The reality is that roof repairs themselves, when performed in a regularly and timely manner, can drastically reduce your “roof costs” over a lifetime. However, there are other ways to save on roofing whether you’re building a brand new construction or you just know it has been 20 years since your roof was installed and you’re worried about its lifespan. Some things are out of your control, such as natural disasters, a particularly rough winter or a previous owner who did not care for the roof. However, many things are well within your control.
Spending a little now, or making wiser installation choices, can save you thousands of dollars down the road. Here are the best tips for saving on roofing, optimizing what you have and extending the life of your roof:
1. Choose a quality installation company
Of course you need to choose a roofing material that is high quality but also suits your budget. However, the quality of the installation is just as important. It does not matter if you have the “best” roofing material in the world if the installation is subpar. Research installation companies, check reviews, make sure they are licensed and remember that upfront quotes aren’t the only factor.
2. Consider TruSlate by GAF
Slate is one of the most popular roofing materials around the country, including in Utah, and it is relatively inexpensive compared to some other roofing options like cedar or copper. However, it is still a roofing material and the total upfront costs can be high. TruSlate is really “true slate,” the only difference is that the shingles are fitted together to minimize overlap. This means homeowners get the same quality of slate without unnecessarily paying for overlap.
3. Don’t miss biannual inspections
Ideally, roofs are inspected every autumn and spring by a professional. The earlier an issue is caught, the simpler and more cost effective it will be to address. Homeowners should also schedule an inspection after a natural disaster, particularly rough storm or if they suspect something is wrong with their roof. The cost of an inspection never comes close to the cost of an extensive repair or roof replacement should a problem go unattended.
4. Survey your roof yourself
While it is never recommended for homeowners to walk on their roof, and it can even be dangerous to survey your roof from a ladder, you can see a lot from your yard. Get a pair of binoculars and survey the roof for dark spots, shingles that are missing, pests or any other obvious issues.
Your roof is an investment that needs protection and regular maintenance. Ensure that the health of your roof is a priority, and you will enjoy a healthy roof for much longer.