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Roofing Costs and Considerations

Large home with steep roof which increases roofing costs


At first glance, roofing costs can seem overwhelming. There are a variety of considerations that go into the cost of a new roof, so it’s not surprising many homeowners find the project daunting. Additionally, prices can vary widely from company to company and home to home. This means the cost of your roof might be completely different from that of your friends and neighbors. To help clarify the process, we created a quick guide to break down the five leading factors that affect roofing costs. 


Roofing Materials

One of the main factors in cost is the type of material the homeowner chooses for the new roof. Asphalt shingles are among the most cost-effective and popular roofing materials available. Metal, tile and composite shingles offer a mid-range price point. Slate roofing is very durable, but it’s also one of the most expensive roofing materials. “Designer” asphalt shingles are available to mimic the look of tile and other high-end materials while providing a lower price point. 



Underlayment is a material that is fastened to the roof deck underneath the new roofing material. There are several types of underlayment such as rubberized asphalt, synthetic, or asphalt-saturated felt. Rubberized asphalt is particularly useful when paired with metal and tile roofing in the intense Florida sunshine.


Roof Size

One thing in roofing is certain; the larger the roof, the more it will cost to replace. Roofers take specific measurements to calculate the square footage of the roof before dividing it by 100 to determine the number of roofing squares. Roofing materials are typically sold by the roofing square and not the square foot.


Roof Pitch

The pitch or slope of the roof is another important factor that contributes to the cost. Measuring the steepness of the roof’s angle across 12 horizontal inches gives you the roof’s pitch. For example, a roof with a 6-in-12 pitch rises six inches vertically for every 12 inches it extends horizontally.

The roofing cost will increase for very steep roofs due to additional staging and labor. Likewise, the number of stories, roof accessibility, and the number of vents or skylights add to the price because of the safety measures the roofer must take during installation. 


Roof Removal Requirements

In most cases, the roofer must remove the old roof before installing the new roof. But this may vary from project to project. For example, some building codes allow roofers to add a new layer of asphalt shingles over an existing layer. Removing more than one layer, or the weight of the material being removed will cost more for labor and disposal of the additional material.


Professional Installation

There are many ways you can save money on your roof such as hiring any “Chuck with a Truck” or doing the repairs yourself. But is the risk worth the savings? By hiring licensed and insured professionals, such as Carroll Bradford Roofing, you guarantee the job will get done quickly and correctly. Roof replacements are a substantial job during which any number of unexpected complications can arise. Installation costs depend on the material used, size of the roof, slope or pitch, disposal, and potential safety factors.

Roofs are too important to trust to just anyone. Always choose a roofing contractor with a valid license, proof of insurance, and a reputation you can trust. Carroll Bradford Roofing has been Florida’s trusted choice for experienced, reliable roofing contractors. We offer services ranging from inspections to repairs to replacements. Contact Carroll Bradford Roofing today for more information or to schedule an estimate for your roofing project.



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Carroll Bradford Roofing is a full-service roofing company proudly serving Florida. Unlike others, we are more than JUST a roofing company though. We provide end-to-end solutions that address our customers’ issues and requests along with the answers they need to get the job done well. As we continue to grow throughout the state of Florida, our quality will never be compromised, and our commitment to helping you get the job done right will always remain at the very top of our priority list.

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