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When it's time to replace the roof, homeowners will want to shop around for the best price. However, costs will vary depending on the roofing company, geographical area, homeowner's requirements and many other factors. The variables that go into a roof estimate won't be the same for every homeowner, so one's total of contractor labor costs can be quite different from a neighbor's.

While an accurate estimate can be arrived at with a local Gaithersburg roofing service, homeowners can expect the personalized quote they receive to take the following factors into consideration.

One of the most obvious factors involved in a quote is the dimensions of the roof. A roof inspector will need to know how large of an area the shingles or tile will need to cover in order to estimate the amount of material needed. In addition, the pitch of the roof is also important because the steeper the slope, the more material the roofer will need and the slower the installation process will be. Homeowners rarely think about the extra costs involved in roofing a two story home.

A townhouse, condominium or twin home will also make access to the roof more difficult.

The roofing experts at Seneca Creek Home Improvement of Gaithersburg MD can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, windows or doors.

Roofs with several valleys, sharp angles or additional structures like dormers and skylights will also affect the cost. In addition, the amount of current damage to the roofing system must also be taken into consideration. Roofing materials need a flat surface underneath to adequately protect the home from water damage.

If prior damage to the trusses and joists is minor or nonexistent, asphalt shingles or tiles can be placed safely over the top of the existing roof, provided there are not more than one or two layers already. If there are, then all layers will have to be torn off and hauled away. If the structure is old, weak, rotted or moldy, the entire roof deck and possibly the attic's insulation and rafters will need to be rebuilt. In that case, cost will be higher.

Another important consideration is the type of roof being installed. While asphalt shingles are more economical, they do require consistent inspections and maintenance, so long term costs will be higher. The extra price for a metal roof, however, will pay for itself over the years due to the need for fewer repairs. Stylistic choices like wood slate or concrete tile will also cost more than traditional asphalt. In areas that receive a lot of precipitation, materials and styles that can withstand frequent storms will also add to the price.

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