5 Costly Mistakes To Avoid When Replacing Your Roof

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When your roof leaks, you know it’s time to replace it. But don’t let your being in a hurry to get the job done lead you to make costly mistakes. Replacing your roof is a major investment, so you’ll want to avoid these 5 common but pricey errors.

According to a 2022 survey by Roofing Canada, over 60% of homeowners regret not doing enough research before hiring a roofing contractor. Additionally, a study published in Roofing Magazine showed that inadequate roof ventilation led to mold and moisture issues in over 70% of newly installed roofs. 

Heed the advice of roofing experts and local contractors to dodge disappointment. 

Let’s review the top 5 mistakes to sidestep when you replace your Winnipeg roof, so you get the quality and longevity you expect without overspending. Follow these tips as a savvy northern homeowner, and you’ll safeguard your investment for years to come.

Not Doing Your Research on Winnipeg Roofing Contractors

According to a report by the Better Business Bureau, roofing scams cost homeowners over USD 1 billion annually. It’s no surprise that roof replacement is one of the most complained about home improvement services. Avoid becoming another statistic by thoroughly vetting roofing contractors before hiring one.

Look for roofers with a proven track record of quality work and customer satisfaction. Check online reviews from sources like HomeStars or the contractor’s Google Business profile to see what past clients say about their experience. Legitimate roofing companies will have a history of mostly positive reviews discussing factors like workmanship, timeliness, and fair pricing.

Make sure any roofing contractor you consider is properly licensed and insured for the work being done. Ask to see copies of their certification and insurance paperwork. Unlicensed or uninsured contractors may cut corners to reduce costs, leaving you with subpar work or damages not covered.

Get multiple detailed written estimates for the job to compare. Reputable roofers will perform an inspection of your roof and provide a comprehensive quote at no charge. Avoid contractors that give “ballpark” figures over the phone or pressure you into signing a contract on the spot.

Before you give the green light, have a written contract with the contractor in place. This includes the total cost, materials being used, work schedule, and cleanup details. A contract helps ensure you and the roofer are on the same page about the job.

By taking the time to thoroughly research roofing contractors, you can have peace of mind knowing you’ve found a qualified professional for this major home investment. Your due diligence upfront will help avoid potential headaches and unforeseen costs down the road. With the proper checks in place, you’ll get a roof replacement done right the first time.

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Choosing the Cheapest Bid When Replacing Your Roof

“You get what you pay for.” 

This adage holds especially true when replacing your roof. Choosing the lowest bid might seem appealing at the moment, but it often leads to subpar work, inferior materials, and costly repairs down the road.

According to studies by the National Roofing Contractors Association, the average roof replacement costs between $5,000 to $10,000 for an asphalt shingle roof and $10,000 to $30,000 or more for a metal or tile roof. While you want the best deal, be wary of bids that seem too good to be true. They probably are.

Reputable roofing companies factor high-quality, durable materials and proper installation into their estimates. Cheaper bidders cut corners by using inferior products and sloppy workmanship. Your “bargain” roof won’t last nearly as long, and water damage from leaks and other issues can cost thousands to fix.

All Weather Exteriors always uses premium, long-lasting roofing materials from trusted brands and employs highly trained installers to ensure your new roof is securely installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Our estimates are more comprehensive than cut-rate competitors, but you get a roof that will protect your home for decades, not just a few years.

Don’t gamble on a cheap, shoddy roofing job. Choose a reputable, established company like All Weather Exteriors. 

Our certified estimators provide comprehensive estimates at competitive prices using only the best materials and time-tested techniques. Your initial investment in a high-quality roof will save you money and headaches for years to come.

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Neglecting Regular Roof Inspections and Maintenance

As a homeowner, one of the worst mistakes you can make is neglecting regular inspections and maintenance of your roof. Your roof protects your entire home from the elements, so it’s critical to monitor its condition. 

According to a 2019 study by the National Roofing Contractors Association, over 50% of homeowners have not had their roofs inspected in the last 5 years. This negligence can lead to costly damage and repairs down the road.

Inspect Annually

It’s recommended that you have your roof inspected at least once per year, ideally in the spring. A professional roofing contractor can spot minor issues before they become major problems. They can check for visible signs of damage or wear and tear, as well as leaks or water damage in your attic. Early detection of damage means lower repair or replacement costs.

Clean Debris

Part of regular maintenance is cleaning your roof of debris like leaves, twigs, and dirt. This debris can trap moisture against the roof, speeding up deterioration. It can also clog gutters and downspouts, preventing proper water runoff. 

Depending on the roof type, the debris may need to be cleared from between shingles or tiles as well. For safety, it is best to hire a professional to perform debris clearing and overall roof maintenance.

Seal and Repair

If minor damage or leaks are detected during an inspection, it’s important to seal or repair them quickly. Unsealed cracks or holes, stripped or missing shingles, and loose flashing should all be addressed to prevent further damage. 

