How Bad Roofing Contractors Cut Corners

You should always vet a roofing contractor before hiring them. In addition to the minimum qualifications for contractors (e.g., a state license as well as workers’ and general liability insurance), homeowners should have at least a basic understanding of the different ways contractors with a less-than-stellar record cut corners. 

Here’s an overview of how some roofers cut corners: 

Ridiculously Low Bids and “Unforeseen” Costs 

It might be tempting to hire the roofer with the lowest bid. However, if a bid is too good to be true, then it probably is. Offering ridiculously low bids is a common sales tactic used by less experienced contractors to get new customers. Roofers will offer a low bid only to add several “unforeseen” costs later on or cut corners on the quality of the roofing materials used. As such, accepting ridiculously low bids will likely end up costing you more in the long run. 

Important note: Keep in mind it’s not unusual to encounter unforeseen costs during a home improvement project. After all, there are certain trends and factors (like market developments affecting the prices of roofing materials and hidden forms of roof damage like deck rot) out of your control. 

Using Substandard Roofing Materials 

To maximize their profits, some roofers may use off-brand roofing materials that don’t last long. In general, it’s best to stick to reputable brands such as GAF®.  

Here’s a pro-tip: To narrow down your options quickly, focus your search on certified contractors. A roofer with certifications has already been vetted by manufacturers and independent non-profits, so you can rest easy knowing they’ll fix your leaking roof and install your new roof correctly. 

Why Hire a GAF Master Elite™ Contractor 

A Master Elite™ certification is a vote of confidence from GAF—one of the most trusted names in the roofing industry—that a roofer is both qualified and reliable and won’t compromise on quality. To get certified, a roofer needs to be properly licensed, adequately insured, committed to ongoing professional training, and have a solid business reputation in their local community. 

The requirements for the certification are so stringent that only 2% of all roofing contractors qualify.

The Great American Roofing Company, a GAF Master Elite contractor, has been providing professional roofing services to local residents since 1974. To request a free estimate on repairs for a damaged roof or a new roof, call us at (201) 825-2955 or fill out this form.