When you buy a product or take advantage of a service, we often choose the lowest price or bid. After all, spending your hard-earned cash on something you could get at a lower price makes more sense. But when it comes to a considerable investment like a residential roofing system, a lower price can be problematic. In many cases, it can lead to even more money being spent in the long run to fix certain issues.
When obtaining estimates, make sure to keep an eye out for extremely low bids. Read on to find out why you should be wary of them.
1. Industry Experience and Business Longevity
Not all small contracting businesses are bad, but you must see to it that the company you wish to work with has the knowledge and ability to complete your project. You might stumble upon some young contractors that lack the experience and longevity, and they could get you into trouble, especially when it comes to estimates. Be sure to ask how long they’ve been in the business and how many years of experience each crew member has.
2. No After-Sale Benefits
A reputable roofing company provides customers peace of mind throughout the roofing process and beyond. This includes after-sales benefits like repairs, maintenance and warranties. By just looking at the quote, you can determine if a contractor doesn’t offer any of these. Don’t be afraid to ask your potential roofers about it; after all, it is their responsibility to discuss these important aspects before making any sale.
Contractors that provide an extremely low bid may be desperate to get the job. They could be underbidding the number of labor hours or using unqualified and uninsured installers. Steer clear of such companies, especially it could lead to additional fees for time and replacement components in the middle of the installation work.