It’s no secret that there are a lot of roofing scams out there. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to spot them and get scammed by a roofing contractor. In this blog post, we will give you some tips from our roofing contractors on how to spot a roofing scam. Following these tips will make you much less likely to get scammed by a roofing company!
The most frequent roofing frauds
The first tip is to be wary of roofing contractors who offer a “free roof inspection.” This is a classic roofing scam tactic. The roofing contractor will come to your house and inspect your roof, but they will find all sorts of problems that need to be fixed. They will then give you a high estimate for the repairs and pressure you into signing a contract on the spot. If you’re getting a roof inspection, make sure you get multiple estimates and don’t sign anything until you’ve had time to think about it.
Another tip is to be suspicious of roofing contractors who try to pressure you into making a decision right away. This is another common tactic used by roofing scammers. They will tell you that your roof needs to be replaced immediately and try to pressure you into signing a contract. If a roofing contractor is pressuring you to make a decision, get a second opinion from another contractor.
Be wary of roofing contractors who require large down payment upfront. This is a red flag that the roofing contractor is not legitimate. A legitimate roofing contractor will not require a large upfront payment and usually offers financing options.
Be on the lookout for insurance fraud.
Any contractor that promises to handle your insurance claim and cover your deductible should be avoided. This rip-off occurs when the contractor “covers” your deductible by billing you less and paying the deductible before charging the insurance company more for the work he does.
They profit from the insurance company and have money in their pockets. Homeowners should be involved with every insurance claim to ensure that they know how much has been approved and what the service cost is. Run if a contractor ever suggests that you may pay your deductible in full.
Following these suggestions will make you less likely to get ripped off by a roofing contractor. Do your homework before hiring any roofing firm.
We hope this article has helped you better understand how to spot a roofing scam and, more importantly, what steps to take if you think you’ve been scammed. At the very least, we advise that you always do your research before hiring any contractor and be sure to get multiple estimates for the work you need to be done. If you have any questions or concerns about your roofing situation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help. Our team of professionals is here to guide you through every step of the process and ensure that your home is appropriately protected against the elements. Thanks for reading!