Be it installing a new roof or working on repairs for your old one, the cost of roofing materials will constitute a big part of your project's expenditure. You can save on this cost with the following tips.
Go for Specialist Roofing Materials Suppliers
You can find roofing materials in most general builder's shops and hardware stores. You will also find that there is a significant disparity between the prices in these stores and those offered by specialist roofing materials suppliers.
As you look for these specialist suppliers, choose one that directly sources their roofing materials from the manufacturer. The fewer middlemen there are in the chain, the lower the final price of the roofing materials.
Bulk Buy From One Supplier
It helps to shop around and compare prices when looking for roofing materials. Once you have identified a supplier with reasonable prices, you may be able to negotiate for an even better price if you get most, if not all, of the items on your shopping list from the supplier. You may be able to get generous discounts based on how much you buy, not to mention other special discounts such as a discount if it's your first time shopping with the supplier.
Salvage and Reuse Where Possible
Thoroughly inspect your existing roofing material to assess their condition. Unless you are working on a complete roof replacement, you can always salvage and reuse tiles, slates, and other roofing materials that are in good condition.
If you are among the property owners who would like to retain that slightly old and weathered look on their rooftops, mixing old and new roofing materials has more than just a cost-saving benefit.
Return Unused Materials
It is not uncommon to overestimate precisely how much roofing materials you will require for your roofing project. When this happens, you may end up with excesses that you wouldn't know what to do with, especially if you don't have another roofing project coming up soon.
Some suppliers will accept unused returns as a policy. Others are quite flexible and reasonable in that, while it is not exactly policy, you may be able to negotiate for such terms. What is most important is establishing these terms from the get-go.
Spend less on roofing materials with the outlined pointers. You can spend the money you save on other expenses such as labor costs, helping to keep your overall project spendings within budget. To learn more, contact a residential roofing contractor in your area.