Repairing My Roof

Three Ways To Save Money On A New Roof

A new roof is a necessary investment when yours begins to reach the end of its useful life. Putting off the inevitable can prove bad economics, since leaks can damage underlying structures or lead to costly mold or water damage in the home. If you are considering an asphalt roof, there are several ways you can save, though. The following guide can help.

Tip #1: Be open about shingle design and color

Asphalt shingles are available in a wide range of colors as well as basic shingle shapes and designs. If you don't have your heart set on a specific color or design, you can work with your roofer to find the most inexpensive material choice. Having a home painted or sided in a neutral color makes this easier, since nearly any color of shingle will look nice. One option that works especially well for smaller roofs is to ask about discontinued colors or designs, since these may be available at a discount since there isn't enough available for larger jobs. Your roofer may even be able to combine two similar shades in an attractive manner, allowing you to take advantage of discontinued shingles for an even larger roof.

Tip #2: Consider a re-roof

Re-roofing is when the roofer installs new shingles over the old ones. This saves you on the cost of a tear-off, as well as on the disposal of the old shingles. This isn't always an option, and there are some concerns. For example, a re-roof could provide space for moisture to be trapped between the old and new shingles, which can lead to leaks or mold. Excess nail holes can also give moisture a path into your home. You also can't re-roof over a roof that already has more than one set of shingles already on it. Discuss the pros and cons of this option with your roofer before moving forward. 

Tip #3: Wait until the off season

Most people get new roofs in the summer, so this is often the most expensive time to have a roof installed. Late spring and early fall can be equally as busy for local roofers as well. If possible, wait until late fall or early winter, depending on which is likely to provide a dry period in your climate. If you aren't in a rush for a new roof and your schedule is open, you can request an off-season discount and let the roofer schedule you in when they have a lull in their schedule. This may mean you have to wait several months, but the savings can be worth it.

Contact a local roofer like Earl Hayes Roofing & Remodeling for more help.