Roofs: They're Definitely at the Top!
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Roofs: They're Definitely at the Top!

You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.

Roofs: They're Definitely at the Top!

Four Ways To Save Some Money When Having A New Roof Installed

Brian Riley

A new roof is a hefty investment, but there are several options available for saving money through different parts of the process. Reducing labor costs, finding the best payment options, and installing the roof at the right time of year can all contribute to getting a reasonable price for a quality new roof.

Install a Second Layer

If you currently have an asphalt shingle roof, you can potentially install a second layer of shingles over the first without having to remove the first layer. This can save you some money, as you won't need to pay for the labor and potentially the waste removal costs that come with having a new roof installed.

The benefit to this is that you can save significant money in the short term, but potential downsides include the fact that a second layer may not last as long as a roof normally would, and the extra weight could put additional stress on your home's frame. Have your roof inspected first to make sure your home could support a second layer.

Remove the Old Roof Yourself

If you're able and have the tools on hand, you can take on the task of removing your old roof yourself. This needs to be done carefully, and you should coordinate with your roofing installer to make sure your home isn't left without a roof, but it's an option that can spare you some of the labor costs.

Investigate Payment Options

There are many ways to pay for a new roof, and because of the variety, it's worth looking into all your options. Here are some to investigate.

  • Investigate loan options. Personal loans can work, but home equity loans or a cash-out refinance might offer better terms.
  • See if you qualify for any government loans or grants, such as the Weatherization Assistance Program or the Section 504 Home Repair program.
  • See what financing options are available from the roof installer themselves.

This process takes some extra time and work, but since having a roof installed is such a big investment, it's worth seeing how much you can save through lower interest rates, government assistance, and special financing.

Install During the Off Season

During summer and fall, demand for roofing services reaches peak demand. If your roof is in decent shape and you can wait for the best time to install your new one, consider planning for a springtime installation. The increase in demand later in the year results in an increase in cost, not just because more homeowners require services, but because roofing suppliers also increase costs in anticipation of the demand. Waiting until the decreased demand of late winter and spring ensures lower costs, quicker appointment times, and lower supply costs.

Contact a company that offers roof installation services to learn more.