How To Avoid Roofing Scams

How To Avoid Roofing Scams

Your house’s roof protects you from many things, such as burglars and nasty weather conditions, but, unfortunately, it is not protected itself. There are lots of shoddy roof masters coming from the street and offering their services either for tempting prices or on too-good-to-be-true conditions. Basically, such offers are a scam; it is difficult to come up with a reason why a respectful roofing contractor would want to sell his services for nothing.

What is worst of all, things do not stay that simple. Scammers invent new and new ways to trick the customer into thinking that they are in the clear. Still, illegitimate masters and low-quality roofers have glaring signs that cannot be washed off or hidden – and this allows you to avoid roofing jobs done poorly and irresponsibly.

Filtering Your Internet Search Results

Surely, no way of avoiding fishy services is more effective than spending some time looking for an experienced and truly committed contractor. Look for a professional company on the Internet and, when you come across roofers that claim to be one, ask yourself the following:

– Is it possible for you to find recommendations on this company? Instead of visiting the section with testimonials (which could be skilfully imitated), try to search for references and feedbacks wherever else.
– Does a potential contractor have a professionally-looking website? Pay close attention to the page contents. An expert roofing service will post information regarding technical details of projects and speak about decking, shingles, eaves and valleys rather than just go round the subject.
– Will all the terms of your contract be written down in an official agreement? This, of course, is something you should ask your future contractor about. Do not be shy and make a direct request for the details of the official side of the deal.
– Is the service certified? Are all the necessary licenses in place? Being a bit too demanding, this question is normally asked when you have reasons to believe the roofing service is up to some shady business.

Creating Your Personal Blacklist of Roofing Scams

Sometimes, it is you who are approached by persons offering roofing services. In this case, you need to be extremely cautious when choosing whom to trust. Certain categories can be rejected on short notice:

– ‘Roof inspectors’ who demand access to your roof in order to check it – but without showing a legal permission first.
– Masters that offer you to repair the roof at no cost. Some of them might like to explain the absence of charge by your insurance coverage – as if they knowing details of your insurance policy can sound trustworthy!
– Roofing contractors who do not consider enough details, instead of jumping to the signing of contract as soon as possible.
– ‘Roofing know-it-alls’ who undertake to provide extra services, such as assisting with the roof repair insurance. A legally bound roofing service always restrict its offers according to its speciality – you never need to deal with those which legitimacy is doubtful.

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