Roofing scams are a legitimate problem in America, and leave home and business owners at risk of being ripped off. Either by unknown contractors who take off with their insurance money or cheap work that does more harm than good, it’s important to be aware of the potential scams out there.
Here’s a few warning signs, if you see them – don’t agree to let them work on your roof!
- The non-existent contractor. If you’re getting a quote from someone who has no reviews, website or trackable business license – BEWARE. Especially if they ask you to sign over an insurance check. If they have no track record, they have no accountability. Don’t trust them with your money or your business.
The Freebie. Have you ever been approached by someone offering a free roof inspection? Smaller businesses use this tactic to gain traction in the community, but it is also a way scammers use to get in the door. They’ll offer a free inspection and then fabricate damage. Plenty of reputable roofing contractors offer free inspections, and they have a better track record to boot. If someone comes to your door with a laundry list of problems on your commercial roof – get a second opinion!
- The good deal. Occasionally the door-to-door salesman technique will take a more high-pressure seat. They’ll come to your door offering a great deal on an inspection or damage repair, but it comes at the cost of having to make a decision or sign a contract right then and there. They market it as a limited time offer, but it’s really just a way to lock you into a contract. The contract is also often made off estimates and they leave freedom to change the final bill on you later.
- The Storm Chaser. One of the most well-known scams are the out-of-town contractors that flood an area after a big storm. They’ll utilize a lot of the tactics described above and because they don’t live in the area it can be more difficult to track down their references or reviews.
How do you avoid a scam?
The only way is to opt for a trustworthy contractor. Always do your research on who is working on your commercial roof. Do they have reviews? Are they licensed? Are they local? Does the deal seem too good to be true? If you can’t answer these questions, why would you trust them with your business?
Built on integrity and carried on outstanding service, quality and hard work, Earnest Roofing is the best choice for your next project. Rain or shine, our track record speaks for itself and we believe you’ll agree when we’re done working.