Your roof protects you and your home from the elements. It may be tempting to find the cheapest contractor for your roof replacement, but cheap is not always the best choice, especially when it comes to your roof. If you opt to go the cheaper route, you risk the safety of your home with insufficient workmanship that may not last as long as it should.
Here are six potential dangers you could face when you choose a “cheap” roof replacement.
You’ll Likely Have Inadequate Workmanship
Just because a roofing contractor offers you an affordable price, doesn’t mean it’s the best deal. Most likely they are able to offer you a cheaper price because they are cutting corners in the installation process or with the quality of the product.
Using fewer nails per shingle, hiring a less experienced crew, or switching out premium shingles for lower quality ones are just a few of the ways they could cut corners. By choosing a cheaper contractor, you’re taking the risk of subpar workmanship and an inadequate roof replacement.
Your Roof May Not Last As Long as it Should
A roof is an investment, and you want it to last as long as possible. Hiring a contractor with a lower rate can lead to improper roof installation and negatively affect your roof’s lifespan. Improper installation will eventually result in roof leaks and more issues to fix, costing you more money to have it repaired by a crew that knows what they are doing.
You Risk the Safety of Your Home or Business
High-quality contractors take pride in their work and their workspace. When workers are replacing your roof, they will need to remove debris and old materials. Before throwing the waste on your deck and patio, a quality contractor will make sure the work area is clear of any furniture or personal items. They’ll also use a magnet to pick up any nails around the property so you, your pets, or your customers don’t step on them.
A cheaper contractor may not care about going the extra mile to keep your property clear of debris and hazardous materials. Most of the time their goal is getting the job done as quickly as possible, leaving room for error and creating an unsafe workspace.
You May Not Get a Good Warranty
In case you didn’t know, there are actually two warranties involved when you get a new roof: one on the contractor’s workmanship and one on the roofing materials from the manufacturer. With an enhanced manufacturer warranty, they’ll cover labor and materials if they are defective.
A workmanship warranty from a cheap contractor could range anywhere from two to five years, to no warranty at all. If they know your roof is going to cause you continuous problems, you’ll be lucky to get a five-year warranty because they want to avoid having to fix your roof. With a shorter warranty period, they are in the clear, and you’re left with a problem to fix.
The Roofing Company May Not Be Around For Repairs After the Installation
Hiring a new roofing company may sound like a good idea, but if you want to call on them for repairs, it is in your best interest to choose a different roofer. When a new company is starting out, most roofers don’t know how to properly price their services to sustain them through the winter season. Because of this, many of them are forced to shut down, even if they do offer quality work.
To ensure long-term protection for your roof, choose a roofing company that is more established and has a history of quality workmanship. By doing so, you’ll save yourself the time and headache of searching for a new roofing company if yours closes its doors.
You May Pay More in the Long Run
If you pay less now, you’ll be forced to pay more money in the long run for a high-quality team to fix your roof. Repairs may not be needed immediately, but depending on the installation process and quality of materials used by a budget contractor, problems will arise and you’ll eventually have to pay for a new roof.
It may be tempting to find the cheapest contractor there is for your roof replacement, but faulty installation and low-quality materials can cause big problems for you and your wallet further down the road. By calling a professional like Legacy Restoration to fix your roof, you’ll save yourself time and money over the years.
Legacy Restoration combines highly trained staff and handpicked products to ensure long-term value for your home improvement. Our trained roofers and remodelers deliver five-star roofing renovations, so you can increase the lifespan of your roof and not risk the safety of your home or business. Call us or fill out our online form today for a free consultation and quote.