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Question DetailsAsked on 12/8/2014

Roofing - fair price to replace plywood sheathling

My roof needs a complete tear off and bad plywood replaced. There is no way of knowing how many pieces of plywood need replaced until the tear off is complete. I am paying for the materials. I roofer wanted $20 per sheet of plywood for labor. I understand the more plywood that needs to be replaced, the more labor is involved and the roofer has the make sure his labor costs are covered. $20 per sheet for labor seems expensive to me. What is a fair price to pay the roofer?

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For a full resheathing, more on the order of $10-13/sheet would be what I would expect - but with unknown quantity and possibly hit and miss here and there as they work, $20-25 is a normal range that I have seen - 2 guys to lift it up thereand put in place, one to remove old one and pull nails and then nail new one, and haul the removed one to the dumpster/ dump truck for disposal all take time, and more importantly breaks up the normal workflow moving sheet so of plywood around while other work is going on, so to me that is a fair price. On a normal roofing job, if you did not have a number of visible leaks or a roof that was pretty well rotten in place, you normally only replace a half dozen sheets or so at most, so total $ at issue is small, relatively speaking. Make sure this cost includes disposal of removed sheets.

You say you are paying for the materials - are you paying extra for him to go get the sheets needed, or is he expecting you to do that - and of course lost time waiting for the sheets to arrive if there is not a lower edge ready to start shingling while waiting for the sheets, because he cannot bring them with him not knowing how many are needed before the tearoff is done - so if that is the case, his labor rate is quite good. Under those conditions, many contractors charge more like 50-100% of the sheet cost for labor and pickup charges for sporadic replacement of sheathing.

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