Have you ever wondered how some roofers manage to come up with impossibly low estimates for a roofing job? In this post, roofing installation contractor Advanced Roofing discusses the ways unscrupulous roofers cut corners to cut roofing cost.
Why You Should Avoid Roofers Who Cut Corners
Homeowners who are looking into getting their roof replaced are bound to receive offers from several contractors. Given the same specifications, the cost of roof replacement or repair are more or less in the same range. To win the homeowner’s bid, some contractors will cut corners to come up with an estimate that’s much lower than the rest, all while still in compliance with requirements such as a complete list of materials. Homeowners who didn’t know any better are bound to sign up.
It may not sound like a big deal on the surface. In fact, these cheap roofs look great right after installation. But roofs are not meant to be display pieces; they are meant to last decades. Once the roof has endured years of wear and tear, the difference in cost becomes apparent. These are the kinds of conditions that incur high emergency roof repair cost. A trustworthy roofer that gives an estimate that costs more may actually save you on repair and maintenance costs in the future.
How Unscrupulous Roofers Cut Corners
The following are some of the ways unscrupulous roofers cut corners:
Using Less Nails — Roofing manufacturers prescribe specific nailing patterns, as well as the number of nails to be used on each shingle. A roofer could use less nails per shingle to reduce cost, but this could compromise the roof’s performance.
Using Second Grade Shingles — Second grade shingles are like factory overruns. They’re sold at a cheaper price because they have factory defects, therefore, they’re more likely to develop problems. Hiring a roofing contractor that holds manufacturer certification can help you avoid this cost-cutting measure.
Forgetting Drip Edges — The drip edge is a type of flashing that prevents rainwater from seeping under the roof edge. While not a roofing requirement, it helps prevent moisture damage that typically occurs at the roof’s edge.
Advanced Roofing is the roof maintenance company that you can trust for all your roofing needs, without cutting corners. Give us a call at (630) 473-300 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Plainfield, IL, and surrounding areas in Illinois.