Unexpected Factors That Can Increase Roofing Expenses

Creating a budget for your roof replacement is a crucial step that will ensure all your expenses are covered and you won’t overspend. Unfortunately, unexpected things can happen at any point in your project and affect your overall budget. This is why experts often recommend setting aside as much as 20% of your budget for unforeseen costs.

Roofing Expenses

Here are some of the most common issues that can unexpectedly increase the cost of your new roof.

Property Damage

Parked vehicles, gardens below roof edges, doors and other parts of your home can suffer unexpected damage while the roofers are installing your new roof. That is why we recommend preparing your home before your contractor arrives. Make sure to park vehicles away from the work zone and cover plants with a tarp to prevent damage. You should also cover your swimming pool and remove wall hangings. If your contractor has liability insurance, you don’t need to worry about the extra costs of repairing damage to your property. But if they aren’t insured, you’ll have to pay out of pocket for the repairs.

Structural Issues

Sometimes, there is hidden structural damage that workers will only discover upon tearing off the old roofing materials. Some examples of this type of damage are pest infestation and wood rot on the rafters and trusses. Roofers will need to address these issues before they can install the new roof, and the extra repairs will add to your total bill.

Building Code Violations

Ensure your new roof complies with local building codes. Otherwise, you might be fined for non-compliance and asked to redo the installation.

Change of Season

Roofing costs change depending on the season. So if you request a quote during winter and didn’t push through with your project in the next few weeks, you can expect the price to be different when you ask again in spring or summer.

You can always count on The Great American Roofing Company to provide excellent roofing services. Call us at (201) 825-2955 or fill out our contact form to request a quote.