Beware of Roofing Scams!
Scammers are everywhere…they prey on the elderly, they prey on the grieving, they prey on travelers and on people simply using their computer. They prey with identity theft, false charities, ponzi schemes and malware. Scammers are lurking around every corner. Unfortunately the roofing industry is not immune to scamming activities.
Some roofing scammers could be compared to ambulance chasers…Following storms and finding unsuspecting homeowners is their “M.O.” Once they have found their target, there are several ways that can take advantage of you.
Watch this brief video created by “Angies List”, that can give you some good ideas of what to look for and what to avoid.
Roof replacement scams come in various forms
- Roof Inspection with a hammer: If you are having a roof inspection done to see the condition of your roof, you shouldn’t hear hammering while the inspector or roofer is on your roof. They may tell you they were hammering in some loose nails, while all they while they were causing damage to your roof that would require repair or replacement.
- Get a Free Roof: You’ve heard the saying “There is no free lunch”…that goes for roofs too. If your roof replacement is being covered by insurance, plan to pay the deductible. If a roofer tries to convince you that they can help avoid paying the deductible, you can pretty much rest assured there is a scam underway.
- Extremely high down payment: Everyone expects to make a down payment on a project as large as a new roof, but beware of contractors that may bid low, but require a high amount down so they can purchase material. They are looking to collect your earnest money, never to return and complete the job.
- One family was having a new, very expensive roof installed on a large home…the roof was supposed to last for 50 years. The roofer, who represented himself as a representative of a roofing company, collected an extremely large amount for the down payment. Within an few days his crew was at the house, prepping it for the new roof. After 2 days on the job they disappeared, never to be heard from or able to be contacted again. The family had to basically start over with a new company in order to have the job completed.
Protect Yourself from Scammers by:
- Getting references from current jobs and following up on them
- Making sure the contractor is licensed, insured and bonded and see their certificates
- Being sure they come to your home with a company vehicle
- Asking to see written manufacturer and labor warranties
- Avoiding the “we were in your neighborhood” solicitors
MasterCraft Roofing is licensed, bonded and insured for your protection.
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