Don’t Make Sacrifices on Your New Roof – Cheap Roofs Are Cheap for a Reason

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As one of the top Salem roofing companies, we’ve had to repair a lot of our competitors’ work over the years. Don’t make mistakes in choosing your contractor!

Having been among the best Salem roofing contractors for over 25 years, we’ve seen a lot of crazy things on our customers’ roofs. One of the things that leaves us scratching our heads more often than not is that our customers end up paying other roofing contractors for a completely new roof, but the job seems to be incomplete. There are plenty of fly-by-night, cheap roofers out there, but it’s important to remember that they are able to be so cheap for a reason: they cut corners on your roof.

We’ll get into specifics in a moment, but for now, imagine that you’re buying a new car. If you have narrowed down your decision to two cars, a slightly cheaper one and a slightly costlier one, you need to start assessing the differences in the features and reliability of the two cars. The cheaper car will, more often than not, sacrifice features (maybe power windows, air conditioning, a sun roof, etc.) and maybe even safety rating. The slightly costlier car will likely come with all of the features that you’d think should be included when you buy a new car, and it will probably be more reliable, right? Think about a baseline Kia against a baseline Honda. Saving a few bucks short-term isn’t always the responsible decision when it comes to the sacrifices you’re making. Now, back to roofing.

We often find ourselves cleaning up after poor jobs done by other Salem roofers. When we hear what our customers paid for the work that they have received, it often makes us feel sick. When you make the decision to pay for a completely new roof, you should be getting new material and you should take care of potential sources of future risk. A new roof isn’t a band-aid solution, it’s a transplant. We’ve seen many competitors that charge full new roof premiums, yet they don’t replace old flashings around skylights, chimneys, or eaves. This is terrible! More often than not, roofs leak from the edges of the roof, not from the center. It is vital that these flashings are replaced. Additionally, ventilation needs should be reassessed with each new roofing job. Outdated ventilation systems could lead to future problems. Get the most out of your new roof by hiring a Salem roofing contractor that won’t cut corners where they shouldn’t. For a free roofing estimate in Salem, Oregon, call (503) 585-2338 today!

Written by
Terry Slate
Terry is the Vice President of Slate & Slate Roofing and has over 28 years of experience with both residential and commercial roofing. He specializes in metal roofing, composition roofing, and PVC membrane roofing.