Wind, heat, and sun can all damage the integrity of your roof, eventually causing leaks throughout your home. So what do you do? Pay $1.50 to $4.50+ per square foot to have your roof replaced. Some try to DIY the job themselves, but unfortunately, that doesn’t often end so well.
Not only would a replacement roof save you time and money, but it also dramatically improves the value of your home. Roof replacement services by Colony Roofers include free consultations and free roofing estimates. Read to learn how to get roof replacements on a budget.
Materials are available, and choosing suitable for your home can be challenging. When choosing roofing materials, you should:
- Think about the climate you live in. If it often rains or snows, you may want something waterproof and strong enough to withstand harsh conditions. Other options might be better suited for your home if it does not often rain or snow.
- Consider how much maintenance will be required on your new roof after installation. Some materials require less maintenance than others, like metal roofs.
Hire Best Contractor
Hiring the best contractor is the best way to do it if you’re looking for a roof replacement on a budget.
First, check their credentials. Are they licensed? Do they have insurance? What’s their reputation in the community? Is there anything else that might make you uncomfortable about working with them?
Then, once you’ve checked all those things out, talk to them about your needs and what they can offer you. Ask questions like:
- What kind of materials do you use? (If they don’t know or don’t care, that’s a sign that they may not be able to give you good advice.)
- How long is the job? (If they can’t give you an estimate based on what they see and hear from you, that’s probably not someone who will be able to keep their promise.)
- What kind of warranties do you offer? (If there are none and the warranty doesn’t cover anything significant, this could indicate that this company doesn’t stand behind its work.)
Replace the Roof Sooner
The longer you wait to replace the roof, the more expensive it will be. You might think that waiting until your roof has completely fallen apart will save you money, but it won’t; more damage will happen to your home and its contents.
The time of year you schedule roof replacement will impact your budget. You probably think the best way to get the most done is to wait until the spring or summer months when it’s nice and warm outside. However, this might not be the case. You risk paying high costs if you wait until summer to replace your roof.
Interview Potential Contractors
Interview at least three contractors before deciding. Have them all come out for an inspection and then meet individually. You should ask for references and talk to people who have used the contractor in the past.
If you don’t feel comfortable interviewing them or asking them questions, don’t hire them! If they can’t provide references or meet with you in person, they are probably not the right choice for your project.
When interviewing contractors, ensure they are licensed and insured. Also, ensure they provide an itemized estimate and show you what materials they’ll use.
Factors Influencing Roof Replacement Costs
Factors influencing roof replacement costs include:
- The type of roof you need to replace. For example, metal roofs cost $5,431 – $15,235, Asphalt shingles roofs cost $5,400 and $9,000 e.t.c.
- Roof size. Larger roofs tend to cost more than smaller ones.
- The location where you live. Roofs in areas with harsh weather conditions like snow or rain tend to cost more than those in milder climates because they require more maintenance and repairs due to wear and tear from the elements.
- The experience level of the contractor doing the work. An experienced roofer will charge more than a beginner.
- Materials used: The type and quality of material used in any project can dramatically increase or decrease its cost.
- Damage: If storms or other natural disasters have damaged your roof, it will cost more.
The key to getting a roof replacement without breaking the bank is to be prepared and know what to look for. Roofs are expensive, so conduct your research and get an accurate estimate before committing. You’re more likely to come away with a positive experience if you have the knowledge and helpful tips. Stay informed, stay committed and stay on budget.