Scams are found in almost every business but cons in the home improvement industry have a particular reputation. After all, less reputable roofers are conning homeowners out of their hard-earned funds and putting their homes’ structure at risk. It’s in your best interest to know what you should look out for in order to avoid them.
In this post, roof replacement experts from High Performance Homes discusses the four common roofer scams and how you can avoid them.
1. Overcharging – Overcharging is one of the easiest scams that homeowners can avoid. While it’s true that roofing companies tend to charge whatever they want for the services rendered, a roofer with a good reputation will make it a point to give a reasonable price. With that in mind, always get more than one estimate from contractors and find the average cost to avoid the overcharged estimate.
2 Low Bids – Some contractors, on the other hand, will offer you a low price compared to any other competitor in the area. While hiring them may sound tempting, avoid them as much as possible as the price could steadily creep up due to allegedly unforeseen problems or inflated material costs. To avoid them, always do your research and talk to various companies or discuss everything with your contractor and thoroughly examine your contract before you sign.
3. Inadequate Repairs – While the previous two are fairly easy to spot and avoid, inadequate repair roofing scams are notoriously difficult to spot. In fact, chances are you’ll only notice something is wrong once the roof damage repair contractor who conducted the work is gone. Roofers who do this camouflage the issue by simply adding new shingles without remedying the actual issue at fault, leaving your roof to perform as badly as it was before. To avoid scams like these, consider checking the reviews of your roofer online to see if anyone has anything negative to say about them.
4. Storm Chasers – After a heavy storm has passed through your area, it’s possible someone may knock on your door and offer discounts to repair or replace your roof. While a discount may sound tempting, keep in mind that the work of storm chasers are often poor since they’re doing the job as cheaply as possible, which can drastically shorten the lifespan of your roofing system. If a storm chaser insists that work has to be conducted on your roof immediately, do the opposite and take your time. In fact, ask to see their insurance, area references and even their Better Business Bureau report to see if there are any complaints against them.
To repair your roof leak issue, don’t hesitate to turn to High Performance Homes. We are your leading provider of roofing and siding services. Give us a call at (360) 342-9253. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.