How To Save Money On Having Your Home Re-Roofed Without Sacrificing Quality

Having a new roof put on your home is not cheap, but you don't want to skimp and go with a non-reputable company or inferior materials in an effort to save. You'll end up paying more in the long run because you'll need extensive repairs or another premature roof replacement. That does not mean, however, that there are not ways to make your roof replacement more affordable. Here are three ways to spend less on your roof replacement without sacrificing quality.

Choose a cheaper color.

In general, you'll pay more for uniquely colored shingles or other roofing materials than for basic black or brown shingles. Choose a shingle type based on quality (check reviews and talk to your roofer to determine which type is right for you) and then take a look at the prices for different colors. You'll likely find that the generic colors are less expensive. Black or brown may not look quite as flashy on your home as another color, but it should be just as durable.

Schedule your project in the middle of the week.

Everyone wants to get their roof replaced on the weekend when they can be home to observe. However, you'll often pay more for a weekend job since the time is more in-demand and the roofing company may have to pay their workers a higher rate for working those hours. When you call to schedule your roofing appointment, make it clear that you'd prefer to have it done in the middle of the week. You'll likely be quoted a lower rate. Also, be willing to wait a few weeks to have your roof replaced rather than insisting that it be done immediately (unless there's a good reason why you must have it replaced right now). Some companies add a rush charge to their fees if you need your project done more immediately, and you can avoid this by being patient.

Get competing estimates.

Don't just get an estimate from one company. Get at least three estimates from different companies. If there's a company whose reputation you like but their estimate is not the cheapest, tell them that you want to give them the job, but that you have a lower estimate from another company. Ask the company with the higher estimate if they can beat the lower estimate you were given. There's a good chance they'll offer you a price slightly lower than your lower estimate in order to secure the work. And you'll save even more than if you were to have gone with the lowest estimate. This will help you find the best roofing company for your needs and budget.