Local energy-efficiency rebates, improved asphalt shingles, unusually high discounts and unpredictable weather have eligible homeowners rushing to claim roofing savings this season!
Cutting Utility Costs by $100’s
Older roofs that don’t function well can make energy bills more expensive and lead to much more expensive home improvement projects than just a roof repair or replacement. Here are a few signs that your roof is in trouble:
- Shingles are cracked, curled or cupped
- Bald spots where granules are missing
- Your roof is over 15 years old
- Dark streaks
- Leaks, mold or moss growth
Savings of a New Roof
- Energy-Efficient: Most people don’t realize, but some types of shingles are ENERGY STAR® rated. Reduce 10% – 15% of your energy costs when you choose one of these that reflects solar heat.
- Return on Investment: According to 2017 national data, a new roof can improve your home’s value by more than $14,000. If you plan on selling your house in the future, a new roof is that best investment you can make right now that is sure to last.
- Manufacturer/Contractor Savings: If you choose a time when contractors aren’t as busy or when manufacturers have their top products on sale (this happens more than you’d think), you could save 10% to 20%.
- Other Savings: You’re allowed to have two layers of shingles on your house. If you currently have one layer, simply adding a layer on top can save you as much as $1,000.
- Ask for Better: Keep in mind that a written estimate is just an offer form a contractor that you can counter. Also ask for and check contractor websites for coupons.
- File a Claim: If you have damage from a storm, your insurance company could reimburse you for the expenses. Ask a contractor if the damage justifies reimbursement.
Other Benefits of a New Roof
- Longer Warranties: The warranties of today for asphalt shingles are usually twice, if not longer, than what they were a few years ago. A normal warranty used to be around 20 years, nowadays warranties are close to 50 years long.
- Superior Fire Safety: They offer superior protection against potential penetration and spread in case of a fire. When talking to your roofing contractor, make sure to ask about Class A fire rating, asphalt roofing like fiberglass mat shingles.
Don’t Get Ripped Off
Keep in mind that a subpar roofing installation can negate any money you might save in your initial purchase or on your utility bills over time. To connect with a licensed, insured contractor with great references, click below.