Hiring the cheapest roofing contractor you can find is a small mistake that can come back to haunt you in a big way. It may seem like a bargain at the time, but the low price you pay may be just your down payment!
Your second payment comes in aggravation when your brand new roof leaks because the "cheap" roofing contractor did not know enough, or care enough to do the job right.
Your third payment is due when you have to pay another roofing contractor, because the first one can not (or will not) fix the problem.
Your fourth payment comes when you have to deal with the interior damages caused by the leaks. If you're lucky, it may just involve repainting the ceiling. Bad leaks on the other hand, can result in ruined drywall, rotted wood and mold. Leaks can also damage flooring, furniture, photographs, artwork, electronics and priceless family heirlooms.
Your fifth payment comes when you discover that, because of the water damage to your home, your insurance company no longer wants to insure you. You then find out that they shared your information with other insurance companies in a nationwide databank. The only company you can find that will sell you insurance wants much higher premiums.
Your sixth payment is due when you can not sell your home for top dollar because of roof problems. Most home sales today involve an inspection, and a good home inspector can easily spot most roof problems. When this happens, buyers tend to either back out of the deal completely or demand thousands of dollars in concessions.
Your seventh payment comes when you have to reroof your home prematurely, as a result of the ongoing leaks.
That's a lot of trouble from such a little mistake. By focusing on the BEST roofing contractor you can find rather than the cheapest one, you can avoid most of this aggravation and expense. You might also be pleasantly surprised to find that the best roofing contractor does not cost that much more.