new roof costs

Just the other day, a really good friend asked me a question about roof pricing.

His exact words were pretty straightforward, “Luke, if I want a new roof for a detached garage, what am I looking at price wise?”

While I said there are differences in roof replacement costs vs a brand new roof cost, the followup questions I asked him helped figure out just how much his new roof cost would be.

He was amazed, in fact he exclaimed he had called around and every company wanted to send a representative to come look at his roof to give him a “accurate price.”

However, based on some simple questions and some rough calculations, I was able to help him get a accurate ball park of what a new roof would cost him!

His next words were simple – you need to include this stuff on your website!

After giving it some consideration, here at Top Dog Home Pro we realized that everyone shops online nowadays, so why can’t people shop for roofs online?

So today we are excited to share with you two amazing features:

  1. Our roof replacement cost & build online page
  2. This article helping you understand all the pricing metrics behind new roof costs!

New Roof Costs (Everything to Know!)

Today, in our article we will be sharing new roof costs from a homeowner’s perspective as if they’re replacing their existing roof.

In other words, when we refer to “New Roof” we are referencing new shingles and underlayment for an existing home, not a new construction home.

Understanding what makes up a new roof or roof replacement is the key to estimating the cost of your new roof. A high-quality roof replacement will consist of the following:

  1. Removing the existing shingles and underlayment
  2. Inspecting the condition of plywood on roof (we will never put new shingles on plywood that is damaged)
  3. Installation of underlayment – Certainteed DiamondDeck
  4. Application of ice shield, CertainTeed Winterguard along edges
  5. New shingles (selected below)

This is of course standard with any new replacement that Top Dog Home Pro does and is all included, aside from any damaged plywood that requires replacing (we will dive further into extras later).

And while this seems pretty straightforward, the reason we let you know about what a new roof first consists of is because though rare, some companies in the past have simply installed a new roof on the existing roof to cut corners.

So now that you know what exactly a roof replacement consists of, let’s look at the costs.

How roof replacements are priced:

Roofs are priced by what is commonly referred to in the roofing industry as a “Square.”

A roofing square is equivalent to 100 square feet of shingles.

For example, a town home that has 1,000 square feet of roof would require 10 “Squares” of shingles.

Almost all companies use this term to price roofs and costs such as underlayment, tear off, etc are factored into the square price.

Factors that determine the amount of square required for a roof include:

  • The size of your home,
  • The pitch,
  • The slope,
  • Eaves/crevasses.
  • Hip-roofs
  • Chimneys, skylights, and areas that require more shingle usage

Now that you know how roofs are priced, let’s explore the three major components of new roof costs!

New Roof Cost: Size of Home

The size of your home’s roof matters when it comes to pricing (this is a given).

A town home with a roof that is approximately 10 square is naturally going to cost less than a single family home with a hip roof that requires 30 square.

That being said, on our Roof Build & Price page, we let homeowners pick out the features of their roof and get a rough ballpark estimate for what their roof will cost!

As you can see in this photo below, the amount of square (roughly estimated) per type of home is as follows:

Typically the following square is required (on average) for each of the following types of homes:

  • Townhome: 10-12 roofing square
  • Single Family home: 20 square
  • Extra Large or Hip Roof: 40 square

While the exacts are actually measured using GPS technology and satellites provided by EagleView so that slope and pitch are spot on, the final amount of shingles that are needed come from these reports.

However, this will help you get a roof ball park for what you will need square wise to estimate your roof cost, but first you have to pick your shingles!

New Roof Pricing: Type of Shingles

The type of shingle you select for your new roof matters in more way than just price.

For starters, the shingle warranty, the quality of the singles you select, and what type you ultimately choose all have features that can make them better (or worse) than another asphalt shingle.

Think of shingles like cars.

You have a base model car, followed by your average model, followed by the top-end model. Shingles are very similar.

Here at Top Dog Home Pro we offer three shingles, though we hardly install the first:

  1. Three-tab shingles (base model)
  2. Landmark Architectural Shingles (consumers top pick)
  3. Landmark Architectural Pro Shingles (best warranty)

To help, we have included this pricing table below which includes the three shingles we offer

Type of ShinglesTownhome Single FamilyXL Home/ Hip Roof
10 Square:20 Square:40 Square:
XT25 Three Tab$3,800 $7,600$15,200
Landmark$4,000$8,000$16,000
Landmark Pro$4,250$8,500$17,000

While this is based on square footage averages for the normal roof for a townhome, single family home or an extra large home, what you will first notice is that the price difference between basic three tab shingles (XT25) and Landmark Pro Architectural shingles is typically a couple hundred more…

Why does this matter?

