Let's dive into the many factors that influence the costs of roofing and what else you should consider before your project starts.
What Affects the Cost of Roof Repair in Denver?
According to Home Advisor, the national average roof repair cost is approximately $1,021. However, your project could be above or below that number by a sizable amount.
Many different factors can drive up or lower the final price of your project, and no two project estimates will be the same. Here's what to pay attention to when gathering estimates from various roofers in Denver.
1. Your Roofing Materials
Your decision on roofing materials will have the greatest impact on your final costs. Pricing varies drastically from one roofing product to the next for a variety of reasons such as aesthetics, functionality, durability, and more (Forbes). For example:
- Asphalt shingles and three-tab shingles - $90/square on average
- Composite shingles - $400/square on average
- Clay tiles - $300 to $1000/square on average
If you only need a few repairs, you'll likely have fewer options on your choice of roofing materials. However, if you need more substantial repairs, a roof replacement may be in order and your decision on the material will matter more.
Be aware that contractors may additionally price materials slightly differently as well.
The second biggest cost factor of any roofing project is the labor. Costs for labor tend to be relatively consistent from one contractor to the next. That said, labor costs typically reflect the quality of workmanship at a roofing company.
If your roofing company offers lower labor costs than competitors, they might cut corners or fall short of your expectations. However, this isn’t always the case and they may still deliver a quality service.
In general, it's best to not base your hiring decision on differences in labor costs.
3. Production Delays
This is not always a common factor in the roofing industry, but the COVID pandemic has changed things. Since the early days of the pandemic, global production and manufacturing delays have sent ripple effects across many industries. And roofers are still feeling those impacts.
Due to increased delivery times for materials, roofing prices have increased on average by roughly 10%-20% since 2020. Prices will likely drop to pre-pandemic numbers as the delays decrease and production kicks back up to full capacity. Still, it's important to keep this factor in mind.
4. Roof Slope and Square Footage
Every roof is unique with its own peaks and valleys. Those angles and the total square feet will directly influence your final costs. This is one of the most important factors of your end cost.
A steeper surface area will be much more complicated to work on and more challenging to repair than a flatter surface. Your roofer may not include the roof slope/pitch as a line item in your estimate, however, the pitch will end up affecting the cost of labor.
Additional Cost Factors to Note
From residential roofs to commercial roofs, roofing is a complicated process. Roofing contractors take into consideration tons of factors when calculating estimates. You can expect your roofing professional to account for things like:
- Additional roofing materials and accessories (e.g., flashing, underlayment, gutter guards, etc.)
- Waste disposal
- Accessibility of your roof
- Local building permits and roof inspections
- And more
Whether you just need a new roof or have just experienced a bad hail storm, we recommend that you take your time when finding a roofer. There's no need to rush through your decision and end up with a subpar roofing system.
In general, we recommend that homeowners get at least 3 estimates from local roofing professionals. This will help you evaluate your options, compare costs, identify red flags, and make the right choice for your home and your wallet.
Get Started on Your Roof Repair in Denver Today
At Ethos Roofing & Restoration, we have decades of experience in the roofing industry of Colorado. We aim to deliver top-notch repairs at every turn and will work hard to reduce your roof installation costs to fit your budget. We work on all types of roofs and specialize in exterior storm damage repair.
Contact Ethos today to book your FREE roof inspection with our skilled specialists.