If your roof is nearing the end of its useful life and you’re concerned about its ability to fare through a harsh winter or rainy spring, you may be cringing at the thought of paying cash for a new roof — or putting it on a credit card. However, you may also be concerned about the potential consequences of facing heavy precipitation with an already-failing roof. Fortunately, a new roof doesn’t need to set your budget back for years, and with a bit of extra planning, you could have a new roof installed for the same cost as repairing your existing roof. Read on for a few tips and tricks that can help you save thousands on the cost of a new roof.
Schedule your work for the off-season
In many parts of the country, contractors are booked through the summer months (often at a premium hourly rate), beginning before the first thaw. These same contractors can find themselves without work for months during autumn and winter, making this the ideal time to schedule a roof installation. While you may need to be a bit more flexible with your own schedule to allow for weather setbacks, you’ll be more likely to find a contractor at your immediate disposal who is willing to work for a cheaper rate than normal just to have some income in the off-season.
You’ll also find that the roofing materials you need to purchase to complete your new roof are much cheaper during fall, winter, and early spring (generally before April 1). By saving on both materials and labor, you’ll receive the exact same roof during the off-season for a fraction of the price of a roof installed during the summer.
Look into recycled (and recyclable) materials
Recycled roofing materials are often available at a lower cost than newly-manufactured materials and provide the additional benefit of being eco-friendly and low-impact. Recycled asphalt roofing tiles can be made from scrap asphalt tires, the old asphalt from a repaved driveway, or even recycled tires. Because the recycling process generally incorporates stickier “cold mix” asphalt as well as hot mix asphalt, the resulting tiles are highly durable and can stand up to even extreme environmental conditions. These asphalt shingles can also be installed during just about any temperature, although it will need to be at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit to seal your new asphalt shingles (and the process could take a few weeks longer if cold temperatures persist).
For those whose homes have more of a rustic look, recycled cedar shake shingles can be an attractive and functional option. These shingles are composed of a variety of thin cedar slabs, or “shakes,” fused to a flexible backing. The resulting shingles are impermeable to rain and snow, durable enough to last decades with little maintenance, and even have natural insecticidal properties, helping keep wood-boring beetles and other pests away.
Recycled rubber roofing tiles are another alternative that can work wonderfully for rainy or damp climates. These rubber shingles are made of recycled tires, asphalt, and other ingredients compressed to form a firm but flexible shingle. The recycled products that form these roofing tiles are kept out of landfills by this process, and the finished product will have a sleek and modern look.
Look into efficiency discounts and rebates
If you’re replacing an inefficient roof with a power-generating roof (like a solar roof or rooftop solar hot water heater), you may be able to receive a substantial tax credit from the federal government. For certain types of solar, wind, and other alternative-energy powered roofs, you’ll be able to recover up to 30 percent of the purchase and installation cost. Various states also offer energy-efficiency tax credits, so you may want to investigate your own state’s offerings before making the final decision on the type of roofing materials you’ll want to purchase.
For more information, contact a local roofing company like Welty Custom Exteriors, Inc.