When it comes to roofing projects like repairs, maintenance or replacements, experts strongly recommend that you hire a professional to get the job done. In fact, it’s never recommended that you do it on your own as this increases the risk of injuries and costly mistakes. However, when you’re hiring a professional to get the job done, it’s also best that you be on your guard to avoid scams.
Here are the common roofing scams that homeowners need to avoid.
If a strong storm has just passed by your area, you need look out for are the storm chasers, roofers who follow bad weather events and go door to door, offering to repair or replace damaged roofs. If you run into a storm chaser, it’s best that you avoid them as much as possible as the work they do is often poor and can cause your roof to deteriorate after only a few months or years. Therefore, if you encounter storm chasers, check their license, or visit the Better Business Bureau to see if there is a history of complaints against them. If they refuse to provide a license, part ways with their company and contact a professional to inspect your roof instead.
Believe it or not, a roofing contractor performing excess and unnecessary repairs on your roof is another roofing scam that you need to look out for as this can cause you to pay more than what you should when repairing your roof. Unfortunately, this is a scam that can be difficult to spot as most of the work done on your roof can’t be seen on the surface. In fact, it’s possible that you may not even realize that you fell victim to this scam at all. To avoid this scam, experts recommend that you learn everything you can about your roofing system so you can easily determine if a roofer is telling the truth about your roof or not.
Low Starting Bid
It can be tempting to hire a roofer who offers you a low starting bid to repair your roof. After all, you might save a significant amount of money on your project. However, as much as possible, avoid hiring roofers who offer low starting bids as the price could easily creep up once the work begins due to “unforeseen issues” and inflated material costs. If you’re looking to avoid this scam, do your research first by talking to various companies about their pricing schemes, and try to find the average of their bids. By doing so, you’ll be able to root out which contractor is scamming you.
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