Unfortunately, scams are too common in the world of roofing. Con artists take advantage of friendly homeowners and attempt to swindle them out of their hard earned money. However knowledge is power so Roofcorp is here to give you advice on the more common scams and how you can avoid them.
Door to Door Roofing Scams
Many of the more common scams come in the form of the door to door roofing salesman. This is not to say that all door to door salesman are scam artists. Most are trustworthy, Roofcorp itself enlists the help of these workers but there are some bad apples out there. Fly-by-night roofers are the most frequent after a large storm. When you are approached by a door to door salesman there are some ways to find out if they are from a reputable company.
- Ask for contact information about the company they work for and use it.
- Check to see if their company is insured and licensed and even registered for the Better Business Bureau.
- Ask to observe the roof inspection. A common scam is when they get up on your roof and produce the damage themselves, this can include ripping and damaging shingles on the spot.
Other Roofing Scams
It is wise to not pay money at the first inspection. Some companies take deposits and if you have made sure they have all the proper credentials, you may decide to make a down payment. If you are uncomfortable with doing this a salesman should not try to pressure you into paying them immediately. Aggressive sales tactics are a red flag of a scamming roofing company. Roofcorp is proud to offer free roof estimates.
Another common scam is a drastic underbid. The company will draw up a very low contract to win the job from you, then after you have signed an initial contract will raise the price. Chances are if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Once the salesman has left check Angie’s List of the Better Business Bureau, you do not want to do business with a company that has no reviews or testimonials. Call the telephone numbers on the insurance information they gave you to make sure the information is legitimate and current.