Are you concerned about the cost of replacing your shingle roof due to a recent wind, rain, or hail event?
Are you concerned about getting a fair price from your roofing contractor?
After reading this article you will know the cost of a shingle roof in Myrtle Beach, 8 factors that affect the cost, and be prepared to make an educated decision about your upcoming roofing project.
The 8 Factors:
- Type of Shingle
- Size of roof
- Roof pitch
- Roof complexity
- Roof height
- Accessory types
- Delivery Methods
With 38 years of experience in the roofing industry, we are pleased to provide you with clarity around this common question. Before we go into detail on how each of these factors affect the cost of your roofing project, let’s look at the average cost for a roof in Myrtle Beach.
The Average Cost of a New Roof Per Square
Simply stated, the larger your roof, the more you should expect to pay for your project. A prospective contractor will likely use the term “per square” when discussing the cost of your roofing project. “Per square” is an industry term that represents a 10 ft x 10 ft area on your roof.
For Example: 1 square = 100 square feet
Keep in mind that the square footage of your roof will be bigger than the square footage of your home. We will discuss how this occurs in section 3 of this article.
To put this into perspective, the average roof size in Myrtle Beach is 30 square (or 3000 square feet.). For an architectural shingle, the price can range from $350 to $550 per square depending on the factors addressed in this article.
When factoring in material and labor, the customer can expect to pay around $10,500 ($350 x 30 sq) to $16,500 ($550 x 30 sq) depending on the factors stated in this article.
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8 Factors That Affect Roof Price
- Type of Shingle
There are 3 main types of shingles: 3-tab shingles, architectural shingles, and designer shingles. These types are most commonly installed on residential properties. The cost varies based on the durability, design, and longevity of each shingle type.
95% of our customers opt for shingles, which are cost-effective and stylish. There are a wide variety of colors and styles to choose from.
Shingles are the most economical roofing material on the market. The pros, cons, and quality vary based on the type of shingle you choose.
The price breakdown looks like this:
- 3-Tab Shingles: $330-$450 per square
- Architectural Shingles: $350-$550 per square
- Designer Shingles: $400-$600 per square
While the above prices are accurate in most cases, your personal preferences and the uniqueness of your roof will be factors in determining the final price.
Let’s take a look at the other factors that affect the cost of your roofing project.
- Roof Size
Roof Size is determined by elements like ridges, hips, valleys, rakes and eaves.
These areas are also taken into consideration when looking at size, as different shingle materials are used in each of these different areas (Ex: cap shingles at ridges and starter shingles at eaves and rakes). This impacts price because these details are factored into the amount of materials needed to complete your roof project.
All of these areas on the roof are considered and included in the price per square.
- Roof Pitch
The pitch is a fundamental element of a roof’s design. You may also hear it referred to as the roof slope. Your contractor will express the pitch as a ratio.
The pitch is determined by the vertical rise and horizontal run of your roof.
The horizontal run is always expressed as 12 inches, while the vertical rise (also expressed in inches) determines the pitch and offers a clearer picture of the cost.
For example: A pitch ratio of 4/12 indicates that the vertical rise is 4 inches for every 12-inch horizontal run. Not only that, but the pitch will increase the square footage of your roof, making it significantly larger than the square footage of your home.
To get an idea of pricing, here is how pitch will affect the cost during install:
- 7/12-9/12: an additional $40 to $70 per square
- 10/12-12/12: an additional $70 to $110 per square
- Over 12/12: an additional $110 per square or more
- Roof Complexity
This term refers to the unique design of your roof. Roof Complexity includes valleys, facets, rake, eaves, hips, flashing, dead valleys, and more.
These areas on your roof will require your roofers to cut and shape the shingles to fit just right. If your roof is more complex, it needs more materials and there will be a larger waste factor on the job. A typical roofing project will amass anywhere from 10% to 25% of material waste.
- Roof Height
A roof that is 2 stories or taller will raise the cost of your roof. A 2-story home will have an additional $20 to $40 price increase per square. The price is situational on any home over 3-stories. This is due to the added price for lifts, cranes, and possibly other machinery.
- Accessory Types
Roof accessories include things like skylights, premium underlayment, upgraded hip and ridge caps, upgraded pipe boots, etc.
Upgrades have a varying impact on the price depending upon what you decide to upgrade. Not only that but also the number of upgrades you choose to have on your roof.
Customers can expect to spend anywhere between $40 to $200 per square depending on the combination of upgrades you choose.
If your project is a new construction build, you will not have to worry about tear-off costs. However, if you are having a roof replacement, it is best practice to remove existing shingles before new shingles are installed. This is the tear-off process.
The cost of a tear-off looks a little different for each customer. The price can be an additional $30 to $60 per square depending on your roofing contractor and the materials that are being removed.
If there are multiple layers, that extra cost will be applied to each layer of shingling that is torn off.
- Delivery Method
The method used to deliver your shingles will affect the cost of your roofing project. In most cases, your contractor will use a boom truck. A boom truck is used to place roofing materials on top of your home.
With this method, shingles are removed from the pallet and put on top of your home. The shingles will be placed in a way that ensures weight is distributed evenly on your roof.
The boom truck method prevents the additional labor cost that comes with bringing shingles onto the roof manually.
If you opt for the manual method, the shingles will be removed from the pallet and placed on the ground. Shingles placed on the ground would be carried up via ladder vator or other methods.
A ladder vator is a ladder with a small elevator that brings shingles to the top of the roof. This method would increase the price of your project by around $6 to $12 per square depending on what your contractor charges.
It is important to consider the moving parts that go into the cost of a roof. In light of the evolving costs and the financial commitment involved, it is natural to want to make informed decisions.
Is A Roof Replacement in Your Budget?
With the everchanging cost of roofing materials, it can be difficult to know whether your roofing contractor is offering a fair price. After all, this is a major financial commitment and a necessary safety measure for you and your family, so you want to make sure you get it right, and that’s understandable.
As you plan your budget, you will want to keep in mind that roofing costs are always rising. With this in mind, you might find yourself asking “How long can I wait until I need a roof replacement?” If you know a new roof is in your near future, but now is not the best time financially, you may want to consider the top 3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Stall on a Roof Replacement.
Having read this breakdown, you can go into your roofing project with clarity of the costs associated with a roof. Not only that but when you use the Instant Estimator Tool, you can have a leg up on what to expect.
You are now one step closer to a new high-quality roof.