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Shopping for a Roof

If you need a new roof, one of the first steps to take is deciding the type of roofing you want. One of the most popular choices is asphalt shingles because these shingles are affordable, easy to install, and come in a variety of different colors. Some individuals only think of asphalt shingles when they decide to replace a roof.

However, slate, tile, and metal are some of the other available options. These options are especially great if you plan to be in the same house for years. All of these options cost more than asphalt shingles, but they also last significantly longer. Asphalt shingles have an average lifespan of around 20 to 25 years, while the other three can last as long as a hundred years.

All of this information means you must do your research when deciding the material for your new roof. Once you have narrowed the choices down, the next step is to find a licensed roofing company. The best idea is to request quotes or bids from at least three experts.

As you are choosing the roofing company, you should remember, some manufacturers will not honor a warranty unless the contractor is vetted. The best way to avoid any problems is to call the manufacturer to ensure your chosen contractor is licensed to install the product. A roofing expert can also provide recommendations on the material to use, which you can compare to your research.

Comparing Quotes

You will be collecting quotes for your new roof, and these quotes will vary widely. This variation even happens when the contractors are installing the same shingles or other materials. Roofing material is typically priced according to a ten-foot by ten-foot section, which equals 100 square feet.

When investigating asphalt shingles, you will typically find that the product ranges from $65 per square foot for the three-tab shingles. However, asphalt shingles can be priced as high as $350 per square for a variety of multi-layered architectural shingles.

This price range is extensive, but whichever shingle you decide, the price should be the same regardless of who is installing it. The difference in the bids come from the other material costs and labor. Before deciding which quote to choose, you may want to ask for a breakdown of all of the costs involved in the replacement.

These costs should include a price for shingles, labor for removing old shingles, labor for installing the new shingles, and another budget in case the roofer finds sheathing and roofing felt must be replaced. It would be best if you also asked for references from each of the bidders. Another critical question to ask is if the contractor will warranty their work above and beyond the manufacturer. While most contractors will not provide this warranty, if they do, it makes it easier to get repairs done later.


Another item to consider is the warranty on the materials. The length of the policy, what the policy covers, and the price of policy are vital considerations when it comes to a guarantee. Once you have completed the research, you will be ready to get your new roof.