The tactics roofers can use to scam you into getting a roof you don’t need is convincing. Especially when you’re in a hurried situation and feel you need your roof replaced now. However, it does pay off to take your time in the search for the right contractors.
But in order to know who to choose, you also need to know who NOT to choose. Be aware of what scam artists typically do when they want your business.
The good news is, these scam artists follow the same tricks. I’m going to share these tricks with you. I will also share tips to use when one of these roofing scams comes knocking at your door.
Scam #1- Storm Chasers
Storm chasers drive through your neighborhood, knocking door-to-door right after a big storm hit. They will suggest that the storm did some damage to your roof. This may be true. You may have had some damage occur but if the contractor seems in a rush with you, odds are your roof is perfectly fine.
Keep this in mind: The best roofing companies are already too busy to go door-to-door. They don’t have the time to solicit. If you do suspect there may be damage, check to see if you have these Key Danger Signals.
Scam #2- Low Starting Bid… Meets “Unforeseen” Problems
You work hard for your money. I understand there are a hundred other uses for your money than getting a new roof. This is where some people hunt for the lowest price. Unfortunately, not only does the quality of work suffer, but contractors will start with a low bid so they can raise the price in the middle of the project. In the end, their work costs you more.
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Scam #3- Roofer Inflicted Damage
Let’s run a scenario: A roofer knocks at your door saying he spotted some signs of damage when driving by but would like to take a closer look to make sure all is okay. While he’s on top of your roof taking a closer look, he’s actually creating damage that was never there in the first place.
Don’t do this. Under no circumstances should you let a stranger on your roof. Avoid their high-pressure tactics by getting a second opinion.
Scam #4- Insurance Fraud
Stop the process if a contractor is offering to cover your insurance deductible or give you a free incentive. Scam artists will bill you less and bill your insurance company more. Part of that surplus will cover the free incentive they offered you. The surplus of money from the insurance company is cash in their pockets.
At all costs, avoid contractors who offer to cover your insurance deductible completely.
Scam #5- Contractor Asks For Payment Upfront
Asking for a large down payment of more than 15% or full payment upfront is not okay. Be wary. You can pay a deposit, but the full payment should not be made until the job is completely done and to your satisfaction. Roofing contractors that ask for full payment upfront tend to disappear before the work is even started.
Scam #6- Contractors Without a License
There are almost a dozen states that don’t require a roofing license (Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, and Wyoming), but Florida isn’t one of them.
Florida does require a roofing license. Ask to see proof of their license.
Reputable companies will also have plenty of reviews. Take a look at the reviews before signing anything. This will help you narrow your search and go with a trusted roofer in Tampa.
Overall: Take the time to talk to several professionals to make a good judgment call. If you feel a company is being pushy or trying to rush you, they are most likely scam artists.
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Manager Joshua Manaugh holds a license in the state of Florida both as a general contractor and roofer. His career has afforded him the opportunity to manage many projects in the construction field and he has successfully rehabilitated more than a thousand residential properties in Tampa.
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