For starters, the material and quality of a architectural shingle is worth every penny compared to the lesser three tab counterpart, but REALLY, it boils down to the shingle warranties.

In our warranty article we explain the specifics of roofing warranties, but for a quick glance here is a comparison:

3 Tab ShinglesLandmark PRO
ProratedNon- prorated
-25-year, limited transferable warranty
-5-year SureStart™ warranty (100% replacement and labor costs due to manufacturing defects)
-10-year StreakFighter® warranty (on available colors) against streaking and discoloration caused by airborne algae
-5-year, 60 mph wind-resistance warranty
-Lifetime limited warranty
-15-year algae resistance
-10-year SureStart protection includes
-15-year 110 MPH wind warranty with an upgrade to 130 MPH available

New Roof Cost: Extras

You have your home’s roof size figured out… check.

You selected your shingle style… check.

Next, it’s time to see if any extra is needed or if you want to add extras to your roof! These types of things are always discussed prior and included in pricing, with the only thing not being discussed up front is the plywood replacement.

Hopefully we don’t have to replace any plywood, but that is something that can happen with a new roof and it isn’t known until the old roof is torn off. Our team can sometimes feel “Soft Spots” ahead of time and roughly guess how many boards may need replacing.

That said, here are common extras that can sometimes impact new roof costs or homeowners may want to add:

ExtraUnit of MeasurePrice
4 Ply 1/2″ Plywood 4×8each$65
Additional layer of tear offper square$35
Tear Off of Wood Shakeper square$55
Steep Pitch 8/12 or >
Step Flashing
per square$30
Ridgeventper foot$4
Chimney/Skylight Flashingeach$125
New SkylighteachVaries ($1,000)
Pipe Collar and Permabooteach$35
Power attic faneach$550
Eagleview Roof Report (If not submitted)per home$40

As you can see the extras vary and some are necessary (like the ridge-vents) and some are extras for curb appeal (like adding a skylight).

Things like an extra layer tear off (older roofs that have two layers of shingles) or cedar shake tear off require long amounts of time and are not included in the normal price.

As mentioned, these things are all talked about and discussed in the price up front, however, these are the extras that can be added to a new roof cost.

Final Word on New Roof Costs

As you can easily see, there are no exacts when it comes to replacing your existing roof and your new roof costs!

We are very transparent with roofing costs for the simple fact that we want YOU the customer to be able to accurately gauge your roof price without getting the run around from other companies!

This is also why we offer video call scheduling ahead of time, something most companies don’t offer!

So in parting, we hope you learned about roof replacement costs and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask below! We proudly serve Northern Virginia for all roofing and gutter needs!

clean gutters

Responsible for diverting water from your roof and away from your home, gutters and your roof are the first line of defense for protecting your home’s exterior.

Your roof protects your home and is peppered with rain during storms that then runs down your roof and is collected by your gutters.

Gutters tend not to be at the front of our mind when it comes to caring for your home, but if forgotten about, broken gutters or clogged gutters can cause multiple issues (which we will cover)!

However, because gutters sit high off the ground, we typically forget to clean our gutters. But clean gutters are vital to your home’s exterior condition!

Today, we will cover issues caused by unclean gutters, how to clean your gutters safely, and options besides regular cleaning.

Clean Gutters – Common Gutter Issues:

The biggest issue with clogged gutters that have not been cleaned, is that they are unable to do their job.

Gutters that can not channel water and dispose of it in the proper places (downspouts) are going to lead to issues. Here are a few of those issues before we talk about how to clean your gutters.

1. Foundational Issues:

Because a gutter’s main role is to channel water away from your home, if there’s a blockage in that system, the water has to go somewhere else – over the edges of the gutter.

Overflowing gutters can cause water to pool around the foundation of your home, ultimately creating an environment conducive to mold. Even worse, should the water freeze, it could cause cracks in the foundation, threatening a potential collapse if left unnoticed or untreated.

