The easiest way to avoid a roofing contractor scam is to do your research first. Many roofing contractors will swoop in from out of town, purchase a local phone number, and then leave when the work is gone and once they have your money. Make sure the roofing contractor you are considering has been around awhile – the longer the better! Also – make sure your roofing contractors have a solid reputation for integrity and reliability.
Find out if your roofing contractor is a good choice by checking with the local Better Business Bureau, and see if they are a member. This will give you a good idea of how long they have been around, and will indicate whether or not they are just here for now and will be gone when there is a problem. Also, you can call your local county and city and run a check for their license as you want to make sure you are working with a licensed roofer contractor.
HOW TO DETECT A RIP-OFF ROOFING COMPANY
If a roofing company is ready to roof tomorrow, there is a good chance they are ripping you off. Ask them where they are getting their roofing supplies and call the supplier and find out how long they have been ordering from them (The longer, the better). If they are new roofing company and have no history in your area, be wary as they could be trying to capitalize on the business to make a quick buck. This means less quality roofing work for more money in most cases. Again, doing your research will help avoid a rip-off when considering roofing company’s.
WHAT TO ASK ROOFING COMPANIES BEFORE HIRING THEM
Below is a list of questions to ask roofing companies before you make a choice on who to hire:
– May I have a list of references from some of your past roofing jobs?
– How long have you been in the roofing companies business?
– How many leaks have you had reported this year from roofs you installed?
– Do you have any complaints filed with the BBB (this you can verify yourself as well)?
– How long is your roofing companies warranty and what does it cover?
– What is your time frame?(you want them on and off your roof in a week’s time or less)
In regards to clean up: Is it your responsibility, or theirs? Do they run a magnet to pick up loose nails? Do they clean up scrap shingles or metal roofing?
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN ROOFING CONTRACTORS
So far we have covered what you don’t want in roofing contractors, but what DO you want? First and foremost, you want a legitimate roofing company. Make sure you consider which roofing contractors will be there down the road if something were to go wrong. A solid, local roofing contractor with roots in your local area is typically better than a nationwide roofing company because they are more likely to take a personal stake in the work they do. If you follow all the suggestions listed in this roofing report, you should have a very easy time finding roofing contractors who are respectable, responsible and has a good local reputation.
Secondly, make sure you trust the roofing contractors you are working with. Don’t let a pushy salesman convince you to go with him, just because he talks a good game. Ask him how long he has been with his roofers. Check out his answers and do the research on his company. Make sure you feel good about the roofing contractors you hire!
WHAT TO AVOID WHEN PICKING A ROOFING COMPANY
– Avoid any un-licensed/un-insured/un-bonded roofing company
– Avoid roofing companies who have too many complaints with the BBB
– Avoid any roofing company that cannot or will not provide you with references
– Avoid roofing companies with pushy sales people
– Avoid any roofing company that can’t get the job done in under a week from start to finish
– Avoid roofing company’s who don’t do their own clean up
– Avoid roofing companies you don’t trust or that you don’t have a good feeling about