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Replacing Your Roof on a Budget (including Solar Panel Ideas!)


July 26th, 2017

Roof replacement is one of the best investments to make in a home. It’s ranked as one of the top home improvements that increases the resale value of your home. Roofs face weather extremes head on and suffer wear and tear over time, leading to many issues including water leakage into the house or unable to sustain heat during the winter. The recommended time to replace a roof is 15-20 years and the average cost of replacing a roof is around $19,000-$35,000. Thus, replacing your roof can be a expensive and time consuming task, so we have listed our top helpful and budget-friendly tips to help you get you started!

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1. Take a complete look at your roof and observe the wear and tear and damages it has withstood. Use a tape measure to measure each roof plane dimensions to get the total square footage of your roof. This information is useful to help you decide which type of material you would like to use for the roof replacement as well as to help you calculate the estimated costs.

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2. It is recommended to hire a roofing professional if you need a full roof replacment. Professionals will have a better understanding, experience and recommenations for your roof replacement. Select a roofing professional either through a referral or using sites such as Yelp, Angieslist, Thumbtack, and Porch. Using these sites will help you compare and contrast costs to help you fit your budget needs. Remember to call and get quotes from at least 3-5 places to get a thorough understanding of the costs and budget. Before providing a quote, make sure that the professional walks around the entire perimeter to give an accurate quote and provides a full estimate of all of the costs and timeline associated with the entire project. Always look for quality work and professionals that are licensed, ensured and provide warranty.

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3. Consider all of the costs associated with a roof replacment. A roof with a higher pitch is generally more costly compared to a flat pitch in terms of material and labor. Asphalt shingles are usually the most affordable ones. The three-tab asphalt shingles have a great lifespan of about 15-20 years. Wood shingles or shakes are aesthetically stunning but need ongoing maintenance and cost more than asphalt shingles. They are also more prone to fires and have a lower lifespan. However, there are some variations available in fire-resistant options and plastic moulded ones that look similar to wood. Tile roofs are unique, fire-resistant and serve for longer periods. It is also distinctive, durable, and resistant to rotting and insects. Metal roofs are fire-resistant, durable and weighs less compared to other options. It is available in aluminium and copper. Slate roofs have the longest lifespan of about 50-100 years but it is also the most expensive. There are also options available in synthetic material.

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4. A number of towns require homeowners to have permits before starting work on repairing the roof. The permit cost can range from $200-400 and is based on location and city codes. In addition, also consider budgeting costs for features such as chimney and skylights. Repair or replacement of these features can increase your total budget.

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5. Keep energy efficiency and new technology in mind when replacing your roof. Solar panels and solar roofs are quickly becoming popular due to their ability to generate electricity and heat with lower costs of installation. Companies such as SolarCity and Tesla are working diligently to make solar panels and roofs that generate clean renewable energy, stronger durability and have longer lifespan.

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