It can often seem appealing to hire the roofer with the lowest costs, however, it is important to understand the risks that come with this decision.
Understandably, any roofing work can be financially draining as it is a long and costly process. Unfortunately, any roof work is essential to your safety, and the structure and longevity of your property. Without working with the right contractor, you may find yourself dealing with multiple problems, delays, and even more costs associated with the repairs.
Before you make a decision, here are 5 risks you need to know when working with the cheapest roofer.
#1 Poor quality roofing work
More often than not, you get the value that you pay for. If you are paying a very small amount for roofing work, the level of work completed and the materials used will likely reflect this cost. Most contractors will charge you for the materials, as well as their labor, which is made up of their time, skills, and experience to complete the work. If the work is cheap, you will need to consider the reason why. The last thing you want on an urgent and sensitive roof repair is low-quality and unreliable materials, and/or missing components.
#2 They may be unreliable
If the contractor is only being paid to complete the work for a small amount of money, it may be that you find a lack of communication. This can be challenging, as a lost-cost contractor tends to be unreliable, and not around when problems occur. On the other hand, they may not be charging enough to keep the company afloat, which may result in the company folding early on, and not being able to take care of any problems in the long run.
#3 Risk- It may cost you more money
Although the initial costs are low, if the work is not completed to a high standard, or they do not deal with any problems that arise, you may find yourself back at square one and have to pay for the job to be redone or worse, a complete replacement. Roofing work is not cheap and can end up leaving you in a difficult situation as roof problems cannot be ignored.
#4 You may not qualify for warranties
One of the most important aspects of hiring an established contractor for roof work is that the components used and the level of work completed will be at a standard covered by the warranties. A big risk you take with a cheap contractor is a compromise on the quality of materials, and workmanship. This can then leave you in a difficult position, as you risk the warranties being void if a problem occurs.
#5 Decreased lifespan of your roof
With poor quality workmanship and materials, you risk significantly lowering the lifespan of your roof. With a typical roof, you should be looking at a lifespan of more than 25 years. A poor contractor will provide you with the cheapest, and therefore the lowest quality materials and workmanship, while potentially cutting corners, which can lead to the need for a new roof. Roofs are not something to mess around with, as they can impact the structure of your property, the safety of those living in the home, require adequate ventilation and so much more, which means they need someone with the skills and experience to do a good job.
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