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Five Ways to Save Money on Your Roof

Adrienne Z. MilliganMost people, myself included, want to save money. Sometimes it feels like there are parts of life where saving money is just not feasible. When it comes to home improvement repairs and projects, do you try to save money? Somehow saving money can be construed as being cheap or using lesser quality materials.

Is this always the case? I don’t think so.

When it comes to home repair and improvement projects, I want to save on costs without sacrificing quality or not doing everything which needs to be done. It is possible to do both.

A hammer and nails are a small part of a roof repair or replacement.
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Here are five ways to save money on the roof without breaking the bank account:

1. Know what you want for your roof before calling for estimates. Are you wanting to replace your roof or just repair it? Do you need a repair due to a leak in the ceiling, tree damage, or gutter problems? Take a look at your roof from outside to see if you can spot other issues before you call. If you are unsure if it needs a full replacement, write it down as your first question. Visit your local home improvement store to see if they offer on-site design assistance. Ask what services they may provide, look at roof material options, and price ranges. If a neighbor or friend recently had their roof replaced or repaired, ask which roofer they used and if they would refer them to you.

2. Always get a written estimate before giving your approval for any work to be started. A good rule of thumb is to obtain estimates from three different companies. These three separate bids are important as projected costs may differ greatly. One contractor may include items the other two have listed as additional costs beyond the initial repair or replacement quote. Be sure you remember to ask the questions on the list you made in number one.

3. Ask if the roofer is licensed, bonded, and insured per your state’s regulations. Check the Better Business Bureau for reviews to see how if other customers approved of roofer’s professionalism and work. Reading reviews about a home improvement contractor is more important than the reviews many of us read on the newest book or gadget we’ve found online. Your roof protects your home – including you, others living with you, and your possessions – so be sure you know about the company you are considering hiring.

4. If you change your mind, talk to the roofer as soon as possible. Please do not wait until the job fully underway (or done) to ask for a different color, material, or if extra items can be added. Roofers normally have to purchase the materials for your roof so they will have the materials when the job starts. When you change your mind mid-stream, you will cost yourself and the roofer a lot of money – maybe thousands of dollars. Sit down with the roofer and ask your questions before signing the go-ahead to begin.

5. When asked how customers can save from overspending on their roof, owner and roofer of Value Roofing. Brian Glasser said, “Always check the warranty. A good warranty can save you money in the long run.” Did you know you can have a warranty on your roof? Does your current roof have a warranty? Make sure you find out exactly what the warranty does and does not cover.

Quality, reliability, service, and a warranty are all important for roof repairs and replacements.
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Take the few extra minutes to do the above research when planning your next roof repair or replacement. The time you spend now to make sure you will get what you are paying for may save you money in the future.

Protect your roof and your bank account by doing research before hiring a roofer.
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It is possible to save money when having installation or repair work done on your roof.