Get Started Calculating Roofing Costs
If you are doing your own home construction or replacing existing construction, roofing can be an expensive part of the project. It is important to know in advance what you are getting into and what it will cost to carefully control your project expenses.
With new construction, the first thing you need to know is square footage. Estimating square footage involves multiplying length times width, and allowing extra for gables, cantilevers, and in the case of shingles, allowing at least 20% extra for pattern repeat or shingle staggering.
DIY Roofing-New Construction
Remodels of roofs are usually performed only if a whole house facelift is being done. Normally, a remodel will occur to repair storm damage, often involving small repairs that would take an afternoon and a few dollars worth of shingles and caulk, but in the event of a bad storm or water damage , can cost in the thousands of dollars, and are covered by homeowner’s insurance most of the time. In these cases, the insurance adjuster will calculate the cost of repair and issue a check accordingly. Some companies have a list of licensed contractors who do the work and will require you use one of them, otherwise, you may receive the check and do the repairs yourself. In construction, a rule of thumb is, 1/3 of the funds buy materials, 2/3 of the funds buy the labor. If you are able to perform the labor yourself, you could keep part of the cost of the repairs and have the pride of knowing you did it yourself with the attention to detail only a homeowner puts into his own house.