How to Budget For Unexpected Roofing Costs

Nearly every home renovation job comes with unexpected costs. This can cause all sorts of undue stress for homeowners, particularly if they haven’t planned for the situation. If the time has come for you to get a new roof put on your house, it is essential for you to plan your budget ahead of time. This way, you won’t be taken by surprise when you have to pay for expenses you weren’t initially anticipating. Here, you will learn more about the most common unexpected roofing project costs.

    • Rotten underlayment/decking – It is fairly common for professionals to discover that the underlayment/decking on a roof is starting to rot. Before new roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, wood shakes, or ceramic tiles, can be laid, the decking must be replaced. If you weren’t expecting to pay for this, you might find yourself aghast at the cost. However, having fresh plywood put down will ultimately save you and your family a lot of money on repairs!
    • Outdated underlayment/decking – Nowadays, roofing teams use ½ inch plywood boards or OSB panels for their underlayment/decking needs. In the past, however, ⅜ inch plywood was considered sufficient. If your home still has these thin boards, your Carolina roofer should replace them. Not only will this bring your house up to code, but it will provide better insulation, saving you money on your utility bills all year long.
    • Unknown storm damage – Sometimes, homeowners aren’t aware of the fact that their roofs have sustained storm damage until they are having them replaced. If, for instance, your area experienced a hail storm, but you didn’t see any obvious damage, you might not have called an expert to assess your roof. Your roofing team, though, might notice that some of your shingles have, in fact, been damaged and need to be replaced. Depending on how your insurance policy is written, the materials to fix this issue may or may not be covered.
    • Drainage problems – Often, homeowners don’t realize just how important their gutter systems are to proper roof drainage. If your gutters are clogged or bent, it can cause water to pool on your roof, ultimately leading to water damage both outside and inside of your home. If your roofing team notices drainage issues, they may need to replace entire sections of your roof, including the underlayment. You may also have to invest in new gutters.
    • Deciding to upgrade materials – Although this issue isn’t an emergency, it does arise fairly frequently. Homeowners occasionally decide to upgrade their roofing materials to something more costly after they see their initial choice. This may require a slight budget increase or a very large one, depending on what type of material is chosen. Slate tiles, for example, can cost as much as ten times more than asphalt shingles.

At Hatch Homes, we believe that you should be an integral part of the process when your home is being renovated. That’s why we will keep you in the loop every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have about your roofing job in a clear fashion. If you live in North Carolina or South Carolina, give us a call today to discuss your roofing woes and to learn more about planning a useful budget.

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