Costs of Professional Roof Removal

The cost of a professional roof removal can vary greatly, depending on several factors. The size of the roof, type of roof, and any permits needed will determine into the cost. Here are a few things you should be aware of if you are going to have a roof removed professionally.


It stands to reason that a large roof will cost more to remove than a smaller one. There are other factors involved with the size, however. A roof with a high pitch is going to cost more since it's a more dangerous job. A small roof with several different pitches can increase the cost. Don't assume because it's a smaller section that the cost will automatically be lower.


If you can avoid removing and replacing a roof during the winter months, you can save yourself quite a bit of money. Rainy seasons, cold weather, ice, and snow can all add to the difficulty of the job. A professional contracting company will generally charge more during poor weather months. However, it may be impossible to avoid replacing a roof in the middle of winter. 


If you are replacing a very old roof, you may be in for a surprise. In some areas of the country asbestos tiles and shingles were used frequently for roofing systems. Special permits may be required depending on your local regulations. Only licensed professionals are able to remove any material containing asbestos. You will pay a premium for these contractors. The cost of disposal will be added to the bill. You may also face additional expenses if you have to vacate your home during the removal.

Other material factors can play into the overall cost. Tiles are not commonly used as roofing anymore, and it may cost more to remove a tiled roof. The type of adhesive that was used on the roof can also affect the price tag. 

Replacing the Roof

If you use the same contractor to remove and replace the roof, you can save some money. Since it will be the same crew, and only a little bit of extra time, the contractors will usually offer package pricing for the entire job. Before you choose different companies, check around and find out what difference you will be achieving with the pricing. This can save you quite a bit in the long run.

There is no good method for determining how much it will cost to remove a roof. There are so many factors in play that it's impossible to find a one size fits all pricing guide. Removing a roof can cost anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars. The best thing you can do is get several written estimates. Many contracting companies will offer free estimates.