Having your roof replaced can be expensive. So, it's no wonder that you want to save some money on this endeavor. However, you do need to make sure you save money responsibly. You don't want to save money by re-roofing your own home or by skimping on material quality, since these options can backfire and cost you more in the long run. Here are some safer ways to save money on roof replacement.
Choose Three-Tab Shingles
While choosing low-end shingles is not a wise way to save on roofing, you can safely skimp on style a little bit in order to save money. Instead of looking at architectural shingles, which are more costly and made to look more modern, focus on three-tab shingles. They don't look quite as cool, per say, but there are some high-quality, well-made brands you can buy for a lot less than you'd pay for architectural shingles.
Ask To Reuse Flashing, If Possible
The flashing is the metal that goes around the chimney and in roof valleys. It serves as an extra level of water protection. Since flashing is made from stainless steel, it often lasts much longer than the rest of the roof. If your flashing is still in good shape, your roofers may be able to reuse it rather than make new flashing. This will save you money, and the end result won't look any different. Just make sure your roofers know you only want them to reuse the flashing if it truly is in good shape. Rusting and otherwise damaged flashing should not be reused.
Get Your Neighbors On-Board
If any of your neighbors need to have their roofs replaced, see if they're willing to have the work done at the same time as you. The roofing company may give you a discount for bringing them the extra business. They may also be able to charge you less because they can share a dumpster between your home and the neighbors' home. Most roofing companies don't have their own dumpsters—they pay to rent them. So, if they have to pay one less rental fee, they can pass some of those savings on to you.
There are plenty of ways to save money on a roof replacement without sacrificing quality. In addition to following the tips above, make sure you get several estimates from different roofing companies. Compare them and choose the one that's most affordable.