The Long-Term Cost Of Cheap Roofing Contractors

January 5, 2024

Why Low Roofing Quotes RARELY Mean You Pay Less

And Why RoofSmart’s Roofing Quotes
Always Include Every Last Detail

We get it — with inflation on the rise, you want to save money wherever and whenever.

But when it comes to choosing a roofing contractor in Greater Seattle, the best way to save money is to get the job done right the first time.

This means using quality materials that last and installing an ENTIRE roofing system

It also means choosing a roofer who is fully transparent and tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about your roofing system upfront. 

Unfortunately, many roofing contractors in Greater Seattle aren’t 100% transparent. They often cut corners, neglect issues, reuse materials, and hit you with expensive change orders. So, although the quote is cheap, the final cost is much higher. 

Cheap Quotes Are Designed To Sell — Not Educate

If you’ve ever rented a car, then you know the price you see isn’t the price you pay. 

Many roofing contractors are no different. 

This is because, like car rental companies, roofing contractors are often scared to tell homeowners the FULL truth. 


Well, they don’t want to lose your business. Often, they focus more on the PRICE than the service. 

In other cases, they simply don’t conduct a thorough inspection beforehand, and they miss important issues that they’ll need to address during the roof replacement. 

For example, let’s say you have a leak inside your wall. The roofing contractor may not see it or neglect to tell you about it until AFTER the project has started in order to keep their quote low. 

Ultimately, your quote for a $15,000 roofing system replacement can turn into a $30,000 project after the surprise change order. 

Cheap Quotes = Cheap Materials

The old adage “you get what you pay for” rings true when it comes to YOUR roof. 

If you pay for a cheap roof, you’ll get a cheap roof. Or, more specifically, you get cheap materials. 

In many cases, the materials are reused, In fact, it’s not uncommon for some contractors to reuse everything from the roof to the walls:

  • Gutters
  • Skylights
  • Roofing parts
  • Flashing (thin, durable pieces that keep water from infiltrating seams)

Another cost-saving method used to create low quotes is simply leaving stuff out. For example, your shingles may LOOK attractive, but the flashing was not replaced. After all, you can’t rebend metal. 

Something as simple as not replacing worn-down or damaged flashing can cause your shingles (and entire roofing system) to degrade quickly, leading to the need to redo your entire roof less than a decade later. 

What We Say Is What You Pay

RoofSmart does things differently. We tell you what you need to know — not just what you want to hear.

Our inspections and quotes are about educating you about your roof and what needs to be done to make it one of the BEST roofs in all of Greater Seattle. 

Now, our quotes aren’t the cheapest, but they’re transparent. We give full advice, and you can trust that what you see on the quote is what you pay. You aren’t hit with insane change orders that double the price, and our Lifetime Warranty ensures you don’t have expensive costs after the installation, either. 

There are some issues we can’t see until the work begins. But, if there’s something we missed that we shouldn’t have during the inspection, then we fix it at no additional cost. 

So, while we don’t have the cheapest quotes, we deliver theBEST value long-term. This means transparency, and you receive a team that truly cares.

Transparent, Honest, And Fair Quotes — The RoofSmart Way

Our clients in Greater Seattle receive an excellent roof that stands the test of time. They also pay less over the life of their roof than many of our competitors. That is why we’ve earned a pristine reputation within Auburn, WA and the surrounding areas. For an honest and full quote, call RoofSmart today at (206) 487-4877.

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