Roofing scams happen all the time to homeowner’s that aren’t experienced in dealing with a roofing contractor. Some roofing contractors will use the homeowner’s inexperience to their advantage and scam the homeowner out of a lot money. Here are a few of the most prevalent roofing scams and what you can do to avoid them.
The Rising Bid
One tactic that shady roofing contractors use is offering a really low bid price. The low bid will jump out to the homeowner when it;s compared to the higher bids and the homeowner will more than likely take the low bid. Once the roofing jobs starts, unexpected costs and problems will start to happen. The contractor will claim that there was additional damage uncovered or an increase in cost of materials. One tactic a contractor will use is removing that old roofing and not put any new roofing on until he gets paid. When the job is finally done, it costs the homeowner substantially more than what was agreed upon.
Always make sure to do research before hiring a roofing contractor for a job. Only hire highly reviewed and trusted roofing contractors. Most roofing contractors will have a section in their roofing contract that will explain how they will handle traditional cost of labor, materials and unexpected damage.
A High Pressure Sale
Some roofing contractors will show up to a consultation promising an incredible low cost special deal for your roof project, but only if you sign up then and make a down payment for the job. The roofing contractor is making a misleading and dishonest claim to get you to sign a legally binding contract. Some roofers do this because they charge a higher rate than most companies and don’t want the homeowner to consult with other roofers.
You can avoid a high pressure roofing contractor by not agreeing to a down payment for the project. All reputable roofing contractors are not afraid to take on a new roofing project without a down payment. Always take the extra time to do research and compare roofing companies and bids.