Replacing a roof is not an inexpensive undertaking. There are, however, ways to cut costs before, during, and after replacing your roof that can save you some money.
1. Don't wait too long to replace your roof.
Replacing a roof is not something that you can put off indefinitely. As your roof ages, the asphalt shingles get brittle and the protective gravel coating wears off. This leaves your roof and the plywood underlayment vulnerable to the weather. Rain, snow, ice, and even wind can work their way under aging shingles and into your attic space, leading to more damage and a higher repair bill in the long run.
In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency warns that mold can start to grow in just 48 short hours. A new roof is much less expensive than the mold remediation you may have to deal with.
2. Ask if you can 're-roof'.
Installing a new roof typically means that the old roofing material is removed first. This is not, however, mandatory. If your existing roof is in good condition and there is only one layer of existing shingles, you may be able to save money by laying the new asphalt shingles directly over the top of it. If the roofing company does not have to pay for labor to remove the existing roof, it reduces their costs.
This money-saving tip only works with asphalt shingles. All other types of roofing materials need to be removed completely before a new roof can be installed.
3. If you need a complete tear-off, ask if you can do the work.
If your existing shingles are in poor shape or if you have multiple layers of asphalt shingles, you will likely need a complete 'tear-off'. If you are up to the task, you can do the work yourself and save some money. While the work is straightforward enough for the average homeowner to complete, it is physically demanding work.
Removing the shingles is typically followed by removing all the remaining staples and nails by hand. You may also offer to clean up and dispose of the debris yourself to save money on the cost of your new roof.
4. Choose an asphalt shingle.
While slate, cedar, and even copper roofing materials are beautiful, they are also expensive. Choosing an asphalt shingle for your new roof can keep costs down. Asphalt shingles are economical to both purchase and install.
5. Schedule in the off-season.
If you are flexible, you can save money by talking to your roofing contractor about installing your new roof in the off-season. Companies want to keep their crew working year-round if possible. If you are willing to have a new roof installed in the cold winter months, it helps extend their season and keeps their crew working. Some roofing companies are willing to offer a slight discount for off-season installations. Likewise, if you are willing to wait until the following spring, a roofing company that is booked solid may offer a discount to you for being patient.
6. Take care of your new roof.
After spending money on a new roof, you can stretch your hard-earned dollars further by helping your new roof last as long as possible. Maintaining the health of your roof is fairly simple and straightforward. The key is to remove debris as soon as possible. This includes stray tree branches that rub against your roof when the wind blows. The gravel coating on your shingles can be damaged by debris like this, which shortens the life expectancy of your new roof.
If you are willing to be flexible, think practical, and get physical, you can save money on your new roof. Contact a company that handles roofing replacements to learn more.