Getting yourself a Good Roof

Getting a good roof can be expensive. The question is why because all roofs serve the same function. There are factors that affect roof pricing plus the contractor who will do the roofing for you.

There are many factors that affect the decision-making process for selecting your roofing contractor, such as reputation, license and insurance. However, the scope of work, roof materials used, bid details and cost to complete the roofing project are ultimately the most important factors.

How does a roofing company price a new roof? What are the variables to consider? Here are the top eight factors that will affect the price of your roof estimate:

  1. Roof size

Roofers will take an accurate roof measurement based on square footage and then divide this number by 100, giving them what is called a roofing square. One roofing square equals 100 square feet. Most roofing materials are sold by the square, not the square foot.

  1. Roof pitch or slope

The roof’s pitch is an important factor in determining roof cost for two reasons. First, a very steep roof, typically recognized as anything that’s more than 6:12 pitch, is generally considered not walkable and requires greater staging, safety and labor to complete the roof properly.

Second, depending on the type of roof being installed and the required fire rating, roof pitch determines the type of required underlayment system and thus plays a very important role in pricing a roofing job properly. For example, a composition shingle roof that is between 2:12 and 4:12 pitch requires two layers of underlayment installed, while a flat roof that is between a 1/2:12 and 2:12 pitch may require certain underlayments to achieve a Class A fire rating.

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Every good thing has features that say so. It is the same with a good roofer. There are qualities that speak for themselves. So when you are looking for a roofing contractor you better look out for the signs that say they are good at what they do.

  1. Licensed. Look for someone that has a City and/or Provincial License. This means that they have had a Police Check and are safe to have around your family.
  2. Insured
  3. Experienced in Construction
  4. Familiar with your type of roof
  5. Long term
  6. Guaranteed
  7. Explains
  8. Unbiased Options
  9. Affordable

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The main question that many people who want a new roof ask is if they will need a permit to do so. The truth is you can have roofing done without a permit but there are consequences that are very ugly.

Should your roofer pull a roofing permit? Absolutely. Will every roofer pull a permit? Not necessarily. Pulling a permit for roofing protects the homeowner;therefore it’s in your best interest.

Sure a roofer can reroof your home without a permit. But what happens when a city inspector drives by your home, stops to check that a permit for the roofing work is posted onsite, and there’s no permit to be found? The inspector can immediately shut down all roofing work and send the roofers packing until a permit is issued.

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