Hiring a roofing contractor is the first step towards getting the roof of your dreams – but it can also cause more problems and stress if you choose the wrong one. Unfortunately, not all roofing companies are committed to providing top-notch service to their customers. These unethical practices can be difficult to weed out before you’re in the thick of their consequences, though, so it’s imperative to keep an eye out for common scams while you’re in the market for a new roof.
In an effort to make more money, do less work, or both, some roofing companies may take advantage of one or more of these situations at your expense – literally! Don’t let a leak turn into a scam. Do your research before accepting any bids on the job, and don’t rush into a project.
Have you found an exceptionally good deal on a roof, only for the company to demand being paid upfront? This is a big red flag that can be caught relatively early in the construction process. No money should exchange hands before a contract is signed – and even then, a payment schedule should be spelled out on paper. A reputable roofer will insist upon a contract that includes the scope of work as well as the warranty; this protects the homeowner as well as the company.
There are several ways that a dishonest roofing company might try to give you the slip on warranty work. They might not include the warranty in the contract, let alone sign one at all. They might even go so far as to “go out of business” every few years and open up under a new name, voiding any warranty they promised to prior customers. This is why it’s so important to research the company and people you’re thinking about doing business with; a roofer’s history and reputation can tell you a lot about what to expect from your business relationship.
This is one of the most dangerous issues you could run into – not only for your wallet, but also for your safety and family’s well-being. While you’re paying for a certain level of quality, you may get something else entirely from a scamming roofer. Shingle manufacturers, for instance, often void the warranty on the material if they are installed improperly or with the wrong system components. Some roofers might even sell you on a high-quality material like GAF and instead install something far less ideal, all while pocketing the savings.
When it comes time to decide on a roofing company, the best thing you can do is educate yourself. Make sure you understand who you are choosing to work with and insist on keeping the process professional with a contract that explains exactly what is expected of both parties. This will not only create a more streamlined construction process, but also a better experience working together over time.