A new roof can be a lifesaver for your home. It protects against the elements and can enhance the look of your house. However, installing a new roof can be expensive. Luckily, you can save some money on your new roof, making it a more affordable investment. Discover five ways to do just that.
1. Choose the Right Material
Roofing materials drastically range in price, so if you want to save money, stick with more cost-effective options. For homes, the go-to inexpensive option is usually asphalt. These shingles are durable and come in a variety of colors to match your home. They typically last 20 to 30 years and only cost about $1.50 to $4.50 per square foot on average. Metal and wood are also affordable options, and clay, concrete, and slate are more expensive options.
Still, you can get the beauty of a more expensive roof with less expensive materials. Rubber tiles, for example, can mimic slate tiles, but they cost a fraction of the price. Similarly, metal, architectural asphalt shingles, and wood can mimic the look of other materials.
2. Keep the Slope Low
If you fully replace your roof, keep the slope low. You may like the look of a steeped roof, and some materials, like slate tile, do better on steep roofs. However, not only will you have to pay more to adjust the roof, but the steep slope can create more area surface, which means more material and money to replace the roof. Of course, a roof slope depends on your roof layout, so first consult your roofer for their opinion.
3. Get Your Roof in the Off-Season
The fall is one of the busiest times for roofers. The weather is comfortable for hard work, and you’ll get your new roof before the winter hits. However, for this reason, roofers are busy, so getting an appointment may be hard if you didn’t plan ahead. In addition, because roofers are in so much demand, the prices may be higher.
For this reason, schedule your roof replacement for other seasons. Spring, like fall, often has comfortable temperatures, but rain may force the roofers to push back your project.
Summer may not always be the best choice unless you choose early summer. The hot summer months can create hard conditions, and the heat may affect the installation. However, this is still a popular season due to long daylight hours and good weather.
Finally, winter is the least busy season for roofers. However, this is often due to poor weather. Therefore, if the weather works, and the roofer works during the winter, you can get great deals.
4. Check Your Insurance Policy
You may want to check your insurance policy to see if it will cover any cost of the new roof. Typically, your insurance won’t cover replacement or repairs for regular wear and tear. However, if sudden damage like a storm caused problems, the insurance may cover some or all of the cost of a new roof.
If your insurance does cover the cost of the roof, they may cover the current value of the roof or the value of a new roof replacement. If you only get reimbursement for the current value of the roof, you will often have to pay for some of the costs out of pocket.
5. Consider an Overlay
If you have asphalt singles, you may be able to get away with an overlay. With an overlay, new shingles go on top of the old ones. This can be a great way to save money if you only have mild surface damage to the roof.
However, if you have underlying damage, an overlay will only mask the problem. In the end, this could cost you more. Therefore, rely on your roofer’s professional opinion on whether an overlay is a good choice.
Getting a new roof isn’t usually low-priced, but you can save money. Plus, this will help boost the value of your home and improve curb appeal. If you would like to know more or if you want a quote, contact us at Rays Harford Home Improvement Contractors Inc. today.
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