Knowing the Cost of Roofing Products can Help Home owners

As the cost of roofing increases, home owners can gain an advantage by knowing what type of roofing products they need, and at what cost. With the right information, a home owner can look at roofing bids and determine whether a contractor’s potential charges are reasonable. In the below guide, readers can learn about the approximate costs of these materials.

The cost of a shingle roof varies by the type of shingles chosen. Asphalt shingles are on the lower end of the range, with an average price of $20 per bundle. As materials become more advanced, costs increase because installation becomes more specialized. A contractor can help the home owner determine how many bundles of shingles are needed.

Roofing Felt
Also known as tar paper, roofing felt is laid atop the underlayment before shingles are laid. Tar paper is sold on a square-foot basis, and unused felt can typically be returned after the job is complete.

Nails and other fasteners are sold per pound. The roofer with can estimate how many nails are required per square foot of roof area, and multiply that figure by the size of the roof in square feet.

Roof Flashing
Metal flashing is used around vents, chimneys, eaves and any other place where the roof meets other surfaces. Flashing is sold per linear foot, and the contractor will measure each area with flashing to determine the amount that’s needed.

If the home owner is in an area with a harsh winter climate, additional weatherproofing may be needed. Ice and snow melt can do serious damage to roof decking; if the underlayment needs replacing, the contractor can help the home owner determine the total cost.

The tools needed depends on the extent of the roofing repair. Tin snips, hammers, nail magnets, and scrapers are just some of the tools a roofer uses. Skilled contractors come with all the tools necessary to get the job done right.

Having a good working knowledge of roofing products and related costs can help home owners negotiate with contractors. At the worst, it involves comparison shopping and research. At the best, it keeps unethical roofers from charging too much for materials and labor.

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