A cheap roof job might seem like a good idea if you’re trying to save money — and who isn’t? Why not go with a bargain-basement roofing bid if it allows you to keep more cash in your pocket?
The answer is simple — when it comes to roof replacement, you’ll get what you pay for. In fact, spending less money on a new roof can end up costing you much more in the long run.
Low Prices Lure Homeowners into Choosing a Cheap Roof
Industry experts recommend getting at least three roof installation quotes before choosing which roofer to hire.
Most homeowners follow that advice and consult with several local roof contractors. But then, hoping to cut costs, many head to online classified ad sites like Craigslist. Roofing services on these websites often advertise highly discounted prices, which can be tempting for cash-conscious homeowners.
Have you ever wondered how one roofer can offer pricing that’s so much lower than another?
How Can Cheap Roof Installers Offer Such Low Prices?
Saving money on anything, including your roofing job, is a good idea, right?
It’s certainly possible, but cheap roof installers don’t keep their prices low by slashing their labor costs. Instead, they cut corners on materials. For example, some cut-rate roofers use lower-quality shingles, or underlayment that won’t stand up to the northern Utah weather extremes. Others re-use old drip-edge flashing or repurposed (i.e., used) roofing materials.
Another common way for disreputable contractors to cut costs is to use fewer nails per shingle than the manufacturer requires for full warranty protection.
What Will Happen if You Install a Cheap Roof?
Many of the roofers advertising on classified ad sites aren’t licensed. Obtaining a roofing contractor license in Utah requires proof of at least four years of full-time work experience as well as a passing grade on both a trade exam and a business and law exam.
These unlicensed contractors and handymen may give you a too-good-to-be-true price for your new roof. But if the cheap roofer doesn’t have a license, they may not have the knowledge to do the job right, and they may not comply with local building codes.
Unlicensed roof installers often don’t carry the statutorily required insurance coverages (liability and workers’ compensation) either. So they may not be able to cover the costs of a serious accident. In that case, you could be forced to pay the bill if a worker is hurt or your (or your neighbor’s) property is damaged — even if the accident was due to the roofer’s incompetence.
Finally, beware of any contractor who wants to do the work for an hourly rate rather than a total price.
Mistakes Need Fixing
Here at Knockout Roofing, we are frequently called on to repair faulty roofing work done by bargain-priced roofers. In nearly every instance, roof leaks and other problems could have been avoided if the homeowner had hired a licensed, professional roof contractor.
The most expensive roof you can install is one that has to be repaired or replaced early. Don’t make the mistake of choosing a cheap roof for your northern Utah home. Instead, let Knockout Roofing provide you with expert workmanship at an affordable price. Contact our Salt Lake City office today to schedule a free roof consultation.