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Roofing Cost 2021
Updated on May 5, 2021
Roofing cost in 2021 depends on the market supply and demand, the quality of the roofing shingles, the roof pitch (steep and shallow roofs cost more), the roof area, and the complexity of the roof.
An asphalt roof costs between $3.50 to $5.50 per square foot in Edmonton, but some asphalt roofs may cost over $9.
Check out our blog post on the cost of re-roofing.
Photo: shingle bundles and roofing underlayment
What is included in the cost?
Roofing Labour Cost
A very expensive portion of a roof replacement is labour cost. This is because it takes days of hard work to complete a roofing project, and it takes many years of training and experience to make an excellent roofer.
There are different types of roofing labours and their wage differs depending on their skill level. The ground-level labours perform shingle tear-offs and clean-up works. They also assist other roofers, who install shingles and do metal flashing work. The Crew Lead is the head of a crew. He is responsible for managing the workflow, ensuring the quality of the work performed. A Crew Lead reports directly to the Operating Manager or the Business Owner. Sometimes, the Crew Lead is also the Business Owner.
Roofing Materials Cost
A roof replacement takes a lot of material. An average roof consumes between 70 to 130 bundles of asphalt shingles, which is 3,500 to 6,000 lbs of materials! Asphalt shingles cost increases by 5% to 10% annually, and sometimes the cost will increase more than two times in a year. Premium asphalt shingles cost twice as much in comparison.
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Roofing shingles are just one thing. Accessories are another significant portion of the total material cost:
- Starter shingles
- Hip & ridge shingles
- "Ice & water" waterproofing underlayment
- Water-resistant roofing underlayment
- Plywood or wood boards
- Roofing vents
- Goosenecks and plumbing vents
- Drip-edge and other metal flashings
- Nails, caulking, and other small stuff
Shingle Delivery and Hoisting Cost
Asphalt shingles come in bundles. They are transported by a truck and hoisted on top of a roof using a crane. In this picture, a Convoy 30-ton crane is hoisting shingles to a homeowner's rooftop.
Shingle waste and other construction garbage are placed in dumping bins or trailers. After the bin or trailer is full, it will be hauled away to the Edmonton Waste Management or a similar facility in the city.
Photo: a 40-yard dumping bin is used for a roof replacement
Don't want surprises? You may ask the roofing contractor to have a roof inspection done. A roof surface inspection checks the condition of the shingles, metal flashing conditions, etc. An attic inspection checks the roof ventilation system, the condition of wood trusses, the state of the roof deck, and the insulation level. A roofing quote may be adjusted based on the inspection result.