City Roofing Buying Guide Raleigh
Planning a new roof installation project takes a little time and research to cover all the bases. This basic buying guide provides information about several of the main areas along with a few helpful tips and resources.
Basic Steps for New Roof Installation
- Raleigh Climate
- Contractor Tips
- Permit Tips
- Roofing Materials
- Estimated Roof Cost for Raleigh
Raleigh’s Climate for New Roofing
When choosing a type of roofing material, you may stay with the current material or you may want to change to something different. Two things play a part in the decision process. First, the style of your roof will let your contractor know what can and can’t be installed. Not all roofing materials can be applied to certain roof designs. The second factor is the climate. A roofing material used in a low rain region, may not work well in Raleigh that averages 45 inches each year. These are areas to discuss with your contractor.
Overall, Raleigh falls between the extremes of very high and very low seasonal temperatures. During the summer, the high averages 89 degrees and the low during the winter averages 32 degrees. Raleigh does have a high rainfall compared to the national average of 37 inches. The comfort index for humidity is 36 out of 100. The higher the rating, the better the comfort level. Raleigh falls short of the U.S. average of 44 out of 100.
Raleigh Roof Contractor Tips
This is an area where you want to do thorough research as new roofing installation requires experience and expertise in the field. A new roof costs in the thousands of dollars and if not properly installed it results in problems such as inferior energy efficiency as well as rework to address issues and leaks. A properly installed roof that passes inspection by the city adds value to your property.
Use the Better Business Bureau for information about contractors you are considering hiring as well as any online business reviews. The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors website is another source that provides a free search tool to verify the license of potential contractors.
Roofing Permit Tips for Raleigh
Contact the Development Services Center for City of Raleigh located at One Exchange Plaza, Suite 400, Raleigh, 27601, by phone at (919) 996-2495 for information about permit requirements. This is a call you want to make as there are few exceptions for not needing a permit. New roofing is generally not one of them.
Failure for working without a required permit comes with consequences such as a citation from the city, additional fees for obtaining the required permit, fines, service fees, court costs if necessary, and removal of the work already completed.
Roofing Material Types
Discuss the different types of available roofing with your contractor to ensure the best material is chosen for your property. The following lists some of the more common and popular materials.
- Asphalt shingles, aka composite shingles – low cost, durable and easily installed and repaired.
- Metal singles – this material is considered environmentally friendly as it can be recycled. It is available in aluminum, copper and stainless steel and more expensive than asphalt shingles.
- Slate or Clay – durable and long lasting, these tiles are also on the high end, price wise, and require installation by experts in the field.
- Fiber Cement – another durable and long lasting material that is also recyclable.
- Wood Shingles – a vintage favorite with a distinctive look but not allowed in all areas due to fire code restrictions.
- Rolled roofing – this material is for roofs with little to no slope. Easy to install but requires more maintenance than the other types.
Roofing Resources in Raleigh
There are a couple of websites to take a look at for roofing resources. One is Energy Star with information about a federal tax incentive for asphalt shingles or metal roof installation. The other is DSIRE – U.S. Department of Energy — website listing available programs, loans, incentives, and grants available in North Carolina.
Estimated Roofing Cost for Raleigh
To give you an idea of an estimated cost of a new roof in Raleigh, this example provides both the low and high estimates calculated using square footage of 2,500 for a wood shingle home in zip code 27622.
The low estimate which includes the cost of wood shingles, labor, roofing materials, supplies, and an equipment allowance is $11,363.03. The high estimate is $18, 515.47.
The significant difference in the estimated prices is due to the material, labor, and cost per square foot. For the low estimate, the shingles cost $8,276.50 while the high estimate is $11,808.25. The low estimate for labor is $2,473.03 and the high is $5,975.97. The average cost per square foot is $4.55 for the low and $7.41 for the high.
The type of material you choose will have an impact as some materials, such as metal or slate, are more expensive with a higher cost per square foot.
Also keep in mind, the estimate may not cover all of the fees. Additional charges may include permit and inspection fees, sales tax for supplies and materials, contractor markup, testing and removal of hazardous material, repairs, removing, relocating or modifying surfaces, framing, plumbing, electrical or HVAC systems.
With an investment in a new roof, you want your return on investment (ROI) to be positive. Keep these tips in mind and motion to help make the project a complete success.