If your home is a bit older, you may notice problems with your roof. Roofs break down over the years, and eventually, it comes time to talk about a new residential roofing project to repair or replace your roof.
Roofs are expensive, unfortunately, which can make it tempting to cut corners or hire the proverbial lowest bidder for your project. However, this truly isn’t a good idea. You get what you pay for with roofs, and if you go too cheap on the initial installation, you’ll end up paying for it in all kinds of ways over time.
Why Your Roof is Worth Extra Investment
Protection against moisture
One of the most common flaws in poorly built roofs is that they lack proper protection from the elements, especially water. Moisture can get into cracks between the tiles or where the flashing has been improperly installed. On one hand, this will quickly ruin the bond between your roof tiles and your underlayment, leading to more frequent roof repairs.
On the other hand, there’s also the question of what’s underneath the roof. As moisture makes its way in, anything in your attic may become dampened – leading to rot, mold, mildew, pests, and worse. It could even allow water to start compromising the structure of your home, such as rotting out wood framework.
Rust and corrosion
Still, on the topic of water-related problems, there’s also the issue of metalwork in your roof and upper structure. Even tile-based roofs have some metal elements – such as flashing – and the more metal you have, the more likely it is to be susceptible to corrosion. A good residential roofing contractor will make sure everything is waterproofed and finished, but that’s exactly the sort of corner that a cheap contractor will cut.
It’s true that any roof will wear down over time – but a well-built roof should last for at least 20 years. However, that requires good materials and good workmanship, which a cut-rate roofer won’t be providing.
Cheap roofs made of cheap materials are likely to start falling apart in just a few years. You could be looking at frequent tile replacements or seeing other elements like flashing or the gutters falling apart. What this means is that the money you ‘saved’ up-front with the cheap roof job will quickly go away through long-term repair costs.
Are you planning on selling?
If you put a cheap roof on your home, then try to sell a few years later, you could be in a bad situation. The buyer will undoubtedly want a home inspector, and the inspection will notice if the roof is in poor condition. This can significantly affect your home’s selling value, as well as making it harder to find a willing buyer in the first place. You might even need to replace the roof again just to make your home sellable as anything besides a fixer-upper.
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