Avoid Roofing Scams
Unfortunately, there are some “roofing contractors” who are out to do nothing more than scam unsuspecting consumers. Although you may be a savvy buyer, you never know when you are going to slip up and make a mistake.
Before you hire a roofing contractor make sure you check their reputation with the Better Business Bureau. You may find that the company you are going to hire has been reported for bad business practices in the past. Obviously, if you find information like this you will want to move on.
Ask for several references. To better your chance of avoiding a scam, ask the contractor for references from at least three past clients. This is a quick and simple way to learn what you are getting into, before it is too late.
Be wary of door to door salespeople who promise a free roof inspection. Some scammers will actually go up on your roof and cause damage so they can show you pictures of what needs to be fixed. They may even show you pictures of a roof that belongs to someone else! You also need to be careful about being pressured into signing a legally binding contract before you do your due diligence.
If you happen to be in an area that was hard hit by a storm, you may fall victim to what is referred to as a ‘storm chaser’. These are roofing gypsies who travel around the country looking for homeowners to exploit. A homeowner can get taken by this scam because the roofer will only do the minimum work necessary to get paid and then move on before the homeowner realizes that the problems haven’t been properly addressed.
Another big issue to avoid is falling victim to the low bid contractor. Replacing your roof is an expensive process but if you choose the lowest bidder not only may you end up with poor quality workmanship and materials, you may also end up with “unexpected” costs that crop up during the process that get tacked on to the final cost, adding up to more than what a more respectable contractor would have charged you.
If you are in the process of hiring a roofing contractor, make sure you do whatever it takes to avoid being scammed.