How Much Does an Asphalt Shingle Roof Cost?
There are several things to consider and compare when you need to buy a new asphalt shingle roof for your home. On the top of most people’s comparison list though is usually price. And that is understandable. No one wants to spend more than they have to and most people also want to make sure they aren’t getting ripped off. Here are several tips to help you figure out how to get the most for your money.
Don’t Get Too Many Bids
At Weatherseal Home Improvements, we recommend you get no more than three to five bids for any project. Why? Because although you do want to compare and interview more than one contractor, you can also have too much information to the point where you get overwhelmed or confused. Start with three. If none of those contractors meet your expectations, get a couple more bids. If that still doesn’t work, you may need to review your expectations as well as the questions you are asking. Maybe the issue isn’t with the contractors, but in the communication of ideas on both sides.
A Typical Bid
In Michigan, when you get your bids for an asphalt roof, it should discuss these details at a minimum: three tab style, asphalt shingles with all proper under layments, pipe flashing, step flashing drip edges, nails and standard venting. Always make sure you are comparing apples to apples.
What to Expect
To purchase a typical roof in Macomb county and the surrounding areas, on a one story ranch style home, approximately 1,200 -2,000 square feet with an up over style roof line you can expect to pay:
For necessary permits: Approximately $125-$250
For materials: Approximately $3,100 – $4,700
For the finished job: A legitimate, licensed and insured roofing contractor will charge in the range of $200.00 to $375.00 Per Roofing Square which is 100 square feet.
That means for the scenario above, the total job will cost approximately: $8,400-$11,000
One More Important Fact that Your Contractor May or May Not Tell You in the Bid
Prices may go up depending on oil barrel prices. Yes, roofing prices are affected by oil prices because oil is a necessary ingredient in asphalt shingles. Prices generally adjust quarterly so if you are doing your research early and buying later, give yourself a 3-10% cushion in case prices