Let’s face it; hiring a contractor in any professional field can be a nerve wracking experience. We have all heard the stories of fly by night roofers who were self-proclaimed experts in their field, their finished product however turned out to be a nightmare. This scenario all too often plays out in the lives of really good people, who make really bad decisions when choosing a roofing contractor. This article is to equip you from falling into the same trap we have seen others suffer through.
One of the most important decisions a homeowner has to make with regard to a residential reroofing project is what type of shingles to use. The other major decision is choosing a good roofing contractor. When choosing roofing shingles, cost is an important consideration, but not the only or even the most important consideration. No matter how low the price, if you use poor quality roofing shingles you will end up with a poor quality roof.
Reroofing is expensive and a big chunk of the cost is labor. A properly installed roof using good quality three tab asphalt shingles can last 25 to 30 years but if you use cheap shingles, you will have to have the roof replaced at least once and maybe twice in that same time period. Why pay for labor two or three times to have several cheap roofs installed when you can pay for labor once and enjoy the security and protection afforded by a high quality roof?