Making repairs to your roof is critical to the safety and longevity of your home. Asphalt shingles are particularly prone to cracking or curling when exposed to frost.
These four tips will help you to save on shingles for your next roof repair.
Selecting a Basic Product
One way to save on shingles is to choose the most basic product that is available. While shingles are manufactured in a wide range of colors and styles, basic black is almost always the least expensive option. Some companies, like Allen Roofing & Construction Inc., know that if you are not concerned with the durability or longevity of the shingles, then get products that are rated to 15 to 20 years, rather than a 30 year rating. These shingles will be thinner and less resistant to wind damage, but they will cost less money than their sturdier and fancier counterparts.
Look for Odd Lots
If you only need a few shingles to compete your winter frost damage repairs, look for odd lots. If you do not need an entire package of shingles, you may be able to buy a product that was accidentally torn open and had some of the items destroyed. If a roofer had some leftover after a project, you may be able to buy the remainder. Buying leftovers and odd lots could save you a great deal of money.
There are many types of asphalt shingles that you might want to consider when repairing winter frost damage. Dimensional shingles offer a high level of aesthetic appeal because they come in pieces that have a layered look. Architectural shingles tend to be thicker, which can help to give your attic more insulation. Thicker shingles may also be more resistant to future winter frost damage.
Consider buying shingles that are considered to be manufacturer’s seconds. These products will be just as durable as their first-rated counterparts, but they will cost less. Shingles that are rated as seconds may have a color that is slightly off or an unusual patterning. If this does not matter to you, then you could choose them and save a bundle on your roofing repair.
You can have your roof’s winter damage repaired without busting your budget. A basic asphalt shingle is inexpensive, and the price can be lowered even more by using any of these four strategies. In addition to using these tips, you could also find an affordable roofer to do the installation when trying to save on shingles.
This is a guest post: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her onTwitter and Facebook