Installing a New Roof

Old 07-15-08, 12:24 PM
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Installing a New Roof

I need to replace my existing cedar-shake roof with architectural shingle - 30 year warranty.

The roof is 68 squares and that seems to be pretty close to the estimate of the three roofing contractors from whom I have received estimates.

The problem I am having is that the estimates show wide variation. At the low end, is an estimate for $19,500. The one that is mid-range is for $23200 and the highest is for $25,900. The basic specs from all three contractors are essentially the same.

I am at a loss as to why there would be such a wide variation between the three contractors. What would be an approximate price per square for such a job? It is a steep roof but then all three contractors have are bidding on the same project.

I live in Northern Virginia.
Old 07-15-08, 12:34 PM
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Thats why all the recommendations say 3 estimates.

Low man may be short on work. Also may be using day labor.

High man may have plenty of work. His guys may all be paid above the table.

Whats the timeframe for job start to finish?
Same shingles?
Same reflashing and drip edge?
Are they all putting Ice and Water shield in the valleys and lower edges 3 ft back from the exterior wall?
Do they list cost of repair of bad sheathing if found?
How are they disposing of old roof?

Just a few things to ask....
Old 07-18-08, 09:38 PM
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installation techniques usually account for a large difference,it doesn`t pay to skimp,look for Albert`s roofing in Richmond,also proper insurance is very important

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