Buying a home is arguably one of the largest investments you will ever make in your life. While the excitement and pride you feel for owning your own home will hopefully never wear off, the extent of general upkeep that a house requires is a less thrilling prospect. One of the most important aspects of any home is the roof. Designed to protect you and your home from those harsh Canadian elements and pesky little critters, it’s crucial that you maintain the integrity of your roofing.
However, a time will come when you will need to replace your roofing. This can admittedly be a fairly expensive project to take on, so the money-savvy homeowner might look for ways to cut back on costs and save a little money. Fortunately, there are a few ways in which you can make your roof replacement a bit less expensive. Let’s take a look at some options.
Book During The Off-Season
The summer months are typically the busiest for roofing companies, and for good reason; the warm weather allows for quicker and safer roof installation. Therefore, roofers are able to charge their regular prices during their peak season, as they understand that the demand for roofing will keep their schedules full.
However, many roofing companies will consider offering deals or discounts on their services during their off-season, such as in early spring or late fall. This allows them to stay competitive and fill days that may otherwise be empty.
Get Several Quotes
A good rule of thumb is to get a quote from several roofing companies before you make your decision. Quotes will lay out where your money is going and how much you will need to spend, so comparing a few competitive quotes will allow you to determine your best option.
While it’s important to be reasonable in your price offer, you can always speak with potential roofing contractors and ask for a better price. Alternatively, you can present a company with your budget and ask what they are able to get done with that amount of money. Roofing companies understand that they aren’t the only contractors available to you, so while they need to make a profit, they’re often willing to work with you on a price if you ask.
Look For Sales
Roofing material manufacturers will periodically put their products on sale to make room for new materials. If you’re not in an immediate rush to have your roof replaced, you can always wait until such a sale emerges. By speaking with a trusted contractor or a wholesale dealer, you can determine when any discounts or deals will be appearing. This can save you anywhere from 10% to 20% on your materials.
Consider Your Materials
Some roofing materials will cost more than others. However, the amount you spend often correlates with your roof’s lifespan. It’s up to you to determine how you’d like to spend your money. For example, asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing options in North America. Durable yet cost-effective, asphalt is a great choice for the standard home. However, if you want to increase the time between roof replacements, you might perhaps want to consider a different material, such as cedar. While more expensive, this initial cost will stop you from spending more money as quickly. There is no wrong option, rather your preference for the intervals at which you feel comfortable paying.
Replacing your roof is an investment, but it can be made more affordable by taking the time to research and ask questions about your options. You should feel good about your roof replacement, not overwhelmed by financial obstacles.