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Smart Savings on Roofing: Balancing Quality and Affordability

February , 2024 | 13 min. read

By Nicole Corson

Looking to save a few dollars on your upcoming roofing project? Who isn't? After all, every dollar counts, and who doesn't love to feel like they got a bargain? 

But let's face it, no one wants to sacrifice quality or safety for a lower price tag. So, how can you save money on your roof without cutting corners? 

And how can you make sure you're not getting ripped off by a shady contractor?

We get it, RoofCrafters has been in the roofing business for over 30 years. (yes, three whole decades!) We know that roofing projects can be expensive, overwhelming, and sometimes downright frustrating. And did we mention expensive!? But don't worry, we're here to help! We've seen it all, from shoddy materials to unscrupulous contractors. Now we want to share ways you can save money.

So, in this article, we'll explore 3 ways you can save money on your roof without sacrificing quality or safety. We'll talk about the pros and cons of going with the cheapest materials, removing all the bells and whistles like warranties and upgrades, and hiring the cheapest labor (spoiler alert: it's not recommended!). We'll also delve into financing options that can help make your roofing project more affordable. 

So, grab a cup of coffee! (or tea, or maybe a glass of wine will be more fitting) And let's get started!


Navigating Roof Material Choices for Budget-Friendly Solutions


Let's be real. We've all been tempted by a bargain at some point. Whether it's a cheap dress that falls apart in the wash, a bargain blender that can't even blend a smoothie or a mattress that feels like a pile of rocks. But as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.  

The same principle applies, affordable roofing materials are available. So, we're not saying you have to break the bank to get a good roof, but if you're trying to save money, go for the "cheapest" high-quality materials. Think of it like buying a high-quality basic t-shirt that won't fall apart after a few washes. 

3-tab shingle

In the roofing world, that means choosing a 3-tab or standard architectural shingle. These materials may not have all the bells and whistles like some of the more expensive options.

two-story cottage style home with porch and dormers

These are considered cost-effective shingles. Yet, they'll still provide your home protection without breaking the bank. So, you can still get quality roofing on a budget. Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of going with the cheapest roofing materials, and how to make sure you're not sacrificing quality for cost.

Pros of Cheap Roofing Materials


  1. Cost savings: The most obvious benefit of choosing the cheapest roofing materials is that it can save you money on your roofing project. This can be especially helpful if you're on a tight budget or if you need to replace your roof unexpectedly.

  2. Availability: Cheaper roofing materials are readily available. So you may be able to find them at a local home improvement store or roofing supply company, making them more convenient to get.

  3. Simplicity: Cheaper roofing materials are often simpler in design. Which can make the installation process faster and easier for your roofing contractor. Lowering labor costs.

  4. Less waste: Cheaper roofing materials are often sold in smaller quantities, which can help to reduce waste and keep costs down.

  5. Stopping Leaks: Even the cheapest roofing materials can provide adequate protection for your home. As long as they are installed correctly and maintained properly. So, if you're on a tight budget, choosing cheaper materials doesn't mean sacrificing quality or protection.

Keep in mind that while there are some pros to choosing the cheapest roofing materials. There are also potential drawbacks that you should consider before making a final decision.

3-tab roof on a brick home with valleys and gables

Cons of Cheap Roofing Materials


  1. Shorter lifespan: Cheaper roofing materials are often made from lower-quality materials. This means that you may need to replace your roof sooner, which could end up being more expensive in the long run.

  2. Less durability: Cheaper roofing materials may be less durable than more expensive options. They may be more prone to damage from wind, hail, and other weather-related events. This could lead to more frequent repairs or replacements, which could be costly.

  3. Lower energy efficiency: Cheaper roofing materials may not be as energy efficient as more expensive options. Which could lead to higher heating and cooling bills over time.

  4. Reduced curb appeal: Cheaper roofing materials may not have the same aesthetic appeal as more expensive options. Which could affect the curb appeal of your home and potentially lower its value.

  5. Limited warranties: Cheaper roofing materials come with limited or no warranties. Which could leave you with no recourse if the materials fail or do not perform as expected.

It's important to weigh the pros and cons of choosing cheaper roofing materials carefully. Then make a decision based on your budget, needs, and long-term goals for your home.

Understanding the Real Cost of Skipping Warranties


Ah, warranties. Those little pieces of paper promise us the world (or at least a free repair or replacement) if something goes wrong with our latest purchase. What's the importance of roofing warranties? They're like insurance policies for our home or health, providing peace of mind and a little extra padding for our wallets. 

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But let's be real. Warranties can also be a pain in the you-know-what to deal with. Requiring endless paperwork, phone calls, and even a sacrifice to the warranty gods to get something fixed. It's like buying an extended warranty for your car and then realizing you have to perform a complicated ritual dance every time you need a repair. 

So, it's understandable that some of us may elect to skip the warranty option and save a few bucks But is it worth the risk when it comes to your long-term roofing investments?

old roof with rotten plywood decking

While it's true that skipping warranties and upgrades can save you money upfront. Stop and consider the hidden costs of not having a  warranty. Think about the consequences of this choice before signing any paperwork.

Roof leak causing interior insulation and sheetrock damage

Just like that car that seemed like a great deal until it broke down two weeks after the factory warranty expired. A roof that isn't covered by a manufacturer's warranty can leave you holding the bag if something goes wrong. Not a good time. (holding the bag!)

Shingle blistering

And let's face it. Things can go wrong with a roof, from shingles that start to curl, crack, or blister because the sun's UV rays are brutal!

loose cracking shingles

Without a warranty or some kind of protection, you may end up paying for repairs or replacements out of pocket. You already know what a full roof costs. If not go try our pricing calculator, it’s free.