2. Damage to Your Siding:

Overflowing water, undoubtedly the biggest concern with unkempt gutters, can trickle down your siding before pooling by the foundation, causing wood damage and a great risk of ice dams in the wintertime.

However, your siding is actually designed to just retract water when it rains, but not let waterfall-like water run down it. Small weep holes are in the bottom of your siding and too much running water can penetrate these holes.

This can lead to water leaks in your home if gutters are not cleaned/corrected.

3. Landscaping Sabotage:

If you have any flower beds lining the side of your home, gutter blockages can lead to over-watering and erosion, ultimately diminishing the curb appeal of your home.

4. Unwanted Pests:

If a blockage causes standing water in your gutters, you can expect mosquitos and other insects being attracted to the site.

Even if your gutters do not have a blockage, a nice bed of leaves built up in your gutters looks awfully inviting for small, unwanted pests.

5. Wearing Down Your Gutters

When gutters are blocked, your foundation isn’t the only thing that can suffer from water damage. Water overflow can affect the components that make up the gutter itself. The fascia – the board that runs behind your gutter – can weaken.

Even if they are draining properly, gutters left uncleaned can hold excess debris, increasing the weight of the gutter and causing strain on the brackets.

How to Clean Your Gutters:

While cleaning gutters seems straightforward, many people don’t have the proper equipment, expertise, or time to commit to gutter maintenance.

In most cases, it is best to leave it to the professionals to ensure your gutters get the best maintenance and preventative care especially if your home is over 2+ stories.

Safety is vital when cleaning your gutters and there are also options to avoid cleaning your gutters altogether when you use the Raindrop Gutter Guard system.

Ladder safety is vital for proper cleaning and if you are the DIY type always make sure you use proper ladder safety protocol and have someone helping you!

Steps to Clean Gutters:

  1. Get your equipment – gloves, ladder, bucket, and hose
  2. Arrange your ladder and use safety first ladder tips
  3. Use your gloved hand and grab debris in gutter and place in bucket
  4. Do not lean too far, move your ladder every few feet
  5. Check downspouts with flashlight
  6. When all gutters are clean use a hose to clean out gutters and test downspouts

How often should you clean your gutters?

At least 1x per year if you do not have self-cleaning gutter guards! In fact, if you live by a pine tree or heavily wooded areas, you will have to clean your gutters at least 2x!

Of course you can always install gutter guards!

Benefits of Gutter Guards (Clean Gutters Forever)

If cleaning out your gutters regularly sounds overwhelming, you can easily reduce the amount of maintenance by installing gutter guards as a preventative measure against debris buildup and blockage.

Keep in mind not all gutter guards are created equal!

Gutter guards protect your gutters and your home by keeping your gutters free of leaves and sticks, however, some are and some are not low-maintenance!

Not all gutter guards are created equal. Look for guards that can withstand heavy storms, but that are also “Self Cleaning.”

Here at Top Dog Home Pro, the Raindrop® Gutter Guard is the only product we use because we can offer a LIFETIME NO-CLOG warranty when installed by us!

This is worth it as installing gutter guards can pay for itself within 3-4 years of annual gutter cleaning! You can get a price instantly here (you just need your gutter lengths).

Maintaining Your Gutters is Worth It!

While it’s not the first thing on your mind as a homeowner, it’s clear that gutters are very important.

Keep water, pests, and worry away and maintain your gutters regularly. Invest in quality installation and maintenance, and consider a gutter guard, which can help prevent future problems.

With autumn just around the corner and plenty of leaves ready to fall, planning your next gutter maintenance inspection can help prevent future damages to your home.

seamless gutters near me

Let us guess, you’re searching for a company to replace your seamless gutters “Near me,” right?

Here we at Top Dog Home Pro of Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding areas, we have a motto that “Near Me” is always near us!

Now that being said, we also like to help homeowners learn and understand how seamless gutters work, why keeping your rain gutters in tip-top shape is vital for your home, and ways we can help you!

Seamless Gutters 101

In this article we aim to help you identify:

  • What seamless gutters are
  • Why you should only use seamless gutters
  • Costs of seamless gutters
  • How seamless rain gutter install works

First, let us start by answering this question:

What are seamless gutters?

Seamless gutters are exactly what the name says – seamless. 

