Why Does Roof Replacement Cost So Much?

Why Does Roof Replacement Cost So Much?A roof is a very big expense. However, once you understand the process, it’s easy to see why your roof replacement cost is higher than other work you might have done on your home, as well as how much value you’re getting for your investment.

At GreenPoint Roofing, our team of licensed and insured roofers brings years of experience and professionalism to every job. It is essential that you only have the most skilled and trustworthy contractors to provide a roof replacement. That means you should rarely if ever, go with the bottom of the barrel bid on your roof replacement. 

In addition, there is a specific process to follow. Any skipping of steps will lead to a mediocre roof replacement job and less than perfect results. With a roof replacement, you want to know that your roofing contractor knows what they are doing, are performing all of the right steps, and is providing the quality workmanship you deserve.

Here is a simple overview of what goes into a roof replacement project so that you know just how much work is required and how that corresponds with pricing.

Removal of Materials

First things first, your roof replacement cost includes removing all of the layers that have been placed on the roof over the years. Many times, instead of replacing the roof entirely, a homeowner will choose to add roofing layers. Hence, your roof may have quite a few of these layers that have added up over the years. We start by taking off the shingles, no matter what type of material. They may be slate or even sheeted roof deck. It all has to come off before we can add a new roof.

We remove all flashing all the way down to the roof deck sheathing. Additionally, the roof tarpaper has got to go. We have got to get to the bottom of it all in order to really see what is going on. Most shingles manufacturers will void the warranty if installed over any other materials. Hence it is essential to remove everything, all of the way down to the wood roof.

Replace Wood

Once we can actually see the condition of the wooden roof, we will be able to deduce what needs replacement. Not until all of the layers are off, can we truly see what needs to be done with the wood roof. Sometimes, this can reveal rotten wood that must be replaced in order to avoid constant problems with a leaking roof. All of the volatile wood must be replaced so that it is strong and ready to support the weight of new roofing materials.

Underlayment

Here’s where your roof replacement cost may vary based on what you choose. Above the sheathing and below the shingles lives the underlayment. Either of the most popular materials, titanium or tarpaper, can be used. Although costlier, titanium offers a better reflection and generally comes with a warranty if the replacement shingles fail in any way. 

Ice and Water Shield

One of the basics of roof replacement, this shield will significantly protect against the ravages of ice and snow during the colder months. This is applied to the gutter end lines and must be sealed with a gutter-to-fascia seal cap or gutter apron in order to work efficiently.

Ventilation

Many houses do not include an adequate ventilation design. It is essential that air can smoothly flow and escape into the attic and then out the peak roof area. Be sure that airflow design is included in the beginning rows in each shingle starter area. 

Under-Row Starter Shingles

On the first starter row of the roof area to be shingled goes the under-row starter shingles. This prevents the bond from exposure, as it is not water resistant. It is crucial that no tabs or bonds overlap here.

Drip Edge

Y our roof replacement cost includes drip edges that will save your home from unwanted moisture, rot, stained siding, soil erosion, and flooding. These extend over the edge of your new roof just enough to make sure all water lands into the gutter and not behind it instead. Drip edges must be installed and installed correctly, as they will save your roof from irreparable damage down the road.

Hip and Ridge Cap

A hip and ridge cap will create more of a finished look as well as help with avoiding water leakage into the house, a must-have for any re-roofing project!

Flashing and Silicone Sealant

Using aluminum, copper, or another durable material, we install flashing. The best way to seal it in is with a silicone-based caulk. Silicone is the optimum choice as it dries slower than asphalt or other rubber-based products, which is better suited for this purpose.

Pipe Boots

Around pipe stacks or other roof protrusions on the entire roof, we install new pipe boots for best results. Again, these help with water flow management and protecting protruding pipes and the roof below adequately.

Diverters

Keep water diverted and correctly flowing off of the roof with the installation of diverters, especially behind chimneys and stop wall areas. You will be glad to have this vital step installed, for the longevity of your roofing!

Shingles

Here’s another area where your choice of materials can affect your roof replacement cost. With the right, high-quality shingles, you won’t need to schedule shingle replacement for quite a while. While the cost of shingles varies, one of the basics of roof replacement is that it’s all about quality. A dimensional shingle is the best option as it provides both durability and aesthetically pleasing results. The better the shingles used and the better the workmanship, the longer your new roof will last!

Gutter Guards

As long as you can afford the quality option, install gutter guards to keep debris out of gutters. Some gutter guards will only last about one year and will soon start sagging and breaking. Aluminum diamond grates are an excellent option. They keep out debris efficiently, will not rust, allow water to flow continuously,  and will stand the test of time, continuing to protect your home year round.

Knowing your general roof replacement cost will help you make the best decision when it comes time to choose a roofing contractor. There is no reason to settle for less than the best!

At GreenPoint Roofing, we know the ins and outs of roof replacement and will follow the procedures to the utmost so that you get the most out of your new roof replacement in Colorado. Call us today to inquire about roof replacement for your home or other structure in need.