Cheap Home Improvement Supplies Waste Money

Andy Lindus
Written by Andy Lindus
Updated July 24, 2015
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Opting for the least-expensive paint, gutters or other items may cost you more in the long run.

The most expensive home improvement you can make is one that you have to pay for twice.

One of the quickest ways to have to do this is by taking the cheap route when it comes to materials. The old adage “you get what you pay for” very much applies to these home improvement supplies.

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1. Paint

It’s common to see multiple aisles of paint in any big-box home improvement store, making selection seem impossible.

While it can be tempting just to go with the most affordable option, you’ll likely be disappointed with the result. That’s because budget brands of paint are often thinned down with water. This means:

● You’ll need to apply more coats.

● The paint will most likely chip and fade.

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2. Gutters

Properly functioning gutters are an invaluable tool to keep your home and landscaping protected from water damage. Bargain gutters are prone to clogging, which means that rainwater pools directly onto the ground below. This can harm your shrubs and lead to surface erosion.

Even bigger issues that can happen as a result are foundation cracking and basement flooding. If gutters malfunction, water also can spill behind them, causing damage to your soffit and fascia.

 Beware of helmets or hoods that attach to your roof, which can cause leaking and even void your manufacturer’s roof warranty.

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3. Carpet

Cut-rate carpeting can leave you disappointed. Why?

● It will shed when vacuumed.

●  It stains easily.

● It tends to wear down quickly in high-traffic areas.

One of the major expenses with new carpeting is the cost of installation. So opt for a reputable product line from a manufacturer that offers a legitimate warranty. You’ll ultimately save money by not having to replace it prematurely.

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4. Deck stain

Undertaking a deck staining project can easily consume an entire weekend. Unfortunately, there has yet to be a deck staining product invented that only needs to be applied once.

However, you can maximize the time between deck staining projects by selecting a quality brand, not a budget one that may only get you through a single season.

Have you tried to cut corners on home renovations before? Share your experience in the comments section below!

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on Feb. 10, 2015.

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