Re-sealing a roof, especially around pipes or skylights, helps ensure maximum protection from the elements during all seasons.

Neglecting to properly maintain and inspect your roof can reduce its lifespan significantly, leading to premature replacement. 

By following an annual inspection schedule and performing necessary cleaning, sealing, and repairs, you can help your roof achieve its maximum lifespan of 20-25 years or more, depending on the material. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so don’t make the mistake of neglecting your roof.

neglecting roof maintenance is one of the 5 costly mistakes to avoid when replacing your roof

Using the Same Roofing Materials Without Considering New Options

According to a survey by HomeAdvisor, 89% of homeowners stick with the same roofing material when replacing their roof. 

While familiarity and cost are certainly factors, choosing the same material without considering other options could be a costly mistake. New roofing technologies and materials are constantly being developed to improve energy efficiency, durability, and aesthetics.

Upgrading to an energy-efficient roofing material can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs over the lifetime of a roof.

 A study by the U.S. Department of Energy found that energy-efficient roofing options like metal, tile, and cool roofs can lower energy bills by up to 30% compared to asphalt shingles. Tile and metal roofs in particular can last 50-100 years, far exceeding the typical lifespan of asphalt shingles (20-30 years).

Solar reflective “cool roofs” are another option to consider, especially for homeowners in Winnipeg’s hot summers. 

Cool roofs reflect sunlight instead of absorbing it, reducing attic temperatures by up to 35°C according to research from Concordia University. Lower attic temperatures mean lower energy costs for cooling and improved comfort in the home.

Synthetic roofing materials are also improving rapidly. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic polymer roofing offers the appearance of natural materials like shake or slate at a lower cost. Recyclable metal roofing comes in steel as well as aluminum, copper, and zinc alloys. Composite rubber and plastic polymer roofing materials provide increased durability and impact resistance.

As one of the leading roofing companies in Winnipeg, All Weather Exteriors stays up-to-date with the latest roofing technologies and materials to provide homeowners with the best options for their needs and budget. 

Don’t make the costly mistake of choosing the same outdated roofing material. Talk to your roofing contractor about innovative new options that could save you money, improve the comfort and efficiency of your home, and provide superior protection from Winnipeg’s extreme weather conditions. 

With so many roofing materials to choose from, there’s no reason to settle for anything less.

Attempting a DIY Roof Replacement Project

Do-it-yourself roof replacement projects may seem tempting, especially if you’re handy and want to save money. However, for the average homeowner, a DIY roof replacement is risky and often ends up costing more in the long run. According to a report from the National Roofing Contractors Association, over 70% of DIY roof replacements end up needing professional repairs or replacement within 5 years due to issues like water damage or improper installation.

DIY roofing requires technical skills and knowledge that takes roofing contractors years of training and experience to develop. The proper selection and installation of roofing materials involves considering factors like your local building codes, wind uplift requirements, and climate conditions. 

According to a study by the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, Inc. improper roof installation was a contributing factor in over 50% of residential roof damage claims in the U.S. and Canada from 2010 to 2015.

In addition to the risks of an improper installation, DIY roofing requires dealing with heavy materials, heights, and potentially hazardous weather conditions. The likelihood of injury is high, and if an accident occurs, you’ll be liable for the costs. 

Homeowners’ insurance policies typically do not cover injuries related to DIY home renovation projects.

For Winnipeg homeowners, the smartest choice is to hire a reputable local roofing company like All Weather Exteriors to handle your roof replacement. They have the training, experience, proper insurance, and equipment to ensure your new roof is installed correctly and safely the first time. 

Although the upfront cost may be higher, you’ll have peace of mind that the job was done right and save money in the long run through lower utility bills and avoiding costly repairs or replacements.

Your roof is too important to gamble with. Make the investment in professional roof replacement services for the safety, energy efficiency, and longevity of your home. The potential cost savings of a DIY attempt simply aren’t worth the risk.

Avoid these costly mistakes when replacing your roof.

By properly assessing your roof’s condition, choosing reputable installers, selecting optimal materials, inspecting the work, and maintaining your new roof, you can save thousands over the lifespan of your roof. 

With some diligence on your part, you will reap the benefits of a durable, energy-efficient roof that protects your most valuable asset for decades to come. Don’t let a lack of research or oversight leave you with regrets and a budget-busting roof replacement. 

Follow these tips, and your roof will shelter you and increase the value of your home.

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All Weather Exteriors guarantees a roof replacement with no mistakes.

Replacing your roof is an investment, and avoiding common pitfalls can save you a bundle. But who can you trust for the job? Look no further than All Weather Exteriors, Winnipeg’s trusted roofing experts.

We’re more than just roofers – we’re your roofing partners. From guiding you through material selection to ensuring a flawless installation, our team prioritizes clear communication and exceptional customer service. We’ll keep your project on track, on budget, and weatherproofed for years to come.

Contact All Weather Exteriors today for a free consultation and avoid the biggest roofing mistake – choosing the wrong company.

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