Everyone loves a good bargain, especially when it comes to a significant expense like roof replacement. However, it’s important to keep in mind that if the price tag is too good to be true, it probably is. In today’s post, local roofing contractor A1 Siding & Roofing shares the reasons why you should be wary of low roofing bids or quotations.
The Contractor Might Substitute Low Quality Materials
When reviewing bids from prospective roofing contractors, pay attention to the bill of materials. This is a list of everything that will be used for roofing construction. In addition to roofing material, it should list roofing accessories, as well underlayment, decking, even the type of fasteners that will be used.
If you chose asphalt shingles, it should clearly list the exact same product that you’ve discussed during your consultation. If you’re getting a metal roof, it should specify the style and gauge (thickness) of the sheet metal. Each entry in the bill of materials should have a corresponding cost, as this document is the basis for calculating the final cost. Keep in mind that you can request changes and make corrections to a roofing bid until you sign it.
They May Be Trying Too Hard to Make Your Budget Work
Budget is, of course, a key component of every residential roofing installation. Be wary of prospective contractors who ask you right off the bat what your budget is. They likely will make your project fit within that budget, which means they will cut corners to make that budget. While it is ideal to keep your project within budget, you shouldn’t compromise quality for it. If you’re worried that you might run out of funds, there are various financing options that you should explore.
There Might Not Be Warranties and Other After-Sales Benefits
Unscrupulous or inexperienced contractors might cut warranties or include the lowest-tier coverage just to get a low bid. You should not be skimping on warranty coverage just to save on the upfront cost. Ask the contractor for a full list of their warranty tiers, with a comparison of coverage levels. Whatever level you choose, make sure it provides coverage for workmanship, in addition to material and accessories.
A1 Siding & Roofing is your leading provider of residential and commercial roofing services. Give us a call at (603) 627-7339. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Manchester, NH, and surrounding communities.