A big concern for most homeowners when it comes to a roof replacement is the price. The honest truth is roofs are an expensive investment.
When some homeowners hear this, they’re tempted to start looking for the lowest price available. It’s not a bad thing to shop around and look at options for roofing contractors.
But when you start trying to get the cheapest roof possible, you’re putting your home and bank account at risk before the replacement is installed. Because we want every homeowner to avoid the problems of a low-quality roof replacement, we’re going to break down the risks that come with trying to find the cheapest option.
Shield Roofing Systems has helped homeowners in the Houston area get a high-quality roof that fits their budget. We take pride in offering a roofing experience that our customers will be happy with.
1. You get what you pay for
When you invest in a roof system, it’s going to cost more for quality labor, and roofing material. Most homeowners have a budget for a roof replacement, but if you try to get the cheapest roof possible, it will show up in the quality of your roof.
If you do go with the lowest price you can find, you’re more than likely getting the cheapest components and cheapest labor available. Some roofing contractors even bring their prices down by not installing crucial components, like drip edge, and ice and water barrier.
When this happens, you’re setting yourself up for major issues right off the bat. That’s why it is crucial to do your homework on the quality of your roofing contractor before you make any decisions.
2. It could cost you in the long run
Getting the cheapest roof possible might seem like the best option, but your roof is always going to be a big investment.
If you go with the cheapest roof you can find, you’ll find yourself having major issues prematurely. These problems might not show up right away, but eventually, you’ll end up spending significantly more money in the long run with repairs, and replacing a roof before its time.
While paying less sounds good to everyone, it’s just going to bring more stress to your life, and who needs that? That’s the last thing you want after spending a significant amount of money on a new roof.
3. Your insurance will not thank you
After your roof is replaced, your insurance will want to know. When using cheaper material you will most likely miss out on a significant discount the insurance companies give. When the insurance companies see that you have used a quality shingle, they typically provide a significant discount that will likely cover the additional cost of the quality roof over time.
Additionally, if you are in the gulf coast area of Texas you likely fall under a TWIA zone. This is texas windstorm insurance that is required in certain counties and zones. If the proper material is not used and installed in a certain way you will not qualify for the insurance which is required by law, resulting in the replacement of your roof for a second time, and who can afford that?
4. Your roof will just not last as long
The lifespan of your roof is how long it will protect your family and your home. A roof’s lifespan is determined by the roofing material and the quality of workmanship.
Asphalt roofs could last anywhere between 15 to 30 years, depending on many factors such as Shingle and accessory quality, as well as climate. However, when you get cheap materials and labor, your roof will not last its intended lifespan.
Some contractors will offer quality shingles but skimp on labor, which leads to a plethora of issues for the future.
After investing in quality materials, the last thing you want is to have someone inexperienced install it. Even if you’re looking for the most affordable type of roof, make sure you invest in a contractor with quality workmanship.
If a roofing contractor has a lower price, it doesn’t mean they’re a bad company and won’t do the job right. However they have to be making the difference up somewhere.
Some contractors will skimp in ways that aren’t apparent to the customer. Such as not having insurance, not paying there vendors, and not paying there employees what they are due. Make sure the contractor you choose is insured and of high moral character.
You should always consider value first, even if you’re on a budget. Now that you know the risks of trying to find the lowest price for your roof, you’re ready to find a quality roofing contractor.