So, while skipping the warranty option may seem like a way to save a few bucks in the short term, it could end up costing you more in the long run. Weigh the pros and cons before deciding to opt out.

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The True Cost of Cheap Roofing Labor: A Cautionary Tale


We get it. When it comes to roofing projects. The value versus price is a major consideration. We also understand it's tempting to scour the internet and call around until you find someone who will do your roof for a handful of spare change and a promise to walk the dog and more!

roofers installing a shingle roof

But let's be real, this isn't a flea market or a lemonade stand we're talking about. Your roof is the crown jewel of your home, the thing that keeps you dry and cozy in the middle of a raging storm. And here's a little secret: the most important day of your roofing project isn't the day you sign on the dotted line or the day you cut the check to your roofer.

roofer installing GAF underlayment

Nope, it's the day your new roof gets installed. If that day doesn't go well, you could be in for a world of hurt and thousands of dollars down the drain. 

So, when it comes to professional roofing installation...workmanship, craftsmanship, and labor, going cheap isn't a shortcut to savings.

It's a shortcut to heartache.

While hiring cheap labor may seem like a way to save money on your roofing project, it can end up being a costly mistake in the long run. A poorly installed roof can lead to a host of problems, from leaks and water damage to structural issues and even health hazards like mold. 

torn up roof from roof leak

And here is the thing, fixing these problems after the fact can cost a pretty penny. So, if you're considering hiring the cheapest labor you can find.

Stop and weigh the potential risks against the potential rewards. Instead of cutting corners on labor, consider other ways to save money on your roofing project. Like choosing a more affordable roofing material or working with a reputable contractor who can offer financing.

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Making Informed Roofing Decisions: Expert Tips and Tricks


Navigating the world of roofing projects can be daunting. This is especially true when trying to balance cost-efficiency with quality. With the right approach and knowledge, you can make smart roofing choices. They can enhance the longevity and performance of your roof. They also provide significant savings. Here are some expert tips and tricks to help you save on roofing without cutting corners.

Embrace Preventative Maintenance

Invest in preventative maintenance to save on roofing costs. It's one of the most effective tips. Regular inspections and minor repairs can prevent small issues from becoming costly problems. Address loose shingles, clear blocked gutters, and fix minor leaks early on. Doing so can extend the life of your roof. It can also save money in the long run.

Choose Materials Wisely

When selecting roofing materials, consider longevity, durability, and energy efficiency alongside cost. Sometimes, spending a bit more upfront on higher-quality materials can lead to savings. These savings can come from reductions in repairs, replacements, and energy bills. Make smart roofing choices. Choose materials that suit your climate and the architectural style of your home. This will provide the best return on investment.

Consult Roofing Experts

Consulting roofing experts before making any significant decisions is important. Professional roofers can offer insights into the most cost-effective materials. They may offer repair methods for your specific situation. They can also identify potential issues that might not be plain to the untrained eye. This helps you avoid unexpected expenses.

Explore Modern Technology

Advancements in roofing technology mean there are more durable and cost-effective roofing options. Reflective roofing materials can reduce cooling costs in warmer climates. Modern insulation techniques can keep your home warmer in colder regions. Investing in these technologies may need an initial outlay. Yet, it can lead to large savings over time.

Get Roofing Quotes

Don’t settle for the first quote you receive. Instead, gather 2 to 3 estimates from local contractors to ensure you're getting a fair price. But, remember that the cheapest quote isn't always the best. Compare the details of the scope of work each contractor offers. This includes the materials, labor, warranties, and timeframes.

Understand the Value of Warranties

A strong warranty can save you a significant amount of money if issues arise with your roof. When evaluating roofing proposals, consider the length and comprehensiveness of the warranty. Check the warranty offered by the manufacturer of the materials. Also, check the warranty offered by the roofing contractor. A good warranty can be a sign of quality and reliability.

DIY Smart

DIY can be tempting for minor repairs or maintenance. Yet, it’s important to recognize the limits of your skills and knowledge. Some roofing tasks can be dangerous or need specialized knowledge. For more complex projects, the savings from doing it yourself may not be worth the risk or the potential for costly mistakes.

Final Thoughts

Making informed roofing decisions means weighing the long-term benefits against initial costs. This involves consulting with experts. It also means choosing materials that offer the best balance of durability and cost-effectiveness. Follow these expert tips to ensure your roofing project adds value to your home. Also, keep your expenses in check. Remember, the smartest roofing choice is one that protects your home and your wallet.

Your Comprehensive Guide to Selecting a Roofing Contractor


So, there you have it, folks. Three ways you can save money on your roofing project without sacrificing quality or protection. Whether you're considering going with the cheapest materials. skipping warranties and upgrades. Keep in mind, hiring cheap labor is not advisable.

It's important to weigh the pros and cons and consider the potential risks and rewards. And work with a reputable roofing company that understands your needs. They'll provide the craftsmanship you deserve.

At RoofCrafters, we've been helping homeowners save money and get the best quality for 3 decades. So, we know what it takes to do a roofing job right! With our expertise and your determination to save money without cutting corners, we can make your roofing desires a reality. If you’re in one of our many service areas in the Southeast we’d love to discuss ways to save on your upcoming roof replacement.  So...what are you waiting for?

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We've also created a hiring checklist to help you vet and weed out roofing companies that may not be a good fit for your project. It also has some FAQs and answers for you so you'll know what to expect. Check it out it’s our way of helping you protect your investment and it’s free!

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Nicole Corson

At RoofCrafters, our mission is to provide job opportunities for others to thrive and grow while making a meaningful impact within our communities.