Repairing or replacing a roof can get expensive, but there are a few different ways you can save money when you need to fix up your shingle roof.
Install A Second Layer
If you don't have the money for a full replacement and you are in a situation where repairs are necessary now or in the near future, one option you may have is installing a second layer of shingles over the shingles that are already there. This can save you money primarily because you are essentially eliminating the cost of tearing up and disposing of the old roof, which can be significant.
There are some tradeoffs, though. A second layer usually won't last as long as the first layer, and it means that when it comes time to replace the second layer, you'll be paying to remove two layers rather than one. In some ways you're pushing the cost to a point further down the road. However, if you're in a pinch, this is still a reliable and often-used method of increasing the longevity of your roof. There are even advantages to this as well beyond savings, such as a roof with two layers being less likely to have ice dams.
If you consider this option, you should still have your current roof inspected to make sure it's safe and that it would meet regulations.
Do Some Work Yourself
If a second layer isn't an option, or if you want a full replacement and want to save money anyway, one way you can save money is by taking care of some of the work yourself. For example, you can remove the existing layer(s) of roofing yourself rather than paying a roofing company such as Advanced Roofing and Construction to do it, and if you have or can rent a vehicle capable of moving the old shingles, you can also dispose of the old materials yourself rather than hiring someone else to move it for you.
This requires that you have the time and physical ability to do it, but the work is more labor intensive than complicated, so just about anyone can do it. Follow a guide to help you safely through every step of the process. While you may spend a little money to do this yourself, the potential savings for doing this work on your own can be in the thousands, so it's an option definitely worth exploring.
Wait Until Demand Is Low
Roofing companies, like many others, have busy seasons and slow seasons. If you have the option to wait for roof repairs, you can opt to have your roof fixed during the slow season so you aren't charged extra premiums. There are a few different things that can factor into when times are slow, and this may also vary depending on where you live, so here are some things to keep in mind:
- The material of the roof you want to install and whether or not it has any special weather considerations
- The size of the company you're looking to hire and whether their prices fluctuate; larger companies with constant demand may have no fluctuations
- Whether or not the "slow" season is during periods of extreme weather, which would negate any savings due to lack of demand
One of the best things to do is to simply call around and get a variety of quotes and to ask when it's typically the least expensive to get roof work done. Each company may have a different answer depending on their demand and what kind of work they do, so it might seem like a lot of work, but getting a new roof without the premiums can save you plenty of money.