Today we are going to look at what is important to you as you buy a new roof, including special circumstances that maybe make your roof a little bit different than other roofs and could affect your decision on what type of roofing you buy. Those things are very important to think about at the time that you determine what sort of roofing material you are going to have installed on your roof. You want to go back to make sure that you choose a product that meets your criteria you established. Trust me, after more than 30 years of working with Tucson roofing contractors, I know what I’m talking about.
You also want to make sure you buy a product that can accommodate and can work well with those special circumstances we talked about in part two of this video series. Why choose your roofing material before you choose a contractor? I am a strong believer that you want to choose your roofing material first, before you choose a contractor. Let me tell you a couple of reasons.
One – and I talked about this once before- the roofing industry is built a lot on recurring income, the roofing industry likes to get you buy the product and they will sell you another product in 15, 16, 17, 18 years. There is huge infrastructure out there of roofing manufactures and roofing contractors and they need that recurring income to support the industry.
So, if you rather than choose your product first, if you just go to a contractor and say, “Hey, what kind of product should I use?” they probably, in a lot of cases, they are going to steer you toward a product that they know is going to bring them recurring income to have to replace that product down the road. They are not necessary doing this to deceive you, they are just doing it because that’s the way the industry works.
So, I don’t want to necessary say that your contractor is trying to do something really deceptive, but it is the way the industry works, so they probably are going to push you toward another short-term product. The other thing that happens a lot of times – if you go to your roofing contractor and say, ” Hey, what product do you think I should use?”
And you do want their input, I’m not saying you don’t want their input, but a lot of times they buy those products from distributors and whole sellers and a lot of times those distributors and whole sellers may have a particular shingle on sale or they also may have a special program going, where if the contractor buys a certain number of squares of that product during the course of a year or that manufacture’s product during the course of a year, maybe they get sent on a trip or a cruise or something like that.
So, those type of things, what is on sale, what maybe builds them up some rewards points, those type of things can determine what product they suggest you put in your house. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know if that’s the way that I want to be determined what sort of roofing material is going to be used on my home. We talked about your criteria a little bit. One of your criteria might likely be, ” I want a product that is going to be durable and it’s going to last”.
I want to tell you that this is really important in my book and here is the reason: I’ve been in this industry over 30 years and one of the things that I’ve seen is that the cost to re-roof your home, both materials and labor, doubles about every 10 years. That is significant. So, if you buy a product today that only lasts 10 years, it’s going to cost twice as much to replace it in 10 years.
If you buy a product that lasts 20 years, it’s going to cost you if I am doing the math right, it’s going to cost you four times as much to replace it in 20 years. It’s very expensive to re-roof, it’s getting more expensive all the time. One of your criteria might be to choose a product that is going to get done with once and for all, get it out of your hair for your lifetime, perhaps even for the life of your home, rather than have to go through this rapidly expanding price and cycle of re-roofing every few years.