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How to Pay Less for a Roof in the Carolinas

May 17th, 2024 | 4 min read

By Jeffrey Linta

Money in the piggybank from paying less for a roof

It’s no secret that a new roof installation is a large investment. And although I own a roofing company, I’m not ignorant of the fact that customers need to know they’re paying a fair price for their roof. Unfortunately, the distrust between homeowners and contractors runs deep. Which can lead homeowners on a hunt to find the least costly option for their roofing needs. 

Rather than having you search for ways to cut down costs, I’d like to put them out there in this article. When homeowners don’t know this information, they run the risk of hiring a roofer that uses deceptive or faulty business practices to keep their costs low. It pains me when customers call us to fix a fairly young roof that should not have any kind of severe problems at its age. So, we’re going to look at a few ways you can pay less for a roof and still get the quality you’re looking for.

Ways to pay less for your roof include:

  • Getting multiple quotes
  • Inquiring about grant programs
  • Referral programs
  • Veterans discounts

But before we get into it, I encourage you to simply ask your roofer about ways to lower the cost of your roof. A reputable roofing contractor will tell you about any unnecessary costs and help you save without compromising the integrity of your roof. As the owner of Linta Roofing I can tell you that a roofing company who cares about their business will not sacrifice the trust they’ve built in their community. I’ve seen it many times, and proposing a roofing solution that will cause you major problems in the near future is no way to run a roofing company that will be around to stand behind its work.

But aside from asking a trusted roofer, let’s discuss a few other ways you can get a new roof at a fair price. 

Paying Less for Your Roof Starts by Getting Multiple Quotes

While I’d love for you to choose Linta Roofing right away, it wouldn’t be right to tell you that you only need one quote. The reason I say this is because multiple roofing quotes will help you get a good grasp on competitive pricing. The general rule of thumb is to get 3 quotes from different roofing companies. 

Dan w customer-3As you go through this process, it is crucial to do your research on both the roofing company and their estimates. You’ll want to make sure each roofing company is reputable, reliable, and reasonable. You can usually find this out by seeing how long they’ve been in business, inquiring about their certifications, and asking around! A well conducted comparison of local roofers can save you quite a bit of money in the future. 

Once you have your quotes, you’ll want to make sure each quote is transparent. I say this because underlying damage may not always be visible upon first inspection, so it is necessary to compare your roofing estimates to be sure that they address any exclusions or owner obligations they may have for you.

This will help you see what is reasonable for your roof. While a typical roof in Myrtle Beach costs around $10,500 to $16,500, this general price can vary based on a few factors that are unique to your specific roof. The out-of-pocket expense can be lessened if you receive a grant to upgrade your roofing system to a hurricane-safe standard.

Check Out Grant Programs Available for Carolina Residents in Need of a Roof

Because our area gets hit with such extreme weather each year, the South Carolina Department of Insurance and the Institute for Business & Home Safety offer grants to help homeowners achieve a hurricane safe roof. The South Carolina Department of Insurance offers a grant program called SC Safe Home and the Institute for Business & Home Safety offers the FORTIFIED roofing program.

SC Safe Home and FORTIFIED grants are designed to incentivize homeowners to upgrade their roofing systems to be more weather-resistant. Grants can range from $2,500 to $7,000 depending on your specific home. It is important to note that funds can run out quickly. To receive one of these grants, keep tabs on when these grants are made available and apply promptly to secure your award amount. 

When you receive an SC Safe Home or a FORTIFIED grant, you’ll need to hire a roofing contractor that is certified with the South Carolina Department of Insurance and the Institute for Business & Home Safety. This is a great way to increase the quality of your roof replacement while paying less for your roof. But it is not the only way. Most roofing contractors, like Linta Roofing, will also put forth referral programs for customers who want to recommend them to others!

Ask Your Roofer if They Have a Referral Program to Pay Less for Your Roof

Referral programs are a great way to get your roofer to pay YOU. Every roofing company is different, so it is important to ask the roofer you’ve chosen about the details of their referral program if they have one. The way a referral program works is that you would refer your roofing company to a friend, family member, or neighbor and earn rewards. Often these rewards can be up to $200 per referral!

Ultimately, this option can result in big savings, especially if you live in a neighborhood that has recently been hit by a storm. Not only that, but if you are genuinely happy with the roof work you received, you help keep your friends, family, co workers, and neighbors stay far away from roofing scams that are so prevalent in our area after a storm. 

Roofing Companies Can Offer Veteran Discounts to Help Vets Pay Less

iStock-1480035784If you are a veteran, I’d like to start by thanking you for your service! It is an honor to provide veterans with a discount on their roof.  I, like most other roofing companies in the Grand Strand area, are happy to provide veterans with a rebate that will decrease the cost of their roofing system. These discounts can range in price, but it is important to ask your roofer about their veteran discount. 

As a GAF Master Elite contractor, we are happy to provide a $250 discount to any veteran who wants Linta Roofing to install their new roofing system. 

Paying Less for a Roof without Compromising Quality

 Unfortunately, the reason so many homeowners distrust contractors is because there are contractors who will compromise their integrity and the quality of their work to win a job. So, while I always encourage homeowners to focus on quality over cost, we understand that cost still plays a role in your final decision. 

Now that you have this resource on how to pay less for a roof in the Carolinas, you are equipped with the information you need to ensure you get a fair price on your roof. Not only that, but information that will help mitigate repair costs in the future! And as always, please feel free to reach out to us if you have any additional questions about the cost of your roof. We believe that educated customers make decisions they’re satisfied with for many years to come. So, we are glad to offer transparent answers to all of your roofing questions.

And If you’re wondering how much your unique roof will cost, feel free to use our instant estimator tool. This tool will provide you with a free estimate on your roof in less than 60 seconds. 

Jeffrey Linta

Jeffrey Linta is a 3rd generation roofer who grew up working in his family's roofing business (Linta Roofing, Inc.). He got his start tearing off roofs during the summer while attending North Myrtle Beach High School. Now running one of the most successful roofing businesses in the Grand Strand area, Jeffrey has lived and breathed roofing for his entire working career. Some of his accolades include GAF Master Elite Contractor, SC Safehome certified contractor, Group 5 SC Licensed Commercial Contractor, and GAF Master Commercial roofing contractor. Under his leadership, Linta Roofing, Inc. has served thousands of homeowners and business owners in the Grand Strand area. Linta Roofing achieved awards like the Sun News’s “Best of the Beach” and A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau all while receiving hundreds of 5-star reviews year after year. Jeffrey is a Grand Strand born and raised local. When he is not running Linta Roofing, he spends time fishing with his wife Erica and walking the beach with his dog Dixie.