Austin area homeowners and property managers often do not understand how roof pricing is determined by their roofer. There are many factors that go into determining the price of a roof and when these factors are properly understood, homeowners and property managers can make better informed decisions on which Austin roofer they should choose. Every roofing contractor that provide quotes should always address these main pricing factors in written form on their quote.
Roof size is calculated in square footage. It can be confusing to some that the roof’s square footage is larger than the square footage of the property because the roof overhangs the actual usable area. You may see this represented as “squares” on bids. Squares refer to how many squares of materials will be needed based on the roof size.
Roof pitch is the angle of the roof and is calculated measuring the distance and height of the roof. The steeper the roof, the harder it is to install and repair a roofing system.
Each roofing system has thousands of different options to choose from. Materials often have different performance options and different costs due to market conditions on commodities and availability.
Major manufacturers like GAF require specific components in order to guarantee performance and maintain warranty. In order to meet warranty specifications, Austin roofing contractors must install all of required roofing components or the manufacturer warranty will be voided.
Most of the Central Texas area has general building code requirements. However, different cities have their own requirements. Cities like Austin have building code that governs efficiency standards as well as performance standards during severe weather.