Proper planning can save your roof replacement project from delays, unplanned expenses and other problems brought about by poor planning. In today’s post, the residential and commercial roofing contractors at Arrowhead Roofing share the common planning mistakes you need to avoid.
Choosing your roofing contractor based solely on the quoted price — A low price on a roofing quote is certainly tempting. However — as the saying goes — if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There are some unscrupulous individuals who like to cut corners on materials, accessories and services just to make the price lower to attract more business. Chances are, you’ll end up with a roof made with subpar materials if you hire one of the contractors.
Agreeing to pay the full contract price upfront — If the roofing contract requires a full payment upfront, it’s very likely that the “roofer” who came up with the agreement terms is running a scam. Reputable residential and commercial roofers will have a payment plan outlined in their contract. Typically, a down payment will be required when you sign the contract, followed by one or more installments after certain things like material delivery are completed. The final installment is usually collected shortly after completion.
Foregoing a written quote or estimate — Always make sure that everything pertaining to the project price is put into writing; otherwise, it would be easy for a contractor to increase costs, and you wouldn’t be able to do anything about it. A trustworthy roofing contractor wouldn’t do this in the first place. We here at Arrowhead Roofing provide written quotes, and barring unforeseen expenses like emergency repairs, will always honor the stated price.
Not calling references — It’s a lot easier these days to check into a contractor’s reputation through customer reviews and BBB ratings, but the best way to gauge a roofer’s quality of service is by talking to their past customers. This is why you have to take time to call their references and ask questions like whether the roofer finished the project on time, how they handled delays and how they communicated with them. These small details can make all the difference when you’re trying to narrow down shortlisted candidates.