If you don’t know a lot about roofing, that’s perfectly understandable—it’s not exactly a topic that comes up in everyday conversation.
But when it comes time to replace your roof, you need to be aware of the potential for scams. So how can you protect yourself from being taken advantage of?
Keep reading to find out.
Unfortunately, there are a few bad eggs in every industry, and it’s important to be aware of the signs of shoddy workmanship when hiring a roofer.
One red flag is a roofer who asks for payment upfront. A reputable roofer will usually only request payment once the job is completed to your satisfaction. Another warning sign is a roofer who insists on using cheap, lower-quality materials. While it’s important to get a good deal, sacrificing quality for price is never a wise decision. Finally, be wary of any roofer who seems more interested in rushing through the job than taking the time to do it right. With a little research, you can avoid hiring a subpar roofer and ensure that your home is fortified for years to come.
Ah, the old bait and switch.
It rears its ugly head in many industries, and it’s not uncommon for roofing contractors to give bait and switch estimates. This is when they give you a low estimate to get your business, but then switch to a higher price once the work has begun.
In some cases, the price can be double or even triple the original estimate. To avoid being the victim of a bait and switch estimate, it’s important to get multiple bids from different contractors. Make sure that each bid is in writing and includes all materials, labor, and other costs.
Once you’ve selected a contractor, be sure to obtain a signed contract that outlines the scope of work and pricing.
Roof damage is a serious issue that can lead to a host of problems, including leaks, structural damage, and even collapse.
After a severe storm, for example, it’s not unusual for roofing contractors to show up in neighborhoods offering their services. While many of these contractors are reputable and honest, there are some who will try to take advantage of homeowners by inflating the extent of the damage.
In some cases, they may even intentionally damage roofs in order to get the repair job. If you’re faced with a contractor who is pressuring you to sign a contract or make a decision on the spot, be sure to get a second opinion. Ask for references from past customers, and confirm that the contractor is licensed and insured. By taking these precautions, you can avoid becoming the victim of inflated damage reports.
It’s important to be aware of roofing scams, and know how to spot them. If you’re in need of a new roof, do your research and ask around for recommendations. And if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
When we say that we’re a top-quality home remodeling and roofing company that serves the North Shore and surrounding Chicagoland area, we back it up. We do more than simply cover the basics: we show up on time and nail it. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 847-768-6000 or visit our contact page.