Although your metal roof is designed to last for years, Mother Nature may have different plans. Over the years, various forms of weathering can get a toll on your roof, and you may be forced to replace the roof sooner than expected. Such a project doesn't come cheap, and that's why some people even opt to get loans from banks or ask their roofing contractors to finance them if their savings don't suffice.
Metal roof replacement costs are usually determined by the required materials (underlayment, shingles, flashing, protective coatings, etc.), labour (workers who will remove the old roof and install a new one) and disposal. Fortunately, there are things you can do to save money, and some of them are outlined below.
Create a budget
One of the first things you should do once you decide to replace your roof is to know the estimated project costs. The budget you establish must account for the materials, labour and disposal expenses. Even though the expenses vary depending on the size of your house, the budget will be extremely useful, especially when it comes to negotiating prices with your contractor and material suppliers. It will also be easy to track your expenditures to avoid overspending when you have a budget.
Take time to shop around
Now that you know how much you can afford to spend on materials, labour and disposal, it's time to shop. Your area probably has several roofing material suppliers and contractors you can consider for your project, so consider getting as many quotations as possible.
As you compare the contractor's rates, be sure to consider other factors like their qualifications, years of experience, area of specialisation, licensing, insurance and service warranty before making a choice. You also need to consider factors like the quality of materials and product warranty when choosing your material supplier. Some contractors also provide roofing materials and can give better rates if you allow them to supply the materials and handle the installation work too. As long as you keep your options open, you'll find something that suits your budget.
Handle some of the simpler tasks
Labour overheads can also be reduced when you choose to DIY. For instance, you can opt to remove the top layer of your roofing on your own since it's already damaged. All you need is to get the right tools, safety equipment and adequate time. Once you are done, you can also dispose of the materials appropriately. These simple tasks will minimise your labour and disposal expenditures significantly.