Each year, many homeowners will become victims of a wide range of roofing scams. These scammers know that your roof is an essential element to your home. You already are aware of its importance and the role it plays in keeping you and your family safe. When your roof needs to be repaired, you cannot waste any time in not hiring a roofing contractor. However, be prepared to conduct extensive research, if you do not have any iron-clad referrals from friends or family members.
No Quick Fix
Of course, you want to fix your roof quickly, but never hire a roofing contractor without many years of experience. Most people who haven’t worked with a roofing contractor before may not suspect when they are being scammed. Roofing contractors with fraudulent intentions will oftentimes prey on homeowners who are at their most vulnerable. In so doing, they may be bolder in their tactics. This includes the storm chaser and the mysterious salesman going from door to door.
The Down Payment
There are several ways that homeowners can become victims of roofing scams. It is important to know the signs in order to be able to identify the various schemes used by so many. One of the most common scams happens when a roofing company makes an agreement with a homeowner to replace the roof, but wants a huge down payment prior to beginning the work. Don’t fall for a company that tells you that the down payment needed is to purchase materials and pay workmen for labor. Some homeowners may be convinced that the company needs the cash and may sign over the insurance check, only to find that the company pulls a vanishing act on you. You may have problems getting your money back if this occurs.
The Insurance Check
If you have filed an insurance claim for a damaged roof, the insurance company will send out its property adjuster first. The insurance check will be issued for less than the full replacement cost. The funds are expected to be used as the initial payment to the contractor. However, the roofing contractor does not get paid in full until the job is completed. In fact, the insurance company usually receives a bill for the balance. Most roofing contractors are aware of this. So when you have a roofing contractor trying to take advantage of you, this should be obvious to you right away.
The roofing gypsies or storm chasers from out of town are the most outrageously confident scammers. These people go to different cities across the United States in pursuit of storms and vulnerable homeowners who may have roof damage as a result of the storm. They will go to lengths to victimize and exploit homeowners. They will target the cities where insurance companies allow roofs to be replaced after a storm.
Demanding Sales Tactics
One of the most common scams is demanding sales tactics used by aggressive salespeople. They will come unannounced to your door, making all kinds of claims of special deals and discounts. Beware of any dishonest and misleading claims. Never enter into a lawfully binding contract with someone you don’t know without doing your research. If it sounds too good to be true, then it may just be.
It is better to speak to a local roofing company that has the expertise and experience necessary to get the job done while maintaining their reputation. The Roof Doctor
is the company that fits the bill. Contact them at 303-618-9889
to discuss your roofing needs.