Things in Vancouver change constantly; thankfully it’s easier to estimate the cost of a roof than tomorrow’s weather. Your roof protects your home from all types of damage from the elements, yet a lot of homeowners are hesitant about investing money in a secure roof. You might not see the value or don’t want to spend the money. However, when it comes to maintaining your home investment, the smartest money you spend could be on a new roof.

Do You Repair or Replace Your Roof?

Roofs usually last anywhere between 12 and 50 years and can be expensive to replace. Planning, estimating, and researching can help you determine the cost and save some cash.

Can your roof can last for a couple more years or do you need to replace it? Vancouver is an expensive place, so most homeowners hope to make do with a few repairs to the roof at a low estimate. This can save money, but depending on your roof’s condition, a roofing contractor might tell you it will be more cost-effective to replace the entire roof rather than try to patch it up. If your roofing contractor is telling you you need to replace your roof, it’s a good idea to listen.

Aside from adding value to your home, today’s roofing materials will also make your home more energy efficient, helping you control indoor air temperatures and save money on your heating and cooling bills. If you’re still not sure whether to repair or replace your roof, ask your roofer for estimates on both projects.

It can also be difficult to match new material with the old and those efforts can significantly add to the cost. You might also consider adding a second layer of shingles to your roof, which is less expensive than a full replacement but can be more problematic.

Sometimes replacing the roofing is necessary if you’re changing shingle types. For instance, if you’re switching from wooden shingles to asphalt, you’ll most likely need to remove the existing roof.

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Estimated Cost of Labour in Vancouver

Labour for roofing projects ranges in price, largely based upon experience but also depending on factors like the quality of the project and the conditions of the structure. A good rule of thumb is labour and overhead usually make up 60 percent of the total project.

Experienced roofers also often factor removal into the project quote alongside replacement. The rate fluctuates based on material, location, complexity and workload. Removing the old shingles is one of the hardest parts of the job.

Type Of Roofing Material

A roofing estimate will be based on the type of material used in the repair or replacement. Labour can be calculated accurately by determining the size of the job but the variable is determined by the type of roof you want. The most common and generally the least expensive material is asphalt shingles, which come in all kinds of compositions and colours. Next are cedar shingles and shakes, which are often chosen for their beautiful Vancouver aesthetic, but come with more maintenance needs and a higher price tag. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable option. If they’re installed properly and maintained well, they can last 30 years.


The cost of a roof depends on the complexity of the roof, but a new roof can cost between $8,000 and $20,000. On average, in Vancouver, the estimate on a new roof will be around $10,000.

Any reputable roofing professional will offer you a free roofing estimate and you’re likely to get a wide range of bids so it can be tough to decide which one is the best.  Make sure the estimates you receive include everything from the materials and labour to taxes and permits. It’s also wise to ask about the time your project will take.

If you have any questions or need an estimate on your roof, call the experts at Height Roofing. We feel confident in saying we are your best roofing choice.