As any homeowner knows, roofing is expensive. That being said, the most expensive roof you will ever own is the one that you have to repair, or even replace. To avoid running into a situation where the only solution is costly and timely repairs and replacements, then it’s best to invest in your roofing early on.
Today, we’re talking about what the true cost of cheap roofing services is, which can include an increased likelihood for repairs, as well as causing damage to other parts of your home.
Cheap Labor Will Lead to Repairs
One of the ways in which people will try and cut costs with their roofing is through labor. They’ll hire inexperienced roofers who may not be the most capable handymen when it comes to making sure your roof is durable. Another way is through giving the roofers specific deadlines and paying them on a timely basis. This forces roofers to cut corners in order to meet these deadlines, and will ultimately turn out a lower-quality roof.
One of the most common issues we see when we’re called in for roof repairs is that the nailing wasn’t done properly. Most homeowners will wrongly attribute shingles sliding down and off their roofs as wind damage when in actuality, it’s the nailing. You wouldn’t think that professional roofers would have problems with nailing, but this can happen when you higher cheaper companies.
Aside from paying extra money for repairs for poor nailing, many insurance companies consider this to be improper installation. In other words, it’s not going to be covered under your homeowner’s insurance. This can be really bad if your home does encounter a storm and does take storm damage. It will be difficult to prove that the damage was actually caused by the storm rather than improperly installed shingles.
Cheaper Materials Will Lead to Damage
You can also save money by going with cheaper materials as well. However, you know the saying: “You get what you pay for.” This holds especially true when it comes to home construction, which includes your roofing. So, if you buy cheaper materials for your roof, the odds are not in your favor in terms of avoiding repairs.
Along with this, the underlayment and ridge vents should also be of high quality. At First American Roofing, we take a systematic approach for roofs, where everything is designed to work together. This includes the flashing of the roof, which if you choose not to replace can allow easier access for water into your home. That can cause some very, very costly damage to your home. For us, making sure that all these other parts of your roof are functioning properly is part of the job. We don’t cut corners. Period.
Watch Out For Red Flags During Estimates
If a contractor ever asks you to get the permit necessary for roofing installation, that is a huge red flag. What this most likely means is that they have not been properly licensed themselves, so they don’t have the knowledge and ability to put your roof together in the manner that will last.
At First American, we are GAF Master Elite certified, meaning we are among the 2% of contractors across the country who have achieved this level of status. We go above and beyond what is required for contractors because we want our customers to have the highest quality homes around. We are driven to push the standard for quality homes. One roof at a time.
We also possess the GAF Golden Pledge Warranty, which is the best roof warranty available. It includes a 25-year water-tight workmanship warranty, as well as covering your home’s entire roofing system against material defects for 50 years. If you’re interested in renovating your roof, reach out to us today! And make sure to check back on our blog often for more home repair, roofing, and siding tips and tricks.