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Having a New Roof Need Not to Be Costly

Posted on: September 19th, 2012 by Admin

Roof replacement is costlier than roof repairs simply because it requires more work and purchase of new materials. If your roof gets severely damaged, roof replacement may be the only way to restore your shelter, but it is more expensive. However, you can do something to save on the roof replacement job. Here’s how:

1. Understand the costs.

Labor and materials largely constitute roof replacement costs. If the roof replacement job includes tearing off the old roof, if the materials you chose are difficult to install, if your roof is more complex, or if there are additional repairs needed, the labor cost will be higher. However, you can lessen the charge on the labor aspect of the roofing job by doing some of the easy tasks yourself.

Meanwhile, understand that the prices of roofing materials vary. Asphalt and wood are the most affordable while slate and metal can sometimes be the most expensive. Shop around and buy the roofing material that you want when it is on sale.

2. Get multiple quotes.

The Better Business Bureau advises homeowners to get at least three estimates before hiring a roofing Knoxville contractor. If an estimate is too high, contact the contractor and ask what makes it expensive. Do likewise when the estimate is too low. Get competing prices. If you tell a contractor that you were able to get a quote of an offer lower than theirs, they could make their offer more competitive. In this way, you can get the lowest offer possible.

In finding a roofing Knoxville contractor, only consider those that are legitimate and experienced. You would want to get the best job for your home, wouldn’t you?

3. Negotiate.

Keep in mind that the prices and terms in the quote are not yet final. So, do not just nod yes to the first offer. Negotiate for better terms.

4. File a home insurance claim.

If your roof gets damaged by a storm and you need a new roof, your home insurance can cover for the expenses. But many homeowners do not want to file a claim because it takes time and effort. But don’t worry. Some roofing contractors can help you go through the process quickly and smoothly. To successfully file a claim, inspect your roof for damages after the storm. Then, take photos of the damages so you can present evidence when you meet up with the insurance guy. Read your home insurance policy and paperwork to learn about the coverage, terms, and conditions.

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