5 Tips To Get The Best Deal On Your Roof Replacement
Keeping rain, snow, and pests out of your house is no easy task.
That's why, after about 15-20 years, your roof will likely need to be replaced.
To read more about when to replace your roof check out our article, When is the best time to replace my roof?
If you live in an area known for its harsh weather, it will likely have to be replaced sooner. From dealing with roof leaks to roof damage from storms or heavy snowfall, the weather can take a toll on your roof.
When it's time to replace your roof, it's hard to get a good idea of how much it's going to cost you.
A mid-range roof replacement will cost just over $20,000 on average, according to Remodeling Magazine.
However, the U.S. Census found Americans typically spent $6,800 to have their roofs replaced in 2017, so that's good news if you're looking to have your roof replaced.
Roof replacement costs will vary and depend on your location, what materials are used, the size of your roof, and whom you hire to get the job done.
But no matter what, no one wants to overpay for their roof, and everyone wants to get the best bang for their buck.
In the article below, we have compiled five tips to help you get the best deal on your roof replacement.
1. Get an Inspection
First things first. Before you go all-in on your roof replacement, you need to make sure it actually needs to be replaced.
Unless there's a glaring issue, it'll likely be difficult to know exactly what's going on with your roof.
Maybe a few shingles were blown off in a windstorm, or you've noticed a leak, but that only tells part of the story.
To get a better idea of what's going on with your roof, you should hire a roofing contractor to inspect your roof.
They might find that your roof doesn't need to be replaced altogether and might just need a minor repair.
Always pick a roofing company you can trust to tell you the truth, like TK Roofing and Gutters.
Some companies may tell you that your roof needs to be replaced so that they can have a big job.
2. Know The Lingo
Before you start talking to contractors, it'll be in your best interest to learn some roofing basics and understand some terms of the trade.
First, shingles are the roofing material that is the visible top layer of the roof.
Asphalt shingle roofs are a very popular type of roof.
The decking is the plywood foundation of the roof that the shingles are attached to. Sometimes it's referred to as the sheathing.
The underlay membrane is the water-resistant protective barrier between the decking and shingles.
The underlayment is usually treated felt or tar paper.
Roof vents are small protrusions from the roof that let heat escape from the attic.
Your flashing is a metal strip covering gaps on your roof, typically where two roof sections meet or at the base of the chimney or vents.
The drawback of metal flashing is that it is prone to rust.
There are synthetic waterproof sealants that can keep water from seeping between gaps.
3. Check Your Warranty
Before you start shelling out thousands of dollars for your roof replacement, take a look at your warranty.
If you recently purchased your home, your roof might still be under warranty.
If you weren't given this information when you purchased your home, try to get in touch with the people you bought the home from or review any repair records.
If your home is new, you might have coverage under your home warranty.
You might have been told this when you purchased the house.
The Federal Trade Commission offers guidelines on how home warranties work.
As well as a warranty, it would help if you also looked at the local bylaws of your housing association.
If you live in a townhouse, your housing association might be responsible for your roof replacement.
4. Get Multiple Quotes
You never want to take the first quote you're given.
It would be best if you got quotes from few different roofing companies.
You may be able to ask your roofing inspector to recommend some roofing contractors.
Your friends, relatives, and neighbors might have experience with local roofing companies, so ask them as well.
Getting opinions from people you know and trust and being able to see the work that has been done is ideal.
Online directories of local roofing providers from national sites such as Angie’s List can also be useful.
Getting multiple quotes will also offer insight into different approaches to tackling your roof project.
5. Focus On Value, Not Price
When searching for the best deal, many people focus on price and lose sight of the value.
Price should be a top consideration, but an important part of your decision should be the value of the deal.
You need a fair price that covers the cost of quality products and installation.
When you get your estimates, ask what’s included in the price.
You should know if it includes all materials for your roof replacement, as well as all labor costs, including getting the permit and arranging for any required inspections.
Does the price cover removing and disposing of the old roof and delivering the new materials?
Do you get a project manager at that price?
You also need to find out what happens if any unforeseen costs arise, like replacing the wood sheathing under the shingles.
Contact TK Roofing and Gutters For Your Roof Replacement
Roof replacement may seem costly, but there are good deals and even better values out there if you do your homework.
Your roof protects the most expensive thing you own, so getting the best deal on your roof means paying for quality more than it does pinching pennies.
If you'd like to speak to a roofing company that will deliver a quality roof installation and even better customer service, contact TK Roofing and Gutters today.
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