Whether your roof is leaking or you have realized it is not as strong as it needs to be, the idea of having to replace your roof can be depressing. It is probably not something you want to or can take on by yourself, which means you are going to have to hire professionals. Even if you do choose to replace it yourself, the materials alone are going to be costly. However, there are ways to save some money and still get the roof done. Here are a few tips that should help.
Decide on Roofing Material
Just because your house has a tile roof does not mean you have to replace it with one. When you are concerned about money, consider going with a less expensive roofing material. Many shingles are available in different textures and colors. If you go with an option that is not only less expensive, but lighter, you may be able to save some money on the roof materials too as they won't have to be as strong to hold the extra weight.
Pay Attention to Timing
Most roofers will be very busy during the summer and fall. If you can put off having the work done until winter or spring, you will probably get a lower rate since many roofers are less busy and looking for work. Call around and ask for a few quotes to see what the average cost is, then ask if they have any off-season discounts.
Reuse the Metal
Quite often, the metal pieces, such as the flashings, are still in good condition and can be reused. However, if the contractor feels that these pieces are not sound enough to be reused, take their advice. You do not want to have to redo areas of your new roof because the flashing did not keep out the rain and melted snow, which would allow the underlayer to be damaged.
Remove the Roofing Yourself
Even if you are not able to do the construction parts yourself, you may be able to go up and remove the old roofing material—such as shingles or tiles—on your own. A do-it-yourself roofing removal will save on labor costs. Be sure to tell the contractor you will be doing this so they can give you an accurate quote on the remainder of the job.
Roofing replacement is usually an expensive home repair. Unfortunately, it is not something you can ignore like a hole in a wall. Maintaining it properly is one way of delaying the need for a new roof; but eventually, it is going to need to be replaced. Take advantage of the above tips and you will save some money.