Roof replacement can be one of the smartest upgrades you can make to your home. It can also be one of the most expensive. A reputable local roofer can be a great resource in making sure that your roof replacement not only increases your curb appeal but increases your home’s value for years to come.

One of the first questions a homeowner asks about roof replacement is how much it is going to costs. The cost of your roof will be determined by several basic factors. Your local roofer can give you an estimate based on your roof’s dimensions, the selected roofing materials, the cost of roofing labor, and the cost of hauling off the old roofing materials. While these factors are basic and will need to be addressed anytime you are replacing your roof, there are often common hidden roofing expenses that can dramatically increase the cost of your roofing job. These costs are generally beyond the control of the homeowner or the roofing contractor.

Some of the more common unexpected roofing costs are:

  • Bringing your Roof up to Code: If you live in an older home, your roof may need to be brought up to current code. While, this may cost you more money initially, a new updated roof will increase your home’s energy efficiency.
  • Rotten Plywood: Moisture damage can add hidden costs to your roof replacement. Damage caused by hailstorms and rainstorms coupled with windstorms may require your roofer to replace some of the roofing foundation before installing new shingles.
  • Poor Roof Design: Poor roof design can cause water traps that result in leaks due to runoff areas that direct too much water to one area. These traps make your shingles vulnerable to faster wear and weak areas in the roof.
  • Upgrades: As a homeowner you may decide to upgrade your roof to increase your home’s value and functionality. These roofing upgrades might include low-maintenance gutters, improved roofing ventilation, a more durable roof underlayment, or an upgrade in shingles.


Finding a reputable local roofer is your first step in making sure you have all your questions answered. Sands Roofing and Construction can answer your questions and make your new roof a reality. 1.803.520.6154