When It Comes To Your Roof, You Get What You Pay For!

Notice the small blisters on the shingles.
Notice the small blisters on these “budget” shingles. (click to enlarge)

Homes in Georgia are subject to harsh changes in weather, sometimes within hours, it can be hot and muggy one day, cold and rainy the next, not to mention tornadoes which seem to turn up any time of year these days. Such weather can prove brutal to cheap roofing materials causing leaks simply because the material isn’t up to par.

Your roof, as one of the most important part of your home, shouldn’t be something subbed out to the lowest bidder just because they are the cheapest. You put a lot of money into your roof (even the cheaper ones) and you want to be sure it lasts. The best way to ensure this is to not worry about price as much as the overall quality your roof contractor provides. Like many things, some roof materials cost much more than others simply because they last much, much longer than cheap solutions.

With the vast array of materials available, how do you know what is best for your roof? The first step is hiring an experienced, knowledgeable roofer with a proven record of being upfront and honest. Having a professional roofer help you navigate the many types of roof materials and the pros vs cons of each will help ensure that you get the quality roof you need and that it lasts as long it can.

Even if it’s just regular shingle roofs you look at, the materials vary greatly, from cheap low-cost shingles to long-lasting metal shingles. Sure you can get the lowest cost shingles for thousands less but when you find out they last only a few years rather than the 30-50 years well maintained metal or even asphalt can last, you must ask yourself, is the price difference really worth it?

Also take into consideration the maintenance and repair costs to keep a cheaper roof leak free, is it really that big of a savings if you spend hundreds, even thousands in repairs over the next 10 years because of cheap shingles versus maintaining a more expensive shingle for 20 or 30 years with less repairs?

Cheap materials are cheap for a reason, they fail, fall apart, or age quicker forcing the homeowner to purchase new materials over the life of the roof just to keep it leak-free. While more expensive materials are expensive as you don’t buy them as often, they last longer, and are (in most cases) easier to maintain.

Of course this doesn’t mean you need to get the most expensive materials or even choose based on price alone but when it’s time to repair or replace your roof, do yourself a favor, don’t go with the cheapest option just because it’s the lowest, instead look at the overall costs and know what costs what and why. Buy the best you can afford, in the long run your head and your wallet will thank you for it.

Call Atlanta Roofing Specialists today, we will be sure you get the quality roof you need! While we aren’t the cheapest roofers around, our quality and workmanship speaks for itself. Not to mention the many reviews on sites like Yelp, Angie’s List, Best Pick Reports and other websites! Call 770.419.2222 today for a free estimate with no obligation!

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