There’s a saying in the construction industry that you never want to hire the lowest bidder. This goes for any project, whether it’s an addition, a new roof, or a fresh coat of paint. Here are a few of the reasons why you don’t want to hire the cheapest contractor you can find.
1. Low-Quality Materials
Everyone is trying to make a profit. If the quote you’re looking at seems incredibly low, you have to realize that the company is cutting corners somewhere. The roofer isn’t going to go through that great amount of work and not realize a profit. The most common place contractors will skimp is on the materials. They won’t be as resistant to temperature changes and will be more likely to fail in just a few short years.
2. Inexperienced Labor Roofing
It may not be rocket science, but it does require a great deal of specialized skills and experience. Water has an incredible ability to find a way into your home. You need an experienced roofing crew who knows how to seal off every chimney, vent, valley, and ridge. When you choose the lowest contractor, you should understand that the second place they cut corners is with their labor. You could easily wind up with workers who don’t know the best methods for creating a watertight roof. Their shoddy work may leave you with water stains on ceiling in just a few short years.
3. Not Licensed
The cheapest contractors also save money by skipping the licensing process. You have no assurance they know what they’re doing because they haven’t submitted to any kind of state-sponsored testing. They might save you money today, but their substandard methods could cost you a great deal of money tomorrow in *roofing repairs later.
This is one of the scariest shortcuts that the lowest bidders usually take. They don’t get insured because they don’t want to pay the premiums. This leaves you, the homeowner, open to an incredible liability. If one of their inexperienced crew members falls off your home during the roofing process, you could be liable for their injuries. If they manage to break a window in your home because they were careless during the tear-off, they may or may not have the funds to replace that window.
A general rule-of-thumb is that you should toss out the lowest bid when hiring a professional roofing company. A roof that is installed by experienced roofers like Robbins Roofing, Inc., will cost a little more initially, but it will last longer and save you money in the long run. Choose high-quality products, experienced workers, and a team that is licensed and bonded. To learn more about Robbins Roofing, Inc., and our services, visit us on Facebook.