Many of us like to use generic or knock-off products whenever we can. They’re a little cheaper, and sometimes they do just about the same thing. But when it comes to your roof, generic components can lead to big issues.
A client recently called and told us that she had a solar tube installed and it wasn’t working at all. So I went out to check on it and found a component that I had never seen before. There was no brand or label.
Solar tubes have a dome on top and a reflector. You steer it toward the southwest to collect sun that shines down into your home. This product was flat, with no dome, and no reflector. She wasn’t getting any light.
Then I looked at the seal around it. There were two screws that were exposed and rusting. I could see that water was starting to work on them.
There’s just a huge difference between generic roof products and really high quality brands. Eventually, water is going to make its way into the house. Trusted brands design components that work with your roof to keep water out of your home.
Your roof protects everything in your home. If you get it a leak, it will not only damage the roof; it will damage the interior of your home. Don’t cut corners, when it comes to your roof. Knock-off products may save you a little upfront, but they will cost you a lot more in the end.