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Roof Installation Cost

The cost of roof installation will increase or decrease based upon a number of factors. This article is intended to provide you with a checklist of questions to ask yourself and your contractor. This key will serve as your guide:

$0 = No additional cost
$ = Standard cost
$$ = Additional cost

Questions to ask Yourself:

How large is the roof?

$ - When the roof is over 2,000 square feet (or 20 squares)

$$ - When the roof is over 2,000 square feet (or 20 squares)

$$ - When there is a garage that also needs a new roof

What is the pitch (slope) of the roof?

$ - When the roof is flat or slightly sloped

$$ - When the roof is very steep and difficult to walk

What roof material will be used?

$ - Asphalt

$$ - Slate

$$ - Wood

$$ - Tile

$$ - Metal

Learn More: Types of Roofing

How many stories is the home?

$ - When the house is one story

$$ - When the house is two stories

Does the existing roof need to be torn off?

$ - When the new roof can be installed over the existing roof

$$ - When one or more layers of roof needs to be torn off in order to install the new roof

What type of underlayment needs to be installed under the new roof?

$ - When an asphalt-coated felt underlayment is installed

$$ - When a synthetic moisture barrier or water/ice shield is installed

Related: What is Roofing Felt?

Does the roof need to be painted or sealed?

$0 - When the roofing material doesn't require paint or sealant

$$ - When the roof needs to be painted or sealed

Does any ventilation need to be installed on the roof?

$0 - When roof ventilation is already in place

$$ - When ridge or soffit vents need to be installed

Does the roof need to be inspected during or after the installation?

$0 - When no inspection is performed

$$ - When a roofing inspection is performed during or directly after installation

Is the wood deck structurally sound?

$0 - When the support beams are in good condition

$$ - When the support beams need to be replaced due to rot or water damage

Do I need to install any other accessories?

$$ - When soffits or fascia need to be installed or replaced

$$ - When skylights are installed or repaired

$$ - When solar panel mounts/brackets are installed

Ask the Pro:

1. Are you licensed and insured?

2. How long do you expect the installation of the new roof to take?

3. Does the quote include the removal and disposal of the existing roof?

4. Does the quote include repair or replacement of any rotten or damaged roof deck?

5. If the roof deck is being repaired or replaced, what type of plywood is being used (preservative treated, fire retardant treated)?

6. How long can I expect the roof to last with proper maintenance?

7. Will the contractor ensure that they are no nails or staples left in my yard?

8. Does the roofing material come with a manufacturer’s warranty?

9. Is there a warranty on the workmanship?

10. Are you and your crew licensed and insured?

11. Is cleanup and waste removal included in the cost of installation?

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