Why Are Roofing Contractors So Expensive to Hire?

by | Oct 27, 2021 | Roofing

If you’ve never hired a roofing contractor (or other contractors before), then once met with the price, you may be a little confused. Often, many people are shocked by the price. However, that is understandable. Despite this, many homeowners do not understand why contractor work can be so expensive.

So, in this blog post, we will explain exactly that: why roofing contractors are expensive to hire.

You’re paying for the expertise

While you could technically purchase the materials and tools yourself, when you hire a roofing contractor, you are also paying for the expertise. Often, roofing contractors have years of experience, turning the most difficult jobs into a regular days’ work.

This expertise is invaluable and is why some roofing companies and contractors charge considerably more than others. After all, you get what you pay for!

Roofing contractor work often includes the cost of materials

Second, when you hire a roofing contractor, you are not only paying for the cost of labor, but you are also paying for the materials. This is not always the case if you somehow already have the materials. However, in most instances, a large portion of the cost is the materials used on your roof.

These materials are not cheap

Following on from our previous point, these roofing materials are not cheap. In fact, they are quite the opposite. For a single shingle to be produced, it must go through various stages, including manufacturing, inspection, delivery, and so forth. Furthermore, more robust materials, such as slate, although more durable than others, are much more difficult to get your hands on. Therefore, you can expect to pay more based on your choice of tile, too.

Roofing contractors often dispose of old materials

Alongside installing new shingles and other roofing components, roofing contractors often dispose of old materials for you. This is super convenient, not leaving you with a mess, and ensuring the material can be reused and recycled into a new shingle later down the line. This way, it’s better for the environment, too.

To conclude

When people are first met by a roofing contractor quote, they may be shocked. However, a lot of work, materials, and labor goes into installing a new roof (or fixing a roof). If you’re unsure about the price and whether or not it’s reasonable, you can always ask for quotes from other roofing companies to compare. However, most prices will remain fairly consistent in one given area.

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