Tips to Avoid Roofing Scams
That Will Save You Money
Whenever significant weather hits the Delmarva area, be it a massive snowstorm, windstorm, or a hurricane, roofing scammers seem to appear out of thin air. We have heard countless unfortunate stories about unscrupulous companies running off with down payments or completing shoddy work for insurance checks. Many of these companies go door to door soliciting work, especially in heavily damaged areas. Some even claim to be insurance experts or specialists. Often referred to as “storm-chasers” these scammers can put unsuspecting homeowners out of thousands of dollars. What’s more, the work is often uncompleted or second-rate, costing you even more to re-repair. We have some tips to avoid roofing scams that will inform and protect you. That way you know the right questions to ask and what to look for in a reputable roofing company.
9 Signs Of Roofing Scams to Avoid
1. Door to Door Salesmen
Right before a big storm, or right after is when scammers begin knocking on doors. Be wary of fast-talking pitches offering great deals that sound too good to be true. They almost always are.
2. High-Pressure Tactics
Many scammers will offer a great deal, then insist that for you to get the deal that you must commit right now. A reputable roofing contractor is proud of his work and will want you to do a bit of homework. Furthermore, NEVER sign anything on the spot under pressure or give any down payments without doing your due diligence.
3. Offering “Free” Products or Services
Whenever a contractor offers to throw in a free product or service a red flag should immediately go up in your mind. More than likely, this is a scam to inflate an estimate and get you to file a more significant insurance claim. Then, they skimp on the work or product and make off with the extra cash.
4. Out of State License Plates or Identification
Unscrupulous roofers are renowned for driving from state to state chasing the worst damage and striking when people are most vulnerable. So be wary of out of state plates, ids or paperwork. While this may not always be an indicator of a scam, you are within your rights to inquire about it.
5. Unable to Present Recent or Local References
Any upstanding contractor should be more than willing to share local references, pictures or work or reviews. They take pride in their reputation and practice ethically, and with integrity.
6. Unwilling to Offer Industry References
Many people don’t think to ask for industry references, which could offer useful insight. Do they pay their creditors on time? Do they have good credit? If the contractor skips on his own bills, steer clear!
7. No Proof of Certifications and Insurance
A reputable contractor will display proof of any certifications, licenses, or insurance on marketing materials. You are also within your rights to ask to see the paperwork to make sure date are current.
8. Bad Better Business Bureau Ranking
The Better Business Bureau legitimately investigates customer complaints before publishing rankings. This is different than websites that allow bad reviews without any merit. Always check the BBB for biz ranking.
9. No Local Reviews on Google, Yelp, Angie’s List or Facebook
Do a little online research. Check third-party sites like Angie’s List, Yelp, or Google. If there is a lousy review, ask the contractor about it. Go to the business’ Facebook page and check the feed for favorable comments and posts. While social media may tend to be opinionated, it could give you insight into the right questions to ask the potential contractor.
Other Ways to Avoid Being Scammed
The Roof Guy in Annapolis always welcomes our customers to observe all the work as it is being performed. Furthermore, we provide updates throughout various stages of progress. We encourage our clients to ask questions and expect perfection. We pride ourselves in quality craftsmanship. Our integrity and reputation depend upon it! If your roof experiences damage during a significant storm, contact us for a free roof evaluation. Avoid roofing scams and let us determine the best course of action that will save your roof and save you money.