Since a roof replacement project is a major investment, you need to carefully prepare your budget. However, no matter how well you researched the cost of replacing your roof, the project may uncover additional costs that are beyond the control of your roofing contractor. This is especially true if you live in an old house.
Here are unexpected factors that can increase the cost of your roof replacement project.
Mold and Leakages
When replacing your roof, your roofer may find hidden structural issues. If you live in a humid area, your roof likely has mold and termite damage, especially if you haven’t had a roof inspection for a while. Leakages can also go unnoticed until the shingles are removed. These leaks can lead to extensive roof issues such as rotting plywood. If the damage is severe, the material and labor costs can affect the cost of your roof replacement project.
Upgrades or Alterations
Homeowners often replace their roofs to increase the value of their homes. If you’re planning to sell your home, you should consider investing in upgrades to encourage potential buyers to choose your home. This includes improving your roof and attic ventilation, installing high-quality gutters, and switching to a different roofing material. These upgrades will cost money, so be sure to include them in your estimate. If you get an estimate based on a standard roof replacement and incorporate the upgrades later on, the cost of your project may increase.
The roof estimate for your project depends on many factors, including time and season. Labor costs may change over time, which is why many roofers provide roofing quotes that are valid for limited periods. For this reason, the roofing quotes you receive today may be invalid in five months. Once you get a roofing quote, try to replace your roof within that time. Otherwise, you may have to get a new, updated quote when you are ready for the roof replacement project.
If the building codes have changed since you installed your roof, you may need to spend extra money to bring your roof up to code. If your roof is noncompliant, you may damage your house or injure the occupants of your home. In the worst-case scenario, you may even get a monetary fine from the local authorities.
For quality roofing services, get in touch with the experts of LePage and Sons Roofing. We provide top-notch roof repair and replacement. Give us a call at (508) 295-6483, or fill out our online contact form to request a consultation.