If you’re a homeowner and you are searching online to find out how much it would cost to replace your roof, you’re not alone. Most homeowners have no idea what a project like this would cost. The only problem is that when you go online to search you never get a straight answer. If you’re in Maryland or Northern Virginia and are having this same dilemma, we are here to give it to you straight.
Why don’t any companies offer pricing online?
Just about every industry from clothing to electronics gives customers the price of that product or service online. However, when you reach out to a remodeling company and ask how much their product or service costs they respond by saying, “Our products and services are completely custom, so there’s no way we can give you a rough price unless we come out to your home”.
That, my friends, is a lie. In reality, the reason they won’t give you a rough price over the phone or online is because they are banking on one of their sales reps pressuring you into a deal while they are in your home. Most roofing companies in Maryland and Northern Virginia use satellite imagery these days that can measure your entire roof with the click of a button without ever coming out to your home. In fact, most roofers use this software to calculate the price of your replacement roof before the sales rep even steps foot in your home.
So, what does it cost to replace a roof in Maryland and Northern Virginia?
The straight answer
We have given free roofing estimates to hundreds of customers over the years. In our experience, the cost to replace a roof the right way is going to range between $5 a square foot all the way up to $15 a square foot. So, for a typical home that has 1000 square feet of roofing to cover (including waste) that project is going to average between $5,000 and $15,000. This range depends on a few things, including what type of shingle you’re using, what the quality of the underlayment and other components are, what the quality of the installation is, and what warranties are provided to you.
Not all roofs are created equal
When doing a major project on your home like replacing your roof, you really do get what you pay for. If a company offers you a price that’s under $5 a square foot to remove your old roof and install a new one, they are 100% cutting costs somewhere and those cuts almost always come with massive consequences. For example, we could offer you a price of $5 a square foot to replace your roof and another company could offer you $3 a square foot. You look at both bids side to side and notice that our bid includes CertainTeed DiamondDeck underlayment, but the competitor is using standard 15# felt paper to cover the deck of your roof.
So, you think that because we offer the same name of shingle that they must be the best choice since they are cheaper. What they don’t tell you is that by using a cheaper product that’s not a CertainTeed product so they could cut costs, that your extended warranties on the entire roof is now null and void since the extended warranties only cover products made by the manufacturer. With a project like a roof replacement that protects your entire home, most customers we meet with want that extended warranty for a little extra money, because it provides them comfort knowing if anything happens they can call us and never spend a dime on their roof again for up to 50 years.
What are some ways to save money on replacing your roof?
There are a few things you can do if you want to save money on your roof without sacrificing major items like quality of product, professional installation, and extended warranties. One of the first things you can do lower the cost of your roofing project is to select a different type or model of shingle. Asphalt shingles are going to be the least expensive whereas synthetic slate or shake shingles are going to be toward the more expensive end, so if you want to save a few bucks per square foot you should choose from different asphalt shingles.
Options, options, options
Our roofing partner and manufacturer CertainTeed offers three different shingle categories, including traditional 3-tab shingles, designer shingles, and luxury shingles. From traditional to luxury shingles, the price increases as the shingles get thicker and provide more high-definition along with longer warranties.
If you’re a customer that is cost-conscious and looking for the best budget option when replacing your roof, then you should choose a traditional 3-tab shingle like CertainTeed’s XT-25. If you’re a customer that wants the best overall value when replacing your roof and you want the look of that upgraded, high-definition shingle, then you should choose a designer shingle like CertainTeed’s Landmark Pro. And for those customers who want to have the best on the block when it comes to your new roof, you should choose a luxury shingle like CertainTeed’s Grand Manor that offers you a completely custom and unique shingle profile.
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If you are ready to get a detailed quote on replacing your roof without the hassle and inconvenience of scheduling an in-home appointment, click the link below to get your free online quote now. Our detailed quote shows you line-by-line every item we are removing and installing on your roof, exact pricing on the total cost of your project, and different financing options we offer to make your project affordable.
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