Many homeowners fall victim to roofing scams, especially in the wake of storm damage and other emergencies. It is important to do research to find legitimate roofing contractors in your area, or you could end up falling victim to one of the common scams listed below.
1. The Deposit Scam
Never sign away an insurance check or give a substantial amount of money to someone who claims to be a roofer before they complete the job. Oftentimes, con men will pose as roofers to collect deposits and then skip town, taking the money of unsuspecting homeowners with them.
2. Escalating Estimates
Offering surprisingly low estimate and then claiming to need more money later is one of the most common roofing scams. Some scammers will refuse to complete a job until extra money is paid, leaving the homeowner’s house exposed to the elements. Research the going rate for roofing in your area and remember that if a quote seems too good to be true, it probably is.
3. “Storm Chasers”
In places like Texas where there is no certification process for roofing companies, anyone can claim to represent a wind damage roofing company and then travel to places hit with storms to con desperate people into buying shoddy roofs. Avoid this scam by using a trusted, local roofing contractor with a strong client base.
4. Door-to-Door Con Men
Beware of door-to-door roofing salesmen who aggressively offer “free inspections.” Some of these salesmen intentionally damage the roofs they “inspect” to convince homeowners to buy a new roof they don’t need.
5. Roofing-Insurance Adjustment Combo Deals
It is illegal for someone to serve as a roofing contractor and an insurance adjuster for the same house. If a roofer claims to be able to “work” your insurance claim to get a better deal, find someone else to complete the job.
6. Lead Generators
In the wake of a storm, you may receive calls from people pretending to represent a wind damage roofing company asking you to make an appointment. Many of these calls come from lead generation companies rather than actual roofers, and there’s no way to know whether the contractors they represent are high quality or not. If you do get a call ask them which roofing contractor they represent so that you can do your research prior to the at-home appointment.
7. Aggressive Sales
Never sign a contract under duress. Some dishonest roofers will resort to extreme tactics like refusing to leave your home unless you sign a binding contract. If a roofing salesman gets aggressive, call the police.
Raines Roofing & Construction is a legitimate Dallas roofing company that has been in business for many years. We are fully licensed and insured, plus take great pride in the quality of our work. If you would like to schedule a no pressure consultation with one of our project managers feel free to contact us night or day 214-734-5482! To learn more check out our FAQ page!