There’s a saying, “the first step is always the hardest.” Coming up with a roof replacement budget, for most people, is a crucial first preparatory step. In today’s post, local roofing company State Roofing shares tips on how to prepare your roof replacement budget.
Planning a roof replacement very early on may sound counterintuitive. But considering that your roof will eventually need to be replaced, having a headstart will give you more than enough time to research roofing options—material, color, styles—and the costs associated with them. You won’t be as rushed, and you’ll even have time to explore the ballpark figure for these roofing options, as well as compare local contractors.
Research Roofing Materials, Styles and Colors
The choice of material, style, and other customization options will affect the cost of your roofing replacement project. When looking up these roofing options, make sure you are weighing their advantages and disadvantages.
Some homeowners wonder why some roofing options in the same category cost more than the others, then ultimately choose the quote that cosst the least. Do not make the same mistake. Some roofing product lines may look a lot like others, but the costlier options may have features like improved wind or impact resistance, or may have better warranty coverage. Also, energy-efficient options may look the same as their standard counterparts, but they have reflective properties that can help you save on cooling costs during the summer season.
Prepare for Pre-Existing Conditions
Pre-existing conditions are problems that are discovered during roof replacement. They could be anything from moisture damage on the roof deck that weren’t visible from the attic, or maybe installation mistakes made by the previous roofer.
In any case, these pre-existing conditions would not have been found during your roofer’s initial inspections, and therefore will be added on top of the contract price. While this is not a common occurrence, you will want to be prepared for it. An “emergency” budget worth 10% to 20% of the contract price is usually enough to cover such repair costs, and should be included in your budget plans.
State Roofing is your leading provider of roof repair and installation services. Give us a call at (360) 794-7164. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Seattle, Bothell, and Everett, WA.