Written by Brad Caldwell on Jan. 27, 2017 – “Roof Pricing in Auburn AL”
Roof Pricing in Auburn AL
*Introductory note – “1 square” is roofing parlance for “100 square feet.”
**Most prices include removal of one layer of roofing, and all labor and material costs, unless otherwise noted.
1. Metal Roofing Prices
A. Standing Seam Metal Roofing – $550+/square* **
Standing seam metal is the “Cadillac” of roof systems. Capable of lasting 50+ years without leaks, this roof system looks spectacular! Additionally, metal roofing stands up to hail damage so much better than other roof options like shingles. According to roofingcalc.com, a standing seam metal roof can have up to 3 times the life of a shingle roof. A well-installed metal roof can cost $550+/square in Auburn, or about twice the cost of a shingle roof. Over the long run, the metal roof can end up being cheaper.
B. Georgia-Rib Metal Roofing – $350+/square
Alternatively called “Eagle-Rib,” “Low-Rib,” or sometimes just “tin roofing,” (although metal these days is almost always galvanized steel, with or without a paint coating), this roofing system is a huge step down from standing seam. Caldwell’s Roofing doesn’t like this product – their biggest gripe with it is that you have to put thousands of screw penetrations through the roof system (it’s a “thru-fastened” roof system, as opposed to standing seam, which is a “hidden-fastener” system). Each of these presents a possible leak point, once the neoprene washers begin to fail due to UV degradation.
Nevertheless, this Georgia-Rib is a very popular choice, and is the kind of metal you usually see around the area. These roofs can begin to need attention (especially replacement or caulking of screws) as early as 10-20 years after installation. Also, the convoluted profile of Georgia-Rib makes triple-lapping of panels (such as is necessary at the end of a dormer valley) practically impossible, so roofers have to make do (results in a rather ugly appearance at many crucial flashing transition areas). But if this is what you have your heart set on, Caldwell’s Roofing can usually install it for you for about $350+/square. Note that often 2×4 purlins are installed directly over asphalt shingles for this particular roof system (commonplace practice).
2. Asphalt Shingle Roofing Prices
A. Dimensional (“Architectural”) Shingle Roofing – $245+/square
These are the shingles often used on new homes. They provide a nice depth to the look of the roof. Additionally, they may last 5-10 years longer than 3-tab shingles. They have a realistic life of about 20-30 years. Expect to pay $245+/square to have a re-roof done by a qualified roofing contractor that carries worker’s comp and liability insurance.
B. 3-Tab (“Economy”) Shingle Roofing – $210+/square
These are the earlier design of shingles, and hence you often see them on older homes. They provide a nice look while giving you more economy for your roof system. Their realistic life span is about 15-25 years at best. Caldwell’s Roofing usually charges about $210+/square for an economy 3-tab shingle roof.
3. Low-Slope Roofing Product Prices
Both metal and shingle roofs begin to have difficulties once the slope of the roof goes below 4:12 (4 inches rise for every 12 inches run). Roofs that are flat or nearly flat require a specialty roofing product designed for the situation. Shingles rely on gravity to function aright, and are hence a “water-shedding” (but not “water-proof”) product. But not to worry – roofing manufacturers have many great options for protecting low-slope roofs, whether on commercial flat roof buildings, residential low-slope porch roofs, flat-top dormers, or what-have-you.
A. TPO (“Thermoplastic PolyOlefin”) Roofing – $600++/square
As standing seam metal is the “Cadillac” of steep-slope roofing, TPO (or PVC) is the Cadillac of low-slope roofing. These single-ply welded membranes provide decades of excellent protection against leaks in the most vulnerable areas of your roof (the nearly flat parts). These roofs can last 20-30+ years, and are easily repaired by a professional in the event of storm damage.
TPO is usually installed on 2″ ISO insulation, which, together with the white color, provides great protection against the heat of the summer sun in the south! It requires professional tedious labor to install, which is why its price is high. But it’s worth it for once-for-all protecting the vulnerable areas of y0ur roof. Note that it is white, and no – no shingles get installed on the top of it! – but in our opinion, these roofs look spectacular. Figure $600/square, or even a good bit more, as detail flashings require a good bit of expert work.
B. PVC (“Poly Vinyl Chloride”) Roofing – $600++/square
PVC looks exactly the same as TPO, and is installed almost exactly the same; however, they use different chemicals to create the products, and they are not mixable. A qualified roofer can tell you the difference between the two, but you as a homeowner would probably see no difference. Material cost may be slightly more for PVC, but the welding of the seams is a little easier to do, so Caldwell’s Roofing charges pretty much the same price.
C. EPDM (“Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (M-class) Rubber”) Roofing – < $500+/square
EPDM is somewhat similar to the two previous options, but is usally black in color (some now have a white top), and has its seams glued chemically, rather than heat-welded. This makes the seams much less reliable over the long run; in fact, EPDM is known for is undesirable characteristic of pulling away from pipe-penetrations and wall edges over time, creating leaks. Nevertheless, it is a fairly popular choice which is spec’d out by architects sometimes. EPDM is sometimes chemically adhered to the decking below. Figure something less than $500+/square on this product. On occasion, this product is “ballasted” (held down with pea gravel or some other substance), which increases installation price. Such a case is seen below.
D. Modified Bitumin (“Roll”) Roofing – < $400+/square
While the cheapest of the low-slope options, this product is not recommended by Caldwell’s Roofing. Low-slope parts of your roof are very vulnerable to water leaks, so it pays to spend a little extra to get a roof with carefully tended seams, flashings, and transitions. It’s very difficult to get that with roll roofing. This product relies on tar, which is messy and degrades in the presence of UV rays from the sun. Heat blisters can also be common with the roofing product. One advantage this product has is that it comes in many colors. You can more or less match your low-slope regions to the color of your shingle roof. Figure about < $400+/square on this product.
Caldwell’s Roofing hopes you enjoyed “Roof Pricing in Auburn AL”! As a last note, here are some compatibility guidelines:
If you have a roof with both steep and low slope areas, make sure the two products you choose are compatible. Shingles are compatible with TPO, but not with PVC. Copper is not compatible with many other metals. EPDM is often used with shingles with apparently no adverse effects. Galvanized steel is compatible with all low-slope options in this article (but be careful not to cut the low-slope membrane with the sharp metal!).
Call if you need more specific help with roof pricing in Auburn AL! 334.332.7799 (Brad Caldwell, Caldwell’s Roofing)