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How to Ensure You Are Getting the Most Affordable Roofs

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According to experts, a damaged or dirty roof can have a significant negative impact on the curb appeal of your home, which also affects its value. 

Repairing or replacing an aging or damaged roof is a big investment, but it’s well worth it. After all, it’s the roof that protects your home from the elements. 

And getting a new roof doesn’t have to bust the budget. Here are key tips for getting affordable roofs. 

What Affects the Cost of a New Roof? 

The cost of a new roof can vary widely, ranging from around $8,000 for simple roofs to $20,000 and higher for more complex roofs and larger homes. 

You can use our pricing calculator to get a better idea of what a new roof could cost you to get started. Once you have a ballpark number, you can set aside a budget for the project.

However, it’s also important to know what affects the cost so you understand your options and can make choices to stay within that budget. 

Materials

One way to reduce the cost of a roof is to choose affordable materials. After all, materials make up a huge chunk of the cost of a new roof. 

Asphalt shingles are by far the most common choice among homeowners. Asphalt shingles are also the most affordable choice. It’s easy to install and lightweight, making asphalt shingles a great choice for homeowners on a budget. 

Higher-end materials, such as metal, cedar, and slate cost significantly more, though they last longer. In addition, heavier materials such as clay or slate require a sturdy structure and frame to support the weight. A roofing professional may need to come out and strengthen the framing and trusses. 

If you want to keep costs low, go with asphalt. If you have a little extra in the budget, ask about affordable metal roofing options, as metal lasts longer than asphalt. 

Composite materials are another choice, as they look like slate or shake, and they can withstand the elements.

Durability and longevity are two of the biggest concerns among homeowners installing a new roof. More durable materials may cost more, but they also last longer, so you won’t need to replace them as often. 

According to a 2021 Roof Purchasing Study, almost 85% of respondents said durability plays a major part in the purchasing decision. 

Labor

A new roof is one of the most significant investments you’ll make when it comes to home improvements. As such, you want the best of the best working on the new roof. 

Some contractors charge hourly. Additionally, particularly steep or complex roofs will cost more. 

Some homeowners believe doing the labor themselves will save in this aspect, but this is a huge mistake. Not only is it dangerous to work on a roof if you’re inexperienced, but you can also make mistakes that could affect the integrity of the roof. 

Ask your roofing company for a quote prior to starting on the job. Estimates give you an idea of what you should expect to pay. Remember, it’s worth it to pay for experienced contractors, especially when it comes to such an essential aspect of your home. 

Disposal

One factor homeowners don’t often consider is the disposal of old roofing materials. Tossing or recycling the old shingles includes the cost of a truck, gas, fees, etc. 

There’s not much you can do to reduce this cost, but getting a quote in advance or discussing the fees and costs with your roofing company prior to the job can help you prepare. 

Tips for More Affordable Roofs

In addition to choosing more affordable materials and creating a budget, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you’re getting the best deal. It’s possible to get a roof on a budget if you do your homework and compare your options. 

Look at Your Insurance Policy

Your homeowner’s insurance policy might cover damage and replacement if it wasn’t caused by neglect. Unexpected acts of nature and severe weather can cause severe damage to a roof and may be covered under your policy. 

Keep in mind that insurance roof replacements are either limited or excluded when a roof is 20 years or older. 

In any case, it doesn’t hurt to look into your policy to see if you can save some money. 

Avoid Busy Seasons

You may not be able to put off replacing a badly damaged roof, but if your roof is simply getting old, you can choose to get a replacement in the off-season. 

Professional roofers are busiest in spring and fall, especially in late summer. You can save money on the installation of your new roof by scheduling it in spring or late winter. 

Some companies offer off-season discounts. It’s worth asking about price differences when you get a quote or simply researching costs at different times of the year. 

Plan for Unexpected Costs

Unfortunately, unexpected costs are part of any home renovation or project, and a new roof is no different. When it comes to replacing a roof, your contractors may not know the extent of the damage until they remove the old roof. 

Major complications that could add to the cost of the project include structural support or foundation that needs repair, water damage, etc. 

There’s not much you can do to reduce these costs, but you should always have part of your budget set aside for any unexpected issues. If something does happen, you’ll be prepared. If nothing goes wrong, you’ll have the extra money in the end. 

Affordable Roofs Within Reach

Use these tips to ensure you’re getting the best price for your home. Keep in mind that affordable roofs depend on the style of roof you have, the square footage, steepness, complexity, materials, and more. To get the best deal, ask for some quotes and talk to your roofing company about your options. 

Are you in need of a new roof here in Georgia? Leave it to Big Time Roofing! Ask us about our roof replacement services and our financing options to save even more. 

By Big Time Roof Team | Aug Wed, 2022| Uncategorized