There are many ways to save money on roofing. Some are more substantial than others.
To save money on roofing, you will need to determine the type of roof that suits you best. They all come with different price tags so consider the life expectancy as the most important consideration. A thorough review of the available products and programs available to you with your chosen roof type can show you how the cost savings will play out. Here are some of the ways you can save as well as the myths for you to know:
Best Bang for Your Buck: Achieving this depends on the roofing type your are limited to in your community. Some communities do not allow certain types of roofs so this will limit your choices. Also to consider is how long you intend to live in your home or are you in the process of selling it now? Roof life and roof appeal play a big role with this process of selection.
Energy Saving Methods: The savings in energy costs are tied directly to the products and materials that make this their claim. They are few and the savings are minimal. Wild claims about huge savings are pretty tough to achieve and the reality is you probably will not be able to recognize them.
FPL Rebates on Roofing: Florida Power and Light offer cost saving programs for new roof replacements that may be of benefit to you. They will need to come to your home and do an energy survey first so that you will know how to proceed with what roofing systems and the approved roofing contractors that qualify for the FPL energy savings systems.
Lower Your Insurance Costs: A new roof can mean lowered insurance cost because it will be installed to the codes that are currently enforced. The codes can change several times during the life of your roof. When they change, they always change towards a tougher interpretation. Insurance companies like this because the codes are designed to limit insurance exposures.
Roof Insulation and Ventilation: Insulating your roof can only be done by a roofer if you have a flat roof or a low slope roof with no attic air space. Foam insulation can be used to achieve the “R-Factor” value you need as long as the thickness of the foam necessary does not reduce the attachment methods of the roofing material. Ventilation is assumed to release the high temperatures that build up in your attic spaces. Though some ventilation is required, a great energy savings will not be the reality.
Solar Roofing Products: There are more and more solar energy production roofing products coming on the market all the time. In an effort to save the planet, it has become somewhat vogue and stylish to install these products on the roof. The better products that provide real savings are themselves quite expensive and require additional in home changes to be of any real savings. The payback or return benefit moves at a snail's pace leaving in question the life and durability of the systems.
Tax Write-Offs on Roofing: There can be some savings on your taxes if you have a lot of itemized deductions that you take each year on your tax returns. This would be most likely with depreciation on you capital improvements. The best way to capitalize is to talk to your tax preparer because Congress changes the laws on sales tax deductions, energy conscience improvements and the depreciable investments you may be making that limit the time you are able to enjoy the benefits.