Replacing a roof can be an expensive undertaking and knowing some money-saving tips can be of help in defraying those expenses. Choosing the right time to replace a roof, shopping around for the right prices and discounts as well as finding lower cost materials are just some of the ways to save money on replacing your roof.
Here are the ways to incorporate some of these tips in your roofing replacement plans.
Roof Replacement at the Right Time
Choosing the right time of year to replace a roof can be a critical issue when it comes to saving money. Most roofing companies are the busiest in the last part of summer and early fall, which causes replacement costs and wait times to increase. If you need to replace your roof, do so once rainy seasons have passed and temperatures aren’t as warm. Roofing contractors aren’t likely to be as busy at that time of year, so if you want to take advantage of an off season rate, this is the time to do it.
You also want to be aware that roofing prices in general usually start to climb just before the late summer and early fall seasons, so it’s good to purchase materials ahead of time as well as know what services will be available to you.
You can save on roofing replacement materials and services through discounts. Simply ask your roofing contractor about discounts on work performed. Also, ask your contractor whether or not any materials that are currently on your old roof can be repurposed or reused. Though discount options are worthwhile to pursue, you want to make sure that the materials you use are of good quality. Less expensive materials aren’t always the answer as they, too, can deteriorate and cause roofing issues. You want to think durability as well as energy saving when it comes to roofing materials. It is better to have lasting materials that will save you from sky high utility bills.
A good roofer should be able to identify whether older materials are suitable and in good enough condition to be used for replacements. In addition to discounts and material reuse, ask or search for coupon availability. Roofing contractors often offer coupons through flyers, newspaper ads or online coupons from their websites.
Roofing Contractor Shopping
Most every roofing company operates differently concerning their rates and services, so it is advisable to research as many contractors in your area as you can to determine which ones meet your needs and budget restraints. You can go online, or give the various companies a call. Find out the prices on the materials they use for a roof replacement and ask what kinds of services they offer that are included in a roof replacement. Compare prices among the companies that you contact. Also, ask about guarantees and any added costs with warranties on materials, labor and the roof replacement in general.
Negotiating a price is another way to save money with a roofing contractor, or getting bids from a number of qualified contractors and choosing the one with the best savings and the best reputation for quality work. Your research should also include speaking with friends, business associates, neighbors and even the Better Business Bureau as to roofing contractors in the area that are bonafide as well as efficient and above standard in their work. In the end, you want to find the best roofing company for your needs and budget.
Procrastinating with a roof that is in dire need of replacement is not a the wisest of decisions. Thinking that a roof is going to last beyond its normal lifespan (around 20 years) is going to be more costly in the long run. So, once again, plan ahead. Don’t wait for your roof to be a safety concern as well as a money pit. It’s always a good idea to have your roof inspected by a qualified inspector who is going to be honest and forthright as to how long your roof is going to last before it does need replacement. Have it inspected on a yearly basis, particularly after any major weather event.
There are ways to save money with a roof replacement and the tips given here will give you some idea of what you should pursue when it comes to the possibility of replacing your roof. Any roof replacement is going to be costly, but the process can be made a whole lot smoother and less expensive simply by following a few of these tips. The safety and integrity of your roof depends on it.