Winter months are historically slow for companies specializing in exterior remodeling like roofing and siding. It makes sense. Low temperatures, snow and ice make installation nearly impossible. However, with the mild winter we have had this year, companies are eager to capitalize. You may have seen quite a few radio or television spots advertising insane deals. Half priced roofs, lifetime warranties, free gutters, a restaurant gift card, free oil changes and a puppy. Okay, maybe not all of that but their deals are pretty appealing. So, is it really too good to be true?
Reading between the lines
While, there are companies out there offering legitimately great deals, there are also a lot of companies offering ones that only sound appealing but are actually not a great value. So, how do you decipher the good from the bad? You research these three things.
- Product: What products are covered in their special offering? Typically, to compensate for the lower price, your selection will be limited to only the cheapest or lower end products. In some instances, this may not matter to the consumer. For most consumers, however, this is a huge problem. A deal isn’t so much a deal if the quality is poor, especially when it comes to your home. Be sure to ask what products are included in the deal and do your research on them. We personally recommend GAF shingles and Certainteed siding products and are happy to help you decide which products are best for your home.
- Warranty: Will your new installation be covered under their warranty? The price cut has to come from somewhere and sometimes, it is in the warranty. Knowing your home is not one they have to service for years to come can justify the special discount. Be sure to read the fine print!
- Reputation: Regardless of how great a deal is, you should always factor in the company offering it. A good deal should instantly be cancelled out by a bad company. Check online review websites like Angie’s List, the Better Business Bureau and even their Facebook page. You can even ask for customer references and a good company should have no problem supplying them.
The truth is, when a company is offering a special discount, the money has to be recouped from somewhere. Whether that be by offering a lesser product, no warranty or poor installation and craftsmanship. Although, the mild winter has been extremely favorable to us in the business, it also means a lot of companies trying to capitalize on consumers and not always for the better. Take your time to thoroughly look over every deal to ensure it really is one and you can always contact us with any questions.