Roofing Guide

Our roofing guide is a primer for homeowners who are going through the process for the first time. Just the basic outlines on materials, roof replacement costs, choosing contractors, etc. The goal is to help homeowners get it done right the first time and maximize this substantial investment.


“Roof replacement is a unique home improvement project for one central reason – you really can’t do it yourself. Therefore, it really focuses on 3 choices; roofing materials, contractors and pricing.”

Roofing Guide: Materials


Regions Lend Themselves To Certain Materials
Selecting the best roofing material is job number one. The good thing is that most homes lend themselves to certain materials. Many homes in the Southwest and Southern California use clay tiles or concrete tiles as this roofing material fits in with the environment and has a long tradition. They are also a durable and nice looking.


Many Neighborhoods Use Similar Materials
Just as certain areas in America lend themselves to certain roofing materials, so to do certain neighborhoods. This is either because it is a planned community and the builder used a specific material for that type of roofing or because the material fits the price range and looks nice. Many sloped roofs use asphalt or composite shingles, which are on the lower cost scale and do a good job protecting your roof.



Conditions May Dictate Materials

Homes in the Southeast on the coast may use metal roofs, often aluminum that holds up well against wind, salt and sun. Before you call up local roofers, take a look at some of the homes and neighborhoods that surround your home. Ask neighbors whether they are happy with their roofs and if they have encountered any issues or problems. If this doesn’t help you with your selection, the contractor portion of the project should really help.


Roofing Guide: Contractors


Step 1: Get Multiple Roofing Estimates
Your best bet in looking for a top notch roofing contractor is to get multiple project quotes. Different companies may specialize in certain types of roofs, others may gravitate towards certain types of materials.


Step 2: Compare The Roofing Estimates
Roofers can bid out a project at whatever price they want and you will be amazed at the variation of quotes you receive. (For sample project pricing, check out our roofing price estimator.) Take your four roofing estimates and set them side by side and throw out any that are outside the average.


Step 3: Go Online & Double Check
Take the remaining bids and visit one of these roofing sites, www.roofingtalk.com, www.contractortalk.com/f15/, www.roofing.com. Plug in all of the project specifics and contractors will get back to you and let you know whether the bids seem in line or whether you should continue to seek out more bids.


Step 4: Vet The Companies
What kind of experience do they have with your type of roof and the material you are considering. Quality roofing estimates should be broken down into different component parts. Check on the company using yelp.com (unbiased reviews), Angie’s List (a paid for service), Google Places (local listings) and the BBB to make sure each roofing contractor has a solid history and reviews from past customers.


Roofing Guide: Project Costs


Asphalt Shingles: $2.75 to $5.75 psf installed

Concrete Tiles: $5.00 to $10.50 psf installed

EPDM Rubber: $5.00 to $8.50 psf installed

Metal: $7.50 to $24.00 psf installed

Stainless Steel Panels: $8.50 to $12.00 psf installed

Tar Torch Down: $1.50 to $3.50 psf installed

Spanish Tile: $6.25 to $12.25 psf installed