Steps A Low Cost Roofer May Skip
When buying a new roof, or repairing the one you have, it’s important to do your research and go into the process knowing what is expected out of the job. Its temping to choose the roofer with the lowest price, but think about it….how are they able to offer the same services at such a lower cost to you? There are many steps that can be skipped by a roofing company to try to drive the price down but still keep profits up, so be sure to know what exactly it is you’re paying for.
The most commonly skipped step by low cost roofers is to not remove the old roof. Its understandably easy to assume that adding more layers to your existing roof will just add more protection. This is true, but that’s the same concept as duct taping a leaky pipe. The duct tape will add more protection than just leaving it be, but the leak is still there! Over a small period of time, your leak will become a problem once again. The process of stripping off the old roof can be a substantial chunk of the overall cost of your re-roofing project, but even though it’s possible to be skipped, it shouldn’t if you want your money’s worth of a new roof.
There are countless areas where a cheap roofer can skimp on you during roof repairs. Low quality roofers can skimp in many areas of repair from not removing previous shingles before installing new ones, using low quality caulk to seal a joint rather than re-flashing, and improper use of roofing cement. There are many shady companies that are itching to take advantage of people who cannot climb on their roof themselves to inspect the work done. This is why it is important to go with a quality roofer who makes their profits off of honest workmanship and fair prices, not skipping the important steps for a quick sale.