The roof is one of the most important parts of any building, so the feeling of panic that sets in when a homeowner finds out that their roof needs to be repaired or replaced is understandable. Unfortunately, that feeling also makes it easy for some people to fall victim to roofing scams. A scam can be just about anything from a “contractor” doing subpar work to a scammer disappearing with your money without fixing your problem, but these are some of the more common roofing scams to watch out for.

Storm Chasers

Storm chasers travel to neighborhoods that have recently been hit with severe weather and tell homeowners that their roofs may have sustained hail damage. They may go door-to-door to pass out leaflets or even speak to homeowners in person to offer a free inspection. When they inevitably find storm damage on a roof (even if they have to provide “hail damage” themselves with hammers or rocks), they do the bare minimum to fix the problem. The issue here is that storm chasers do nothing to address any other issues they may find, and homeowners are left with shoddy roofs that need to be repaired. By the time the homeowner notices the subpar work that usually requires other repairs, the storm chasers are gone.

If there is any good thing to say about storm chasers, it’s that their easy to spot. As a rule, you shouldn’t accept the services of any roofing contractor who goes door-to-door or leaves leaflets in front of homes. Go with a roofer you know you can trust, especially one that has an established history in your community.

Leaving After a Down Payment

When you hire a contractor to repair anything in your home, you should never pay for services until after they are complete. Get a quote in writing, and make sure the contractor sticks to it. This is because many con artists will demand a down payment before they can work on someone’s roof and then disappear without doing any work. These scammers may try to pressure you into making this payment by saying that they need it for supplies and other expenses, but do not pay anything until you’ve agreed on how much the job will cost and the work is completed. Any scrupulous roofer will agree to this.

Fluctuating Prices

In this roofing scam the “roofer” completes the job as promised, but they may charge you a higher price than what you originally agreed to. They are counting on your hands being tied for this to work; the job is done, so you should by all means pay for the service if you don’t want to look like the bad guy. To avoid this, get a quote for the rates in writing. If a roofer tries to charge you more, you have proof that you agreed to a lower rate.

About Stapleton Roofing

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