Roof replacement is one of the most expensive home renovation projects. However, careful planning and execution can help you bring down the cost significantly. Below are some tips that can help.
Use Insurance or Warranty
Depending on what has necessitated the roof replacement, you may be able to use your warranty or homeowner's insurance to offset the replacement cost. Neither the warranty nor the insurance will replace a roof that is at the end of its life or a roof that has failed due to poor maintenance.
The manufacturer's warranty will help if the failure is due to defective materials and the contractor's warranty will kick in if the replacement is due to an error on the part of the installer. The home insurance coverage may help if the damage is accidental and the accident was a covered risk. Even if the insurance or warranty doesn't cover the whole cost, they may lighten the burden by paying some of the costs.
Choose the Right Materials
Roofing materials vary by cost, so choosing the right material can also help you lower the replacement budget. For example, asphalt can cost anything from $70 to $160 per square while slate will set you back anything from $500 to $1,700 per square. For the whole roof, the difference can add up to thousands of dollars.
Choose the Right Builder
The right builder can save you money in four main ways:
Therefore, do your research properly and compare the roofers available so that you can end up with the right one.
Time It Right
If possible, then time your roofing project during the slow season to enjoy discounts from roofing companies. Most roofing companies get super busy during the late summer and spring and prices also go up during these seasons. Do your roofing before those seasons and enjoy reasonable rates.
Layer the Roof
Lastly, you may also succeed in cutting the costs by layering the roofs. This may be a cost-cutting move because you don't have to incur the cost of stripping off the existing roof and disposing of the debris. However, it is only possible if roof layering is permitted in your jurisdiction and if your existing roof structure can support the multiple roofing layers.
For more information, contact a roofing service in your area.