Shingles are among the most common roofing materials. In the market, you will find there are various types of roofing shingles, and the most common are asphalt type, which is available at affordable price, and can last between 20 and 30 years. The shingles are sold per square feet, and one square feet of shingles can roof about a hundred square feet. Another type of shingles is known as wood shingles or cedar shingles, also popularly known as “shakes” and is cut by hand instead of machine. The cost of the cedar shingles is generally higher than that of asphalt shingles. The following is a breakdown of the shingles roof cost.
The breakdown of cost:
The cost of the shingles roof depends on the following factors:-
The types of asphalt shingle used:
Whether you want to install totally new course of roofing shingles, or want to install a new layer over existing one, or just want to install new roofing, you may buy several squares of shingles. Check your local area building regulations as some may not allow installation of shingles over pre exiting layer. In addition to the shingles, you may also need to acquire roofing felt and several rolls of these may be needed. The shingles are attached together by use of roofing nail gun. You will also need to acquire galvanized nails and roofing cement. The quantities of these, and the total cost depends on how much each is needed, based on the total surface area to be roofed.
You will be charged for labor in installing the shingles. Most roofers charge their labour per square foot, but cost may be higher if the roof is very sloppy or if very complex roofing work is required. Keep in mind that roofing work requires both human and capital intensive labour.
The wooden shingles:
If you decide to roof using wooden or cedar shingles, the cost may be a bit higher as they need much more preparation. The overall cost of the project will thus include an additional cost of removing the roofing already in existence then installing plywood where necessary. Generally, costs of removing will be added to the cost per square foot, which roofers ordinarily charge as their labour. There will also be an additional cost of re-shingling with wooden or cedar materials.
Costs of enhancing and improving:
This may include cost of applying roof sealant, to help prevent leaks in the future. The sealing is very important as it prevent the leakage and seepage of water in to the interior parts of the building, to the siding or fascia board. A most of these other parts are made of wood, when moisture develops, rooting may take place.
These include time and underlay costs. Underlay refers to the waterproofing membrane which prevents the seeping in of moisture and other destructive elements. It is always recommended that underlay be put in place as it provides the much needed weather proof until the time when the roof is installed in place. The quantity needed depends on the slope and the roofing material type.
Ensure you check the local building codes for guide on the underlay requirements in your area. The lifespan of the shingles also determines how much they cost. The best quality wooden or cedar shingles may last for more than 50 years. The lowest quality asphalt shingles may need repairs or replacement after 15 years. It is always recommended that you go for reasonable quality shingles that can last many years to come. The good thing with these roofing materials is that they are friendly to the environment.