Your roof will eventually have to be replaced after 15 to 20 years of keeping the rain, snow, and other undesirable things out of your home. You might even have to replace it sooner if you live in an area that’s prone to bad weather.
Depending on where you live, the complexity and size of the roof, and the materials you choose, keeping a roof over your head may cost either more or much less. Below you will find tips on how to prepare for this major home improvement project as well as how to keep costs under control.
How much does roof replacement cost?
Roofing costs, which can be broken down into 3 main categories can either go down or up depending on what you choose:
– Labor: Skilled workers that tear off the old roof and install the new one
– Materials: Shingles, flashing, drip edge, protective coating, etc.
– Disposal: Trashing or recycling of roofing materials once they are removed
Tips for Reducing Roof Replacement Costs:
Understand both the complexity and size of the roof and know the materials that you would like installed before you talk to any contractor. Such details ensure that estimates stay consistent and promote competitive pricing.
If you come across the term “roofing square” when getting estimates or doing research, know that “square” refers to 100 square feet of roofing material. If you are talking with the roofing contractor, know that disposal and installation fees will probably be included in the estimate.
2. Shop Around
Always get quotes from different roofers and always request and check local references before you hire one. Be wary of bids that seem extremely low since it could mean subpar work, and ensure that the contractor offers a warranty on both installation and materials.
Check with the local building department or your state consumer protection agency to confirm whether or not the roofer you plan to hire is duly licensed and insured.
3. Proper Timing
Roofers tend to be busiest in fall and late summer. Schedule your roof replacement in spring or late winter to enjoy off-season discounts or lower prices.
4. Use Insurance
Homeowner’s insurance typically covers roof damage that isn’t a result of neglect. In case some shingles are knocked loose by a hailstorm, for instance, your insurance provider may pay all or part of the replacement cost.
5. DIY It
You can consider doing some of the work yourself. In case you have the time, the equipment needed, and aren’t scared of heights, you can cut costs by removing the old roofing before the installer arrives. However, ensure that the contractor approves before doing that. It is dirty, backbreaking, and sometimes dangerous work and you may need to arrange the disposal of materials yourself.
6. Be Cautious If You Are Considering an Overlay
An overlay refers to the installation of new shingles on top of the existing ones. Since the old roofing is not removed, overlays generally cost less than replacement and require fewer labor hours.
However, overlays should be approached with caution since they can shorten or completely void the manufacturer warranty on roofing materials. Overlays also increase future replacement costs because multiple layers will eventually have to be removed the next time around.