Everyone loves savings, especially on big projects like a roof replacement. But you should look beyond the bid price and make sure you are getting the best roof for your home. Here’s why you should be wary of low roofing bids.
You’ll Likely Get Low-Quality Materials
Unscrupulous contractors often cut corners in order to come up with a low bid. They usually incorporate low-quality materials and unskilled labor into their estimates, hoping that the prospective client won’t notice. This is why, when reviewing bids, you should pay attention to the list or bill of materials: a sheet that breaks down all components that will be used for roof replacement, down to the smallest components like fasteners
Part numbers and detailed descriptions that correspond to what you have discussed with the roofing contractor should be reflected in the bill of materials. Your choice of asphalt shingles for your should be clearly indicated, including brand, style and color. If you chose a metal roof, the gauge (thickness of the sheet metal) should be specified as well as type of metal. It is also possible that the wrong materials were a genuine mistake. A legitimate roof replacement contractor should have no problems correcting such mistakes.
They Might Focus on Trying to Fit the Project Into Your Budget
A roofing contractor should not discuss your budget right off the bat because the budget will become the priority instead of getting the roof that your home needs. Ideally, your discussion should first focus on a best-case scenario and then work out options that will meet your budget. As a homeowner, you shouldn’t focus too much on the budget either. There are various financing options available if cash isn’t available.
You Might Not Get the Best Warranties
Today’s manufacturers offer limited warranties with different levels. A contractor that aims to offer a low bid will often include the most basic level, which sometimes do not include coverage for costs like tear-off and disposal or workmanship warranties. Warranties protect you from problems like faulty materials and installation errors, and getting the best coverage that you can get is a great investment.
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