Roofs need to be replaced, and unfortunately, they are expensive. Many people make the mistake of choosing cheap roofing materials, or hiring a local handy man who may not be licensed for the job in order to cut down on the costs.
Cheaper roofing options often lead to disasters.
A faulty install, whether from the local handyman or a licensed contractor, negates the manufacturer warranty. The average handyman may not be up to date with code and manufacturer specifications when installing your roof. Thus, leaving you without a manufacturing warranty.
An unlicensed contractor, or local handyman, most likely doesn’t come with a labor warranty. Sometimes it is the labor that causes the product failure and without a warranty, you are out the entire cost of a repair or replacement- the cost of the labor AND materials- plus whatever needs to be replaced that was damaged.
Cheaper materials don’t last as long as the more expensive ones. This costs you more in the long run as they need to be replaced sooner. The cheaper materials also do not hold up as well in intense weather. Overall, if you want to stay in your home more than 10 years, you may want to consider getting a higher quality shingle.
Multiple layers of roofing may save on the dump fees now, but creates a problem when diagnosing potential leaks and trouble spots. Before you do a go over, make sure your roof is inspected well enough to ensure there hasn’t been any damage occurring. Only certain types of shingles allow for a multiple layer installation. Depending on how long you stay in your home, all those layers will need to be removed eventually and you will be paying a more expensive dump fee then.
If the cost is delaying you from replacing your roof try looking at your roof from different point of view.
A new, properly installed roof with a higher-grade material is an investment in your home. And yes, it is expensive.
If you were to sell your home in the state of Washington, your roof has to be able to pass a 7-yr. certification. This certification states that a contractor has verified that the roof can do its job for the next 7 years with basic upkeep. The newer it is the better it holds up. The better the material, the longer your roof can pass this certification.
If you are planning on staying in your home for a while, it would make perfect sense to have a quality roof installed by an experienced contractor. This way, you won’t have to pay for another roof so soon.
If problems DO arise you have a valid manufacturer and labor warranty.
Many roofing materials nowadays have a 50-year lifespan. With a quality install you can rest assured you won’t have to pay for huge roof repair or a replacement anytime soon.
Before you look at taking a short cut in trying to save money on your roof, look at the big picture. A quality roof is an investment in your home, because you definitely cannot live without it.