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Question DetailsAsked on 6/13/2017

how much do i charge for labor on a 336 sf patio roof in Kalispell MT

Patio roof thats 12 by 28. Just the labor hours

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Depends on your level of expertise - a roofer working by himself (as it sounds like you are - a one-man outfit) will commonly charge on the order of $30-50/hour depending on locale and expertise. A Handyman, which is more what you sound like, commonly around $15-20 if working a basically a common laborer or helper, or more commonly around $20-30/hr if a fairly accomplished handyman with a variety of experience and skills.

And of course what you charge needs to not only be competitive so your don't leave every job on the table by being to high-priced, but also needs to cover your operating costs and pay your a reasonable wage - being consistently too cheap may get you a lot of jobs and is sometimes done to get some jobs in the backlog, but in the long run you need to charge enough to cover all your operating and fixed costs, amortization and wear and tear on vehicles and equipment and tools, cost of capital (including time value of operating expenses until you are paid, which is commonly 60-90 days), any rental costs for equipment you need but do not own, insurances, taxes, labor costs (direct and indirect, both for yourself and any employees), contingency for overruns, training costs, etc or you eventually drive your company into the ground.

I have not addressed the issue of competence - if you do not know what to charge, the question I would have is whether you have the skill sets to properly do the job and deliver a competent product to the client so you start building a good reputation, rather than maybe destroy your local reputation by doing a substandard job ?

And of course I hope you are working to plans by an architect or engineer and with a building permit - a roof (unless this is just re-roofing an existing roof) is considered structural and should be built to structural plans. Also, if it adjoins the house or the existing roof special care needs to be taken with the junction to prevent it being a place with water penetration problems - especially in a high snow load and moderately frequently rainy (about an inch to two of precipitation per month every month) area like yours.

If you mean how many hours it will take - not knowing whether this is building a roof from scratch including foundations, type of roofing, whether a stand-alone or attached roof, etc make a lot of difference - could typically be on the order of a half to full man-day (more if full in-ground concrete piers are required) for a kit roof or gazebo (metal or plastic), maybe around a man-day or man-day and a half for a simple shingle reroof of an existing roof, to as much as a man-week to possibly as much as two for a from-scratch stick-built patio roof complete from ground up (assuming 10 hour workdays). That is a VERY rough estimate, knowing nothing about the scope of work or materials being used, and assuming roof only - not any underside architectural covering or electrical or such.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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