A roof is a roof, of course, of course?

February 15, 2013

You may find yourself in the situation of needing a new roof put on your house after a significant weather event. If you do not have a prior relationship with a contractor you know and trust, you may request several bids from various companies to help you make your selection. In this bid process, you may have some tempting factors that make one bid really stand out as a "good deal". You know the one I am talking about, where the "contractor" promises he can pay your deductible and to top it off, the entire cost is significantly less than the other bids. 

First of all, you already know that it is illegal for a contractor to discount or promise to pay or "eat" your deductible. We've discussed that previously. What is equally concerning, is the significantly lower bids that are not in line with the general market. 

Most homeowners are not aware of the shingle black market, where "seconds" are sold for pennies on the dollar. No reputable roofing contractor would dream of installing these on a rooftop. There is no manufacturer warranty on these shingles. If you were to hire this contractor, you would really have no way of knowing that he was installing seconds. You would not usually become aware of the problem until months later. By that time, good luck finding that "contractor" and then you find out the bad news from the manufacturer and your insurance company, that your roof needs to be replaced and neither will cover. You now have to replace the entire roof out of pocket. 

This is a real situation that has, unfortunately, happened to real people. As my momma always told me, if it sounds to good to be true, it is! We always recommend checking out any roofing contractor that you are looking to business with, through the Better Business Bureau and with state and local roofing associations. The North Texas Roofing Contractors Association has a wonderful sheet of questions "Know Who's on Your Roof" that you can print and ask your potential roofer. Do not hesitate to ask to see the invoice of the materials before they start the job. We also recommend going with a roofing contractor who has been certified by a manufacturer to install a complete roofing system. 

Outback Roofing only installs complete roofing systems, which are backed with a manufacturer and labor warranty. Contact Outback Roofing to schedule an appointment for your bid today!

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