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How To Reduce Roof Replacement Costs?

Laryssa Gomes

When your roof lasts a period of over 20-30 years then it is time to start preparing for a new roof as it is about to start falling apart due to old age. Or maybe your roof has sustained terrible damage from a storm or hurricane and you need a roof replacement as soon as possible because a repair doesn't seem so much as an option. You are now worried about how much your roof replacement is estimated to cost you.

Well on an average, getting the commonly asphalt shingle roof would cost between the price of $5,000-$40,000 to replace completely. Although price tends to vary by size of the roof and complexity, also on materials used, the roofing contractor, and the amount of labor needed. This is why before embarking on this, you should seek your roofing contractor to help you give an appropriate estimate and how well you can cut costs.

HOW DO I REDUCE MY COST DURING A ROOF REPLACEMENT?

DO YOUR RESEARCH

When thinking of getting a new roof, it is advisable to do proper research before approaching your contractor. Find out just how much it would cost you to buy a roof due to the size, complexity, and cost of your roofing choice materials. You should also know they are square foot when buying and when budgeting, include the cost of labor for the installation as well as for disposing your current roof.

COMPARE ROOFS

Before settling on a roof, make sure to look around properly before making a choice. Don't settle at one manufacturer as some give great prices for great quality roofs. Don't be in such a hurry to go for lower quality products because although they might seem cheaper, when you use them, they don't last a long period of time, therefore making you buy another in a short space of time. So when you get offered low bids, they might be low-quality products and you shouldn't proceed any further. Sometimes getting a low budget will not include the disposal fee. Also, make sure you ask your contractor for an installation warranty to avoid spending a lot more in the future. A good roofer must be so confident in his work, he has no problem with giving you a warranty.

GOOD TIMING

When you decide to replace your roof, be sure to do it at the perfect time. Not during the rainy months and also not during winter. Summer and early fall is usually the best time to replace your roof. But due to the fact a lot of people choose to do it during this period, it tends to cost a whole lot more, so getting your roofing contractor during off-seasons such as spring and late winter gives you chances of getting a discount.

INSURANCE

Before installing your roof, be sure your contractor has insurance for all the employees and subcontractors who will be working on the site during the period they are under your employ.

Your homeowner’s insurance will only cover damages which aren't caused by neglect and will not pay for leaks and other long term damages. So if you are planning on making a claim, you should study your homeowner policy to check your eligibility and follow these procedures

* Before calling a contractor, be sure to determine the exact type of damage that your insurance policy covers. Your insurance could cover some damages caused by hurricanes, storms, hail and other naturally occurring events to have no decision in. But some insurance policies wouldn't. A picture would require to be taken when you want to process your claim and would be used as evidence. When your insurance company takes a picture for themselves, be sure to have your own copy or take your own picture for future reference purposes.

* Your insurance company would want to conduct an inspection of with an insurance adjuster. The estimate from the adjuster would be a determinate of the payout which would be made. If you are very much concerned about the adjuster's estimate, you can also request for a counter estimate instead and you can get this from your contractor. To be able to have the new estimate approved, you would have provided a written estimate with details such as the names and the warranty information from your material manufacturer. Other information to be given would bring your roofer's license and also your roofer's insurance. Every requirement depends solely on your insurance company as a different insurance company could have additional requirements in comparison to others. You should be able to use the materials which prevent the occurrence of natural disasters and increases the durability of your roof.

CONCLUSION

Once you notice or suspect your roof is bad and need a new one, be sure to make your research before embarking on replacements or repairs. The more knowledge you have, the more chances you have in saving cost generally.

NRCA's Selecting A Professional Roofing Contractor

Laryssa Gomes

Buying a new roof system is an important investment. Before you spend your money, spend some time learning how to evaluate the roofing contractor who may be doing the work. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) wants to assist you in getting the kind of results you expect—a quality roof system at a fair price. You should insist on working with an NRCA-member professional roofing contractor. All roofing contractors are not alike, and NRCA recommends you prequalify roofing contractors to get the job done right the first time. The following guidelines will help in your decision:

• Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax identification number and, where required, a business license.

• Insist on seeing copies of the contractor’s liability insurance coverage and workers’ compensation certificates. Make sure the coverages are in effect through the duration of the job. (Note: U.S. workers’ compensation laws vary by state. Consult your state’s laws to determine workers’ compensation insurance requirements.)

• Look for a company with a proven track record that readily offers client references and a list of completed projects. Call these clients to find out whether they were satisfied.

• Check to see whether the contractor is properly licensed and/or bonded. Call your state’s licensing board for your state’s specific requirements (where applicable).

• Insist on a written proposal and examine it for complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including approximate starting and completion dates and payment procedures. • Check to see whether the contractor is a member of any local, state, regional or national roofing industry associations, such as NRCA.

• Call your local Better Business Bureau to check for any complaints that have been filed.

• Have the contractor explain his or her project supervision and quality-control procedures. Request the name of the person who will be in charge, how many workers will be required and the estimated time of completion.

• Carefully read and understand any roofing warranty offered and watch for provisions that would void it. Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Remember, price is only one criterion for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism and quality workmanship also should weigh heavily on your decision.

NRCA, a nonprofit trade association, is one of the construction industry’s most respected organizations and the voice and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. NRCA offers a service to help consumers locate NRCA-member professional roofing contractors in specific geographic areas. NRCA’s website allows roofing consumers to search for roofing contractors by ZIP code, type of roof system and radius; it also provides a wide range of information and services to help building owners and homeowners make informed decisions about replacing and maintaining their roof systems.

This information can be obtained from NRCA’s website at www.nrca.net