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4 Reasons to Choose Quality Roofing Materials, Design, & Workmanship

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“It’s time to replace your roof.” These are words that make your wallet cringe. While it’s true that replacing your roof is a sizable investment in your home, it’s also true that it is indeed an INVESTMENT in your home or business! While it might be tempting to jump at a low bid on your new roof, the ultimate cost of using materials of inferior quality and workmanship can actually be more expensive in the long run.


Here are 4 important reasons to choose quality materials, design, and workmanship when replacing your roof.


1.  Quality Lasts Longer

It’s a simple truth that’s easy to overlook, especially when quality roofing materials cost a bit more, but when you consider that quality materials simply last longer and generally come with a better warranty, it’s an important factor to consider. Even if you’re only planning on keeping you home or business another 10 years, the performance of quality roofing can greatly impact the resale value of your asset. If you plan on keeping your asset - long‑term, the security of knowing that you shouldn’t have to replace your roof for at least 3 decades makes quality roofing materials very attractive. And remember, quality products are only as good as the quality workmanship. Be sure to use a licensed contractor with a long-standing reputation for quality workmanship.


2.  Durability

No matter where you live, you’re faced at one time or another during the year with harsh weather conditions. Whether your climate gets freezing cold or blazing hot (or in some places, both in the same year), you want a roof that can withstand the extreme temperature fluctuations, as well as blizzards, torrential rains, wind, hail…whatever Mother Nature throws at it, your roof should be able to take it.

While there’s no way to guarantee a storm won’t damage your home or business, quality roofing materials are designed to offer higher protection and better performance despite the elements. Be sure to ask your licensed roofing contactor for durability options- as there are many! And whether it is a flat roof or sloped roof, do not forget the materials and workmanship used in the flashings and details. Most leaks occur around the details where vertical projections meet the roofline such as chimneys, vents, air conditioning units, etc.


3.  Roof System Design

Experienced roofing contractors recognize that a roof is a roofing system which requires a good roofing design upfront in order for owners to realize a quality roof. For example, water shedding slope roofs key components include roof covering, underlayment, ventilation, roof deck, flashing, and gutter systems. Low slope roofs require weatherproofing layers, flashings, reinforcement, surfacing, and drainage. Some structures, require a roofing contractor with experience in both flat and sloped areas. From simple structures to complex, be sure to ask your roofing contractor to identify the roofing system design elements that will be important for extending the service life of your roof.


4. Curb Appeal

While on the surface, curb appeal might not seem like a valid point for those on a budget choosing a roof. However, it’s important to remember, especially if you don’t expect to keep your asset long‑term, that the first impression when potential buyers pull up in front of your home or business can make or break the final sale price, and your roof is a big part of that first impression. Older roofs, that tend to be stained or faded from weather conditions, will immediately trigger the buyer to wonder, “what else is old and in need of replacement?” An old roof can sour the showing, and inevitably, the potential sale. Even if you plan on keeping your asset for a long time, as mentioned before, quality roofing materials and workmanship are more durable and will simply look better, longer.


A Final Quality Thought

There was a time, not so long ago, when the phrase, “I have a roof over my head,” meant home or businesses stability, and while that’s still true today, it’s easy to forget how important the roof is to our protection and comfort. Choosing quality roofing means choosing a superior, long‑lasting performance & appearance, as well as peace of mind.


At Pickard Roofing, we think Design. Craft. Renew. We are experienced in all types of roofing systems- and provide the right roofing design and selective craftsmanship for renewing our customer’s assets. We invite sustainable building customers to give us a call for your free evaluation. For over 90 years Pickard Roofing Company has installed countless metal, tile, slate, TPO, EPDM, and all types of shingle roofing in the Triangle. Our services including residential, commercial, custom architectural metal fabrication and historical renovation.