The roof is your home’s ultimate defense against harsh Canadian weather conditions. It protects your biggest investment and if you don’t replace your roof with the right materials or you decide to use inexperienced workers, you could be setting yourself up for major headaches and great financial loss.
Roof replacement in the GTA can cost anywhere between $1,200 and $50,000, but this all depends on many factors including the size, shape, and condition of your existing roof. At Dream Roof, our experienced crews will offer you a competitive quote and we’ll get the job done right. Here’s a look at roof replacement costs in 2021:
Factors That Affect Roof Replacement Cost
Your Home’s Size
How much it costs to replace your roof depends on your home’s size. Most quality roofers will use square footage to determine the cost. If you are replacing your roof with metal roofing, the roofing cost per square foot is usually between $6.00 and $8.00. If you are replacing your roof with asphalt shingles, the cost is much lower, between $3.50 and $5.50 per square foot, although asphalt won’t last nearly as long as metal.
Cost to roof a house can vary greatly depending on your roof’s slope or pitch, also known as the angle of your roof. The pitch of your roof goes a long way in determining exactly how much material is needed for your particular type of slope and of course, the more material needed, the higher your final cost will be.
If your roof is not easy to access or needs specialized gear to get the materials and roofers to the desired area, this will increase your labor hours and therefore the entire cost of your total roof replacement.
Here are some of the most common types of roof slopes we encounter:
- Gable: One of the most common roof types with two sides that meet in the middle and slope downward.
- Saltbox: Very much like a gable roof, but one of the sides is longer so it’s a bit trickier to cover a much steeper slope on that side.
- Gambrel: Also known as a barn roof, this type of slope can have two or even three slopes on each side of the roof’s peak (the roof’s highest point).
- Mansard: Instead of two sides, this gambrel-style roof has four sides to cover.
- Pyramid: These types of roofs have four sides but only one peak. All four sides are triangular and have a downward slope.
It should be noted that because the Gable is the simplest and most commonly found design in roofs, it’s also the most affordable option for many homeowners. Something more complex, such as a gambrel roof, for example, demands more materials and could result in a final cost that’s as much as 15% higher.
The Roof’s Condition
Does your entire roof need to be replaced or just a few sections? Also, once we remove the old shingles or metal roofing, we need to determine if there has been any significant water damage to the boards underneath as well as the fascia, soffits, eaves and more.
Materials For Your Roof
The cost will be greatly affected by which roofing materials you choose for your home. The most common materials used on Canadian homes are asphalt shingles. More and more people are getting into metal roofs as well because they’re made from recycled materials and tend to be much more energy-efficient. Other customers will select different materials for their roof such as composite, cedar, and slate.
Cost of Replacing Roof With Asphalt Shingles
If you’re looking for the lowest budget option, you would have to go with asphalt because it’s the most affordable. Metal can cost three times as much while slate can run your costs up even higher. However, it should be noted that more expensive materials such as metal or slate will last longer and will save you from having to replace your roof as often if you had gone with asphalt shingles.
|Square Footage Of Roof||Average Price Paid By Customer|
|Less than 1,000||$1,250 to $3,000|
|1,500 to 2,500||$3,500 to $7,000|
|2,500 to 3,500||$7,000 to $10,500|
|More than 4,000||More than $11,000|
Now that you’re aware of the base cost for roof replacement using asphalt shingles, it’s important to note that you can purchase different types of shingles that will all vary in quality and ultimately how long they will withstand the rigours of the changing seasons.
3-Tab 25 Year Shingles
These are the most inexpensive types of shingles to buy that can still protect your home from the elements. Even though they are the cheaper option among the current selection of asphalt shingles, 3-Tab shingles actually require extra care during installation. All of the rows and columns of tabs have to align just right to form a proper barrier to protect your underlayers and plyboard from rain, snow, and ice.
30-Year Architectural Shingles
For a bit more money, you can get better quality, longer-lasting shingles. Architectural shingles are thicker and more durable than the 3-Tab variety. However, depending on your home, they usually take less time to install because they are not as finicky as the 3-Tab system.
50-Year Shingles, Premium Designer Brands
This is the most expensive type of asphalt shingle you can buy on the market because these shingles will last the longest. It’s important to note, however, that the years listed on the names of these products do not correlate to the number of years they will last. Even if you buy 50-year shingles, you will have done well if they last for 30 years.
Installing A New Roof
What Are The Labour Costs Of Installing A New Roof?
In terms of labour costs to install a new metal roof in the Greater Toronto Area, you can pay anywhere between $13,000 and $18,000. Meanwhile, an asphalt roof can run you anywhere between $3,000 and $10,000. But there are many factors at play including how much many materials you’ll need, the quality of materials you are using, the type of home you own and your home’s size.
Some Other Stuff To Consider
The final price usually tends to include the removal and disposal of your old shingles as well as any other under layers that must be removed during the roofing process. Your final bill should also include the use of all tools, accessories and building permits.
Ask About Warranties
Most roofers will also offer warranties on their work that can range anywhere from 5-10 years, but you should at least be getting some kind of guarantee on your new roof. If there’s no warranty offered, you should avoid signing any kind of deal. To make sure that your warranty claim is never denied, ensure that a roofing professional signs off on your roof deck and attic venting systems. These are the pillars of your roof’s overall health and two of the most common reasons that homeowners’ warranty claims are rejected by roofing contractors after installation.
Assure That They’re Insured!
Be sure that you are only hiring fully insured roofing contractors against all accidents and damages to your home and your neighbors’ homes. If you decide to go with uninsured contractors, you could be 100% liable financially and criminally for anything bad that happens, including a worker’s injury or damaged property. Working with uninsured contractors also means that your home insurance could refuse to payout in the event a claim is made related to your roof’s replacement.
Don’t Take The Lowest Estimate
If you get an estimate from another roofing company that seems a lot lower than other estimates you’ve already received, this is a red flag. Chances are that these roofers are uninsured, inexperienced, or not certified to do this dangerous and important job. The savings may be tempting, but don’t do it!
You should always take time to extensively look at reviews from the company’s past customers. Try and look out for descriptions and pictures of jobs similar to yours. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the company for the contact information of past customers. The best way to get a good reference is to speak with someone directly.
Get Professional Roofers On Top Of It
It’s time to get your Dream Roof! Our team of professional roofing contractors is fully trained, licensed, insured, and honest with you about every step of the roofing process. We promise to deliver the best quality service from the first consultation to clean up and all the finishing touches. We stand by all of our work with industry-leading warranty programs and a long list of satisfied customers eager to share their positive experiences working with all of our roofers.
If you have no idea where to start, just give us a call and one of our friendly staff will help you figure out what roofing materials will work best for you and your home. Contact us today for a free consultation.