How Can You Save Money On A New Asphalt Roof Installation?

A well-installed asphalt shingle roof will last a home a lot of years, but eventually, your roof will probably have to be replaced. Unfortunately, getting a new roof is one of the bigger home maintenance expenses a homeowner has to face, so what do you do if you need a new roof on a tight budget? There are actually a few things you can opt for or do on your own to reap yourself some savings. Here is a look at three ways you may be able to save money on a new asphalt shingle roof. 

Consider leaving the old shingles in place. 

When you have new asphalt shingles installed, you have the option to either have the old materials stripped off or just leave them in place for extra padding. You really can't tell that there is an extra underlying layer by looking at your roof, so the extra old shingle layer is not hurting anything. According to Angie's List, just opting to leave the old shingles down before installing new ones can fetch you about a 25 percent savings, maybe even more. The drastic price reduction is because professionals can eliminate the entire process of stripping off the roof and will have very little waste to contend with when the job is done. 

Ask how much you can save by removing your own gutters. 

If you have some handyman skills, a good ladder, and a few tools, you may be able to save a little money on roofing installation costs by removing your own gutters. Because the shingles go all the way to the edge of the roof, the gutters usually have to be taken down before roofing can begin. Even though gutter removal is fairly simple, it can be a time-consuming process. Therefore, some roofing companies will knock off some of their quoted prices if you take care of this part of the process. 

Do some of the finishing work yourself and save. 

Once the shingles are down, there is still quite a bit of finish work to be done on the roof so it is complete. Metal flashing will have to be reattached around vents and chimneys, the gutters will have to go back up, and some areas may even need a little caulking. If you know your way around a roof and don't mind doing so, it is possible in most cases for you to tackle the finish work and reap some level of savings. 

For more information, contact a roofing company such as Charleston Roofs + Windows.