You’ve probably come across proposals from roofing contractors in which the estimated cost is too low. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. In this blog, roof repair and installation contractor US Roofing LLC shares a close look at how untrustworthy contractors cut corners to reduce roofing costs.Why You Should Avoid Roofers Who Cut Corners
It may sound tempting, after all, who doesn’t want to save money on their roofing costs. However, it helps to remember that in the building industry, what you see is, indeed, what you get. Contractors may provide different estimated costs, but they will likely be in the same ballpark. You should be suspicious of anyone who offers a drastically low cost.
To arrive at that low cost, unscrupulous roofing contractors will cut corners by substituting cheaper shingles, skimping on the prescribed number of nails during installation, even “forgetting” important components such as drip edge and flashing. When you engage their services, you’ll likely need emergency roof repair the first few hours after a storm hits. It is also unlikely that the roof will have a proper warranty coverage. There’s also a chance your insurance coverage may be affected.How to Protect Yourself from Unscrupulous Roofers
In addition to cost cutting measures, which can be easily overlooked if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Make it a point to check the contractor’s background. A contractor with certification from major roofing manufacturers crosses off many warning signs. Manufacturers such as GAF and IKO have very stringent requirements for certification.
You can also do some research yourself. A legitimate roofing contractor will have no problems providing a copy of their insurance certificate, which you can confirm independently. Make sure the insurance coverage includes both liability insurance and workers’ compensation, which should protect you against accidental property damage and injuries, respectively. Additionally, contractors will never ask for a full upfront payment. A typical payment scheme involves a downpayment, one or more installments after certain milestones, culminating in the final payment after completion.
US Roofing LLC is your leading provider of roofing services, including storm damage roof replacement. Give us a call at (706) 609-9111 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Savannah, GA, and surrounding areas.