The beauty of roof replacement is that it gives you a chance to dramatically redefine the look of your house. The bad part about roof replacement is that it can be very expensive. Basically, replacing the roof on a normal home costs anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000. The cost of the material you choose is obviously one of the bigger expenses. Also, the design of your home can increase the project cost, even if the square footage of roofing space is the same. Roofs with steep pitches and more corners will be much more difficult to install on.
The cost of the labor and installation can make up a large portion of the overall project cost. So, how can you keep down the cost of roof replacement?
Doing Your Own Removal
The best way to keep down the cost of your project is to do some of the work yourself. Even if you don't have the technical skills or training to install your own roof material, you can probably, at the very least, remove your existing material. The removal of roof shingles is usually not very difficult. The process is definitely not technical, but working on a roof is demanding. While the removal process does vary from product to product, it usually just requires some sweat and muscles. It is definitely a job that needs four or more people. You also need to haul away a lot of trash.
Removing the Shingles
In most cases, you don't need any special power tools to remove the shingles. Wood, tile, asphalt, concrete, and most natural stones can be removed from the roof deck by simply tearing them up. You can use handheld hammers, chisels, and other simple tools to deconstruct your roof piece by piece. The project requires heavy lifting and balancing on the top of an angled roof, so you need to be careful and wear the right equipment.
When you have removed all of your roof material, and exposed your roof deck, it will be time to have your new product installed. At this point, you can get a much more favorable bid for the labor cost of installing your new roof.
This could ultimately save you a couple thousand dollars. Of course, it will take some time, and you will need some assistance, but it is often worthwhile for homeowners who are trying to curtail the cost of a full scale roof replacement. Contact a company like Hogan Roofing for more information.