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Question DetailsAsked on 9/8/2014

can you estimate the cost of a roof replacement of a two story home of 1800 feet

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Click on the Home > Roofing link right under your question for a number of prior similar questions with typical costs for many types of roofing - especially for shingle roofs.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


I can completely understand anyone trying to make the shopping portion of home remodeling less cumbersome. But with that being said, there is no such thing as a "ball park estimate" on anything. The variables are endless for remodeling/roofing. Each geographic area has different labor rates. There are shingles that literally cost $60 per square and some that cost $200+ per square. The underlayment that goes under the shingles can be 15lb, 30lb, or the most expensive is synthetic. Each manufacturer charges a different price for it's version of ice and water shield. If you need decking replaced or not. If someone give you a ball park estimate on your roof, think about it. Either it is padded enough to handle issues, which means you are overpaying. Or, the company will skimp and buy the cheapest materials available to try to make money to stay under the "BallPark Estimate"

Sorry but that really is the truth. Shopping for any large purchase is cumbersome and can be a royal pain in the rear. But, it is the best way to make sure you know and trust the company you are doing business with.

Answered 6 years ago by ExteriorUpgrader


I agree with remodeler that the only "Good" estimate is a firm bid from a contractor - and three responsive bids for larger jobs.

However, I disagree that there is no such thing as a ballpark estimate - first, with years of experience one can pretty easily put a "typical" number range on many types of jobs, realizing there are always exceptions. Contractors do this all the time, not only in talking to customers before submitting a detailed bid, and also in their own pricing and bidding - I know many contractors who use a historic price range to bid "standard" jobs, being careful in the contracts to exclude certain common change of conditions like rotten wood, etc. - but using a "standard" or "typical" unit prices to bid the job once they confirm the job site offers no challenges out of the ordinary.

Also, if AL members can't get at least a ballpark number for what their job would typically be expected to cost, Realizing that the numbers are "ballparks" or "typical" number only, they would have no idea of whether they are getting reasonable or "responsive" bids.

I have seen a number of cases oer the years where a single woman or elderly homeowner (as well as commercial building or project managers and government contracting officers) got multiple bids 2-10 times as high as they should have been, and without the fore-knowledge of what a "reasonable" price range was they would have gotten ripped off. I have been instrumental in several large project cases in convincing clients or contracting officers that the bids they went out and got were all wet, and helped arrange rebidding with different bidders that cut project cut successfully by 1/2 or more, without sacrificing functionality or schedule. Sometimes due to their ignorance (and bidder's knowledge of the owner's ignorance) of what it should cost, sometimes because they were going through mjiddlemen instead of manufacturers (like one case for over 70 miles of large-diameter pipeline that was originally bid with 3 levels of middlemen resulting in 3 separate planned loadings, movements, and offloadings and over 150% markup over straight-from-mill cost), sometimes because there was something in the scope of work or plans that was non-standard or unnecessarily expensive that drove the bid up.

A prime example - park service coastal visitor's center plans and spec called for all structural metal, piping and fasteners to be high-grade stainless steel which drove a project cost up by over $10 million, when cad-plated outdoor fasteners, standard hot dipped zinc interior brackets and fasteners, standard piping and unfinished weathering structural steel was perfectly adequate for the job and liked even better by the client and architect because the brown color blended in with the wood finishes and natural scenery.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


get three estimates from three local roofing companys after that youll have a ballpark, do you need gutters and leaders?, soffits and facias, frieze boards?, drip edge? tear down or lay over,? what city? too many factors to estimate with out seeing the job.

Answered 6 years ago by the new window man

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