Custom made on-site, aluminum seamless gutters are customized per each section of your home to give the perfect fit for stormwater management.

We’ll visit the pros and cons of having seamless gutters installed for your home, the costs you may come across during the installation and measuring, and why its best to leave this job to a professional rather than you doing this your own, making this not so much of a DIY home renovation. 

That being said, seamless gutters are the best for one reason = they don’t leak like cheap sectional gutters! Here is what we mean:

Why should you use seamless gutters:

Since seamless gutters are measured on-site, they fit the precise measurements on your home, it is not to say that regular gutters are not measured to the precise measurement of your home, but rather, the length of the gutter will be the exact length of the entire side of your home, meaning that the contractors will only use one long gutter.

Rather than regular gutters where they are broken into pieces or have joints, seamless gutters are just one entire piece covering the entire side of the home has less than one joint. Since regular gutters are attached together with a connector, they are prone to leaking, as for the seamless gutter, the possibility of it leaking is slim in comparison, but still not impossible.

In terms, the longevity and life expectancy of your seamless gutter will outlast sectional gutters, with proper care and maintenance.  

Keeping your gutters clean and free-flowing is key to tending your seamless gutters, of course, you can always install gutter guards that are self-cleaning.

Sectional gutters are known to cause issues because they are often made cheaply with vinyl material, they leak, and need to be replaced in some cases a matter of months!

Not to mention – customized aluminum seamless gutters are not that expensive, just see below!

Typical costs of seamless gutters:

Seamless gutter costs can vary and are priced per linear foot.

On Average, homeowners should expect to pay $5 on the low end, and up to $12 on the high end for seamless aluminum gutters.

Other gutter types – from sectional to copper – can range between $3 – $25 per foot. Of course, this depends on the material, the contractor you hire, and the area in which you live.

In total, the average you may spend on a newly outfitted home with aluminum gutters is around $1,100 with a range of $500 – $1500. This of course includes labor and material.

Ranking seamless gutter costs in order of low to high;

  • Vinyl can cost you somewhere between $3 – $5 per foot,
  • Aluminum $4 – $9, (Best Bet)
  • Steel $8 – $10, and
  • Copper $15 – $25. 

Since seamless gutters are just a single long gutter, custom made on-site, it may take a bit more time for the contractor to install gutters where they’re needed and meet the roof’s eave. Most seamless gutter companies “near me” will keep this in mind when pricing per linear foot!

Factors like the machinery utilized to create the gutters and the amount of labor required are typically included in the price. Here at Top Dog Home Pro, we are transparent with our 5-inch and 6-inch aluminum seamless gutter pricing.

We simply measure your house and tell you upfront exactly how man feet of rain gutter it will require accompanied by our price!  

How much do new gutters cost?


Want to get a price now? Top Dog Home Pro is partnered with our sister company Gutter Guru’s where you can use this Free Gutter Calculator Tool to get an instant gutter price!

Can you install seamless gutters yourself? (No, Don’t Do It!)

As we stated earlier, seamless gutters are measured and made on-site.

You can by seciontal guters and install them yourself – but this is not a good idea.

Seamless gutters require a professional to take the exact measurements around the roof of the home and create the seamless gutters then and there with machinery.

Since the gutter is typically a single long section of the gutter, it requires a few hands for the installation.

While it is possible for you to do this task by yourself with a saw (and with the help of a few friends and maybe your next-door neighbor) it is best to leave this to the professionals to avoid any injury and since they have years of experience. 

Gutter professionals like the team at Top Dog Home Pro will also:

  1. Mount gutters correctly with the right pitch using our water test
  2. Make sure we use a rain diverter if needed on your roof
  3. Install gutter guards

Not to mention – 70% of accidents in exterior remodeling occur because of ladders. Injuring yourself isn’t worth doing your gutters yourself!

Final Word:

When trying to find a seamless gutter contractor near you, just remember “Near Me” is always close to us!

While it may prove to be difficult for one person to install on their own, especially without the proper machinery, it is best for the professionals to measure, cut, and install your seamless gutters.

The extra bit of money for the gutters is worth it in the long run and helps prevent any foundational or common gutter issues.

Furthermore, the chances of your seamless gutters leaking are far less than regular gutters. Making the investment for seamless gutters well worth it for a long-term solution.