05:55PM | 07/01/05
Member Since: 03/27/05
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When BILDING something, anything, whether remodeling, adding on, or new construction, one thing homeowners should keep in mind are the differences between the various material options available. Although great new products come out every year, "greatly failed" new products are also produced. The "latest and greatest" to often proves to not be the thing the salesperson convinced you it was.

No product is perfect, and obviously all these materials need to be combined in the manner they are required to be. But that being said, we are flooded with junk which claims this or that, only to realize the real bottom line was...the bottom line. I see it in roofing more, obviously because that's my specialty. But, as I do deal with homeowners all the time, and see the results of these deficient items {as well as my own homeowner travails}, the ongoing problems with the "next thing" seems to run accross the board.

"Be wary" seems to me to be a good place to start when dealing with materials and contractors. And realize that what many are trying to do is simply sell you as much as they can, whether it's claimed "upgrades", or materials that are presented as performing as well as the more traditional, proven ones.

Now I'll stand back and let anyone sell anything they want.

A roof CAN be your "friend"...rather than "that thing you hate".


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