No one wants to face it but it can happen to any homeowner. That's right; I'm talking about a roof replacement. This is a job that can cause stress and headache to many people, not to mention a lot of financial stress. But there are ways you can save on getting a new roof. Below are some ways to save money on residential roofing replacement you should consider.

  1. Do Your Research

Roof replacement is no laughing matter. It's a major project that needs a lot of planning. Before embarking on the work, you should first do your search. Look up online and see how long it will take the associated cost, and all other small details you might have to deal with. As part of your research, you should find out the best contractors to consider, the price of materials, as well as the timing to have your roof replaced. Also, determine if you need to do a simple repair on your roof or replace it entirely. Look up the different signs that either your roof is merely damaged and needs repair or it's time for it to be replaced.

  1. Look around

The next thing you want to do is look around for competent roofers. Ask around for recommendations from friends and families, as well as any expert you can get input on. Keep in mind that low bids are usually a red flag as it could mean a subpar work. The same goes for overly pricey bids. Make sure these contractors are also licensed and insured and that they offer a warranty on the materials as well as on the installation.

  1. Proper Timing

Roofers are most in-demand during summer and fall months which means many of them will jack up the price of having a roof replaced or repaired during this time of the year because they know their services are sought after. If you plan on saving a couple of bucks on your roof replacement, consider getting the job done during the off-season which is around winter and fall months.

  1. Insurance

Most homeowner insurance covers roof damage that isn't caused by neglect. Should your roof be damaged by hail or a storm, your insurance might cover part, if not all, of the cost of getting the roof repaired or replaced. You should check to see if this is true for your home insurance before agreeing to the project.

  1. Do Some of the Work

The best way you can cut costs when it comes to roof replacement is by doing some of the work yourself. What you'll need is time, the right equipment, and the courage to climb your roof and you're all set. You might not be able to do all the work that roofers do but you can certainly do the prep work yourself. This means cleaning the roof and preparing it for the construction job. This way, the contractor won't have to pay for laborers to do the job. The saying goes for post-construction cleanup. Usually, contractors hire help to do the cleaning after the project is completed. If you're willing and have the energy to do it, you can take on the job and save yourself a couple of hundreds of bucks.

So there you have it, a few tips to save money on residential roofing replacement. It's important to remember that no matter how tempting it is to scrimp money in almost every aspect of the project, you should consider the fact that a home's roof is a very important structure of the house. Choosing to go really cheap on its replacement or repair might mean trouble for you far into the future. So think about which part of roof replacement you want to save money on and which parts you should invest in.


Author Bio: 
Kerry Brooks is an ardent blogger who loves to write about home improvement, remodeling, restoration, and repair. She is currently working with WeathertightRoofing, one of the leading roofing companies, which offers exceptional residential roofing services in and around Idaho.

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