Understanding Roofing Costs & Shingle Replacement Costs

Every home requires updates over time. Many long-term homeowners must consider the wear and tear caused by the weather, the sun and the age of their home, especially on their roof. When the time comes to re-roof your home, you may wonder what goes into the cost of the repair. Many factors may alter the price, including the project’s complexity, the materials needed, supply availability, and the experience of the company you hire to fix your roof.

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Everything that Goes Into a Roof (Visible and Behind the Scenes)

You’ve likely seen or employed roofers in your neighbourhood, but do you know what goes into installing or repairing a roof? Replacing a roof is a big job and takes time. There are many variables to consider when replacing a roof or repairing certain areas with damaged or missing shingles.

The price of a new roof depends on the size of your home, the type of shingles you will be using, and if there is damage beneath the pre-existing shingles. The following explanations will give you an overall breakdown of the visible and behind-the-scenes steps for installing or replacing a roof. Knowing all the factors that come with roof replacement and the basic steps is important.


The first thing to consider is the installation process. It takes time to safely and professionally install shingles. The manpower and tools necessary to replace a roof, even if it is just repairing a few areas, must be done by someone who has the training to do so. Preparing for installation is another important job for homeowners. If you have children or pets in your home, it’s essential to keep them away from the work zones for the safety of everyone. You will also want to inform your neighbours of the planned repairs. Be sure to move any vehicles, BBQs, grills, or other outdoor items that may be hazardous or a nuisance for workers.


The material you decide to use when replacing your roof will determine a portion of the total cost. The type of shingle and what gets used to lay it down will also dictate the cost. Both architectural shingles and cedar shakes will incur different costs and give your home a different look. While cedar shakes are earthy, rugged, and thicker in width, architectural shingles are more economical. They can even resemble the look of cedar shingles. They are also high-quality and an excellent investment in your home.

The adhesive used to lay shingles will also factor into the cost of re-roofing a home. Depending on the size of the space you need to have re-shingled will account for how expensive it will be. Lastly, different types of weatherproofing layers can be applied when shingling a roof, and this layer can depend on the climate and the type of shingle used in the replacement.


Hiring professionals to replace or repair your roof for safety and quality concerns is essential. The training and experience of the roofers are a vital part of the cost when you are replacing or re-shingling your home. You’ll want to consider the work done to your roof as an investment in your home to ensure your roof is repaired or installed correctly and will last.


Another cost is the price to cover insurance for the work and the company if something were to go wrong or someone was to get hurt. Insurance protects the company from liability and ensures that you and the workers are protected.


Lastly, like in many areas, you often get what you pay for in terms of customer service. Experienced roofers will charge more, knowing they can deliver service worth what they are charging. If you decide to go the cheaper route, you may run the risk of more expenses in the long run.

Roof Repair and Roof Installation in Edmonton

At Dwight’s roofing, you can trust our team and crew to repair any of your residential roofing needs. We ensure transparency and reliability when re-roofing your home. Regardless of the material you choose, the size of your home, or the scale of the installation, Dwight’s Roofing has you covered. Contact us to get your free estimate on a roof repair or installation.