Apollo-era astronaut Alan Shepard once said, “It’s a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one’s safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.” The same sentiment (minus the outer space part) applies to residents whose homeowner association (HOA) selected the cheapest contractor to install or repair the development’s roof. Sometimes the most expensive roof is the one that began life as the least expensive.
HOAs and Contracts
HOA directors balance busy personal lives with the time commitments to perform due diligence for the HOA. This often leads to rushed decisions and short-sightedness. Hiring a roofing contractor to repair or replace roofs is ripe ground for mistakes:
- Bids and contracts can be confusing
- Bid comparison becomes an apples-and-oranges struggle
- Directors feel pressure to select the least expensive roofing and contractor
What’s the True Cost?
When selecting a contractor for any roofing project, it is important to focus on aspects such as experience, integrity, and a history of solid performance. Even if a roofer’s estimate is not the lowest number of three to five bids, other factors will come into play into the HOA board’s decision. Questions a careful board will ask include:
- How long has the contractor been in the area?
- What awards, recognition and special training has the contractor received?
- How are callbacks handled?
- Has the contractor ever handled a job the size of our development?
Wise board members will select a roofing contractor to save money over the long run, not just at installation. Cheap—they will say “thrifty” or “budget-minded”—board members will go for the lowest cost shingle roofing, no matter what. Such a choice inevitably comes back to haunt the decisionmakers:
- Roof leaks
- Damaged property
- Upset HOA members
- Expensive legal fees
- Short lifespan of the inferior shingle roofing
In short, going the “cheap” route may actually end up being the most expensive choice.
Quality, Local Services
The wisest choice is one that combines quality shingle roofing with a local roofing contractor. A lowest-bidding contractor may hire day crews, disappear shortly after completing the job, and never return calls for needed repairs. Mark Kaufman Roofing has been providing HOA service in the Sarasota area for many years. We handle not only the installation but the maintenance on your new shingle roof as well.
We provide the finest quality shingle roofing, award-winning roofing crews, and modern equipment to perform the job quickly and efficiently.
Contact Mark Kaufman Roofing today so see how we can help your HOA get the wisest choice in shingle roofing.