City Roofing Buying Guide Greensboro
Whether this is your first experience with planning a new roof installation or you’ve been faced with the situation in the past, this buying guide covers many of the steps in the process. The mini checklist provides a jump-start for property owners putting a working plan in place.
New Roofing Preparation
- Greensboro Climate Impact
- Types of Roofing Material
- Permit Information
- Contractor Information
- Estimated Cost Information
- Resources and Considerations
Greensboro Climate Impact on Roof Choice
The climate in Greensboro is a little more diverse in its seasonal averages than other North Carolina cities. The city receives ample sunshine on an average of 217 days per year and has fewer rainy days with approximately 96 days having measurable precipitation. When it comes to snowfall, the U.S. average is 25 inches per year whereas Greensboro receives an average of 9 inches. The U.S. rain average is 37 inches and Greensboro exceeds that figure with an average of 43 inches yearly. The comfort index regarding humidity is 37 out of a 100, which is slightly lower than the national average of 44 out of 100. The low rating means humidity is relatively high in the city.
With these statistics in hand, you’ll be better prepared to make a roofing material selection. While a less expensive material may be an attractive option, if it doesn’t hold up under inclement weather, you’ll negatively impact your return on investment.
Types of Roofing Material
There are numerous types of roofing materials available in different shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors. One thing to keep in mind when selecting a covering is darker material absorbs heat while lighter colored roofing material reflects it.
- Asphalt shingles – also known as composite shingles are a popular choice because of the low cost, easy installation, durability, easy repair, and a life span of 20 to 30 years.
- Rolled roofing – if any portion of your property has a flat roof, this is generally the type of covering to choose.
- Slate tiles or clay tiles – both add a nice touch to the look of the roof but both are heavy and may require the installation of framework prior to installation. Both are durable with a long life span.
- Metal roofing – this eco-friendly material can be recycled, eliminates the worry of termites or wood-boring insects damaging the material, available in copper, stainless steel or aluminum, and has an expected life span of 50 years. Metal and slate materials are on the high end regarding cost per square foot.
- Wood shingles – if you’re considering this material, verify with the city that wood shingles are allowed. Due to fire code restrictions, they are not permitted in all cities.
Roof Permit Information in Greensboro
The building and development center for your city is a good place to start and ask questions about installing a new roof. With few exceptions, a permit and inspection is required.
You’ll need to know if this applies to you based on the history of the roof currently installed on your property. When you contact the center, be prepared for questions such as age of the roof, square footage, and if the current covering is over two layers thick, meaning it has had new roofing installed previously, two times.
Your point of contact is Development Services, 300 W. Washington Street, Greensboro, 27401 or phone (336) 373-1255 and they are open Monday-Friday.
Greensboro Roofing Contractor Information
It’s always a good idea to verify a contractor’s license to ensure they are legitimately licensed and insured. At the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors, you can use the search tool available for free on the website.
Also contact the Better Business Bureau for a history of the contractor or company.
Estimated Roof Cost in Greensboro
For an example of an estimated cost for a new roof in Greensboro, the following calculation is based on a 2,000 square foot home in zip code 27412 having a wood shingle roof installed.
The estimated cost is based on an average cost per square foot of $4.51 for the low end and $7.52 for the high end.
The total estimated cost on the low end is $9,019.82. This includes $6,621.20 for roofing materials, $1,897.32 for 72.6 hours of labor, $448.00 for supplies and $52.50 for equipment allowance.
On the high end estimate, the cost is $14,633.32. This figure includes $9,446.60 for roofing materials, $4,584.47 for labor, $516.00 for supplies and $86.25 for equipment.
Discuss with your contractor any additional fees not included in the basic material and installation estimate such as material removal, site clean-up, replacing rotted wood, or repairs to decking and beams.
Greensboro Roofing Resources
- Energy Star – for property owners installing metal or asphalt shingles.
- Department of Energy – a list of loan programs, grants, and incentives.
New Roof Considerations
- Homeowner’s insurance – contact your agent and ask about any roofing discounts such as the installation of hurricane clips.
- Down time – a new roof installation can take 3 days, or longer, depending on the square footage and no unexpected problems such as inclement weather or unforeseen repairs. Have a back-up plan should the project take longer than anticipated.
- Finances – have a financial plan in place to cover existing estimates and any unforeseen costs that may arise. A home equity loan or home improvement loan are options.
It may seem like a lot of steps are involved for a new roof but taking the time to check each area means the job will be done right, which results in protecting your investment.