What Does a Roofing Cost Calculator Really Tell You?

Pricing a Roof is Not as Simple as it May Seem

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, “How much will it cost me for a new roof?” Our response is often, “That depends.” You’ll find a long list of factors affecting the final price of a new roof. Back in May, we tackled the topic for San Francisco roofs. If you are in the market for a new roof, you may have seen those roof calculators featured on some websites. You might even have followed their simple invitation to “Start your roof installation and cost calculator here.”

What Do They Really Tell You?

The simplest ones ask about square footage, replacement or new, then give you basic options like asphalt shingles, natural slate, tile, wood shake/composite or metal. Roof slope – “pitched” or “flat” and the age of your current roof may be included. Some don’t even go that far. The more in-depth ones ask a series of more complicated questions, such as how many layers is your current roof, how many stories is the building and is it residential or commercial and do you own the property?  Some ask for your zip code. After filling out the questions, you hit submit. In rare cases, you may see an actual dollar amount on the screen. In most cases, the next screen you see will be a contact page where you are asked to give all your contact information so someone from a local roofing company can provide you with a free, accurate bid.

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Estimating the Cost of a Roof is More Efficient and Accurate in Person

In today’s hectic world, we are all looking for ways to save time, but filling out on-line roof installation and cost calculators isn’t the best way to save time, or money. That’s why many of those calculators won’t give you estimates and the ones that do are often far off the price point. It will pay to keep in mind that even between reputable roofing companies, a roof estimate contains many variables.

The price of roofing materials alone can be very different. The price of a tile roof will cost much more than one covered in asphalt shingles. Even the type of tile you choose, red clay or cement composite, will affect the cost and the same is true for asphalt shingles.  Do you want fiberglass or organic, 3-ply or the dimensional/architectural style or the even fancier designer shingles?

Then, there is the condition of your current roof. Is it leaking and damaged? Or are you being proactive in calculating the age of your current roofing materials and getting a bid before it leaks? All these factors come into play when estimating the cost of a roof.

Take the guesswork out of getting a roofing estimate. Contact us today and arrange for one of our professional roofing staff to give you a free, on-site estimate for your roofing needs.