The price of roof replacement can range drastically from $5,000-30,000+. Several variables determine the price of a new roof including size, pitch, accessibility, and material costs. Because of this replacing a roof is one of the most expensive tasks a homeowner can make.
What Goes Into Estimating the Cost of a New Roof?
In the Maryland area, traditional 3-tab asphalt roofs are the most common and affordable roofing option. The average house size in Maryland is roughly 1,900 square feet, with older homes being smaller. A 3-tab asphalt shingle roof replacement will cost between $3.50 and $5.50 per sq. ft.
According to a Remodeling Cost-vs-Value report in 2020, the installation cost for a typical 25-year asphalt shingle roof in Baltimore averages $24,700. This price includes the cost of materials including underlayment, flashing, and vent caps, removal of the old roof, dumpster and disposal fees, permitting fees, and labor costs.
Why is Roofing So Expensive?
Roofs can be flat or sloped, have many levels, or have a low or high pitch thus impacting materials and labor costs. A steep roof is harder to work on and increases risks to contractors. A roof that’s difficult to access causes extra labor and sometimes equipment to finish the job. If your home has skylights, they’ll have to be re-flashed or you may opt to replace them entirely.
Chimneys, pipes, and vents also need to be re-flashed during roof installation. Commonly, vents have to be replaced due to new building codes and better ventilation requirements. Choosing architectural or premium designer shingles is an excellent option for high performance and elevated style, however, it’s pricier than traditional 3-tab shingles.
The best way to determine your cost is to contact a roofing professional for a free estimate.
Unforeseen Roof Damage
Unseen repairs and damage can add to the final costs of a new roof replacement in Maryland. Oftentimes, the damage isn’t noticed until after the old shingles are removed. It’s not uncommon to find deteriorated flashing around chimneys and vents, find water damage, rot on the plywood sheathing, or disconnected vent pipes or ducts.
Considerations When Hiring a Roofer/Contractor
Get several bids from different companies and make sure the company has a good reputation. Always check that the company and their workers are licensed and insured. Also, ask to see proof of insurance. Look for reviews online and even ask the roofing contractor directly for examples of their past/current work.
You’ll also want to make sure that your roofing company offers guarantees for the work they complete. Most reputable roofing companies stand behind their workmanship and offer a 5-10 year warranty. Be sure to also ask about manufacturer warranties on the roofing materials used.
Choose BGE HOME as Your Maryland Roofer
If you are looking to replace your roof in Maryland, give BGE HOME a call. We are here to help you find the right roofing for your home and budget. Schedule a free, no-obligation estimate, and we’ll come out for a site visit and give you a customized solution for your home. Call us today at 888-243-4663 or get in touch via our contact form, to discuss your roofing project or repair needs.