Whenever you work on a project, you can choose what type of materials you work with. Materials are going to vary in cost, and this will depend, in part, on the quality of the product. Those that are cheaper may be lower in quality, and those that are more expensive are likely to last. To save money, some people opt for the cheaper materials. While this may seem like a good idea at the time, using poor-quality materials may result in a variety of problems. Take a look at some of the issues you could face if you use poor-quality materials.
Lack of Durability
Higher-quality materials will last much longer, and this increases the durability of your project. For example, if you opt for a high-quality aggregate as a base for your concrete project, that base will be more durable than one made with a low-quality product. Not only will you be able to enjoy your project for a longer period of time, but you’ll also know that it is safer.
If you’re spending time working on something, you want the end result to look nice. High-quality materials look better than poor-quality materials, and this can enhance the overall aesthetics of your project. If you use a poor-quality material, you may not be too happy with the end result.
As mentioned above, cost can be affected. While you will initially save money on the project by opting for low-quality materials, chances are it will cost you more in the long run. These materials may settle, rut, wash out, warp, fade, break, chip, corrode—basically, they will do anything but last. Best case, they may give your customer the impression that your work is less than professional. Worst case, it may result in warranty work, which impacts your profitability. By the time you’re done replacing everything, you will end up spending just as much as you would if you would have used high-quality materials first, if not more.
If you’re a contractor, poor-quality materials can actually hurt your reputation. If a homeowner or general contractor has nothing but problems with the project you handled, they will tell their friends and family about it. This not only hurts your overall reputation, but it will also lose you business, and that’s something you likely can’t afford.
Instead of cutting corners and opting for low-quality material on your next project, make the right choice and choose those that look great and will last for a long time. Ozinga offers a wide assortment of aggregate materials for your next project. Contact one of our materials specialists today to choose the right high-quality material.