Chances are if you live in a part of the country where weather can be volatile you may have been approached shortly after a storm by people claiming to be roofing contractors. Many of these charlatans travel to suburban neighborhoods, knock on doors and promise to save you thousands of dollars for repairing any storm damage. But too often these “professional roofers” take a deposit, start the job then bolt leaving nothing but a pile full of shingles and your empty pocket book in their wake.
Roofing scams are one of the more popular scams and they impact communities all over the United States each year especially after a tornado or hurricane. Like many scammers they prey on the elderly and claim a professional fix for $2,000 to $3,000. So here are some tips on what you can do in order not to become a victim:
- Unsolicited Offers – Legitimate roofers are already doing plenty of work and are usually pretty booked up after a storm. So never, never accept an unsolicited offer to perform a job from someone you do not know. Also never agree to pay someone up front for a job. Legitimate roofers would never ask.
- Research – No matter how desperate you are take some time and do a little research. It is much easier today because of the internet. Check with the BBB for complaints. Ask friends or neighbors for references. Check the Yellow pages and places like Angieslist.com. Be sure to read any reviews on their website if they have one and any listed on the internet as well.
- What to Examine – You are looking to see if the roofer has repeat business and how long he has been in business. Is he a member of any professional associations or written any articles published in professional magazines? Is he licensed and for how long. Make sure he has adequate insurance coverage ((usually $1 million or more) by having him show you a copy of the policy. Have him provide you with references you can check.
Once all of this has been done if you are deciding between one or more contractors be sure to get their bids in writing. Once you have compared prices and decide on a particular contractor be sure to get a signed contract before any work is started spelling out exactly what he is agreeing to provide. So many cases end up in court with either no contract or a particularly vague contract.
Contact Colorado Premier Roofing at 303-789-1107, today for a FREE roof inspection! With our BBB A+ rating, and our position on Team Dave Logan, you can rest assured you are getting a local company with integrity to meet all of your roofing needs!