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Roof Replacement Basics: Upfront Cost VS. Lifetime Cost

Updated: Jun 25, 2020



When it’s time for a new roof for your Norfolk, Chesapeake, or Virginia Beach area home, the cost is always a consideration. Some homeowners get several bids and then award the job to the lowest bidder—but that isn’t always the most cost-effective choice.


In order to get the best value, you need to consider not just the upfront cost, but the lifetime cost of your new roof. A roof that costs $5,000 may end up costing you much more than a roof that costs $6,500. Here are few reasons why:

  • Roof Repairs Inferior roofing materials will need more frequent repairs. When you choose a higher grade of roofing, it will be better able to withstand wind and debris. That means fewer repairs and less money to maintain your roof.

  • Energy Savings Up to 25% of your home’s heating energy escapes through the roof. Add to that the fact that 90% of homes in the U.S. are under insulated, and it’s easy to see why choosing an energy-efficient roof is important. While an ENERGY STAR compliant roof, such as those offered by GAF, may cost a bit more upfront, that investment will start paying you back right away with lower energy bills.

  • Roof Life Expectancy Lower-end asphalt shingle roofs have a life expectancy of about 20 years while a premium roof may last 50+ years. So, let’s take the example above where you pay $5,000 for subpar quality roofing vs. $6,500 for premium shingles. You’ll have to replace that $5,000 roof in 20 years, so not even factoring in all the other expenses listed above, you’ll have spent $10,000 vs $6,500. That doesn’t sound very cost effective.

  • Warranty Options Finally, you must consider warranty options. Instead of a 10- or 20-year warranty, high-performance roofing is typically covered by a much longer warranty. For example, GAF roofing systems have a warranty of up to 50 years when installed by an authorized contractor.

It’s Only the Best for Our Customers – That’s the Integrity Way!

Since the day Integrity Roofing did our first job, we’ve insisted on providing our customers with the best value for their home-improvement dollar. That’s why we only offer high-performance roofing. While we demand quality for our Hampton Roads roofing customers, we also do what we can to keep our prices competitive, so you enjoy the benefits of premium roofing at the best possible price.


Want to learn how you can get a new GAF roofing system for as little as $1 down and $86 a month? Contact Integrity Roofing today for more information and to schedule a free, in-home consultation and accurate cost estimate. Call 1-757-500-8568 or click the Get a Quote button now. Also, like our Facebook page to be the first to learn about special limited time offers!




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