Average Roofing Costs in Orange County

Roofing Renovation Introduction

roofing renovation picture A new or restored roof can be one of the best investments a homeowner can make even if they still live in the home.  However, roofing costs will vary greatly.  A number of factors impact the cost of roofs.  This includes the type of the roof, the roof's size, pitch, how accessible it is, and materials. For example tile roofs, such as the one pictured, are typically more expensive than asphalt and slate, but cost less than metal roofs.  Angie's List is always looking for the most relevant information from the best contractors, so Angie's List contacted the owner of Above It All Roofing, Michael Allen, to get a better understanding of roofing costs

Angie's List & Above It All Roofing

Above It All Roofing was started by Navy Submarine Veteran, Michael Allen.  Mike took the pride and hard work instilled by the Navy Submarine program and focused it into a roofing business.  Above It All Roofing has been in the roofing business for almost two decades, but joined Angie's List as a certified contractor twelve years ago.  In the first year on Angie's List, Above It All Roofing became a Top 5% rated provider and earned the "Super Service Award" for roofing. 

Michael Allen with Angie Harmon!Over the last 12 years, Angie's List users constantly rated Above It All Roofing highly.  Because of the consistency in Super Service Award wins and Mike's dedication to the craft, Angie's List began to contact Mike in order to get local updates in the roofing industry.  Angie's List recently produced an article on roofing costs for the 2017-2018 years, and contacted Mike directly to get his take on several aspects of roofing.

This article goes over those factors, particularly for the Orange County and Southern California area.

Roofing Size

The size of the roof is the first and biggest factor in the cost of the roof. Roofers calculate costs by 10-by-10-foot (100 square feet) area. This is equal to one roofing square. “For example, if we’re working on a roof that is 3,000 square feet, it’s broken down into 30 squares,” Allen says.  Most roofs in Southern California vary between 20 squares and 100 squares, dependant primarily on the size of the house and the pitch of the roof.

Roofing Pitch

The roof's "pitch" or slope is the second major factor in the cost of the roof.  Allen says, "A roof with a pitch of about a 7:12 ratio — the first number represents the height and the second the length."  "A 7:12 roof, for example, means that for every 12 inches it runs horizontally, the roof rises 7 inches vertically."  "Sloped roofs with a 7:12 ratio are common in Southern California."  This added cost is due primarily to safety concerns and complications caused by roofing.  If the slope of a roof has a higher pitch, the roofers need safety gear and harnesses.  Additionally, bulk materials cannot be placed on the roof due to safety concerns, so roofing tiles, wood, etc need to be carried and lifted onto the roof in smaller batches.

Roofing Materials

The cost of roofing materials is the third major factor in the cost of the roof.  While this varies, asphault shingles are the least expensive, then metal, tile, slate and then finally custom materials.  The average breakdown for various shingles per roofing square (installed) is as follows:

  • Asphault: ~$350
  • Metal: ~$1,200
  • Tile: ~$2,500
  • Slate: ~$3,200

Something to consider here is the average age of roofs.  While asphault is typically the cheapest material, it often wears out after 20 to 30 years.  Metal, tile and slate roofs often last beyond 40 years.

Other Factors

While the size, pitch and materials are the three major factors, other factors can come into play when pricing your roof.  City ordinances may require a roofer to pull permits for any roofing or re-roofing, a process that can take time.  During the roofing process, a roofer may run into significant water or heat damage (this is more common the older a roof is).  Chimneys and skylights can also increase roofing costs as the roofer has to work around them when installing or replacing shingles.

Average Costs for Southern California Roofs

Above It All Roofing's Michael Allen says, "The average cost of a new roof runs as low as $5,000 for a basic asphalt shingle roof — the most commonly used roofing material in America — to $25,000 and up for higher-end roof types. The average price, he says, is $12,000 to replace an architectural shingle roof in his market."  If you're interested in learning more, contact us today for a consultation!

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