14 Mar

Roof Inspection – Should You Pay Or Should It Be Free?

Roof inspections happen... though most of us would rather think about many other things. You want to redecorate your kitchen and bathroom - not spend money on a green roof. Right?

The reality is this: Every homeowner, sooner or later, needs a new roof.

Is this fun?

No. It is a big pain in the ass.

Nonetheless, a roof inspection is essential when your house needs a new roof. Fast advice: Suck it up. Get with a program. Make the best of it. The question is whether you should PAY for or get a FREE roof inspection. 

Almost every roofing company offers free estimates. The real question is the quality of these inspections and the quality of the final estimates. Is it better to pay or get one for free?

Well, you DO have lots of choices. Keep in mind that the quality of roofing companies range from rock bottom, beer-gulping fools roaming around in a rusty pick-up truck, to admirable roofing establishments who actually want to give long-term, accountable service.

Can a lesser quality company give you a top-notch, reliable inspection? Perhaps. Some start-up roofing companies will put in a lot of effort to gain your trust to receive your money. Others have no clue, and the results could be disastrous - and not worth paying for.

The bottom line when paying for an inspection is this: You receive unbiased information instead of information that is convenient for the roof inspection company. When you pay for a roof inspection, you get exactly what you pay for, just the facts without any pressure to buy services. You can then use this inspection (and a detailed report) to use for any other estimates you receive from any other companies offering to do the actual work needed.

The difference between a roofing company visiting your house to sell you their services and a company offering an unbiased inspection are like night and day. The company providing the inspection, for a fee, provides a service with no expectations or obligations. They simply do their job, provide you with a report, then they leave. In contrast, a company that provides an inspection for free ALWAYS wants to follow through with sales pressure to compensate for their time. Roof Services

Keep in mind the time and expense required to give a "free" roof inspection. Travel time, often vast distances caught in traffic jams; fuel consumption, hourly wages for one or two service people, the list goes on. These expenses can amount to thousands of dollars for the company. Also, if their sales conversion rate is less than remarkable the service you ultimately receive will greatly suffer. Why?

Because they will need to charge your more to make up for all their wasted downtime giving their "free" inspections.

Is it worth paying for an unbiased roof inspection? I would say yes, most of the time. A roof inspection company that charges upfront for their time VALUES their time, the inspection will be honest, and you will be freed from sales pressure and low-quality roof inspections. Roof Installation