When it’s time to replace your roof, the number one question is, “how much will it cost?” And the answer is, it depends.
The cost of replacing a roof is influenced by a variety of factors but mostly by the type of roofing being installed, your contractor’s skill and quality of workmanship, warranty protections, and the physical characteristics of the building. Additional components, such as underlayment and decking, as well as the number of layers being added will also affect the price.
However, consumers in Delaware can use current price range estimates to help them determine the relative value being offered by competing contractors when comparing multiple estimates.
Budgeting For a New Roof? Roof Replacement Costs in Delaware
A good starting point hen researching prices is to understand the current market in terms of the average price ranges for roofing replacements using specific materials – costs vary considerably, depending on whether you’re installing a shingle roof, a metal roof or a flat roof.
Remember though, the up-front cost is only part of the story. This is especially true with more expensive materials such as metal. Metal roofing installation costs are higher, but lifespans are longer and they also pay off through energy savings thanks to their ability to reflect sunlight and improve insulation properties. Bottom line: you have to look at the overall cost of the project long term to understand the true cost of your roof replacement.
Current Average Roof Replacement Costs in Delaware Per Material
Most contractors quote prices per 100 square feet of roofing surface area, so if you don’t already know the exact dimensions of your roof, you should begin by calculating accurate measurements. From there, you can use these guidelines to estimate the current average costs of the three most popular types of residential roofs:
- Asphalt shingle roofs current cost between about $200 and $320 per 100 square feet of surface area, with $266 being the overall average. These estimates assume that you are using standard-quality shingles, and that you are overlaying the replacement shingles atop existing materials. If you’re adding a new underlayment, or if you’ve elected to invest in premium shingles, expect your costs to be higher.
- Metal roofs show a current range of approximately $950 to $1,250 per 100 square feet, with the average cost coming in around $1,100. Again, this estimate assumes certain parameters – specifically, that you are using standing seam metal roofing tiles and are not completely tearing off the existing roof.
- Flat roofs are currently commanding between $165 and $275 per 100 square feet, and averaging about $220, assuming no tear-off of the existing roof and that a standard asphalt roll is being used.
If contractors you’re considering charge prices well above or well below these ranges, it’s a good idea to find out why. Carefully research any roofing company you’re considering to see how happy previous customers have been with their work, and whether or not the workmanship has held up for the entire warranty period.
When researching contractors:
- Make sure your roofing contractor is licensed by your state.
- Check if they carry adequate roofing insurance. Ask about both indemnity (liability) and worker’s insurance, noting the coverage end dates.
- Check the length and types of warranties they provide. Both materials and workmanship warranties can vary greatly, and some roofers offer comprehensive systems warranties as well. A minimum warranty of one year is standard for the roofer’s labor, but many roofers offer longer warranties.
- Request personal references. An experienced roofer should be able to provide multiple local references. Checking online reviews at sites like Google Local, Yelp, InsiderPages or Yahoo Localis also a good idea.
- Ask who will do the actual work: do they have their own team or is there a subcontractor? If the latter, ask the contractor to supply subcontractor contact information, and ask the subcontractor all the same questions.
- A comprehensive written estimate should detail the start/completion dates, materials to be used, labor cost, permits, workmanship guarantees, material guarantees and cleanup expectations. Getting multiple roofing estimates is key – only by comparing identical information you will know who is the best fit for the job and what the project is going to involve in terms of cost.
- Check specific qualifications. Some roofing manufacturers require certification and training in the installation of their products. Make sure that your roofing contractor has a proven experience in installing your particular roofing material. Bonus: trade organizations membership, and a good standing with the local Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Have Your Roofing Installed Right, The First Time!
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We are a family owned & operated roofing contractor specializing in new roof installation and complete roofing replacements.