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Roofing Question
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Dave Munson    Posted 09-01-2004 at 18:24:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anyone know what the 'standard' charge is for roofing (price per square)? High end shingles seem to run about $60 per square.

I use to think that labor runs 100% materials.

slim    Posted 09-02-2004 at 07:27:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just looked it up. I built a house 3 years ago so these prices are for new construction and are 3 years old. It is also for labor only. It is for the north Mississippi area in a booming residential construction market. I'm sure it's higher today.

$30 per square for shingles (50 squares)
$12 per roll for felt (13 rolls)
$30 per roll for the heavy stuff for the valleys (5 rolls)

This works out to about $36 per square for the whole shooting match. Now again this is for labor only. I supplied all materials and I also supplied all insurance. If I had hired someone who carried their own insurance it would have been at least $5 per square higher but I supplied insurance for many of the other trades also.


BOSS    Posted 09-02-2004 at 04:13:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I own a roofing company, for the most part, a roof usually goes for, new construction is about $140 a sq., overlay is about $155 a sq. and a 2 layer tearoff is about $225 a sq.

Doc    Posted 09-01-2004 at 20:37:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow!!! $150 to $200!! That would make the average house roof (20 to 30 squares) cost a ton! Think the man just wanted a roof, not to buy the house.

Here in the South East the going rate is not over $60 per square by the most competent company (nail on over the first roof).

I own rental property and in the past year have had 8 houses re-roofed and about 6 to 10 re-roofed every year each year for the past 12 years.

The average 30 year roof has never been over $60.00 per square.

Grissoul    Posted 09-01-2004 at 22:37:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Price of the roof per sq. can be alot. All depends on the style of shingle/other material and the pitch of the roof.

If you are going to have a company do it for you I would suggest getting atleast 3 bids. Alot of companies have portfolios they can show you of past jobs they have completed. You will then have a good idea on a competative price. Im not a fan of the BBB, but it might be a good idea to check with them about any past problems or complaints that might have been filed against a company you are considering.

I dont know much about Maine but I think they might have to use stainless steel up in that area. Might be some of the difference in the price.

talltines    Posted 09-01-2004 at 18:41:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It depends on what part of the country you are in. Up here in Maine i usually charge from 150. to 200. a square for material and labor. That is for a single story house no stripping of old roofing. More the higher you go and the steeper the roof. Hope this helps ya. Ken

Cindi    Posted 09-02-2004 at 05:55:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with Grissoul...metal versus shingle etc, layout of the roof. A straight single story gable roof is going to be a lot less per square than a cut-up three story with all kinds of shifts in design, no access for dump truck, deck and/or fascia (sp? rot.... it varies too much to give an
accurate estimate. Few people take into consideration the layout of a home before they buy it and what future repairs might cost due to the design.

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