Want to know how long roofs last or how to save money when shopping for a roofing contractor? A survey of researchers, trade associations and manufacturers done by the National Association of Home Builders produced a report on ‘The Life Expectancy of Home Components’ with estimates of life spans for various roofing and related products. Based on the association’s research and other researches, here is how long you can expect your roof and other related components to last.
The following are the top tips to save up on roofing.
1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK
You have to thoroughly understand the complexity and size of your roof and know the materials you want to get installed before you head out to the contractors. The details will assist you in maintaining consistent estimates while encouraging competitive pricing.
If you come across the term ‘roofing square’ while researching the materials or getting your estimates, know that one square can equal 100 square of roofing material. In case you talking to a roofing contractor, disposal and installation fee is probably included in the estimate.
2. SHOP AROUND
Receive quotes from a number of roofers and always request and check all local references before hiring a consultant. Be wary of low bids which may mean subpar work, and ensure they offer a warranty on installation and materials.
Check the local building department or the consumer protection agency to confirm the roofers are insured and licensed.
3. TIME IT RIGHT
Roofers are the busiest in fall and late summer. Scheduling your roof replacement in late spring or winter may yield lower prices or off season discounts.
4. USE YOUR INSURANCE
Homeowners insurance mostly cover roof damage that is not caused by neglect. In case a hailstorm knocks some shingles loose, for example, your insurance company may assist you in paying all or at least a part of the cost of the replacement.
5. DO SOME OF THE WORK YOURSELF
Consider doing some of the work yourself. If you have time, the proper equipment and a stomach for heights, removing the previous roofing before the installer is here could assist in breaking down costs. Although, be certain that your contractor approves of it before you start working.
Following these tips will certainly assist you reducing the costs but always make sure that you get the right services and do quality work or else your roof might have a reduced life span.