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The 3 Biggest Pricing Factors in Roofing

Because each roof system is unique, it is difficult to give a generalized price for a roof. Roof pricing is determined by the type of roofing materials used, the quality of the roofing components and labor as well as warranty work. An inspection by a roofing specialist can determine the exact pricing. This will depend on the roof’s condition and size as well as slope and availability of materials.

1. Materials


It is a waterproof or water-resistant material that is installed under all roofing materials. It’s designed to protect your home from water damage and provide additional support against heavy impacts. Montgomery County building codes state that all Montgomery roofs must have a quality underlayment layer in order to withstand the severe storms that can hit the region.


The material that covers the roof, chimney and windows. It also lines doors, decks, decks, decks, shelves, and other openings. Leakage from these openings, particularly around the chimney or windows, can result in flashing not being installed.

Roof Type

The price of a new roof will vary depending on how steep the slope (roof pitch) is.

2. Labor

The quality of workmanship is closely related to labor costs. Since every roofer can sell the exact same material, the main difference in pricing among competing roofing contractors is usually the labor cost. To maintain the manufacturer warranty, all roofing jobs must be completed according to manufacturer specifications. Homeowners will lose their warranties if they do not follow the guidelines.

3. Warranty

Two types of warranties are usually offered for roofs: material and installation. If the roofing contractor follows specific installation procedures, manufacturers will only warrant their roofing components for a short time. Contractors may offer a warranty for their work. Poor workmanship and non-compliance with these guidelines are the main reasons roof warranties are denied for 90% of claims. Warranty terms can be as short as one year, or as long as your home lasts. Their costs directly impact roof pricing.

Lifetime vs Installation Costs

Many homeowners only care about the cost of the roof or what the contractor will charge. All roofs need maintenance, eventually repair or replacement. A homeowner will pay more for their roof over time if it is of lower quality. Properly maintaining a high-quality roofing system is the best way to reduce lifetime costs. It prevents the need for repair or replacement.

Roof Pricing

Standard Roof

No Warranty / Short Warranty, Basic / Low Quality Roof Parts, Low Quality Workmanship – $10,000

Enhanced Roof

Limited Warranty, Manufacturer Require Roof Components, Semi Experience Workmanship – $15,000 to $20,000

Quality Roof

Roof Components with a Lifetime Warranty. Designed for Area Weather and Temperature, Trained Workmanship, Experienced – $25,000+

Based on a single-story, composition roof and manufacturer warranties from GAF and CertainTeed.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Largo Roofing Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978.  Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.

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