A new roof will always be a relatively large investment in your home. Although you can save money in a few ways — such as by choosing 3-tab shingles over architectural options — a new roof will likely be one of your larger purchases. Fortunately, your roof is also one of the longer-lasting parts of your home, so you'll get to enjoy this investment for many years.
Still, there are decisions you can make during your roof installation to save even more money over the long term. These three tips will help turn your new roof into a cost-saving investment that will help pay for itself over its many years of service.
1. Pay for Quality
Relying on an experienced and skilled contractor to install a high-quality roofing system is one of the best things you can do to ensure your roof's longevity. The good news is that this doesn't mean you must shell out for the most expensive roofing materials. Instead, rely on your contractor to recommend brands that balance reliability and cost well.
You should also rely on your contractor's installation recommendations. Many contractors may recommend a full replacement over a reroofing since this approach will allow your roof to last longer and qualify for full manufacturer warranties. Although a complete replacement costs more, you'll save money by enjoying a longer lifespan and peace of mind from the manufacturer's warranty coverage.
2. Make Energy-Efficient Decisions
You've probably seen many options for energy-efficient roofing. If you want to go all out, you can do everything from putting in solar panels to installing a living green roof. Of course, these options are relatively expensive, and you might prefer a more traditional look. Luckily, you don't need to break your budget to install an energy-efficient roof.
Simple options, such as choosing lighter-colored asphalt shingles, can help you reject thermal energy more effectively. Certain roofing systems may also offer additional insulation, which can help keep heat from escaping your home during the winter. These choices are cost-effective (and may not even cost more than other options!) and will help you save money in the long run.
3. Contact Your Insurance Company
Homeowner's insurance policies sometimes offer discounts for roof replacements since a new roof will more effectively withstand damage from wind and hail. If you plan on installing a new roof, contact your insurance company to discuss any discounts available for your policy. These discounts may be substantial enough to offset a significant portion of your new roof over its lifespan.
A wind mitigation inspection may be another option depending on where you live. These inspections are common in hurricane-prone areas, and scheduling one following a roof installation can be a good investment. If your new roof allows you to achieve a passing grade, you may receive even larger discounts from your homeowner's insurance company.
For more information about roofing installation, contact a local company.
Do you know how to tell if you have problems with your flashing, loose shingles, or damaged tar pitch? Well, I didn't either until I experienced some of those issues on my own. One day, I realized that my roof was leaking and that I needed to find a solution fast. After contacting a professional roofing company, they were able to solve my troubles and teach me the signs of trouble. I want you to avoid the same types of hassles, which is why my blog is filled to the brim with information about roofing and home ownership. You never know, these tips could really come in handy!