When you are trying to make a project work well on a budget, finding the cheapest prices is integral. Even if it seems like you are getting a good price, you should often do some checking out. This is true even for items that are traditionally very cheap, such as asphalt roofing shingles. Asking around could end up saving you a couple of hundred dollars.
The first thing to do is see if discounts are given for ordering large quantities. Most people are going to try and get their supplies in small quantities a bit at a time. While this may help you feel like you are not going to be overwhelmed by the quantities that are in your garage or in your shop, it is also a great way to pay more. Volume discounts and roofing contractor discounts are some of the easiest ways to save money.
Another way to check is to look online and see who is offering the cheapest price. Usually delivery will end up being cheaper than going to get your shingle yourself. Plus, who doesn’t like it when you don’t have to do the heavy lifting? Using these tips to check for the cheapest asphalt roofing shingles available is a great way to save yourself time and money.
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Here are a few steps to consider when shopping around.
Replacing a shingled roof on a home is a large undertaking that necessitates careful preparation and a significant financial investment. Several shingle materials are available, according to well-known home remodeling expert Bob Vila. Asphalt, wood, metal, tile, concrete, and slate are among the materials used. Asphalt shingles are the most cost-effective option, with prices ranging from $50 to $150 per square foot (a 10 foot by 10 foot section, or 100 square feet). Metal and concrete tiles start at $100 per square foot, whereas ceramic tile and slate are far more costly
The first step
Determine how many shingles you will require. The first stage, according to roofing materials maker Owens Corning, is to determine the overall square footage of the roof. Each roof plane or flat surface’s length and breadth should be measured (including any dormers). Then, multiply the length by the width to get the square footage of each plane. Finally, combine the square footage of all the planes together to obtain the overall square footage.
Once you’ve determined the entire square footage of the roof, keep in mind that shingles are sold in squares, or 100-square-foot pieces. Divide the entire square footage by 100 to determine how many squares of shingles you will require. For a trim allowance, add 10% additional shingles. Finally, if you are laying a new roof, the same quantity of underlayment will be required.
Step 2 Inquire with local contractors about their cost overruns. A roofing contractor may have shingles left over from a recent project. A contractor may also have shingles in storage from a job that was canceled or if the customer upgraded to a more expensive type of shingles.
Step 3: Contact a roofing company. Asphalt roofing shingles are classified into two categories, according to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association: steep slope for residential uses and low slope for commercial purposes. Find a steep slope roofing manufacturer in your state by searching the worldwide database of steep slope roofing manufacturers. Inquire about overruns, cosmetic seconds, or previous-season shingles that may be discounted.
Step 4 Look for clearance discounts at home improvement stores. Look for end-of-season closeout shingles, discontinued models, and out-of-date colors that have been reduced in price. If you don’t locate anything right away, request that the department manager notify you when big numbers of shingles are on sale.
Step 5: Browse eBay for shingles. Although this is a hit-or-miss approach, you could acquire a whole lot of shingles from a failed roofing installation.
What You’ll Need.
Calculator for measuring metal tape
Roof total square footage Number of shingle squares required
Local roofing contractors’ names
Manufacturers of shingles
Local home improvement store names.
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