When it comes to roofing, the lowest price is not necessarily the best choice.
If you are hiring your first roofing contractor, you may feel a bit overwhelmed when determining the best roofer for the job.
It may be tempting to choose the lowest bid. The price might be cheaper, but cost you more in the end.
When a roofing contractor significantly offers a lower bid than other roofing contractors, there may be several reasons why.
First, the contractor may not provide insurance for his or her employees. A roofing company that adequately covers the cost of general liability and workers’ compensation for their employees tend to charge a bit more to deflect the cost.
Choosing to hire a contractor that doesn’t provide insurance for their employees is very risky. Many homeowners are not aware of the fact that if an employee is to become injured on the homeowner’s property, the homeowner can be held liable. The only way to prevent this from occurring is to make certain that the contractor provides both general liability insurance and workers’ compensation.
Another reason why a contractor may offer a very low bid is because they are not going to use the best materials for the project. You should always ask for a written estimate that details what type of materials the roofer will use. If you need to, you should call the supply house yourself and ask if those materials are the highest quality for your project. If you find that the materials are inferior or are not the quality that you desire, you will have to make a choice between paying a cheaper price or using better quality materials.
Many homeowners soon discover that it is much better to pay a higher price for their roofing project rather than to use inferior materials or be held liable for uninsured workers.