Your roof is a vital component of your home and is necessary to protect you, your loved ones, and your belongings against the worst that mother nature has to offer. Many experts recommend a roof inspection annually. If your roof is more than a few years old, or has been damaged recently by turbulent weather, please consider some of these tips and tricks to help you save on prevention, repair or replacement.
To Repair or Replace?
An aging or damaged roof is a common concern among homeowners. A roof in need of repair can raise your heating and cooling costs and make the structure of your home and its contents vulnerable to water intrusion, drafts, hazardous mold, and structural damage. According to data generated by HomeAdvisor in a survey of 64,189 members, the average repair cost of a roof is $986 with a typical range of $376 to $1649. A Slate or metal roof can cost about 50% more to repair, while an asphalt, composite, or wood shake roof can cost considerably less to repair. With modern asphalt or composite roofs lasting 20-50 years, it is worthwhile to invest in proper maintenance and upkeep to get the most out of your roof.
Get an Expert Opinion with a Free Roof Assessment
If you’re experiencing roofing issue of concern, it is a good idea to get a free roof assessment from a certified professional. According to the FTC, getting multiple estimates is an important factor in defending against home improvement scams. It will also help clarify the scope of work needed and make sure you don’t get unnecessary work done. Also make sure to get everything in writing before beginning work. Many companies provide free roof assessments. If you are interested in a free roof assessment, it is wise to reach out to multiple roofing professionals in your local area.
Protecting Against Scams
Getting multiple quotes from different roofing companies is a good way to verify the scope of work needed. If two roofing experts say you need a few simple repairs, but another says you need a full roof replacement, be wary that you might be getting over-sold. AARP has a good list of signs to look for to avoid being scammed on home improvements, such as insisting on referrals and checking with the BBB. A certified roof inspector can also refer you to contractors with the recommended qualifications. If your roof is over 10 years old, it is a good idea to get a check-up done to defend against costly repairs down the road. Periodic upkeep can help you save in the long run.
Government Money for Repairs
Through both grants and rebates, you may be able to save on your next roofing or home improvement project. Recently, roofing incentives listed on energystar.gov showed savings of $500 on approved energy efficient materials. Grants for roofs can be found for low-income households via U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program which has helped over 7 million families receive government assistance to weatherize their home since 1976. Grants for roof work may be available in your state.
Remember to get multiple quotes to save money, and don’t always go with the lowest bid as quality may be a concern. Be wary of anyone asking for payment upfront or soliciting business door to door with “leftover materials from a previous job.” Work with vendors that are licensed and insured. If you are currently concerned about the state of your roof, or want to defend against deferred maintenance, seasonal and industry trends suggest now is a good time to reach out for an expert opinion.