Replacing your roof is a major investment and an essential one to keep your home safe and well maintained. However, it’s also a project that can quickly become expensive. If you’re looking to replace your roof on a budget, there are several ways you can save money without compromising on quality. In this article, we highlight some ways that you can make your roof installations more affordable.

Choose the Right Materials

The materials you choose for your new roof can make a big difference in the overall cost. Asphalt shingles are one of the most affordable and most popular options amongst homeowners. In fact, nearly 80% of American homes are installed with roofing asphalt shingles.

Affordable, highly durable and with a lifespan of 20 to 25 years, it’s easy to see why asphalt shingles are a no-brainer. Additionally, you don’t have to compromise on style. In fact, there are a variety of colors and styles to suit your home’s design and overall vision.

Asphalt shingles come in different category tiers, so you can splurge on higher end designer shingles or simply go with the standard ones. Either way, you are getting a great deal on your roof installation.

Metal roofs are another potential cost-effective option, but it won’t be cost effective up front. In fact, metal roofs are on average, 30% to 40% more expensive than asphalt materials. However, the Return on Investment(ROI) is much higher. The lifespan of a metal roof is 50 to 60 years, almost double that of asphalt shingles.They are also better insulators and able to keep your home temperature intact, which means lower electric bills.

Get different material estimates and ask your roofer to tell you which shingle gets the most bang for your buck depending on your home situation.

Get Multiple Quotes

When you’re looking for a roofing contractor, it’s essential to get multiple quotes to compare prices and services. Don’t just choose the first contractor you find, as you may end up paying more than necessary. Instead, research local contractors, read reviews and ask for recommendations from friends, family and co-workers. A good rule of thumb is to get at most three quotes from different contractors to ensure you’re getting a fair price.

Of course, the price should not be the only factor in your decision. Make sure to read the fine print in the estimate and know what the company’s process is. Some roofing companies might want to win your project and offer a lower price but compromise or skip on using some materials. This is a big no-no. You need to make sure the right materials are being used on your roof, or there could be trouble down the road.

DIY Where Possible

If you’re handy with tools, you may be able to save money by doing some of the work yourself. However, it’s essential to know your limits and not take on more than you can handle. Some tasks, such as removing old shingles or cleaning gutters, are pretty straightforward and easy to do yourself. More complex tasks, such as installing new roofing materials, or removing and replacing plywood, should be left to the professionals.

Time Your Project

Timing your roof replacement project can also help you save money. Some contractors offer discounts for off-season work, such as during the winter months when they have less demand. Ask or look for these types of deals online. Some roofers are active on their facebook pages or instagram and post their offers there as well.

When working during the off season, ensure that the weather is suitable for the work, as extreme temperatures or condensation can affect the quality of the installation.

Look for Rebates and Tax Credits

Many governments and energy companies offer rebates and tax credits for homeowners who upgrade to energy-efficient roofing materials or solar panels. Check with your local government agency or energy provider to see if your home qualifies for any incentives. These savings can offset the initial cost of the project and make it more affordable in the long run.

Consider Re – Roofing

Roof overlays are a cost-effective alternative to a full roof replacement. An overlay involves installing new shingles over the existing roof, which can save time and money. However, it’s essential to ensure that the existing roof is in good condition and can support the weight of the new materials.

An overlay may also not be suitable for all roofs, so consult with a professional to determine if it’s a possible option for your home. Sometimes you have to check on the underlayments and roof decking(all the stuff underneath the shingles) as well to ensure there are no signs of leaks. When you re-roof, you are adding another layer but not checking the inside of the roof. This might not be the best option but we thought we’d add it to the list.

Don’t Skimp on Quality

While it’s essential to save money on your roof replacement project, don’t skip on quality to cut costs. Investing in high-quality materials and a professional installation can save you money in the long run by reducing the need for repairs later on. Choose a reputable contractor with a proven track record of quality workmanship and materials for your roof replacement.

These types of contractors will have a labor warranty and back their work, which is a great backup in case there are issues with the new installation. Make sure this is mentioned in the contract before you sign.


Overall, these are some of the things you can research or implement in order to bring down some replacement costs. While we understand that it can be costly, it’s a well worthy expense. The average replacement lasts between 20 to 30 years,in our opinion, and when done right, this is a great investment which you don’t have to worry about for a long time.

Little-Known Facts About Roof Replacement

  • A new roof can increase your home’s resale value by up to 15%.
  • Metal roofs can last up to 50 years or more, making them a cost-effective long-term investment.
  • Proper attic ventilation can extend the life of your roof by reducing heat and moisture buildup.
  • Installing a green roof can help reduce your home’s energy