4 tips to stay on budget when replacing a roof

What is the cost of roof replacement?

It’s no secret that replacing a roof is a pricey project. There is a lot involved from materials, to labor, and size of the roof. However, the peace of mind a new, quality roof provides is virtually unparalleled. Your roof is one of the first lines of defense against the elements, including wind, rain, sun, and even pesky critters. So when you consider how much your roof protects you, your family, your belongings, and even your business, roof replacement is a worthwhile investment. 

In Tampa, FL the average roof replacement can be around $8,000. However, there are a lot of variables that can either increase or decrease that cost. Some of the most common factors that influence cost include material of your roof and the overall size of the roof. Obviously, a large roof square footage will cost more. 

Should you sacrifice quality for a lower price?

No! As stated above, your roof is a great investment in your home. Not only does it raise your resale value, but it also is an investment that lasts for many years. A quality roof installed by a professional team can last you up to 20 years or more! A lower quality roof may save you a few thousand dollars up front, but you’ll be replacing it again much sooner, making your overall cost significantly higher.


4 tips to keep your roof replacement project on budget

1. Get estimates and look at reviews

For big home projects like these, you shouldn’t just go with the first contractor you meet. Get estimates from at least three or four other roofing companies. A quality roofer will often provide a free estimate and break down the cost for you in a way that is easy to understand. At Stay Dry Roofing, we treat each client as a member of our own family, so we explain every bit of the process and cost in detail. 

Keep in mind that it’s not always best to just go with the cheapest option, but to do your research on each company too. Look for reviews and ask to speak to a contractor’s past clients. A company that is proud of the work they do will be happy to supply you with some prior contacts to speak with.

2. Work with your contractor to make solid plans

The planning stage of a roofing project is vital. This is where the decision on materials, color, style, and slope of the roof occurs. If you rush this planning stage, you may miss important details that will affect the overall cost. Working closely with your contractor will ensure you don’t miss anything and lead to a quicker overall project and one that stays on budget. 

3. Avoid making changes mid-project

We understand that this is your home or business and you want it to be perfect. But once the project is underway, each change you make to the plans can be costly, both in time and money. In some cases, a change may mean a roofer will have to undo work that is already complete. In other cases, new materials may need to be ordered. This is why we advise that you never rush the planning stage and make sure you are happy with your project before the work begins.

3. Over-budget the project for emergencies

It is always better to be safe than sorry. We recommend that after you get and accept an estimate, you add an additional 10-20% onto that cost to cover emergency expenses. While emergencies and problems are uncommon, they can happen, which may increase the overall cost. Being aware and prepared for this during your roof replacement will make sure this doesn’t impact your budget. And if the project ends without any hiccups, that’s money you can put back into your accounts.

Stay on budget with Stay Dry Roofing

Here at Stay Dry Roofing, we try to make every roof replacement in Tampa, FL an easy, affordable project. Our team works hard to make sure each of our clients are happy with their project before we begin, during the process, and afterward. Having served the Tampa area residents for over 30 years, we know what makes a good roof and what makes a happy client. If you are interested in a roof replacement, we recommend you give us a call for a free estimate. We look forward to meeting you!

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