Everyone wants a great deal, but is that deeply-discounted roof just too good to be true? If you’re looking at leaks ten years down the road, it certainly is. When you’re looking for home improvements, make sure that you get the best deal without sacrificing the quality of your home renovation.
Plan in Advance
When you plan in advance, you can be a savvier buyer. If your roof is starting to have troubles but it’s not urgent yet, save your money and talk with roofing companies. Ask them when roofing materials go on sale, and see if they can secure a discount on materials that they can pass on to you.
Know the Peak Times
Every business has its peaks and valleys, and roofing is no exception. According to Home Guides, “Depending on your climate, tackling this project at the end of winter or the beginning of spring, when it’s still a bit dry in many areas, can leave you room to negotiate the price of the project.” Later in the fall, roofing often slows down as well. If you want to get a discount on a roof, talk to your contractors about their slow times and see if you can get your project done at that time instead. Make sure that your roof can be completed during those times and that there are no issues with adding that type of roof in a certain kind of weather.
Look for Referral Discounts
Have you worked with a company before and you have a discount on future work? Has a friend recommended a company to you? Look for discounts that you can get when you refer people to a company or are referred to a company by a friend.
Look for Other Discounts
Some roofing companies offer discounts for seniors, members of the military, or others in need. See if you qualify for seasonal coupons or longstanding discount programs.
Put on Your Negotiating Hat
Often, customers are reluctant to negotiate and look for many different quotes. After you get several quotes and you’ve chosen a company that you prefer, talk with them to see if there is anything that they can do to lower the price.
See If You Can Do Some Work Yourself
If you’re keen to get involved in your roofing project, see if you can do some of the simple jobs yourself. For example, you could haul away debris if you have a truck available. Depending on your roofing contractor, you may or may not be able to negotiate this kind of participation.
Find the Right Installer
Using the right installer will save you many years of grief down the road. When your roof is installed well and works with other home systems such as your gutter, you’ll avoid leaks and loose roofing tiles. Make sure that your installer has a strong warranty so that you know that you’ll be covered should any issues arise.
Consider Your Materials Carefully
For most people, a standard asphalt roof is the path that they choose. The 20 to 25 year replacement time frame makes sense for most families. However, depending on your needs, you may want to look at a higher-end product. For example, if there are many wildfires in your area, examine how fireproof your choice is and consider other choices with a higher fire rating. If there are strong winds in your area, either stock up on asphalt shingles for roof repairs or choose a different, pricier, but more durable roof. “Metal roofing is durable, lasts longer than asphalt or wood,” according to HGTV. In the long run, considering the durability of your roof is just as important as the initial cost, as it will help you reduce your repair bills.
At Harry Helmet, we believe in quality and accessibility. We want to make sure that you can have a high quality roof at the best possible price. Talk with us today about your roofing needs and schedule a free estimate.