1. Do not overpay longterm
An asphalt or low end product will save you money short term, but in as little as 5 years it is common to see broken shingles or tiles, especially if you are located in a hail prone or high wind area. Your insurance provider is less likely to reimburse you if your roof is constantly failing, which leads to larger out of pocket expenses more often.
2. Avoid a leaky roof
The first step to avoid a leaky roof is to ask your roofing contractor questions. Do not be timid, its your job to know, and your roofer’s responsibility to tell you. The most common cause (outside of external damage cause by nature) is your underlayment. Ask your roofer-What type of underlayment will be installed? Will a special weather resistant underlayment be installed?
The 3 most common types are:
- synthetic underlayment-peel and stick or fiberglass underlayment
- ice and water shield
- fire safe underlayment-known as a Versa Shield
3. Avoid “Stormchasers”
If a roofer shows up to your front door, pressures you into a low cost sale, and you get a new roof estimate within hours, you likely are dealing with a storm chaser. These types of contractors sell low end asphalt shingles and are looking to make a quick penny. If a storm has recently occurred in or around your neighborhood it is best practice to do your research, ask questions and do not get pressured into a quick sell.