If you’re like most homeowners, you’re probably daydreaming about a new kitchen or bathroom update, or adding a room or having new siding installed. When it comes to home improvements, updating the roof is something that is often put off until problems start to develop, and then the focus is on getting it replaced as inexpensively as possible.
How Skimping on a New Roof can Backfire
There are a couple of ways you can save money on a roof replacement. You could go with the least expensive shingles found at the nearest big box home improvement center and hire a local handyman to install them. Or you can get quotes from roofing companies in Canton and pick the one that gives you the lowest bid. Before you decide to invest as little money as possible into your new roof, you need to consider some of the long-term consequences of going cheap:
- Shorter lifespan. If your criteria for choosing a roof material and an installer is low cost, you’re unlikely to get a long-lasting product or high-quality workmanship. This means that your roof won’t last as long as it would if you opted for a high quality shingle and hired a manufacturer-certified roofing contractor to install it, so you’ll end up replacing the roof again in a few years time.
- Leaks and interior damage. The combination of a basic roofing product and the cheapest installation you can find also increases the likelihood of roof leaks going forward. While some types of leaks are obvious and devastating – such as storm damage – shingles that aren’t installed properly can allow slow seepage and multiple minor water infiltrations into your attic or exterior walls. So instead of paying more for a better-quality roof, you’ll face the expense of replacing soggy attic insulation, or repairing water damaged ceilings, walls and trim.
- Lost home value. If you plan to sell in the near future, skimping on a new roof can make your home less attractive to buyers and reduce its market value. It might even kill a potential sale once a buyer learns about the poor quality of the roof from the inspection report. Conversely, choosing a more durable material, having it installed by a well-established, reputable roofing company and opting for a transferable extended warranty can help your home sell faster.
For skilled, certified roofing in the Canton area, contact us at Victors Roofing.