In an ideal world, everyone is honest and receives an honest pay for an honest day's work. However, this is not always the case. There are unfortunately many dishonest people out there who are looking for ways to make a quick buck without doing the work. The roofing industry is no exception. There are many common roofing scams that you should be aware of and how to tell the difference between a good deal and one that sounds too good to be true. Here are five simple tips for sifting through the scams to find quality roofing contractors.
Research the Company
There are many ways that you can spot a scammer but one way is to get all of the information about the company that you can. Check the Better Business Bureau online and see if the roofing contractors exist and what their rating is. The internet is also a great place to get reviews from past and present clients of theirs, although these may be fabricated so be careful.
Ask for Positive References
One other thing that you should do is ask for positive references. Never give any company your business without asking for references first. Follow up with each of the references. Visit their homes and completed roofing projects. Find out in person whether the reference would use the company again and whether they would recommend the company to others.
Clarify Payment Terms
A good way to know if a person is a scammer or is who they say they are is to clarify payment terms with them. You should have a written contract that identifies the payment terms. Never pay for anything, especially not with cash, prior to any work being done on the home. Many times, scammers will take a portion of the project cost as a deposit and then take off with your money.
Seek Them Out First
Many scammers seem to come out of the woodwork after there has been a natural disaster or severe weather conditions. This is a good time for many so-called roofing contractors to go door to door soliciting business. Be very wary of these businesses, as they may be out to take advantage of people during a difficult time, and more likely to pay top dollar for a quick fix. If you want your roof replaced or repaired, make sure you are calling the contractor, not the other way around.
Ask About License and Insurance
Finally, make sure to ask for their license and insurance, including their workers compensation certificate. Every reputable company out there should have this information readily available and is one of the first things as a homeowner you should be looking for to protect yourself. Finding quality roofing contractors is not difficult but it does often come down to sifting through some of the trash to find good ones.