DON’T Use the Wrong Roofing Materials

Things to Avoid in Residential Roofing Projects 
Tip #1: Don’t Use the Wrong Roofing Materials


Choosing the wrong roofing materials is a recipe for disaster, plain and simple. Not only is roof construction a time-consuming and painstaking process, but it can be financially and physically demanding.

To add to that stress, building with the wrong materials can up the expense of roof repair or replacement significantly. Contrary to what any manufacturer may advertise, not all roof materials are created equal.

If you are attempting to replace shingles on your roof, for example, choosing the right shingle match must be a top priority. Any experienced roofer can confirm that the type of shingle you select for your roof will depend on the pitch of a roof, as well as outside weather conditions.

Choosing the wrong roofing materials can lead to:

  • Water leaks that accumulate behind vulnerable points in the roof structure.
  • Wicking moisture collected from snow and ice dams.
  • Holes and cracks on the underside of a ceiling.
  • Continuous roof sheathing problems.
  • Premature roof deterioration.
  • Roof rotting from moisture corruption.
  • Debris lodged under shingles from high winds.
  • Moss or algae growth caused by trapped moisture.
  • Damaged household belongings, including electronics and furniture.
  • Higher energy bills due to poor insulation.

In a worst-case scenario, the use of the wrong roofing material could affect your health for the worse. When poor-quality materials are used on the roof of a home or business, it can easily lead to trapped water behind drywall. Over time, black mold can grow in these moist areas to trigger respiratory issues in both children and adults.

Choosing the Right Roofing Materials

To choose the right roofing material to meet your project needs, we recommend revisiting how to choose the right roofing – where we discuss the different types of residential and commercial roofing materials based on budget, climate, style, and features. Below are a few key pointers to always keep in mind when determining roofing materials for your next project.

Purchasing Roofing Materials by Price

When buying materials for roof installation, don’t shop based on price alone. While it may be tempting to snag cheap materials to keep roofing costs to a minimum, consider the fact that you wouldn’t invest in a major purchase like a new computer or car with the same attitude.

Researching Roofing Materials

Instead, take the time to research the pros and cons of a specific roofing material, taking into account purpose, longevity, durability, weather-resistance, manufacturer, and cost. If one roofing material is significantly cheaper than another, it may not last as long or provide the same level of weather resistance.

Quality Roofing Materials

To get the most bang for your buck, expect to pay for quality in your roofing materials. While that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to buy the most expensive materials on the market, skimping on shingles or tile will come back to bite you – with leak after leak after leak.

A & J Reliable is one of the most trusted roofing contractors in the Tri-State Area. For professional recommendations on roofing materials or to get a FREE estimate on your next roofing project, please contact us today! We’re happy to help our fellow DIY roofers ensure a quality and reliable roofing project.

Learn more about the do’s and don’ts of residential roofing.