When considering your type of roof, it will likely need to be replaced while you’re living there. Standard asphalt shingle roofs will last about 15 to 20 years before needing replacement. Replacing the roof might not be in your immediate budget, however, so Approved Roof can help you to minimise the cost with affordable roofing options. Here are some things that you can do to minimize the costs associated with replacing the roof when the time comes.
Do nothing between now and the next time your roof needs to be replaced, and the odds are against you. Sure, you might get lucky, but you also have an ample opportunity to make your own luck by taking proactive roof maintenance and repair measures early. To keep the little problems as little and manage bigger problems with effectiveness.
When to Replace Your Roof
The first thing to know is whether you actually do need a roof replacement. Here are some factors to consider to help you decide whether to replace your roof or hold off for a while:
Brittle, cracked, or curling shingles are signs of a damaged roof.
If your roof is too old, it will need to be replaced, even if everything seems fine. Talk to a roofing contractor about the lifespan of your particular roof.
When you walk around your house, if you’re seeing debris from shingles such as bits of gravel or asphalt that have fallen from your roof, you’ll probably need to replace it.
If there’s water leaking into your attic or your home, your roof will need to be replaced as well. Water damage is not something you want to wait on.
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Research Your Roof
Make sure before you even start the process of finding contractors and collecting bids that you know all you can about your roof. You should find out the size and complexity of your roof, as well as the type of materials that you want to have installed.
One of the best things you can do to save money on your roof replacement is to shop around for different contractors. Plan to get at least three detailed bids for the roof replacement from contractors you can trust to do a good job.
Consider the Timing
When replacing your roof, keep in mind that roofing companies tend to be busier in the late summer and fall. You might be able to get a better deal on your replacement if you can schedule it for late winter or the spring. Note that if you are replacing your roof because of water damage or leaking, you probably cannot afford to wait until the ideal season to have the work done and should call a contractor right away.
Do Your Research
You’ll save yourself a lot of time if you educate yourself about your roof beforehand. Gather all the information you can about your roof, such as its size, when it was installed and the expected lifespan. You should also do your research on roofing materials beforehand so you’ll know what kind of material you want to have installed. Are you active military or a veteran or retiree? You could get a rebate on a GAF roofing system.
Ask Your Insurance Company
Many people pay for roof replacements out of pocket, not even considering that their insurance might have paid for all or a part of it. Talk to your homeowners’ insurance company about what your policy covers in terms of roof damage. For instance, if a freak hailstorm came through and damaged the roof, you might be able to get your insurance company to pay for a portion.
It’s always possible to get a great product without destroying your budget. Although replacing your roof can be a pretty heavy expense, it still may be necessary depending on a number of key factors. When trying to replace your roof on a tight budget, keep these cost savings tips in mind.
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Why Repair A Roof?
In many instances, this question answers itself. Because it needs fixing. Again, the leaky roof (the most common problem) comes to mind, and you don’t need anyone to tell you that needs repair. So, the real question is, why repair a roof that apparently has no problems? “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, right?
Umm, not so fast. Trying to determine the condition of a roof while standing on the ground or inside the home is dubious. It takes inspection both on the roof and on the underside of the roof. Maybe even in walls and other parts of the home.
It takes experience to know what to look for. A few sections down, we get more into this. For now, realize that your roof is constantly subjected to normal wear and tear on a good day, and little problems could be occurring which are invisible to you, especially if judging all this from inside your living space.
The main reason to repair a roof is so you hopefully don’t have to bear the cost of replacing a roof.
Minor repairs done today could cost you say $400. Let them grow into bigger problems, and a complete roof replacement just months from now could cost you 4 or 5 figures. In other words, you took the gamble and lost way more than you would have otherwise.
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If you need roofing Calgary help and you think you may have suffered from hail damage, a roof repair or replacement isn’t as difficult as you think it may be. When you contact our team, we will help you communicate your hail damage with your insurance adjuster and schedule an easy and convenient inspection to assess your roof. Once we know the extent of the damage, we’ll match you with the best install team directly suited to your home. We strive to make sure that your work is done by a business that is local to you, that way your service is handled by somebody who understands what kind of wear and tear you’ll be dealing with.