Summer is a popular time to get a new roof. And whether you’re in need of commercial roofing or need an upgrade at home, you’re probably looking for some ways to get the most bang for your buck. It’s not surprising, then, that you might be tempted to work with roofing contractors who promise to keep prices low. But the truth is that by cutting corners, you’ll end up spending more money down the line to fix it. If you’re planning on pursuing roof replacement this year, here are three cost-cutting “tricks” that simply aren’t worth it.
- “Recovering” your roof instead of total replacement
If your residential or commercial roofing is in need of extensive work, simple roof repairs may not be an option. But some homeowners and business owners think that roof recovery is a viable, less expensive option. Roof recovery involves the installment of new shingles over the old shingles. While the initial appearance may look great, you’ll find that five or six years down the line, your roof is going to be in rough shape. Not only does roof recovery lead to premature aging and damaged shingles but it can also result in leaking, mold, and fungus. If you hire dishonest roofers, you may not even know that this process was done in lieu of total replacement. This means you’ll have to pay for the cost of an entirely new roof plus the cost you paid for roof recovery and any damage that occurred as a result. Make sure you work with residential or commercial roofing experts who do not perform roof recovery.
- Opting for staples instead of nails
If you choose asphalt roofing, those materials will reflect very little light — around 5% to 15%, in most cases. This can mean you’ll end up with higher energy bills. But other material choices will cost you even more in the long run. Some unscrupulous roofers will claim that their staple gun works just as well as their nail gun and makes installations a lot easier. While it may make for easier work, it’s definitely not an effective way to install a new roof. It’s possible to pull out staples with just one hand, so how well can this method possibly stand up to wind and other harsh weather? Nails are always a necessity. If you see a roofer installing your roofing materials with a staple gun or you have any questions about their process, talk with your contractor immediately.
- Not having sufficient ice and water shield
Ice and water shield may be an expense, but in many parts of the country, it’s a vital one. Damage from water, snow, and ice can be a huge financial burden. However, it can easily be prevented by installing an ice and water shield at your roof’s eaves. Water damage is every homeowner’s worst nightmare, and if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, rain, and ice, it’s important to protect your home and roof in any way you can. Many roofing contractors say that insufficient or improper protection from ice and water accounts for the majority of their repairs on a yearly basis! Ice and water shield isn’t cheap, but it’s way better to have it initially than to have to pay to fix damages down the road.
In residential and commercial roofing, it doesn’t pay to take shortcuts. When you decide on a roofing contractor, make sure that they employ the best methods that will ensure your roof lasts for decades.