How to Recognize Roofing Scammers
You get a knock at your door on a quiet Saturday afternoon, and open it to find a professionally dressed man with a clipboard. He announces that he’s with a roofing company and that he’s spotted some problems with your current roof. At first, you’re a bit annoyed, but then become concerned because there was a storm a few m
onths ago and maybe that did some damage that you haven’t noticed. After all, you’re not a professional roofer like this man…right? Well, you could be wrong.
Unfortunately, roofing scams have been around for quite some time, and people still fall for them regularly. They prey on people who don’t know any better, and tend to target budget-conscious families in storm-prone areas. Scammers will insist on doing the work immediately then walk away with your money after they’ve provided a subpar service.
So, what can you do to ensure you don’t fall victim to these scammers? Here are three major tips to identify them:
1. Mysterious Damage
More than likely, your house is perfectly okay following a storm. You’ve taken a good look around and there’s no perceivable damage, until a salesman shows up at your door telling you he’s spotted issues. He’s pointing out parts of the roof vaguely, using words you don’t quite understand and gets you a bit worried that you missed something. This is a common warning sign that you’re not dealing with someone reputable. Unless you are able to personally see and identify an issue, do not hire them. Get in touch with a legitimate roofing company with a permanent address and websit
e to come out and take a look.
2. Be Wary of Storm Chasers
Many scammers visit regions that have sustained significant elemental damages, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and devastating hailstorms. They prey upon the worries and stress storms bring about, and take advantage of people in need. Their names are suspicious and they only pop up immediately following these events, promising to fix the damage right away.
Oftentimes, they’ll give steep discounts while promising to repair or replace the roof and file the insurance claim. Even though it’s not you paying them, they’re being paid via insurance. This may not sound like a big deal, but their work is usually faulty and done with questionable materials. This can cause your roof to have major issues in the future, and you are stuck paying the price.
3. Bids That Sound Too Good To Be True
Many scammers will offer you a very low price for a new roof or repairs. They’ll set them far below standard rates, then increase the price once they’ve started; placing blame on the cost of materials or issues they did not see coming.
It is imperative that you thoroughly research rates for roofing contractors in your area. Once you’ve found a reliable company such as Clover, call us for a free estimate.