You need a new roof and you want the lowest cost you can get, so cheap shingles and cheap roofing companies are fine with you. Getting a new roof installed can be both a hassle and an unwanted (and sometimes unplanned) expense. But when it comes to your roof, it definitely pays to be picky. Trust us- we’ve seen a LOT of roofs that were cheap to install, but expensive to fix.  Here are four reasons why not to hire cheap roofing companies:

1. Risk of Roofing Company Disappearing

Choosing a cheap roofing contractor may seem like a good idea at first. But all too often once the job is done, this roofing company will just disappear. So when the roof starts leaking or something else goes wrong, the roofing company with “inexpensive rates” isn’t around to fix the problem they made.

A reputable roofing company will have many customer referrals, certifications and credentials, and a way to reach them with any problems.

2. Low Quality Roof Installation

If you look at cheap roofing companies and hire one, you risk having a roof installed poorly. This will come back to bite you once your roof starts leaking during a thunderstorm, or shingles start flying off in high winds. You are going to end up paying new roof cost and a new roof replacement.

Then your decision to hire a cheap roofing company will turn out to be a lot more pricey than if you had invested in a reputable roofing company to begin with.

3. Poor Quality Roofing Materials

Even if you get a great contractor but use cheap shingles, you may rue the choice just a few years down the road. Cheaper shingles are prone to all sorts of problems earlier on that you don’t run into with better quality shingles until near the end of their life. Such problems include premature cracking, blistering, shrinking, or curling, among others.

A good contractor will either suggest what shingles you should use, or will work with only a few high-quality brands. To choose the best brand for your house, do plenty of research on the options given to you. One way to research the different brands is by reading product reviews, consumer reviews, and reviews of the manufacturing company.

4. Shortened Roof Lifespan

A roof properly installed by a reputable contractor using high-quality materials  will last up to twenty years, and possibly even longer than that.

Using a cheap roofing company means you could have a poorly installed roof. Having a poorly installed roof means you may have to replace it again in five years instead of twenty- or even less.  Having cheap shingles on your roof means the exact same thing. By going with a good contractor, you can have peace of mind knowing your roof is going to last. And if you have any issues, you can just call your contractor because they’ll have a way to reach them.

Your house is probably the most valuable thing you own. To protect your home and prevent damages in the future, make sure your roof will last for a long time. It’s important to use the best quality materials, and contractors with impeccable reputations.