Roof replacements can add up fast for homeowners. Materials and labor quickly add up, and without a plan, you can find yourself over budget. To ensure you stay on track and don’t spend more than you intend, keep in mind the following.
1. Start with an outline.
If your roof is over 15 years old, it may be time to think about replacing it.
Creating a general outline of your roofing plans in advance will help you plan out a budget so you won’t be shocked when it’s time to pay the bill.
Just as there are many aspects of a roof replacement, there are many factors to consider when creating a roof replacement budget.
Your roofing outline should factor in:
- your roof's size and pitch
- roofing materials
- house structure
- debris removal
- contractor and permits
Start by researching each section of your outline. Determine the size and pitch of your roof, the roofing materials you may want to use, the existing roof's condition and material, and more.
Once you determine how big your roof is and the materials you're going to use to cover it, you'll be able to calculate a rough estimate of your roof replacement cost.
With an idea of what your project will cost in hand, you'll have a number to work from when researching roofing companies and getting quotes.
2. Research possible roofing materials.
There is a wide array of roofing materials available for homeowners. From commonplace asphalt shingles to metal and slate, each roofing material brings its own pros and cons as well as varying price points.
The desired look and design of your roof—along with your budget—will be the most influencing factors in determining what material is best suited for your home.
Roofing materials are usually sold by the square foot or as 100 square foot increments (referred to as a “roofing square”). Multiply the cost of the roofing material by the square footage of your roof to get an idea of what it would cost to cover your roof in that material.
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3. Expect the unexpected.
Of course it would be ideal if every roofing project went smoothly and according to plan, but things rarely work out that way.
Most roof replacements—no matter how well planned—experience at least one hiccup during the project. Budgeting for the unexpected will save you a headache and reduce stress.
This is typically because roofers find areas of concern that homeowners didn’t expect. For example, your gutters may need to be replaced or underlying plywood may be rotted.
Before the roof replacement begins, talk with your contractor about potential areas of concern that could affect your budget.
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4. Hire a reliable roofing contractor.
Finding the right roofing contractor involves a little research. You should check out multiple companies to ensure they’re the right fit for your project.
They should be skilled and experienced in installing the roofing material you’ve chosen for the replacement. They also should able to commit to the budget you agree on and have the proper licenses, insurance, and coverage to work on your home.
5. Communicate openly with your roofer.
After you find a suitable contractor for your roof replacement, establish an open line of communication to ensure your project stays on budget and you aren’t surprised by any last-minute changes.
Ask questions about any practice you’re unsure about, and establish clear budgetary parameters.
Make sure they have the proper permits to install the new roof, and express concerns about any scheduling or time constraints as early as possible.