Today we’re talking about Roof replacement cost: ways to save money. A roof is not meant to last forever, regardless of what manufacturers claim. After 15 to 20 years of getting baked in the sun or pounded by heavy rain, you might start to notice that edges of the shingles are curling up or that some shingles are missing. Such things might require a quick repair or a total roof replacement. That said, roof replacement is a tremendous investment, which is why many homeowners cross their fingers and hope for the best.
Unfortunately, damaged shingles are only going to worsen and eventually cost much more if left alone. Don’t wait. If you act now, you can save yourself a lot of money and a lot of stress.
Here are some tips to help you reduce the overall cost of roof replacement:
How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Roof?
When it comes to the cost of roof replacement, you will find that no two projects end up being the same. Typically, asphalt shingles cost about $1.20 to $4.00 per square to remove and replace. Some buildings might cost upwards of $20,000 while others spend a mere $6,500. It depends on the pitch of the roof, the materials used, the location, and how long it takes to remove the shingles and make minor repairs.
That is why you should always shop around for at least three or four quotes to compare the service of professional roofing contractors.
Ways to Save Money on Roof Replacement
Here are some ways to reduce the cost of roof repairs and replacement:
Do Your Research
The first step is to do some homework before you start asking around for estimates on your project or considering the DIY route. Ask yourself what you are capable of doing on your own, what your budget is, what the project entails, and what kind of materials you will need. These details will deliver a better estimate of the overall cost of the project. From there, you can figure out what can be adjusted to save you some money.
Also, learn some of the terminologies—like ‘roofing square.’ A square is about 100 square feet of your chosen roofing material. This will come in handy when discussing options with a roofing contractor.
Research also means shopping around and receiving various quotes. Contact a couple of roofers. Be wary of those who give a cheap estimate, since that hints to inadequate workmanship or the possibility of voided warranties.
Do A Little DIY
Although you should never attempt to replace an entire roof on your own, smaller issues, like one or two cracked shingles, is something you can do on your own. Not only that, but you can save yourself a lot of money put doing some maintenance and repairs throughout the year.
You can also discuss options with a professional to see how things you can do on your own, such as removing the old roof before the contractor comes to install the new one, will reduce the overall bill.
There are dozens of reasons why you should hire a professional for any number of home improvements. Even if you have experience with roofing, doing things yourself can sometimes void a warranty. Furthermore, you could overlook a crucial step in the replacement or make a mistake that leads to water damage. In other words, you should at least have a professional inspector look over your roof before replacing the shingles, since they know exactly what to look for.
Consider the last time your roof was repaired or replaced. If it was recently, you may be entitled to a free replacement, especially if it looks like an installation issue or manufacturing defect.
If you recently purchased your home, then you should go through the paperwork. The warranty for the roof is usually included, but if you can’t find it, don’t worry. The previous owner may still have the information.
Use Your Insurance
As long as the damage to your roof is caused by weather damage, you can use your homeowner’s insurance to cover some of the cost of the roof repairs or replacement. Since you already paying into insurance, you might as well use it!
An overlay is when you install brand new shingles over the existing layer. Since the old roof does not have to be torn off, the labor cost is reduced. However, you should only use an overlay when your professional roofer agrees and thinks it is a good idea. Otherwise, it could end up costing you more in the long run.
Be sure to check the warranties provided by the shingle manufacturer, since overlays can sometimes shorten or void the warranty. Also, overlays may increase the cost of future repairs and replacements.
Since roofing is often thought of as seasonal work, there are some contractors who cannot book clients quickly enough to stay afloat. If you are willing to replace your roof at a less seasonable time during the year, you may be able to receive an off-season discount. This isn’t something that is advertised, but it does not hurt to ask the professional roofing contractor to see what they say.
Roof Replacement – Save Money Today!
Roof replacement is an expensive project, no matter how you look at it, and you certainly should never cut corners when it comes to roofing materials. However, there are ways to significantly shave off the cost if you do some research and look into various avenues, like discounts and insurance coverage. Do that and you can save yourself hundreds, if not thousands when replacing your roof.
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