.
- Will you be pulling the permits for this job?
- Do you use subcontractors or your own employees? Having their own employees means the roofing company is busy enough to be working year round. If they are hiring subcontractors, be sure to vet them the same way you would the primary roofing contractor. Make sure you know that there are clear lines of communication.
- Are you certified by any roofing organizations or roofing material manufacturers?
- What is the warranty? There should be two warranties: one on workmanship provided by the roofer and one on the materials provided by the manufacturer.
- Is roofing your main business?
- Do you have any references? They should include some work done in the past year. Ask if you can speak with the references yourself and then contact them. They should be able to provide at least three references.
- Will you be submitting an itemized bid in writing?
- How will you be replacing my roofing? This gives you an idea of what to expect and tells you that the roofer knows how to get started and how to get the job done.
- How will you protect the landscaping?
- Can you work in bad weather? Roofers cannot work during a lightning storm, for obvious reasons, but you want to know if there are temperature and other weather restrictions. You don’t want to have them remove the roof and not be able to replace it until a storm passes.
- How will you dispose of the old roofing?
- How much followup work do you get? Roofs can last the length of time someone owns a home so they may never call their roofer again. But customers who need storm repair or roofing for an addition will call the roofer whose work they were happy with.
- When can they start and how long will it take?
- What are the payment terms?
How to Choose Your Roofer and Find Roofing Contractor Quotes Near Me
- Get referrals. Roofers who have already worked in your area will not only know the local code but will have an established reputation.
- Check for manufacturer certifications. Roofing material companies will certify roofers who have been properly trained to use their materials.
- Check them out ahead of time. They should be insured and licensed and able to produce the paperwork proving it. Also check out their Better Business Bureau rating. Also look at the ratings on Yelp and Google. Read the one and two star reviews (some of them are not really legitimate complaints – look for the ones with real issues) and look at the overall rating.
- Don’t just pick the lowest bid. Your roof will need to last 15 to 20 years or more. Your guarantee will only extend to materials that have been properly installed so you want quality workmanship. Find out what kind of warranty is on your roof. There should be a workmanship warranty of a year or two and a material warranty from the manufacturer for 30 to 50 years.
- Good communication is necessary. Choose a roofer that will return calls and talk with you about issues before and during the roofing process.
- Get it in writing. Your written bid should have a clear scope of work and a tight price range. Read the small print and ask about the process for out of scope costs and price overruns.
- Don’t put up with a high pressure sales pitch. Professional contractors should give you the opportunity to look at their bid, compare it with others, and do your own research. Be wary of anyone who offers a “today only” special or requires that your spouse be present for the sales pitch (they don’t want you to be able to say, “I have to discuss this with…”).