Why You Should Not Cut Corners and Hire the Cheapest Roofing Contractor

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Posted on August 03, 2022

Why You Should Not Cut Corners and Hire the Cheapest Roofing Contractor


If you're in the market for a new roof, you may be tempted to cut corners and hire a cheaper roofing contractor. But this will cost you more in the long run. Here are some reasons why:


You should never hire the cheapest contractor. The reasons are simple:

  • Cheap contractors might not be licensed, which means they might not be qualified to do the work in your state.
  • Cheap contractors might not carry an adequate amount of insurance, so if something goes wrong and you need your roof replaced again, you could be on the hook for paying for it yourself.
  • Cheap materials cost more in the long run because they won’t last as long as quality materials—and when they fail prematurely, it will be at a time when you need them most (e.g., during a storm).
  • If a roofing contractor is cutting corners, they are usually doing it at the homeowner's expense.

But perhaps most importantly of all: hiring the cheapest roofing contractor will never save money in the long haul. Hiring an unlicensed contractor means that any work they do is illegal; things might look fine until an inspector arrives and finds out what happened after the fact—you might not be able to obtain or maintain your current homeowner's insurance policy because there will not be permits on file. That can become a major problem in the long run!


When you hire the cheapest roofing contractor, you might be actually choosing to pay more in the long run. A cheap job is never a good idea because it can lead to more costs later on. When was the last time that you got something good quality for cheap? That rarely happens, you know what they say: if it sounds too good to be true... You will not get a quality job done right and when problems arise, there will be no one left to fix them. This is why we recommend hiring an experienced contractor who offers value for money by doing things right the first time around.


It’s easy to fall prey to the idea that hiring a cheap contractor is the way to go. The problem with this approach is that it’s not always clear that they will cut corners in their bid and they may not be able to perform the job at all. Some of these contractors are inexperienced and have no business trying to do roofing work, let alone replacing your roof. A quick search on Google has plenty of stories from homeowners that learned the hard way. If you want real peace of mind, it’s better just to avoid this group altogether by finding an experienced, skilled, and licensed roofing contractor who will do quality work for your home or business property at a fair price.

Quality of Material

The quality of the material is not the same as the price. Price has to do with labor, installation, and warranty. A good quality roof may cost more but the material is better. A cheap roof may be cheaper upfront but might fail sooner than a better quality roof.

Warranty Service and Customer Service

A good contractor will offer you many years of service on their workmanship while a bad contractor will try to get out as soon as possible with little regard for your satisfaction. If something goes wrong in 30 days that could have been prevented if they had done it right in the first place then it's likely your job won't be covered by any warranty anyway meaning you are stuck with having no recourse if it comes back on you later down the road due to improper installation from someone who didn't care about doing things correctly or even following manufacturer guidelines!


  • Quality of the work is important.
  • Cheap contractors might not do a good job, or may leave out important steps, like cleaning and re-sealing the vents on your roof.
  • Cheap contractors might not use quality materials or products in their work, which will lead to you having to pay more down the road (for repairs) and possibly even needing another full replacement sooner than you would have if you had hired a skilled contractor from the beginning.
  • Cheap contractors are more likely to be less licensed, insured, and experienced at what they do - all of which can lead directly to problems with how well your project turns out as well as issues with getting compensation from the said contractor if something goes wrong (which happens often).


We hope you found this article helpful and informative. When it comes to your home, hiring the cheapest roofing contractor is a big mistake. You want someone who will help you make sure that your roof lasts as long as possible, so don’t cut corners when hiring a roofer!

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