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Buy roofing shingles cheap: a how-to guide

Need to buy roofing shingles cheap? Read on to find out how.

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Buy roofing shingles cheap today. Photo by Yukon White Light on Flickr.Repairing or replacing a roof is one of the larger projects a homeowner can take on. In fact, the project is so daunting that many people decide to hire professionals to do the job. You can buy roofing shingles cheap and have a contractor do the rest, saving a significant amount of money.

Whether you're doing roof repair or replacement, you should learn a little bit about asphalt roofing and roofing prices.

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The first thing you'll want to do when you've decided to install a new roof on your home is to measure your roof. Asphalt roofing shingles are sold by the square, which is 100 square feet. If you're looking to buy roofing shingles cheap, you can expect roofing shingles prices to start at $50 and go as high as $150 per square.

Other types of roofing products are available, but they're all much more expensive, such clay tiles, metal shingles and slate shingles.

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When you want to buy roofing shingles cheap, keep in mind many different types of shingles are on the market, and the prices vary between them. Browse Reply! roofing resources or visit your local home improvement center to decide which type of shingles you'd like to purchase for your home. Once you have an idea of the type of shingles you want, it's time to find a bargain.

In order to get a good deal, contact local contractors and ask if they have any leftovers from a recently completed job. Contractors may also have shingles from a canceled job that they'd be willing to sell to you for a deep discount.

Also ask contractors if they get a special discount from roofing or home improvement stores for being licensed. It may well be you'll get a better deal through a contractor. 

Another way to save money on an asphalt roof is to use the nationwide directory of shingle manufacturers to locate a company in your state. Then, you can contact that company and ask if they have cosmetic seconds, overruns or past-season shingles that are specially priced. Tell the company you're looking for a roofing estimate for the amount of shingles you'll need.

You can also look for clearance sales at local home improvement centers.

Finally, look for asphalt shingles on eBay. This may be a longshot, but amazing bargains can be found on eBay if you hit it at the right time.

If you decide roofing your home is just too much for you, contact a local roofing contractor and ask about their roofing cost. Most contractors will give you a free estimate. The benefits of hiring a roofing contractor is that the project will be finished much faster than if you did it yourself, you'll know it will be installed professionally, and you'll probably get a roofing warranty.

To buy roofing shingles cheap takes more research by you, yet you can use the savings for other home improvement projects.

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Photo credit: Yukon White Light via Compfight CC.

About the Author

Dale Eklund is a former construction manager with more than 20 years of experience building, remodeling and landscaping homes. To share home improvement ideas, find him on Google+.