Getting a New Roof in Atlanta; How Much Does It Cost?

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Getting a New Roof in Atlanta; How Much Does It Cost?

06th OF May

All home renovation projects involve money and installing a new roofing system in Atlanta ranks as one of the most expensive. But how much does it really cost to put a new roof on your home? The cost involved in getting a new roof in Atlanta varies and  depends on the following variables:

  • Type of Roofing Job

A new roof on a newly built structure is less expensive compared to getting a replacement roof because the labor involved in tearing down the existing roofing material and disposing of it comes with a price.

A new roof on a newly built structure is less expensive compared to getting a replacement roof because the labor involved in tearing down the existing roofing material and disposing of it comes with a price.

Take note that some re-roofing projects may not require removal of existing roofing materials like installation of metal roofing over shingles. This is cost effective since you do not have to pay the labor for stripping off the old roof and dumping charge to get rid of them. It is also environmentally friendly because the waste need not be disposed on a landfill.

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  • Roofing Materials

There are different kinds of roofing materials available in the market; metal, asphalt or composite shingles, slate, clay, wood shake and tile to name a few. The cost for each material varies because of their composition. Installation and maintenance or repair also differs. When choosing which material to use you should consider your needs and your expectations in order to make the correct decision and get the best return on your investment.

No matter which roofing material you use make sure that you choose quality materials for the flashing, vents, underlay and roof deck since the structure of your roof depends greatly on these areas and they can tremendously affect the performance, soundness, durability and lifespan of your roof.

  • Installation

The cost does not vary much between one contractor or the next, but it is a wise decision to know your options. Always do research on your Atlanta roofing contractor before selecting the one that will perform the install, as you want the optimal intesection of price and performance. The lowest price could mean shoddy workmanship that can result in more money out of your pocket down the road. an example of cost differences in regards to installation of asphalt shingles and metal roofing can be seen in the following example. Asphalt shingles are a type of roofing material that is usually nailed down keeping the cost at the same rate, unless you use stainless steel nails. On the other hand, metal roofing can be installed using either screws or nails, which relates to different fee depending on which of the two is used.  

Using sub par materials might save you money in the short term but can drain your account down the road.

  • Roofing Material Manufacturer

Just like in other industries, the manufacturer or brand of the roofing material you want to use predominantly affects the overall cost of your roofing project. Some companies may be getting their products from the same factory while others may be sourcing their products elsewhere; this affects the price of the roofing material. Do not forget to check the warranty coverage offered by the manufacturers that your Atlanta roofing contractor uses.

  • Type of Underlay

This is another aspect that affects the cost of your roofing project. The type and quality of the underlay to be used also influences the overall cost you have to shoulder. Underlays that can be used are roofing felt, synthetic felt and rubber membrane with ice and water resistance.

The condition of the plywood decking should also be taken into consideration. Atlanta roofing companies will need to inspect the quality of the decking in order to determine the number of plywood sheets that need to be replaced when installing a new roofing system.

  • Roof Design and Structure

If you have lots of dormers, peaks and valleys on your roof expect that your roofing project will be more expensive than those houses with fewer of the above mentioned. More roofing materials need to be used to ensure that the joints of the roof deck are protected and secure.

Another factor that may affect the labor cost is the steepness or pitch of your roof as roofing contractors charge more if the roof is more precipitous than normal. The same rule applies to houses that are more than two stories high since contractors have to haul roofing materials to a higher level, thus more labor and it will require specific roofing tools to be used.

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