Residential Roof Replacement – Frederick, MD
If you are looking for a local Frederick roofer for a residential roof replacement, AC Barnes roofing can help with all of your project needs.
Things to Consider When Replacing Your Roof
There are several factors to consider when replacing your roof. The most obvious question to ask is whether or not your need a new roof and if so, how much does a new roof cost? Does it makes sense financially to replace your roof? At A.C. Barnes, we will walk you through the process of determining whether or not you need a new roof or just a repair and what type of investment you will need to make.
There are 3 major variables that determine the cost of a new roof, the size of the roof, the pitch of the roof and the type of roofing material.
Usually the size of the roof is the largest factor in determining the cost. If the pitch and materials are the same, a smaller roof will always cost less than a larger roof. Calculating the size of your roof can be easily approximated. The first part in determining the size of the roof is to figure out the square footage. This can be done by using the dimensions of the home and getting the total area of the home. Then just a simple calculation is used to turn total square footage into roofing terms. A 10×10 foot area or 100 square feet equals one roofing square. As an example, 1200 square feet is equal to 12 roofing squares. The amount of roofing squares is used to determine the material cost of your roof.
The pitch, or the slope, of the roof is another variable in determining cost. There are low, medium and high pitches. The pitch is usually phrased is a ratio format like a 3:12 roof. That ratio means that for every 12 inches the roof runs horizontally, the roof rises 3 inches vertically. As the ratio approaches 1, or the higher the first number, the greater the pitch or slope of the roof. The steeper the roof, the steeper the cost. Safety is a large consideration when working on a roof. If we have to work on a steeper roof, we have to take more safety precautions and other working challenges become present. It is much harder and takes more time for us to work on a steep roof. The pitch of the roof is used to determine the added material and labor cost of your roof.
Choosing the right material for your new roof is important. From the standard three block asphalt shingles to sheet metal, wood, slate and so on, there are more materials to choose from than ever before. In order to pick the right material, you will need to decide what is important to you. Some of the major things to consider are cost, longevity and durability, and curb appeal.
Cost - The traditional three block asphalt shingles will be the entry level material when it comes to material and labor cost. The cost scale usually starts with asphalt shingles and followed by wood, metal, tile and slate. Not only do we have our own in-house custom metal shop, but also we offer a variety of alternative materials that provide a compromise between cost and appearance. Some of these materials include:
- Architectural Shingles – A premium asphalt single that are thicker than traditional three block shingles and have a textured appearance. Architectural shingles come in many different sizes, shapes, colors and can be layered to stand out. The architectural shingles provide an added curb appeal.
- Synthetic Imitation Slate – Because slate is heavy stone, the material, labor and additional roofing supports tend to drive up the cost. However, synthetic imitation slate is an inexpensive alternative, made from plastic, that looks similar to real slate but doesn’t have the weight or the cost associated with traditional slate. It is also approved by the historical preservation committee.
A Few Other Cost Considerations
- Accessibility of the Roof
- Permits and Special Requirements
- Previous Roof Removal
Regardless of the size, pitch or material of your new roof, A.C. Barnes Roofing will provide you with information on each type of roofing system and help you decide on the roofing system that fits your home and your needs. Replacing your roof is a major investment and a major decision and we will make sure your new roof is perfect for you.