New Roof Cost in Utah [What You Should Know]
If your home is in need of a roof replacement then you are likely asking yourself “How much does a new roof cost in Utah?”
While there are a variety of factors that impact how much you will pay for a new roof in Utah, the average cost typically ranges from 10,000 to 30,000. The cost may be lower or higher than the average and this is determined by the materials used, your location, the size and pitch of your home, and of course the quality of your new roof.
Keep reading to learn more about what goes into the quote for a roof replacement or roof installation on a new home in Utah.
Roof Replacement vs New Construction
A Utah roof replacement cost will differ from the installation of a roof for a new home.
The main factor that results in this price difference is the old roof removal and disposal required for a roof replacement that are not needed in the case of new construction. The cost for a roof install is around 40 percent less than a roof replacement.
The sections below outline several considerations to help you get a full picture of what goes into the cost of a new roof in Utah.
What is Factored Into the Cost of My Roof Replacement?
There are a good number of things that contribute to the cost of a new roof in addition to the cost of the shingles, tiles, metal, EPDM, or TPO material. Some of these items include:
- Size and Pitch
- Building Condition & Access
- Location & Elevation
- Permits & City Requirements
You can read more about the cost of the items outlined above in the sections that follow.
Type of Material Used
The material used for your roofing is one of the biggest factors that influences the cost of your new roof. The main types of material used in Utah include:
Asphalt Shingles: This is the most common type of roofing system in Utah and the most cost-effective. There are differences in price depending on the lifespan of the shingles used, the manufacturer, the color, type, etc.
Metal: Metal roofs typically have a longer lifespan than asphalt shingles but they come at a higher price point. On the average, you can expect to pay double the cost for a metal roof.
Tiles: This type of roofing system is the heaviest in terms of weight when compared to other roofing materials. It also has a longer lifespan than asphalt shingles and the average cost is 40 percent more.
EPDM: This type of material is generally used for flat roof surfaces and the cost is on the lower end of cost for the membrane roof systems.
TPO: This roofing system is also typically used for flat roof surfaces and has a longer lifespan than EPDM but comes at a higher cost.
There are also other materials that are needed for both roof replacements and new construction. The items listed below are used for asphalt shingle roofs:
- Underlayment (felt, ice and water shield, synthetic)
- Flashing (wall, step, counter, l-flashing, etc.)
- Drip Edge
- Pipe Jacks
- Nails, Plastic Tops, and Staples
- Venting (ridge vent, turtle vents, intake)
- Replacement Decking (plywood)
- Caulk and Paint
All of these items, along with the shingles, can fall under the ‘good, better, best’ model. Material providers often require certain specifications for warranties to be upheld, which will be addressed below.
The cost of a new roof in Utah is also impacted by warranty requirements from material providers.
In order to receive the benefit of a warranty on your new roof, certain standards must be met when it comes to material specifications and the quality of the install. For example, the shingle type used can impact how long your warranty lasts, and the installation must also include materials from the same provider, which can impact overall cost.
Roofing is a tough sport and not everyone is up to taking on the job. The labor that goes into a roof replacement is intense to say the least.
When you move forward with getting your new roof, you can expect the following when it comes to labor required:
- Set up to protect the home and surrounding area
- Tear off of old material (for roof replacements)
- Replacement of damaged roof components
- Inspection of prepping of decking
- Dry-in process before laying of shingles
- Shingle installation
- Cleanup of old and excess material
- Waste Disposal
The list above provides a basic picture of the labor process and can involve up to a week of daily effort with long hours. Roofing is also considered the most dangerous of all the trades in terms of injury.
Waste Management and Disposal
Roof replacements and installs involve a good deal of waste.
There is a major cleanup process involved with the old materials that are torn off of the home for a roof replacement as well as excess material from the install process. Even with precise measurements and careful install, there are always some materials left over.
In order to dispose of this waste, a dumpster is hauled to the home at the beginning of a project and then picked up once cleanup is complete. This involves fees for transportation and disposal of the waste collected.
Size and Pitch
The size of your home and the pitch of your roof are also major factors when it comes to the price you pay for a new roof.
Larger homes require more material for the install and high pitch increases the time, effort, and materials needed to complete the job.
Higher pitches also increase the risk of injury and require many additional safeguards to keep workers safe. For example, a 12/12 (an extremely steep roof) pitch versus a 4/12 (a relatively low pitch roof) can take almost three times as long to complete.
This all plays into the cost of the roofing quote you receive.
Building Condition & Access
The age of your home, the condition, and accessibility can all influence the cost of your roof installation.
Older homes may have wooden slats rather than plywood, which may not work for a shingle install. This requires a full decking replacement or sheet-over. A few other things that are taken into consideration include:
- The Number of Layers on Your Roof
- The Nails Used to Install the Roof
- Missing Flashing
- Joist or Truss Spacing
- Stick Framing
- Missing Fascia and Lumber Members
- Lack of Adequate Framing Support
- Missing Intake
- Height of the Roof
- Street Access
- Location for Dumpster
These are all a critical part of how your job is priced and can impact the difficulty of the roof install and whether or not other construction trades need to be involved.
Location and Elevation
Where you live in Utah impacts the materials that are used for your new roof and the requirements for code and warranty. If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, then additional rows of ice and water shield will be required and may even need metal valleys and other modifications to keep your home safe. If you live in Southern Utah, you may be looking at a tile roof instead of an asphalt shingle roof, which impacts the cost as well.
Rural areas increase of the cost of transportation for materials and labor and may pose additional challenges that influence roofing costs. Extra costs may also be associated with the specific city you live in due to permits and fees from the city.
All the factors listed here, and more, all go into answering the question “how much is a new roof in Utah?”
The Quality of Your New Utah Roof
While this is the last item on the list, it is by far the most important.
The materials used are only as good as the install. This also applies to any warranties that are null and void in the case of a poor install. The quality of your new roof depends on a few factors:
- Experience level of the roofer
- Using the right combination of materials
- Attention to detail and time spend on proper install
- Knowledge of how your roofing system ties into the rest of the home
- How well the roofer follows and understands the manufacturers specifications
Some examples of items that are often missed during a poor install include, not enough nails per shingle, the underlayment under the drip edge, exposed nails, missing flashing or incorrectly installed flashing, missing ventilation, and more.
Unfortunately, not all roofers are the same. Many homeowners have paid the price for poor quality, which can far exceed the upfront cost of a new roof.
At ReRoofIt, we care about your home and the safety of everyone inside of it. We work hard to make sure every roof we install is going to last and protect what matters most.
If you are interested in getting a quote to price out the cost of your new roof in Utah, give us a call at (801) 907-5177.