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Old 03-30-2009, 10:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Going labor rate for roofing

What's the going labor rate for removing old 3 tab roofing/and installing new 3tab roofing in and around Atlanta? It's around 27 squares.
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minimum $40/square depending on number and legality of messicans
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What are you willing to pay? Roofing sucks, but in this weather, it can't be all that bad. Got a few friends?

Also, Did you ever hear back from Turner?
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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My parents just had a new roof put on in atlanta. I will ask them how much they spent.
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Buh, I've been fighting that battle for a year.

I just can't justify spending 5k for a new roof, that costs 1300 in materials. Especially after watching a bunch of roofers just show up one morning, tear it off and put the next one on. Didn't check anything, just slapped it on.


I'm going to end up just doing it myself.
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Old 03-30-2009, 12:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Mine was done in Jan for $148/square labor and materials for Owens Corning 30-year 3 tab.

Had 2 other quotes that were all in the ballpark.


I didn't pay for it any way....it was done under escroe from the previous owner of mynew house....and an apparently 3 year-old insurance claim.
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Old 03-30-2009, 12:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a related question... How about tear off and disposal of 17 squares, two layers (34 squares total)? Any idears?
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roof done 2 years ago and i am of the mind to let the roofers at it. roughly 2k square ft of roof, 2 valleys. it had on 2 layers of 3 tab so it was a complete tear off and redo. iirc about 2 tons of roofing came off. now figure how many trips to the dump and there fees or rent a container and that expense. my roof was about 4k for laminate shingles(aritecturuals). it is a big job to do a tear off and even more to do an install. especially if you are a newb.
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i did roofing as a sumer job in highschool, good money and garunteed work back in the day, then the 04 hurrcane season cam upon us in south fl. i did 3 roofs. mine, folks and sisters. i'll pay them man to do it from now on. i'm not as young as i used to be.
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I have a related question... How about tear off and disposal of 17 squares, two layers (34 squares total)? Any idears?


first off don't know how many squares i had its a 2k roof, but i would save 1k if i did the tear off and disposal. i looked into a container and it was $300. so i'd save 700 bucks to pull off the roof. then you need to go over the whole roof and get out or pound in every nail.
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my roof was about 4k for laminate shingles(aritecturuals).
4K for disposal and materials? You did all the labor?
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4K for disposal and materials? You did all the labor?


no 4k for the whole deal. roofer came out on day one and pulled it off. day 2 the delivery truck dropped the product on the roof. day 3 roof was done. great company. no shit in the gutters, on the ground.
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no 4k for the whole deal. roofer came out on day one and pulled it off. day 2 the delivery truck dropped the product on the roof. day 3 roof was done. great company. no shit in the gutters, on the ground.
Nice. I'd fall all over myself to get two layers removed, and a layer of laminate nailed down for 4K.
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Nice. I'd fall all over myself to get two layers removed, and a layer of laminate nailed down for 4K.

well the sellers paid for it, well they paid for 3 tabs which was $3700 they thought they could toss us a bid and we would jump on it.
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What's the going labor rate for removing old 3 tab roofing/and installing new 3tab roofing in and around Atlanta? It's around 27 squares.
I pay $27/square for felt, flash, install & cleanup. If you want me to call my guy and ask for a labor price for the tearoff lemme know. He has done over 500 roofs for me (new construction).
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I pay $27/square for felt, flash, install & cleanup. If you want me to call my guy and ask for a labor price for the tearoff lemme know. He has done over 500 roofs for me (new construction).

27 a square?...lets see I have 60 squares, 8 workers, working 12 hour days and it took them 2.5 days....

that would be about 6 bucks an hour? seams a bit too low.

Ins paid 19k for 60 squares, life time warranty, 130 mph, turnkey. (pretty steep roof with dormers and several valleys)

the shingles cost 128 per square...the rest was labor and supplies. there was a hell of a demand for roofers when they put it on


anyway there is no way in hell I was going to attempt the job...each bundle weighed a fawking ton
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I dunno what I paid but I know out here in CA we get raped for roofs I've seen.

A large / well known roofing company quoted me $16,000 for removal, disposal of existing, and install of new comp-shingle 40yr or 50yr I forget. This is on my 2 story, STEEP roofed house, and detached garage, with gutters and down spouts

I found a smaller company to do it but it was still ~10k, they took over two weeks, were slow, and I paid off material bill to prevent a lean on my house

My material bill was around 5k if that gives any indication of amount of material used.
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I just paid 4500 for 19 sqs, including tear off of 2 layers. Also new vents, and pipe flashing. This is in Nashville. They covered the shrubs with tarps to keep them clean, old off and new on in 1 day.
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27 a square?...lets see I have 60 squares, 8 workers, working 12 hour days and it took them 2.5 days....

that would be about 6 bucks an hour? seams a bit too low.


the shingles cost 128 per square...the rest was labor and supplies.
The contractor I use would have a 6 man crew install 60 squares in LESS than 8 hours. That includes felt, flash and cleanup. They don't use toe boards. They all are roped off to the ridge. They are very fast. As I stated in my post, they have done over 500 homes for me.

We use Elk Prestique Plus 50 year architectural shingles. We pay $48 per square for the shingles.
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The contractor I use would have a 6 man crew install 60 squares in LESS than 8 hours. That includes felt, flash and cleanup. They don't use toe boards. They all are roped off to the ridge. They are very fast. As I stated in my post, they have done over 500 homes for me.

We use Elk Prestique Plus 50 year architectural shingles. We pay $48 per square for the shingles.
damn...cheap labor and materials....guess it didn't help that oil was 150 a barrel when i bought the shingles
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damn...cheap labor and materials....guess it didn't help that oil was 150 a barrel when i bought the shingles
The guy says he isn't making any money. I asked "how do you stay in business?". He said "volume".
He is actually a great roofer. The best I've ever seen. We are also fortunant to have great suppliers.
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The guy says he isn't making any money. I asked "how do you stay in business?". He said "volume".
He is actually a great roofer. The best I've ever seen.
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yeah - some places in Cali are out of this world expensive but... the closer to the southern border you are the cheaper the labor gets.

i still do my own re-roofs regardless of size but if it's a tear-off i won't touch it.

since the last roof i did (2007) 3-D comp has gone up 40%
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The guy says he isn't making any money. I asked "how do you stay in business?". He said "volume".
He is actually a great roofer. The best I've ever seen. We are also fortunant to have great suppliers.
Is he a GAF/Elk Master Elite?

I'll say this - if you are looking for information on prices - make sure you are looking at prices from October of 2008 to present. Manufacturers passed along more than 40% in material increases last year alone.

I am currently in the process of getting labor only bids for tearoff, install, and disposal... I will let you know how it works out. I purchase my materials myself.
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