It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an economic crisis marked by soaring rates of unemployment, shutdowns, and dips in revenue. It’s only logical that roofing contractors would want to do everything in their power to reduce costs, keep their businesses afloat, and prepare for post-pandemic recovery. However, while it may be tempting to cut corners to offer lower prices and complete repairs as quickly as possible, today’s article will reveal the high cost of cutting corners on a roofing project. Completing an inferior installation or repair job may earn you more jobs for the time being, but it will ultimately result in roof system failures, additional repairs, and possibly litigation.
For a legal advocate who will protect your livelihood, rights, and bottom line, consult a roofing lawyer in Illinois with Cotney Construction Law.
You’ll Be Creating Opportunities for Moisture to Enter the Building
Inadequate preparation and installation of roofing systems frequently result in leaks, water damage, rust, corrosion, and general deterioration of the roof. This is due to the fact that many of the methods roofing contractors use to cut corners in their roofing projects allow for the creation of opportunities for moisture to enter the building, Take flashing for example — thin pieces of sheet metal designed to prevent moisture from entering the building through weak or exposed areas, such as roof penetrations. When roofing contractors reuse old flashing rather than use new flashing for their roofing project, it enables the metal to become corroded and weakened by years of weathering over time. You’re saving costs but drastically increasing the likelihood of leaks down the line.
The same goes for the improper installation of roofing fasteners and sealing washers. If you’re not taking the time to make sure that your fasteners and washers are properly secured and fastened, they’re likely going to be over-tightened, under-tightened, or off-center altogether. This leads to penetrations in the metal, and you guessed it, leaks.
You’re Leaving Yourself Especially Vulnerable to Roofing Accidents
Not only are falls the number one cause of death in the construction industry, but they’re frequently caused by careless mistakes, such as ladder misuse, improper use of equipment, and lack of adequate fall protection. When you’re cutting corners in your roofing business, such as failing to properly train workers, using low-quality materials or equipment, or simply failing to follow the relevant safety guidelines in favor of completing a job faster, you’re setting yourself up for accidents on your jobsite. The last thing you need during this time of uncertainty is to be faced with a construction dispute, hefty fines, severe penalties, and even criminal prosecution.
That’s why we urge you to partner with a roofing attorney in Illinois with Cotney Construction Law to help restructure your payment terms, keep close tabs on your accounts receivable, monitor your cash flow, and best protect the roofing business you worked so hard to create. An attorney is your best asset in this situation as they can ensure that all of your payment terms are clearly outlined in writing, agreed upon with a signature before the commencement of work, and include a requirement for an upfront deposit. In the event that you are facing an OSHA citation or construction dispute as a result of poor workmanship, we can help you navigate the process and provide you with the legal advice necessary to increase jobsite safety.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.