Posted on: 7 October 2016
Do you seem to be spending too much money on roof repairs? Many people complain of high repair bills, but there are a few measures you can take to reduce these bills instead of just complaining. Here are some of the things to do:
Evaluate Localized Repairs vs. Replacement
Repairing a small patch of the roof may not cost you as much money as replacing the entire roof. However, this only makes sense if you are considering a once-in-a-while roof repair. Something is definitely wrong if you have to repair your roof every few months, every year. Maybe this month it is the gutter, three months later it's the vents, a few months later it is the chimney, then some shingles need to be replaced... If you find yourself in such a situation, consider whether you are spending too much money on the repairs and whether you would be better off with a replacement. This is likely to be the case if you are dealing with frequent repairs and your roof is old.
Choose the Right Season for the Roof Repairs
Another trick is to choose the season for performing the repairs because labor and material costs fluctuate by the season. This may not be possible with emergency roof damages, such as storm-induced leaks. However, some repairs, such as preventive maintenance, can be scheduled for the right season. Most roof contractors are busiest in late summer through the fall, so carrying out repairs during those periods will cost you more than carrying out the same repairs during the other seasons.
Reuse Materials in Good Conditions
You don't always have to replace all the materials on your roof during a repair; reuse materials that are still in good working condition. For example, a typical metallic roof may have metallic parts that outlast asphalt shingles; you can reuse such parts instead of buying new ones. However, confirm it with your roofing contractor first to confirm that the materials are fit for use; don't insist on reusing a material when the roofer advises you otherwise.
Dabble In A Bit of DIY Work
Lastly, you can also do some of the work yourself to minimize labor costs. Some of the things you can do on your own include installing gutters, repairing rusty gutters, and cleaning up the job site. Of course, you shouldn't try anything that requires professional skills or safety equipment if you don't have either of them.Share