Avoid Roofing Scams
Every year the Better Business Bureau reports roofing, siding,
and other home improvement contracting scams. With so many shady
characters lurking in the shadows it can be hard to find the right
roofing contractor to complete your new roof. So, how does one
navigate the seemingly endless list of roofing contractors to
ensure they get a quality roof at the right price? Well, here are
some signs that you may be the target of one of the many scams plaguing
the roofing and home Improvement industry.
Signs of a Roofing Contractor Scam
Cold Door Knock Sales : This is where a sales person or
appointment scheduler knocks on your door at random. They
will use fake sales and gimmicks to gain your trust. Once in your
home or business they hammer you with aggressive sales tactics. This
happens frequently, especially following harsh weather. Gone are the
days that reputable roofing contractors go door to door seeking sales.
Consumers have access to many tools to find qualified roofing professionals
to service all their roof and home improvement needs. Door to door sales are a
thing of the past!
Fake Sales and Gimmicks : If a deal appears too good to be true
it probably is! No roofing contractor can offer a 50 percent discount
on a new roof. Well, unless they want to pay for your new roof out of their own pockets.
If you are being offered a 50 percent discount you are being scammed. A roofing
company would need to have extremely inflated prices to offer such ridiculous discounts.
Another common scam is to offer a free gift in return for sitting through their aggressive sales
pitch. The problem? Once you let them in the door they use high pressure sales tactics to force you
to buy their extremely over priced product. If you don’t sign their contract they will begin
harassing you daily. Phone calls, emails, or repeatedly coming to your house or place of work is not
uncommon. The type of harassment these predator companies inflict on the general-public is insane. If you want a
new tablet or television. Here is a suggestion. Give us call and use the thousands you save to
buy a much better-quality tablet or television. Or call other roofing contractors and get more estimates.
Don’t fall for the Fake sales and gimmicks used by these predator roofing companies!
Out of Town Roofing Company : Roofing contractors are local creatures.
Roofers don’t travel too far from their home area as the added cost of travel and
the time investment make it less than cost effective. In addition, too much
distance makes it hard to provide good customer service to customers. By going out of
town to scam people it is less likely these fake roofers will ever face legal action.
Why would a Roofing Contractor travel great distances to acquire work? Well, to be
honest, a reputable roof contractor won’t.
No Local Physical Address : No local physical address is a red flag!
Look for the local address on their website. If it’s not there move on. It’s not
uncommon for local roofing contractors to use P.O. Boxes or other addresses in
addition to their local address. But, there should always be a local physical address as well.
Ask for Money Before The Project is Complete : Reputable Roofing Contractors
don’t ask for money up front. Full payment is generally due upon completion.
No contract : Contracts are a necessary part of a roofing contractors’ business.
Contracts protect both the customer and the contractor. If there is no contract.
There is no guarantee. Ensure that a contract is used and that it spells out all the
details of the project.
Storm Chasing : This type of scam in generally perpetrated by out of town crooks
masquerading as roofing contractors. They show up after a storm offering a free damage
inspection. Guess what? These crooks always find damage. In some cases, they will
damage your roof so they can scam you and your insurance company. Never let storm chasers
on your roof!
Do You Suspect You May Be Being Scammed?
If you suspect you may be dealing with a scammer you should act fact to protect yourself.
Check with the Better Business Bureau and read online reviews. Call a local roofing
professional and get a second opinion. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Most scam artist are
easily scared away when real professional roofers get involved.